Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president emeritus of Fordham, was recognized for his contributions to Catholic higher education at a banquet held by the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 3.

Father McShane served as the 32nd president of Fordham from 2003 to 2022. At the awards banquet, he was given the 2024 Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, CSC, Award, named in honor of an American priest and civil rights advocate who earned the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Medal of Freedom.

In a tribute video played at the ceremony, Father McShane thanked his colleagues for their service and dedication to their collective work.

“I want to shine the spotlight on you: the scores of women and men religious and the hundreds of talented devoted laywomen and laymen who have led and continue to lead our member institutions with discerning wisdom, deep love, and great effectiveness,” he said. “You keep our sacred and noble mission alive.”

Father McShane holds his award in front of the camera.
Father McShane receives his award at the ceremony. Photo courtesy of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities

Taylor is a visual storytelling strategist in Fordham University's marketing and communications department, where she documents University life through photography and video. Since joining Fordham in 2018, she has served as a writer, photographer, videographer, and social media manager, dividing her time between University Marketing and Communications and the Office of the President. She earned her bachelor's degree in journalism from Stony Brook University's School of Communication and Journalism and her master's degree in public media from Fordham University's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Her work has appeared on NPR, NBC New York, and amNewYork METRO.