Gregory Waldrop, S.J., was appointed executive director of University art collections in an announcement made Thursday, March 9 by Fordham Provost Stephen Freedman, Ph.D.

Father Waldrop, a member of Fordham’s Art History and Music Department since 2009, is an expert in Italian art from 1400 to 1600, and his scholarly research and writing deal primarily with the religious culture and iconography of the late Middle Ages and early Renaissance in Italy, with a particular focus on 15th century Sienese painting.

He was a Rome Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Rome in 2006-2008. He has taught in both the medieval and renaissance areas and will continue his association with the Art History and Music Department.

He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in the history of art from the University of California, Berkeley. He also holds an M.S. in journalism from Northwestern University and a B.A. in English, magna cum laude with distinction in the major, from Yale University.

His credentials in theology include the S.T.B., magna cum laude, from the Pontificia Universitas Gregoriana in Rome and the Th.M., with honors, from Weston Jesuit School of Theology.

In his new role, Fr. Waldrop will work collaboratively with academic units across the University to enhance Fordham’s prominence and visibility within New York City’s richly diverse artistic communities and cultural institutions. He will also oversee an estimated 1,000 works of fine art spread at the University’s three campuses.

—Patrick Verel