Volt Magazine sat down recently with President Tania Tetlow to discuss meritocracy in the American education system and the importance of a well-rounded education in developing opportunity.

President Tetlow served as a law professor and an assistant U.S. attorney before leading Loyola University New Orleans, and now Fordham University. When asked by Volt about her professional journey, she had this to say:

“I realized that higher education is a place I could really matter. We determine whether meritocracy and opportunity exist in this country. We have the capacity to help solve problems and to speak with moral authority. Doing this work at a Jesuit university allows me to be quite vocal in pushing for a better world.”

Her goals for Fordham?

“In these increasingly urgent times, I want Fordham to have the greatest possible impact on the world—by creating opportunity, through transformative teaching, and with the kind of research that solves the world’s toughest problems,” she said.

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Jane Martinez is director of media relations and deputy University spokesperson at Fordham. She can be reached at [email protected] or (347) 992-1815.