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Quotes From the Presidential Search Committee

Tom MalloyThe Board of Trustees voted unanimously to elect the Rev. Paul J. Fitzgerald, S.J., as the University's 28th president. An accomplished scholar and professor, an adept, seasoned administrator and an ideal fit for the university. He has a strong commitment to diversity, brings a global perspective, and is an enthusiastic supporter of intercollegiate athletics. He is a Bay Area native and is excited about leading San Francisco’s first university and expanding our partnerships with the community. The board looks forward to welcoming Fr. Fitzgerald to USF in the fall. At the same time, we are deeply grateful to the Rev. Stephen A. Privett, S.J. for his inspired, dynamic and collaborative leadership these last 14 years.

Thomas E. Malloy, ‘61
Chair, Board of Trustees
President (retired), Trench Shoring Company


Charles H. SmithThe Presidential Search Committee was united in finding the very best leader for the university and, after discussions with more than 300 contacts, unanimously recommended Fr. Fitzgerald. First and foremost, we know he will sustain and advance the university’s Jesuit mission and identity. He also brings impressive experience in connecting with the business community, in fundraising, and in strategic planning. He has a sound working knowledge of the mechanics of higher education and the use of technology to complement the transformative one-on-one interaction between faculty and students. My deepest thanks go to the members of Presidential Search Committee for their sustained dedication, collaborative spirit, and commitment to the university.

Charles H. Smith
Chair, Presidential Search Committee
Vice Chair, Board of Trustees
President and CEO (retired), AT&T West
Vice Chair, Board of Trustees


Teresa WinAs Chair of the Search Advisory Committee, I am deeply grateful to my fellow Committee members and to the hundreds of participants in the Listening Sessions and online survey. The high level of involvement in this process enabled the Presidential Search Committee to be very clear on the qualifications needed to lead USF. We look forward to continuing this engagement when we introduce Fr. Paul to the USF community.

Teresa Win, ‘85
Chair, Search Advisory Committee
Vice Chair, Presidential Search Committee
Trustee Emerita
Investment Consultant (Ret)


Fr. Paul's true global perspective, balance of academic rigor and relevance will certainly engage Bay Area technology leaders and entrepreneurs. This is an exciting time and San Francisco is a perfect place to fit Fr. Paul's style.

Claudio M. Chiuchiarelli, ‘79
Trustee Chair Emeritus

Managing Partner, Banyan Securities Company LLC


Father Fitzgerald is the right leader at the right time. With deep historical ties to the Bay Area and a truly global perspective, he appreciates the uniqueness of our great city and the opportunities to embrace all aspects of the Silicon Valley entrepreneurial ecosystem for the mutual benefit of our community and USF.

Dixon Doll, PhD.
Co-Founder and General Partner, DCM-Doll Capital Management
Chair, Trustee Investment Committee


Fr. Fitzgerald is a true renaissance man with a command of several languages and a stellar academic record in ecclesiastical studies. He has a real appreciation for academic excellence in the Ignation tradition. We are excited that he has agreed to lead USF and are confident that he will bring our great institution to an even higher level.

Margaret A. Tempero, M.D.
Director, UCSF Pancreas Center
Vice Chair, Trustee Academic Affairs Committee


Fr. Paul Fitzgerald, S.J., is an exemplary Jesuit, who will lead USF forward in the many opportunities and challenges in the years to come. He will build on the strong leadership of Fr. Privett in continuing to collaborate with the Board of Trustees, Leadership Team, faculty, staff, alumni, and benefactors of USF in staying focused on our mission for the good of the education and formation of USF students, who are our best hope to make our world a better place for all.

John P. McGarry, S.J., M.A. ‘93
Rector, Jesuit School of Theology Jesuit Community
Immediate past California Provincial, Society of Jesus
Chair Trustee Academic Affairs Committee


Fr. Paul processes a global mindset and has a great appreciation for the international issues that face the San Francisco business and technology communities. Under his leadership USF will continue to grow as the place business people will come for consultation and collaboration.

John F. Nicolai, ‘71
Partner, Greer Anderson Capital, LLC
Chair, Trustee Finance Committee