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USF Nursing Dean Elected to the Association of California Nurse Leaders Board

USF Nursing Dean Elected to the Association of California Nurse Leaders Board | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Judith Karshmer, dean of the University of San Francisco (USF) School of Nursing and Health Professions, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Association of California Nurse Leaders, a statewide organization that develops nurse leaders and advances the professional practice of nursing in order to improve the health of California communities. In this position, Karshmer will represent the voice of California nurse leaders in academia.


“As California’s nursing leadership organization, we are committed to strong academic and service partnerships,” said Patricia McFarland, MS, RN, FAAN, CEO of ACNL. “Dr. Karshmer’s national and state academic perspective will enrich our discussions and help shape our strategic direction."


“I am excited to be a part of this nursing leadership organization that can truly help position nurses to advance health care,” said Karshmer.

Last June, Karshmer was appointed to serve on the San Francisco Health Commission, the governing and policy-making body of the Department of Public Health. She joined the seven person commission to assist with its mandate to manage and control the City and County hospitals, monitor and regulate emergency medical services, and all health-related matters pertaining to the preservation, promotion, and protection of San Francisco residents.

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Congratulations, Judy Karshmer! 

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San Francisco Chronicle: City should better fund eviction defenses

San Francisco Chronicle: City should better fund eviction defenses | USF in the News | Scoop.it

San Francisco may be awash in new money, but its longtime residents are drowning in eviction lawsuits. It's time to throw them a lifeline.

Every tenant facing eviction should have the right to an attorney. On April 16, concerned San Franciscans will ask the Board of Supervisors to properly fund legal services for eviction defense.


The city is grappling with its highest eviction rate since 2001-2002, the height of the real estate craze spurred by the first tech boom. Last year, 3,662 eviction lawsuits were filed in San Francisco Superior Court. The Rent Board reported a 12.5 percent increase in eviction notices in 2013. For many tenants, losing a rent-controlled or subsidized apartment means becoming homeless.


Teachers, artists, service workers, seniors and families have been exiled from their community. In fighting their evictions, 90 percent of them acted as their own lawyers. In the majority of cases, they were outmatched by the landlord's attorney because they couldn't protect their legal rights.

University of San Francisco's insight:
In response to the growing numbers of evictions in SF, a group of nonprofit legal assistance providers led by two USF Law alums and Jeff Adachi (the SF Public Defender) are organizing an effort to get the SF Board of Supervisors to stabilize and to increase the funding for housing attorneys to defend tenants who are being formally evicted as well as those being informally pushed out. 
They will be making a presentation to the Budget and Finance Committee of the Board of Supervisors TODAY, April 16 (see item #9 in the link below). John Trasvina, the Dean of the USF Law School, will be one of the people testifying at the hearing. 
This op-ed in today's San Francisco Chronicle was written by USF Law Prof Tim Iglesias and USF graduate Adrian Tirtanadi, to raise the visibility of the issue and to develop public support. 
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TODAY at 11:45: SF Free Clinic Founders at USF

TODAY at 11:45: SF Free Clinic Founders at USF | USF in the News | Scoop.it
Tuesday, April 15 | 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.McLaren Conference Center, Room 251
USF Main Campus

Join Richard and Tricia Gibbs for a conversation about public service and caring for the community as part of USF’s California Prize Speaker Series. Twenty one years ago, the Gibbs’ gave up a successful private medical practice to provide free medical treatment to those without health insurance. The clinic also provides educational opportunities for future medical practitioners. 

The Gibbs’ last fall were awarded one of USF’s highest honors, the California Prize for Service and the Common Good, which recognizes organizations and individuals whose efforts benefit Californians, especially the poor and marginalized. Learn why they chose to devote themselves to ensuring that all people have the opportunity for a healthy life and see why the San Francisco Free Clinic is a model of USF’s mission in action.

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KTVU-TV: Cell-phone video raises questions about SFPD use of force

KTVU-TV: Cell-phone video raises questions about SFPD use of force | USF in the News | Scoop.it

A video of a San Francisco police officer with his arms around the neck of a Giants fan at Tuesday's game has some people raising questions about how police handle crowds.


Giants fan Cisco Lutu was at the home opener when he happened to walk through the concession area and the confrontation between the officer and the fan.


Lutu said the fan appeared to be unruly and drunk, but he was struck by the control hold the officer put the fan in. Lutu shot video of the confrontation with his cell phone.


"The kid's already in handcuffs. He brought him down, took him to the ground and put all his weight on top of the kid's neck. People around were saying, 'Hey he's not fighting back. He's not resisting, '" Lutu said.

Lutu hosts an online radio show called Big Body Radio and has a following online. He posted the first 16 seconds of the video on his Facebook page. In a matter of hours it had been shared more than 500 times.


