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Presidential Transition | Search Committee Appointed


Dear Members of the University Community,

We are pleased to announce that the Board of Trustees has appointed a search committee for the next president of Fordham University. The committee, composed of trustees, faculty, staff, and students, is broadly representative of the Fordham community. Its members are:

Robert D. Daleo, GABELLI ’72, Chair, Search Committee; Chair, Board of Trustees
Don Almeida, GABELLI ’73, Member, Board of Trustees
Margaret T. Ball, J.D., General Counsel and Secretary of the University
Emanuel Chirico, GABELLI ’79, Member, Board of Trustees
Matthew Diller, J.D., Dean and Paul Fuller Professor of Law, School of Law
John J. Drummond, Ph.D., Southwell Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and the Humanities
Silvia C. Finnemann, Ph.D., Professor of Biological Sciences, Bepler Chair in Biology
Christina Greer, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Political Science
Crispreet Kaur, FCLC ’22, Student
Sylvester McClearn, GABELLI ’86, ’88, Member, Board of Trustees
James J. Miracky, S.J., FCRH ’83, Member, Board of Trustees
Armando Nuñez, Jr., GABELLI ’82, Vice Chair, Board of Trustees
Valerie Irick Rainford, FCRH ’86, Member, Board of Trustees
Thomas J. Regan, S.J., GSAS ’82, Member, Board of Trustees
Diane Rodriguez, Ph.D., GSE ’91, ’97, Professor of Curriculum and Teaching, Graduate School of Education
Susan Conley Salice, FCRH ’82, Member, Board of Trustees
Jorge B. San Miguel, GABELLI ’82, Member, Board of Trustees
Mary Anne Sullivan, TMC ’73, Vice Chair, Board of Trustees
Elizabeth Vernon, GABELLI ’22, Student

Our consultants, Robin Mamlet and Jean Dowdall of the executive search firm WittKieffer, held a series of 19 virtual listening sessions for students, staff, faculty, alumni, and parents in September to gather input and answer questions about the search. Members of the University community may also provide input by emailing Additional information is available at, through which the Board will communicate our progress to the University community.

We expect the search committee to identify and present its leading candidates to the Board of Trustees by early in 2022, and the Board intends to announce the new president of the University in the spring.

The talented and experienced members of the search committee will conduct a rigorous national search for the next president of the University, with Fordham’s academic mission, reputation, and Jesuit, Catholic character at the forefront of their efforts. We look forward to the process, and will keep the University community informed as it proceeds.


Robert D. Daleo, Chair
Fordham University Board of Trustees
Gabelli School of Business, Class of 1972


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