Fordham University — President

Fordham University seeks a 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 Catholic, Jesuit 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., who helped transform Fordham from a national to a global institution,  enhancing its excellence by raising more than $1 billion, investing more than $1 billion in capital improvements, and overseeing the quadrupling of the University’s endowment to more than $1 billion. 

The new president must be a seasoned executive with demonstrated leadership experience in higher education; a deep knowledge of, and ability to promote, the Catholic, Jesuit mission; and a clear sense of the diverse challenges of a New York City 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 and participation in the life of a complex, multiethnic, and global city; experience in international education; demonstrated accomplishment in improving diversity, equity, and inclusion; and a record of academic achievement, including an earned doctorate or other terminal degree, 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. Approximately 17,000 students are taught by nearly 750 full-time instructors on campuses in Manhattan, the Bronx, and Westchester County in New York, and at Fordham’s London campus in the U.K. This vibrant and diverse learning community also has programs in China and South Africa, more than 1,000 administrators, and an annual operating budget of approximately $667 million this fiscal year. 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. Both religious and lay candidates are encouraged to apply.

Applications, nominations, and confidential inquiries are invited Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the profile available here.

WittKieffer is assisting Fordham University in this search, which will remain open until an appointment is made. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received as early as possible and no later than December 6, 2021, and submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal. This search will be conducted with complete confidentiality for all candidates. 

Nominations and inquires can be directed to Robin Mamlet; Jean Dowdall, Ph.D.; Ryan Crawford; and Bree Liddell at FordhamPresident@wittkieffer.com.

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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