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Fr. Fitzgerald speaking at an event at the Chinese Consulate in New York City honoring extraordinary Chinese graduate students in the region’s universities. Photo courtesy of  Paul J. Fitzgerald

USF Welcomes New President Father Fitz

The presidential search ended last week with the Board of Trustees voting unanimously to elect the Reverend Paul J. Fitzgerald S.J. as the 28th president of the University of San Francisco. Fr. Fitzgerald will officially take office on August 1.

“When I received word I was selected as president, I was absolutely elated,” Fitzgerald said. “USF has an impressive legacy. The chance to contribute to this environment of learning and service is a true honor.”

Fitzgerald is due back to the Bay Area in August. Courtesy of Barbara Ries.

Fitzgerald is due back to the Bay Area in August. Courtesy of Barbara Ries.

This role will bring Fitzgerald back to the Bay Area. He grew up in Los Gatos, Calif. after his family moved from Southern California when he was five. He graduated from Santa Clara University in 1980 (“that other Jesuit school,” he joked) and entered the Society of Jesus two years later. Fr. Fitzgerald was ordained to the priesthood at St. Ignatius Church on the USF campus in 1992. He currently serves as the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Fairfield University in Connecticut.

Fitzgerald also has a wealth of international experience; he attended the University of Paris, La Sorbonne, where he earned a postgraduate degree and PhD in the Sociology of Religion and he taught as a visiting lecturer in China and Kenya. He is fluent in French, German, and conversational in Spanish.

“We believe Fitzgerald is ideally suited to work with the entire USF community in delivering a Jesuit education to the next generations of USF students,” said Thomas E. Malloy, chair of the USF Board of Trustees. “He has a strong commitment to diversity, brings a global perspective, and is an enthusiastic supporter of intercollegiate athletics. He is excited about leading San Francisco’s first university and expanding our partnerships with the community.”

Fr. Fitzgerald married three couples at Santa Clara University this year. Here he is (second from the right) celebrating the wedding of Becky and Bobby Reuter, SCU ‘05. Courtesy of  Paul J. Fitzgerald.

Fr. Fitzgerald married three couples at Santa Clara University this year. Here he is (second from the right) celebrating the wedding of Becky and Bobby Reuter, SCU ‘05. Courtesy of Paul J. Fitzgerald.

Fr. Fitzgerald talks to the Foghorn in an exclusive interview

On coming back to USF and California

“I want to be back at USF because that [diversity] to me is normal, and I just feel joy in a place where everyone feels welcome. USF should look like the Bay Area.”

“In San Francisco you can eat the food from the world, and you can do that in New York City as well, but in New York there’s snow.”


On his campus presence 

“I want to have structured conversations, and I want to meet constituencies and groups of students, but I also want to give myself opportunities to go and have lunch in one of the student dining commons, and sit at a random table and talk to people. I want to do that with faculty. I want to do that with staff.”

On Pope Francis

“I love the new pope, I love the new pope. He is just so genuine, so warm, so loving, non judgmental; you know, he’s like Jesus. He’s challenging, and he is going to be challenging because he’s going to ask people to lead lives of virtue, generosity, kindness, charity, diversity — and those are not alway easy.”


On the San Francisco Chronicle calling him “tech-savvy”

“That’s nice of them. I don’t have any degrees; my degrees are in history and philosophy and theology, and sociology. What some of our conversations were on is what’s going on in San Francisco right now, which is that Silicon Valley is moving into the city. I think the students at USF will go into the tech industry, whether as an engineer, marketer or technical writer, so I think we want to pay really close attention to what are the jobs students are preparing for and what are the jobs our students want when they graduate.”


On technology and morals

“We need to talk together about what technology can do for us, but we also have to be attentive to what technology can do to us. When undergraduate students arrive, they’re pretty comfortable using technology. Is it really keeping them connected to people or is it keeping their relationships kind of  superficial?”


On how USF can lead the conversation on tech and morals

“Some people arrive having had the experience of cyber bullying so how do we have conversations around being kind and being caring in a digital format? If we can be a place where people from different religious traditions have deep conversations, maybe we can help folks in the city do that, as well.”


On student media

“I promise I will never ever ever censor the newspaper. Student media is educational; students are learning how to be journalists; but also they serve a really important function of building community and that also involves presenting difficult questions and brokering difficult conversations.”


On interacting with outside community

“Jesuits have always, for 450 years, thought of our schools as a place where we educate our students, but also a place where we engage the larger community; and sometimes we do it through our students. USF wants to be, and is, and should be more and more, a university for San Francisco, not of San Francisco. We can help the city think of ethical questions about inclusivity and respect. We can have the city ask itself “what are the values of this community that we’re willing to stand up for?”


On his morning routine

“I do yoga. I sit for 25 mins or so, say my prayer. I do these yoga poses: salute to the sun, the cat. There’s a lot of them. I get cleaned up and have breakfast and get the paper and eat with other Jesuits and we chat a little bit.”


On what newspapers he will be reading at USF

“The Foghorn! The [San Francisco] Chronicle, and I hope we get the New York Times and Le Monde.”


On speaking many languages

“We get students from all over the world, and we want to send students all over the world, and we want students to have a sense of global citizenship.”



