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Fordham Honors Its Longest- Serving With 1841 Awards

Two Fordham Alumni Elected to Board of Trustees

Fordham Honors Its Longest- Serving With 1841 Awards



On Dec. 13, the Office of the President celebrated those men and women whose generous work ethic and longstanding dedication shape Fordham’s life and character every day.

Five employees received the 1841 Award Medal for Service of 20 or 40 years. Together, they represented more than 100 years of University service. They are:

Fernando Castillo, Facilities Services at Lincoln Center: Castillo began his Fordham career as a mechanic and was promoted to engineer. A native of the Philippines, Castillo works on the second shift at the Lincoln Center campus, where he frequently handles heating and cooling operations for after-hour events.

Anita Bisecco, Custodial Services at Rose Hill: Recognized by her supervisors for exceptional work and a polite disposition, Bisecco had worked in custodial services cross-campus—from Dealy Hall to the William D. Walsh Family Library, to her present position in the Administration Building.

Nathan Bahny, Quinn Library staff: Bahny has bar-coded books and periodicals, maintained hundreds of library stacks, and now helps run the library’s online Reserve system. His encyclopedic knowledge of just about everything on reserve in the Quinn collection makes him a favorite among faculty and staff.

Anthony “Tony” Romeo, Facilities Services at Rose Hill: A 40-year employee, Romeo ran the Rose Hill Gas Station when it was in existence. Since the station’s closure, Romeo has worn several other hats in facilities, including serving as a shop steward for the facilities workers, acting as their advocate and ensuring everyone receives a fair shake.

Debra L. Rivera, Fordham Law School: Rivera works in the Office of Faculty Support, where she provides administrative support to tenured, tenure-track and visiting professors. Among her duties are providing teaching support, and editing articles and books. Rivera is also a Fordham alumna; she holds a master’s degree in political science from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

— Janet Sassi



Two Fordham Alumni Elected to Board of Trustees

The University has added two members to its Board of Trustees, both of whom were elected to three-year terms.

James S. Brown


Thomas J. Regan, S.J.

James S. Brown, LAW ’72, is a partner at the law firm Wilson Elser, where he has focused on defense from medical malpractice claims for more than 30 years. A fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, he serves as chairman of Wilson Elser’s senior trial group, which reviews all high-exposure cases on which the firm is retained and also oversees trial skills training programs for the firm’s associates. In his role, Brown represents many of the major New York metropolitan hospitals and their affiliated physicians and staff members at trial. He began his career as an assistant district attorney in Manhattan and then practiced at a New York medical malpractice law firm before joining Wilson Elser in 1994.

Thomas J. Regan, S.J., GSAS ’82, ’84, is an associate professor of philosophy, academic dean at St. Joseph College Seminary, and director of the Jesuit First Studies master’s program at Loyola University in Chicago. He was a visiting associate professor of philosophy at Fordham from 2010-2011. Father Regan began his academic career at Fairfield University, as an instructor of philosophy in 1980. He served as associate professor and chair of its philosophy department in the 1990s, and was associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 2000 to 2002. His teaching work at Fairfield earned him one of the five “Most Influential Educator” awards from 1990-1995. An active member of the Jesuit community, Father Regan served as Provincial for the Society of Jesus of New England from 2003 to 2009.

— Patrick Verel




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