Tania Tetlow will be officially inaugurated as the 33rd President of Fordham University on Friday, October 14 on the Rose Hill campus. His term began July 1, but his new leadership will be celebrated at a week of festivities from 11 to 14 oct..
Tetlow is the first laywoman and woman to lead the University in its 181-year history. She is a former law professor and former president of Loyola University in New Orleans who has deep ties to the Jesuits and New York.
“I can never thank you enough for the welcome you have given me. I spent those first few months meeting as many of you as I could, listening very carefully, and learning so much,” Tetlow said in his first state of the university address, detailing his encounters with the Fordham community. “All of this makes me so happy to have come.”
Inauguration week will begin on the Lincoln Center campus on Tuesday, October 11, featuring a discussion between four faculty members about Fordham’s unique position to train students who will one day make a difference in the world. The panel, titled Fordham: Hope in a fractured worldwill take place at 4 p.m. at the McNally Amphitheater, followed by a reception at 5 p.m. at Platt Court.
The following day, there will be an evening showcase on the Lincoln Center campus, featuring performances by students from the Ailey/Fordham BFA program in dance, the Fordham Theater and the Fordham Lincoln Center Jazz Ensemble. Showcase, NYC movement, melodrama and melodieswill be held on Wednesday October 12 at 6:00 p.m. in the Costantino Room, followed by a reception at 7:00 p.m. in the Soden Salon and Bateman Room. Registration for this event is now complete, but the performance will be streamed live.
Inauguration day will be on Friday October 14, on the Rose Hill campus. The day will begin at 10 a.m. with a missionary Mass at the University Church to confirm Tetlow’s mission as director of Fordham’s apostolic work. Mass will be followed by lunch at 11:30 a.m. on the Lawn of the Martyrs.
The main event – the official installation of Tetlow as Fordham’s 33rd chairman – will take place at 2pm on Edwards Parade. At 4 p.m., the ribbon-cutting ceremony will transition to PrezFest, a celebration with food and entertainment at the same location. The final event of the evening, a grand opening concert, will begin at 6 p.m. on the lawn of the Walsh Family Library. The concert will also celebrate the 75th anniversary of Fordham’s public media station, WFUV. All events are open to everyone.
To view the full Inaugural Week schedule and register for the festivities, including live-streamed events, visit fordham.edu/inauguration/.