Fitzgerald will take office Aug. 1 and succeeds Stephen A. Privett, who has served as the university’s president since 2000, making him the third-longest-serving president in university history.
Fitzgerald is currently the senior vice president for academic affairs at Fairfield University in Connecticut and brings more than 20 years of experience working in higher education.
“When I received word I was selected as president, I was absolutely elated,” Fitzgerald said in a statement. “USF has an impressive legacy. The chance to contribute to this environment of learning and service is a true honor.”
With this new job, Fitzgerald is returning to his roots. He was ordained to the priesthood at St. Ignatius Church on the USF campus in 1992, and earned a bachelor’s degree from Santa Clara University in 1980 after spending much of his childhood in Los Gatos.