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Dean's Message

Dean Tito Cruz

Dear Members of the Fordham University Community,

Father McShane and I are pleased to announce the appointment of Faustino M.Cruz, Ph.D., S.M., as the dean of the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education effective July 2017. Father Cruz comes to Fordham from Seattle University where he served as associate dean and professor in the School of Theology and Ministry. He is a priest of the U.S. Province of the Society of Mary (Marists).

Father Cruz earned a Ph.D. in theology and education from Boston College; an M.A. in theology from the Graduate Theological Union; an M.Div. from the Franciscan School of Theology; and a B.S. from the University of the Philippines. His academic research focuses on the challenges of pastoral ministry within immigrant and minority communities, with a special emphasis on the Hispanic and Filipino communities in the U.S. Father Cruz is a fluent speaker of Spanish and Tagalog. His scholarly work includes multiple book chapters, articles, and other collaborative publications.

An accomplished academic, administrator, and pastoral leader, Father Cruz served as associate dean of academic affairs at Seattle University beginning in 2014, and as executive vice president and academic dean of the Franciscan School of Theology (FST) at the Graduate Theological Union from 2005 to 2011. As a chief academic officer and chief operations officer at FST, Father Cruz provided strategic, fiduciary, and transformative leadership for a broad array of educational, ministerial, and community-based initiatives.

Father Cruz is an engaged educator who has two decades of experience in teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students. He taught at the Franciscan School of Theology from 2000 to 2011; the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion at Wabash College from 2003 to 2004; and the Institute of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry at Boston College from 1997 to 2000. 

In service to the academy, the church, and society, Father Cruz has participated in multicultural and multilingual ministries in the U.S. at parish, diocesan, and national levels. He has collaborated with theological schools, ecclesial communities, and religious studies programs in Asia, South America, and Europe as a teacher, scholar, and practitioner. He is vice president of the International Academy of Practical Theology; member of the Board of Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese of Seattle; and member of the Committee on Race and Ethnicity in Theological Education of the Association of Theological Schools of the United States and Canada. He is also a public member of the Commission on Accreditation of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education.

We take this opportunity to thank Dr. James McCartin, director of the Fordham Center on Religion and Culture, and the members of the search committee he chaired for their service to the University and to the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education. 

We also acknowledge and thank Dr. Colt Anderson for his distinguished leadership as dean of the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education since July 2012 and wish him continued success as a full-time member of the faculty.

Please join us in welcoming Father Faustino M. Cruz as he assumes his new role and responsibilities as dean of the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education.

Stephen Freedman, Ph.D., Provost
Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Original message May 18, 2017