More than 100 people made comments about it, most of them negative towards police.


Lutu said he thinks the video touched a nerve.


"Stuff like this happens all the time. It's just not documented on video," Lutu explained. "I understand cops have their way of dealing with these situations, but it seemed a little bit excessive, especially when the kid's in handcuffs already."

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University of San Francisco Criminal Justice Institute Director and former San Francisco Police Chief Tony Ribera said law enforcement officers regularly walk a fine line between "crowd management and crowd control."


He said in this age of ubiquitous cameras, police must assume they are always being recorded.


"It keeps us on our toes; keeps us honest. I think it's a good thing," Ribera said, as long as the information isn't taken out of context and an explanation for the circumstances surrounding a piece of video is given.


A video that goes viral through social media doesn't always provide that.

"It's just a small segment of time. We didn't see what happened before, we didn't see what happened after," he said.


San Francisco police said the fan in the video was not arrested, but he and his friends were kicked out of the game.

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Public Radio International: Why this young Latina decided to block a major intersection in San Francisco

Public Radio International: Why this young Latina decided to block a major intersection in San Francisco | USF in the News | Scoop.it

On a recent afternoon, Gabriela García prepared to do something that her mom would be pretty upset about.


“If she knew, she’d be very worried,” said García, a 23-year-old grad student studying international relations at the University of San Francisco. “But I’ve learned the things to tell her and not to tell her.”


Like García’s decision to take part in a protest that could get her arrested. The plan is she will help block a major intersection in San Francisco to demand immigration reform.


Though García isn't telling her mom about the civil disobedience just yet, she says it’s her mom’s own story that’s making her do it. García was three years old when she crossed the US-Mexico border with her family. It was 1994, and her mother decided to move them all away from Oaxaca, one of Mexico’s poorest states.


Ever since, García’s mom worked to support her kids. She is 65 now and, for the past 10 years, has earned minimum wage working the early shift at a McDonald’s. Like many immigrants who entered the United States illegally, she showed forged documents to get hired. García says her mom fears coming out of the shadows and facing deportation.

“To see the fear and the sadness in my mom’s eyes that have forced her to become shameful of who she is — I can’t turn against that,” García explained. “I can’t pretend that everything is okay.” 


And that brings García to a turning point. She has participated in immigrant rights protests before, and has taken the quieter route, too, petitioning Congress to offer millions of undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship. 


But now she is frustrated. Reform efforts are stalled in Washington, and she believes that President Barack Obama can do more to stop deportations. García has also seen that things can change. She has benefited from a program initiated in 2012 by Obama called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. It temporarily protects immigrants like García — who came to the US illegally as kids — from deportation.

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University Herald: Rev. Paul J. Fitzgerald Appointed New USF President

University Herald: Rev. Paul J. Fitzgerald Appointed New USF President | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Rev. Paul J. Fitzgerald, 56-year-old academic affairs vice president at Fairfield University, has been appointed new president of University of San Francisco, effective Aug.1. Fitzgerald succeeds Rev. Stephen A. Privett, who guided the 159-year-old Catholic university for 14 years.


"He brings impressive experience in connecting with the business community, in fundraising, and in strategic planning. He has a sound working knowledge of the mechanics of higher education and the use of technology to complement the transformative one-on-one interaction between faculty and students," Chuck Smith, the board's vice chairman, said in a statement.

University of San Francisco's insight:

University Herald News brings breaking news from higher education institutions around the world. Focused on what matters in universities and colleges to get your inside look at the world of post-secondary education.

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America Magazine: New President at USF

America Magazine: New President at USF | USF in the News | Scoop.it

On the heels of Saint Louis University, Marquette University (Milwaukee, WI), and LeMoyne College (Syracuse, NY) hiring new presidents, the University of San Francisco became the fourth Jesuit college or university in as many weeks to announce a change at the helm.


 As reported by SFGate.com, USF has named Fr. Paul J. Fitzgerald, S.J., as the successor to longtime president Fr. Stephen Privett, S.J. Fr. Fitzgerald is currently vice president for academic affairs at Fairfield University in Connecticut. According to the article, Fr. Fitzgerald brings with him a remarkable set of credentials: "Fitzgerald speaks German, French and Spanish. He has taught in China and Kenya, and he earned a doctorate in the sociology of religion at the Sorbonne in Paris. While in Paris, he earned a pontifical doctorate in ecclesiology from the Institut Catholique de Paris." Wow.

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San Jose Mercury News: University of San Francisco appoints new president, a Jesuit priest

San Jose Mercury News: University of San Francisco appoints new president, a Jesuit priest | USF in the News | Scoop.it

The University of San Francisco appointed a new president Tuesday afternoon, a Jesuit priest and 20-year college administrator with deep Bay Area roots.

