New York — The Reverend Joseph M. McShane, S.J., officially began his tenure as Fordham’s 32nd president on July 1. Since his arrival, Father McShane has been busy meeting with University leadership and other members of the Fordham community in preparation for the beginning of the 2003-04 academic year.
A native of New York City, Father McShane’s appointment marks his return to the University, where he served as dean of Fordham College and professor of theology from 1992 to 1998. Father McShane first joined Fordham’s Board of Trustees in 1987 and was reappointed in 2001. Prior to coming to Fordham, he served on the religious studies faculty at LeMoyne College in Syracuse, N.Y., from 1982 to 1992 and as chair of the Department of Religious Studies from 1991 to 1992. Father McShane comes to Fordham from the University of Scranton, where he has served as its president since 1998.
A noted Church history scholar and author, Father McShane’s book, Sufficiently Radical: Catholicism, Progressivism and the Bishops’ Program of 1919 (Catholic University of America Press), was published in 1986.