Egyptian General El Sisi: “Thank You For My Self-Nomination”

To my beloved citizens of Egypt:


This is a letter for all those who have over-glorified my actions and baked my future as your next president into cake. I do not deserve to have my picture on your chocolates and colognes, for I have done nothing to earn them. But I have earned your undying, political support and for that, I must thank you for my ultimate decision to nominate myself.

Since June 30 of last year, we have been a nation moving forward, united together under the cause we have rallied for since Jan. 25, 2011: the freedoms and prosperity we were deprived of under the dictatorial rule of Mubarak and our year-long bump in the road, Morsi.

I must admit I fear that you will call for my removal, as you did my predecessors, and no longer love me like you have all so ardently professed. Yet, I hope to prove to you that if — no, when — I do win the presidential elections (TBA), I will execute the vague vision that I have for Egypt. It helps that I am running unopposed; I have your unwavering loyalty to thank for that. Its strength has scared all other potential competition from even attempting to establish a campaign.

Until the election results are announced, I will make sure to clear the way for a smooth transition to this coveted office — by others, of course, not me. This means sweeping away the cobwebs of the previous regime and ensuring a clean slate for what I hope to accomplish.

I have all my branches of government partnering with me, in terms of executing this plan most efficiently. Speaking of executing plans, the judicial courts have sentenced 529 Morsi supporters to death. This move is necessary in the eradication of any potential radical terrorists or future opposition. And thankfully, we have guaranteed a pristine press image of our nation with the imprisonment of any media personalities, journalists or writers that might report what we hope the world or our allies might turn a blind eye to.

We must remain the epitome of hope and simultaneous power in the region, or else we fall. Returning to past authoritarian regimes is not an option. We must continue to operate under the illusion of progress and action. Our AIDS/HIV cure will be a large portion in the development of this image.

And do not worry. You will be the first of the last to know when I do establish the platform I plan to run on, besides the complete and unshakable confidence I have that you will vote for me anyways.

Also, shut up your mouse, Obama.*

Tahya Masr**,

General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi

Deputy Prime Minister of Egypt

Recently Resigned Minister of Defense

Future President of Egypt


* In reference to a viral video clip featuring an Egyptian woman shouting her support for General el-Sisi and saying “Shut up your mouse, Obama” instead of ‘mouth’.

** “Long live, Egypt”

DISCLAIMER: This piece was printed as part of The Foghorn’s April Fool’s Day issue on April 1st, 2014. This article is intended to be satirical.

Left to right: Could former USF professor of Art+Architecture and Thacher Gallery director Rev. Thomas Lucas, S.J., USF Provost Jennifer Turpin, or St. Ignatius director Rev. Gerdenio (Sonny) Manuel, S.J. be the next university president? (Photo Courtesy of Jasmine Bautista /Foghorn)

Guess Who Our Next President Will Be?

An Update on the USF Presidential Search

UPDATE: Fr. Thomas Lucas S.J. wrote to the Foghorn in regards to the graphic accompanying this story to clarify that he is not in the running to be the next USF president. We apologize to anyone we might have mislead with the graphic. It is a playful take on the presidential search based on student and faculty predictions and hopes.

The outreach stage of the presidential search has been completed, and a list of a dozen potential candidates has been made. Representatives of the Presidential Search Committee (PSC), Chuck Smith and Teresa Win, gave a presentation on their progress at last week’s student senate meeting.

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USF Community Comments on President’s State of the Union Address

Foghorn staff asked, “What was most interesting to you about Obama’s State of the Union address last week?” 

Meagan Cuthill | Senior politics major

“I thought his address was very typical of how Obama’s speeches go. Very well presented, well balanced. I think he delivered a State of the Union that was expected, in a good way, and even so there will always be critics. Like oh, he didn’t comment on this issue as much as he should! Or that anecdote was inappropriate! For example. Anyways, all in all it was well-rounded and him addressing minimum wage and foreign affairs (despite some questionable wording) were the best for me.”

Robert Elias | Politics professor

“What become clear to me is that Obama feels as though congress has been an impediment to getting things done. He’s putting the burden, the blame, on congress… but at the same time, he’s kind of abducating responsibility. Yes, congress is horrible at getting things done, but Obama hasn’t been a good leader in terms of rallying and gaining support for what he wants to do.”

Students and professors had mixed reviews about Obama’s 2014 State of the Union address, last Tuesday. (Photo courtesy of Creative Commons)

Students and professors had mixed reviews about Obama’s 2014 State of the Union address, last Tuesday. (Photo courtesy of Creative Commons)

Ian ScullionJunior politics major

“Some notable highlights, but largely an uninspired propaganda piece (which is historically characteristic of State of the Union Addresses in general mind you). President Obama touted his “all the above” energy strategy yet again—the argument being to ostensibly become “energy independent.”

While these euphemisms may sound agreeable to the masses, the actually existing policies behind the rhetoric are quite shocking. Part of his “all the above” energy strategy includes – if deemed “safe” for the climate – the building of the highly controversial Keystone XL pipeline, which would funnel tar sands oil from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.

In 2012, prominent American climate scientist James Hansen remarked that the exploitation of these tar sands would mean, ‘game over for the climate.’ Yet surprisingly, a recently released State Department report asserted that the building of the pipeline would not significantly exacerbate green house gas emissions in the United States. At the moment, Keystone XL looks relatively imminent. That is unless popular backlash, of which there is a remarkable amount, proves effective.”