The Inauguration of Paul J. Fitzgerald SJ

Join Paul J. Fitzgerald, S.J. during this week of reflection and celebration. 

Register Now Presidential Inauguration Four days of events will culminate with Fr. Fitzgerald's installation as USF's twenty-eighth president.

A Celebration of Student Life

Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 4 p.m.
McLaren Conference Center

Celebrate the student service, research, and creative work that makes USF's mission come alive. Refreshments will be served.

A Commitment to Academic Excellence

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 4 p.m.
McLaren Conference Center

Celebrate USF's society of distinguished scholars, artists, and scientists whose work creates the bedrock of USF's intellectual tradition and academic history. Join us for drinks and hors d'oeuvres.

Inaugural Mass

Friday, October 31, 2014, Noon
St. Ignatius Church

Join the USF community as we reaffirm our commitment to the service of faith and the promotion of justice.

Living the Mission

Friday, October 31, 2014, 1 p.m.
McLaren Conference Center

Learn how the diversity of our faculty and staff’s global perspectives, experiences, and traditions create the core values of USF’s Jesuit mission of education. Refreshments will be served.

The Installation Ceremony

Saturday, November 1, 2014, 10 a.m.
St. Ignatius Church

Be part of a 159-year-old USF tradition as we celebrate the university’s honored past and advance its future with our twenty-eighth president, Paul J. Fitzgerald, S.J.

Inauguration Reception

Saturday, November 1, 2014, 11:30 a.m.
McLaren Conference Center

Join Fr. Fitzgerald, faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of the university for light refreshments immediately following the installation ceremony.

For more information, contact the Inauguration Office at (415) 422-6441 or email:

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About USF President Paul J. Fitzgerald, S.J.

Fr. Fitzgerald has worked in higher education for more than 20 years, serving as the senior vice president for academic affairs at Fairfield University, senior associate dean for the College of Arts and Sciences at Santa Clara University, and on the boards of trustees at Loyola University Chicago and Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. A native Californian, Fr. Fitzgerald has lived, taught, and studied overseas. He earned a D.E.A. (diplôme des études approfondies) and a Docteur ès Lettres (PhD) in the Sociology of Religion at the University of Paris – La Sorbonne and an S.T.D. (Pontifical Doctorate) in ecclesiology from the Institut Catholique de Paris. Read the full story.