Message from the Chair
Before attending Fordham, I was familiar with the core Jesuit values of magis and cura personalis from my studies at Regis High School. When I arrived at Rose Hill, I was thrilled to see these values thriving at a major New York City university. Academic rigor and intellectual curiosity permeated the campus. Meeting the needs of each student was truly at the heart of the mission, and everyone—from staff to professors to the University president—was invested in my personal and professional growth. This experience makes me deeply grateful to Fordham.
Furthering this student-centered culture has been the most rewarding aspect of serving on the President’s Council. Members of the council mentor students, speak on campus, fund initiatives, and host events, providing students with insights and experiences that nourish their development and have a meaningful impact on their careers. As a partner at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, I counsel students interested in careers in law; my wife and fellow council member Elizabeth Cosenza, FCRH ’98, chair of the law and ethics department at the Gabelli School of Business, also mentors students as they consider career options. Many other council members similarly assist and selflessly guide our students.
Every year I look forward to the reception that Elizabeth and I host for newly admitted students. Notably, Father McShane always attends, and he demonstrates his commitment to cura personalis by establishing a deep connection with each prospective student. This is just one example of why Fordham remains unique.
I am honored to serve as chair of the council. It is an exciting time as Fordham continues to rise in national prominence. That being said, I find it heartening that the University is still a place where students flourish not only by vigorously pursuing academic excellence and challenging themselves and those around them, but also by receiving personalized attention and guidance. Together, I believe that we can sustain the highest Jesuit values in educating our students, thereby ensuring that all of them meet the highest promise of their potential.
Todd G. Cosenza, Esq., GABELLI '95 LAW '98