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Fordham Names New Campus Ministry Director


Fordham University has appointed John J. Shea, S.J., FCRH ’69, as director of campus ministry for Lincoln Center, effective July 30.

Both an alumnus and a former Fordham administrator, Father Shea’s decade-long tenure at the University included numerous positions, including staff psychologist, rector of the Jesuit community in Murray-Weigel Hall, and associate and acting vice president for student affairs—a post he held from 1986 to 1990.

From 1991 until 1996, Father Shea served as vice president for student affairs.

“By virtue of his broad experience, Father Shea is well suited to serve the pastoral and spiritual needs of the undergraduate and graduate students at Fordham, a community he knows and loves so well, as well as those of faculty and staff, and we are certain that he will continue to build on the good work already in place here,” said Monsignor Joseph G. Quinn, vice president for University mission and ministry.

John J. Shea, S.J., returns to Fordham to become director of campus ministry and chaplain for Lincoln Center. Photo courtesy of campus ministry

From 1996 to 1998, Father Shea served as president of John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. Under his watch, the university grew its endowment from $73 million to $106 million, increased admissions by 10 percent, and oversaw the revitalization of several academic programs.

Father Shea rejoins campus ministry after having served as vice president for mission and ministry at the University of Scranton from 2002 to 2005. Prior to that, he was Scranton’s assistant vice president for advancement, and an associate professor of counseling and human resources.

Most recently, Father Shea was director of the East Asia Theological Encounter Program in Chiangmai, Thailand, and assistant vice president for international exchange at Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan.

Father Shea received his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Fordham, master’s degrees in counseling psychology and divinity from Boston College and Woodstock Jesuit College, respectively, and his doctorate in counseling and clinical psychology from Catholic University.


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