Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York  

University Names Interim Vice President for Development

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Roger A. Milici Jr.
Fordham has named Roger A. Milici Jr. interim vice president for development and University relations, effective July 1, 2010. Milici, currently the associate vice president for development, replaces Al Checcio, who is going to the University of Southern California as its senior vice president for advancement.

“It is a testament to Al Checcio’s leadership and fundraising success that he has been recruited by USC,” said Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham. “It likewise speaks to his management ability that Al has in place Roger Milici, an experienced and capable leader and fundraiser, to guide the department into the second half of the campaign.”

Milici, who has more than 17 years of experience in senior executive positions, was named associate vice president for development at Fordham in May 2009. Before coming to Fordham, he served as senior director of development and alumni relations at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, a post he held since June 2001. Since his arrival at Fordham, Milici has reinvigorated fundraising and volunteer engagement for distinguished fellowships and honors programs, and  reorganized school-based fundraising.

Under Checcio’s leadership, the University has raised more than $335.6 million toward its $500 million goal for Excelsior | Ever Upward | The Campaign for Fordham. The campaign was launched publicly in March 2009, and raised more than $59 million in the last year.

“Al Checcio set historic fundraising records at Fordham, and has helped recruit a truly world class team of campaign volunteers and professional staff,” Father McShane said. “Therefore, Al leaves Fordham well prepared to deliver on its promise to become the nation’s preeminent Catholic university.”

“It has been an honor to serve Fordham the past five years,” Checcio said. “I will always remain a part of the Fordham community, and have total confidence in the ability of the Development and University Relations staff. It is the best group of professionals I have ever worked with.”

Founded in 1841, Fordham is the Jesuit University of New York, offering exceptional education distinguished by the Jesuit tradition to approximately 14,700 students in its four undergraduate colleges and its six graduate and professional schools. It has residential campuses in the Bronx and Manhattan, a campus in Westchester, the Louis Calder Center Biological Field Station in Armonk, N.Y., and the London Centre at Heythrop College in the United Kingdom.

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