USF board chooses new school president 

The University of San Francisco board of trustees has unanimously elected the Rev. Paul J. Fitzgerald as the school’s 28th president.

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.

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Laura Dudnick

Laura Dudnick, a Bay Area native, covers education and planning for The San Francisco Examiner. She previously worked as a senior local editor for, and as the San Mateo County bureau reporter and weekend editor for Bay City News Service.
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