The University of San Francisco will inaugurate its 28th president, the Rev. Paul J. Fitzgerald, on Saturday.
The morning ceremony honoring Fitzgerald will include House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, University of California President Janet Napolitano and the Rev. Robert W. McElroy, auxiliary bishop of San Francisco.
Fitzgerald, a Jesuit priest who speaks three languages and has held teaching posts in China and Kenya, was appointed in April and took office in August, leaving his academic affairs post at Fairfield University in Connecticut.
He grew up in Los Gatos, studied history at Santa Clara University -- where he later was a dean -- and in 1992 was ordained at USF's St. Ignatius Church, the site of the inauguration ceremony.
Fitzgerald succeeds the Rev. Stephen A. Privett, also a Jesuit, who led the Catholic university for 14 years. [via @mercnews]