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Upcoming at Fordham: College at 60 Summer Film Series


Scholar Named Toppeta Chair in Global Financial Markets

James Lothian, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Finance in the Fordham Schools of Business, has been named the inaugural holder of the Toppeta Family Chair in Global Financial Markets in the Gabelli School of Business.

The chair was established with a $1 million gift from Bill Toppeta, FCRH ’70, and his wife Debra.

In his new position, Lothian, who joined the Fordham faculty in 1990 and was named Distinguished Professor of Finance in 1997, will continue to devote time to researching international finance, monetary economics (including monetary policy), financial history—both U.S. and international—and the incidence and international transmission of economic disturbances.

Lothian received his doctorate and master’s degrees in economics from the University of Chicago and his bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from the Catholic University of America.

He has served as director of Fordham’s Frank J. Petrilli Center for Research in International Finance since 2002. He has served as the editor of the Journal of International Money and Finance since 1986, and has been a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

— Patrick Verel

Photo courtesy Thomson Reuters

University Board of Trustees Elects New Chair

Robert D. Daleo, GSB ’72, has been elected chair of the Fordham University Board of Trustees, effective July 1, 2012, the Office of the President has announced.

Daleo, the vice chairman of Thomson Reuters, has been a member of Fordham’s Board of Trustees since 2008, is the current chair of the finance and investment committee, and a member of the board’s executive committee. He was also a founding member of Fordham’s President’s Council. Daleo previously served as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Thomson Reuters. He was executive vice president and chief financial officer of the Thomson Corporation and also served as a member of the Thomson Corporation’s board of directors prior to the company’s acquisition of Reuters Group PLC in 2008.

“It speaks volumes that Fordham can claim alumni as gifted and accomplished as Bob Daleo, and that we can attract such talent to serve on the University’s Board of Trustees,” said Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham. “He brings broad experience, financial acumen, and Jesuit roots to the chairman’s position, all of which are tremendous assets in advancing Fordham’s mission.”

Daleo takes over for John N. Tognino, PCS ’75, who was honored for his service to the University at the March 26 Founder’s Award Dinner.

Daleo sits on the board of directors of Equifax Inc., and is chairman of the board of directors of the New Jersey Community Development Corporation.

In addition to his undergraduate degree from the Gabelli School of Business, Daleo holds an MBA in finance from the City University of New York.

— Patrick Verel



Upcoming At Fordham:

College at 60 Summer Series Brings Great Films to Fordham

Fordham’s College at 60 kicked off its new summer series, Where Great Books Meet Great Movies! on June 5, with the Academy-award-nominated film The Help.

The 2011 comedy-drama film adaptation of Kathryn Stockett’s novel of the same name was the first of four films that will be screened in the 12th Floor Lounge at the Lincoln Center campus. It will be followed by showings of Wings of the Dove,The Name of the Rose and The Grapes of Wrath (pictured above), weekly through June 26.

Screenings will be followed by a lecture and discussion led by Robert Spiegelman, Ph.D., adjunct professor of sociology and social science at Fordham. Spiegelman, a screenwriter and creative producer with several feature film and documentary projects under development, has incorporated film for years as an integral part of all of his courses at Fordham, Long Island University, and the College of Staten Island.

More information can be found on the website,

— Patrick Verel



This Month in Fordham History…

Amid Personal Grief, a Rising Author Finds a Home at Fordham

In 1846, Fordham gained a thoughtful, well-mannered neighbor who would become a regular visitor to the Jesuit fathers on campus. In June of that year, he moved into a white three-room cottage on Kingsbridge Road, overlooking the campus of Fordham (then named St. John’s College).

When his wife died seven months later, he began the long walks that would lead him to the campus of St. John’s. There, he befriended college president Auguste J. Thebaud, S.J., as well as future president Edward Doucet, S.J., with whom he often walked the campus grounds, unburdening himself and taking a break from his literary efforts.

The Jesuits often gave him free rein in their library, where he would stay late into the night. “He was well informed on all matters” and was “a gentleman by nature and instinct,” Doucet said of the man, who had the now-familiar name of Edgar Allan Poe.

— Chris Gosier

Photos, from left: Wikimedia Commons/Dmadeo; Photo by Janet Sassi; Wikimedia Commons


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