Fordham University — President

Fordham University seeks an innovative, visionary, collaborative and mission-driven leader to serve as its 33rd president.

The new president will provide leadership for all aspects of the University, guiding its efforts to fulfill Fordham’s mission to deliver a rigorous, Jesuit, Catholic education to students across the nation and the globe. Fordham’s next president will build upon the singular achievements of Joseph M. McShane, S.J., which include growing Fordham from a regional institution to a national and global university, enhancing the University’s excellence by raising more than $1 billion fundraising, making more than $1 billion in capital improvements, and overseeing an increase to $1 billion in its endowment. 

The new president must be a seasoned executive of global stature with demonstrated leadership experience in higher education, a deep knowledge of and ability to promote the Jesuit, Catholic mission, and a clear sense of the diverse challenges of a university with multiple campuses and with outstanding undergraduate, graduate and professional schools. The ideal candidate will be a leader of uncompromising integrity and deep wisdom who brings a record of leadership within and participating in the life of a complex, multi-ethnic and global city; experience in international education, and demonstrated accomplishment in improving diversity, inclusion and equity; and an earned doctorate or other terminal degree and/or a record of achievement that would qualify them to lead Fordham’s distinguished faculty. 

Fordham University was founded as a Catholic institution in 1841 and was entrusted to the Society of Jesus in 1846. More than 16,500 students are taught by approximately 800 full-time faculty on campuses in Manhattan, the Bronx and Westchester County in New York, and at Fordham’s London Centre in the UK. This vibrant and diverse learning community also has programs in China and South Africa, and has an annual operating budget of approximately $580 million. The University is steeped in the Jesuit tenet of cura personalis, or care for the whole person, and is committed to scholarly, research and teaching excellence.

Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited and may be directed to Fordham’s consultants, Robin Mamlet, Jean Dowdall, Ryan Crawford and Bree Liddell, at FordhamPresident@wittkieffer.com. Interested individuals should provide a letter describing their interest in the position as well as a curriculum vitae, using WittKieffer’s candidate portal. For fullest consideration, candidates are urged to submit their materials as early as possible and no later than December 6, 2021. This search will be conducted with complete confidentiality for all candidates. 

Fordham University is committed to excellence through diversity and welcomes and encourages candidates of all backgrounds to apply.  Fordham is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, age, gender, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, sexual preference, citizenship, alienage, veteran status, disability, genetic information, status as a victim of domestic violence or any other basis prohibited by law.

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