Father McShane served as the 32nd president of Fordham from 2003 to 2022. At the awards banquet, he was given the 2024 Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, CSC, Award, named in honor of an American priest and civil rights advocate who earned the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Medal of Freedom.
In a tribute video played at the ceremony, Father McShane thanked his colleagues for their service and dedication to their collective work.
“I want to shine the spotlight on you: the scores of women and men religious and the hundreds of talented devoted laywomen and laymen who have led and continue to lead our member institutions with discerning wisdom, deep love, and great effectiveness,” he said. “You keep our sacred and noble mission alive.”