Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities’ Board of Trustees Names New Chair

News Date: 11/9/2017

Fordham University President Father Joseph M. McShane, S.J. Takes Helm

NEW YORK—The Board of Trustees of the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU) today elected a new chair, Father Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham University. McShane’s two-year tenure begins immediately.

McShane succeeds Kimberly R. Cline, president of Long Island University, as board chair. This will be his second term as chair of CICU’s Board of Trustees. CICU’s 21-member Board of Trustees is made up of 18 college or university presidents from private, not-for-profit institutions in New York as well as three former or current university trustees affiliated with CICU’s sister organization, the Council of Governing Boards (CGB).

“Father McShane brings immense experience and leadership to this role. As a Jesuit and the president of a private, not-for-profit university in New York, Father McShane has long been a champion for independent higher education and the students we serve. I know Father McShane will be a powerful advocate for CICU and our member campuses,” said Mary Beth Labate, CICU President.

“New York’s 100-plus private, not-for-profit colleges and universities are facing unprecedented challenges at the state and federal levels. Though our institutions have diverse missions and needs, we share many common interests—not least being the transformative effect of a college education on our nearly 500,000 students, and the scholarship of our faculty and researchers. I am proud to lead CICU’s board in representing our member institutions, and I am confident that together we can confront the challenges we face by reengaging with New York’s elected and appointed officials on policies that serve our students, our colleges and universities, and the State,” said Joseph M. McShane, S.J.

McShane has served as Fordham University president since 2003. Prior to his current role he was president of the University of Scranton, dean of Fordham College at Rose Hill, and a member of the Department of Religious Studies at Le Moyne College in Syracuse. McShane was ordained a priest in 1977. He received both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Boston College as well as a master’s degree in theology from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley and a doctorate in the history of Christianity from the University of Chicago.