The magazine said the list “recognizes the many local leaders, both in and out of government, who are getting the borough back to the boom times.” It noted Father McShane’s nearly 20 years of service at Fordham, which it called the borough’s “premier institution of higher learning,” and lauded him for securing a $35 million gift last year from investor Mario Gabelli, the largest single gift in the University’s history.
In the Bronx, Father McShane currently serves as a distinguished counsellor to the Board of the New York Botanical Garden. He has long given his time to many New York City organizations and government, with service on the mayor’s Applied Sciences in NYC Advisory Committee, the board of the Museum of Civil Rights in Harlem, and task forces convened by the mayor’s office on future of higher education, the future of media, and work force development.
Likewise, he has dedicated time to New York state. In 2008, then governor David Patterson asked him to serve on the board of the Metropolitan Transit Authority, and he was a part of the MTA Commission on Financing, also known as “The Ravitch Commission.” Most recently, he was asked by Governor Andrew Cuomo to work on the State of New York’s plan for reopening after the pandemic.
Father McShane also serves on the board of Bloomberg Philanthropies. In 2017, he was honored by the 100 Year Association for Fordham’s commitment to community service and its contributions to New York City.