Fordham First


Fordham University, the Bronx, celebrated the historic Oct. 14 inauguration of Tania Tetlow as the 33rd president—and first woman and layperson—to lead the 181-year-old institution. Cardinal Dolan delivered the invocation at the ceremony, attended by dignitaries from 60 universities around the country, Fordham trustees, faculty and families. Ms. Tetlow was named the new president Feb. 10 and took office July 1, following the retirement of Father Joseph McShane, S.J., who presided over the university for nearly two decades. The events began at Mass at University Church to confirm Ms. Tetlow’s mission as director of the apostolic work of Fordham University. The inauguration ceremony took place at the Rose Hill Campus. A native of New York, Ms. Tetlow later lived in New Orleans, where she served as an assistant U.S. attorney, a law professor and, in 2018, became the first woman and lay president of Loyola University.