The Rev. Paul J. Fitzgerald, 56, grew up in Los Gatos, graduated from Santa Clara University and was ordained to the priesthood at USF's St. Ignatius Church, according to USF's announcement.


Fitzgerald succeeds the Rev. Stephen A. Privett, also a Jesuit, who has led the 159-year-old Catholic university since 2000.


He starts Aug. 1. He said he hopes the city -- whose growing technology sector has brought both opportunity and socioeconomic friction -- will turn to the university for help exploring important ethical questions. As a Jesuit university, he said, USF can help to broker conversations between people with great differences.


Fitzgerald "stood out among an exceptional pool of applicants," said USF Board of Trustees Vice Chairman Chuck Smith, who led the search. "First and foremost, we know he will sustain and advance the university's Jesuit mission and identity."


He has studied and taught around the world, studying in Paris and teaching as a visiting lecturer in China and Kenya; he speaks German and French fluently, according to USF.


He is now academic affairs vice president at Fairfield University, a Jesuit college in Connecticut.


He worked for 12 years at his alma mater, Santa Clara, serving as a dean for the College of Arts and Sciences. As an undergraduate, he studied history and graduated in 1980. He earned his doctorate in the sociology of religion from the University of Paris, La Sorbonne, and was ordained in 1992.


His new role, he said, comes at an important time.


"Pope Francis, I think, has given the Catholic church a renewed sense of enthusiasm and courage and joy," he said. "I think Pope Francis is turning the eyes of the world to the Catholic church again, and I think we need to seize that opportunity to ask the important questions, ask the enduring questions." [via @mercnews]

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San Francisco Business Times: USF picks California boy Rev. Paul Fitzgerald as next president

San Francisco Business Times: USF picks California boy Rev. Paul Fitzgerald as next president | USF in the News | Scoop.it

The Rev. Paul Fitzgerald was named Tuesday as the 28th president of theUniversity of San Francisco.


Fitzgerald, a California native who currently senior vice president for academic affairs at Fairfield University in Connecticut, will replace the Rev. Stephen Privett as head of the roughly 10,000-student Jesuit Catholic university.


Privett  in September announced that he would retire after serving USF as president since 2000.


Fitzgerald will oversee an institution — the oldest in San Francisco with its formation in 1855 — with a fiscal 2015 budget of $400 million and 2,100 faculty and staff. He will take office Aug. 1.

He was ordained to the priesthood at St. Ignatius Church on the USF campus in 1992.


Before Fairfield, where he oversees the recruitment and retention of faculty, develops curriculum and works directly with deans, Fitzgerald was associate dean and senior associate dean for the College of Arts and Sciences at Santa Clara University. He also has severed on several university boards, including the Ecclesiastical Board of the School of Theology and Ministry at Boston College, the trustees of Loyola University Chicago and the trustees of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.


Fitzgerald grew up in Los Gatos, after his family moved from Southern California when he was five, according to USF. He received his bachelor's degree in history from Santa Clara in 1980 and entered the Society of Jesus two years later.


The search for Privett's replacement began in October and was led by board Vice Chair Chuck Smith, retired president and CEO of AT&T West. Search firm Isaacson Miller guided the national search.


Privett is the third-longest-serving president in USF history. [via @SFBusinessTimes]

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NPR's Science Friday: Sir Roger Penrose: Cosmic Inflation Is ‘Fantasy’

NPR's Science Friday: Sir Roger Penrose: Cosmic Inflation Is ‘Fantasy’ | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Sir Roger Penrose calls string theory a "fashion," quantum mechanics "faith," and cosmic inflation a "fantasy." Coming from an armchair theorist, these declarations might be dismissed. But Penrose is a well-respected physicist who co-authored a seminal paper on black holes with Stephen Hawking. What's wrong with modern physics—and could alternative theories explain our observations of the universe?


Sir Roger Penrose, universally recognized mathematician, cosmologist, and physicist, will give a public lecture at the University of San Francisco (USF) on Monday, April 7 at 6 p.m. in USF's Presentation Theater, located at 2350 Turk Blvd. (between Masonic Ave. and Tamalpais Terrace) in San Francisco. This event is free and open to the public.

Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/1833120#ixzz2xwNKFpYF

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LLM GUIDE: University of San Francisco Adds LL.M. in Taxation

LLM GUIDE: University of San Francisco Adds LL.M. in Taxation | USF in the News | Scoop.it
The University of San Francisco (USF) has announced it will launch a new LL.M. program in Taxation starting in Fall 2014. 
 
