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About Strategic Planning

Fordham believes strategic planning is most effective when it is ongoing and collaborative. We have built a process that continuously examines and responds to the changing internal and external environments that shape the University.

Since the launch of Continuous University Strategic Planning (CUSP) in 2015, a culture of collaborative strategic thinking has emerged at Fordham, as hundreds of faculty and staff have embraced the priorities articulated in the Strategic Framework. These priorities have taken on new life through numerous initiatives at both the institutional and local levels, and they are perennial guideposts for the University, which we will pursue in each iteration of our planning.

Educating for Justice: Fordham University’s Vision and Strategic Plan for 2021–2026 seeks to re-envision Fordham’s historic yet dynamic mission for the post-pandemic world of the mid-twenty-first century. Through goals, objectives, and concrete initiatives that we will achieve over the next five years, the plan charts a path for the University to become ever more fully itself through mission-driven innovation.

Strategic Planning Milestones

  • Continuous University Strategic Planning (CUSP) begins.
  • Fordham University participates in a Mission Priority Examen at the request of the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, considering how effectively we are accomplishing our mission as a Jesuit university.
  • Fordham University hires first Chief Diversity Officer.
  • Schools and divisions begin publishing their local strategic plans.
  • Educating for Justice: Fordham University’s Vision and Strategic Plan for 2021–2026 is accepted and endorsed by Fordham’s Board of Trustees.

2020 - 2021 CUSP Committee

Gregory Acevedo, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Social Service

Laura Auricchio, Ph.D.
Dean, Fordham College at Lincoln Center

Eva Badowska, Ph.D.
Dean, Arts & Sciences Faculty, and Associate Vice President, Arts & Sciences

Michele C. Burris
Associate Vice President, Student Affairs

Jonathan M. Crystal, Ph.D.
Vice Provost 

Anne E. Fernald, Ph.D.
Professor, English, and Special Advisor to the Provost for Faculty Development

Celia Fisher, Ph.D.
Professor, Psychology, and Director, Center for Ethics Education

Christie-Belle Garcia, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean for Student Support and Success, Fordham College at Rose Hill

J. Patrick Hornbeck II, D.Phil.
Professor, Theology (co-chair)

Dennis Jacobs, Ph.D.
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Eve Keller, Ph.D.
Professor, English, and Director, Fordham College at Rose Hill Honors Program

Dawn B. Lerman, Ph.D.
Professor, Marketing, and President, Faculty Senate

Juan Carlos Matos
Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs for Diversity and Inclusion

Michael C. McCarthy, S.J., Ph.D.
Vice President for Mission Integration and Planning

Patricio Meneses, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biological Sciences

Nicholas Milowski
Vice President for Finance and Assistant Treasurer

Jeff Ng, Psy.D.
Director, Counseling and Psychological Services

Anand Padmanabhan
Vice President and Chief Information Officer 

Jeannine Pinto, Ph.D.
Assessment Officer / Interim Director, Institutional Research

Donna M. Rapaccioli, Ph.D.
Dean, Gabelli School of Business

Peter A. Stace, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President, Enrollment & Strategy (co-chair)

Kay Turner, Esq.
Vice President for Human Resources

Ian S. Weinstein, Esq.
Professor, Law

Rafael A. Zapata
Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs, and Chief Diversity Officer