The program will be offered at USF’s Downtown Campus (photographed here), "in the heart of San Francisco’s financial district," to allow working professionals to more easily participate in the program on a part-time basis. A full-time option is also offered. 
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USA Today: MLB GM's Colletti and Sabean exclusive interview

USA Today: MLB GM's Colletti and Sabean exclusive interview | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Rival Major League Baseball General Managers talk friendship and fan violence.


University of San Francisco Professor Saera Khan explains why some fans take competition too seriously. 

University of San Francisco's insight:

Saera Khan, Ph.D., is a social psychologist with an appointment in the St. Ignatius Institute. She teaches psychology of gender, stereotyping and social cognition, measuring prejudice, and moral psychology. Her research explores how motivation and processing of social information acts to influence the use of stereotypes when judging others.

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"They see violence as a way of restoring the honor and reputation of their team but also the honor and reputation of themselves, because in their minds when you insult their teams its as if you insult them as individuals." said Saera Khan.


Learn why and watch the full interview: http://usat.ly/QGvACX


[via USAtoday]

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KCBS Radio News: Leland Yee Corruption Indictment Stuns Lawmakers

KCBS Radio News: Leland Yee Corruption Indictment Stuns Lawmakers | USF in the News | Scoop.it

On Wednesday, there is widespread shock about Leland Yee’s arrest, and how much he may have been hiding.


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Despite the shocking nature of the allegations, some experts believe there will not be much political fallout from the expected demise of Yee’s political career.


David Latterman, a lecturer on politics for the University of San Francisco, said there shouldn’t be heavy repercussions because Yee did not have many close ties to other politicians that could fall.


“If this was (Tom)Ammiano or (Mark) Leno, this would be a much bigger deal. They both have a lot of other politicians who model themselves after them and call themselves protégés,” Latterman said. “You can’t do that with Yee.”


He also said there aren’t likely to be votes on any upcoming bills that would be impacted by Wednesday’s indictment.


As for negative impacts on the Democratic Party, Latterman said he also expects those to be minimal.


“I don’t think the Republicans can make too much hay of this,” Latterman said. “There’s always a few bad apples in any party.”

[via @KCBSNews]

University of San Francisco's insight:

Latterman is a renowned political analyst in the San Francisco Bay Area, with expertise on the political, campaigning, and public opinion process. His main quantitative research focus is on how voters' demographics and opinions influence an election.

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Catholic San Francisco: New USF head looks to develop university-church ties

Catholic San Francisco: New USF head looks to develop university-church ties | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Jesuit Father Paul J. Fitzgerald, the newly appointed president of the University of San Francisco, said he is looking forward to developing the Jesuit university’s relationship with the local church. Father Fitzgerald told Catholic San Francisco that the search committee that selected him after an eight-month process and the university’s senior leadership “want the university to be recognized as a resource to the Catholic Church and to the archdiocese. In what ways can the university support the archbishop and the chancery?”


USF’s board of trustees voted unanimously April 8 to elect Father Fitzgerald as the university’s 28th president. Now vice president of academic affairs at Jesuit-run Fairfield University in Fairfield, Conn., Father Fitzgerald takes office Aug. 1. He succeeds Jesuit Father Jesuit Stephen A. Privett, who has led USF since 2000. At Fairfield, Father Fitzgerald had a working relationship with Bridgeport Bishop William E. Lori, now archbishop of Baltimore.


“We would go over to his office two or three times a year to keep him up to date on what was happening at the university, and he would bring the whole chancery staff to the university and we would do an in-service day,” Father Fitzgerald said in a phone interview. Regarding his new post, Father Fitzgerald said: “For the record I would be happy to say I am seeking ways in which the university’s intellectual resources can be at the service of the archbishop and the archdiocese.”


The apostolic constitution “Ex Corde Ecclesiae,” concerning the importance of Catholic identity in Catholic universities, promotes mutual trust, close and consistent cooperation and continuing dialogue between university and church authorities. - See more at: http://www.catholic-sf.org/ns.php?newsid=22&id=62406#sthash.NcUUIcnx.dpuf

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San Francisco Examiner: Study says immigrants feel welcome in San Francisco, but housing, jobs tough to find

San Francisco Examiner: Study says immigrants feel welcome in San Francisco, but housing, jobs tough to find | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Immigrants find San Francisco welcoming but on the other hand, lacking in housing, employment and health care services, according to a report released today, The City's eighth annual Immigrant Family Day.


The San Francisco Immigrant Integration Project is the first of its kind in documenting the experiences of The City's immigrant community, according to Corey Cook, director of the University of San Francisco Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good.


While 63 percent of respondents said they came to the United States for "a better life" and felt adjusted to the culture here, 58 percent indicated they have difficulty accessing below-market-rate housing services in this housing climate. In addition, 45 percent said they are out of work or do not have job training, employment assistance or worker rights assistance. [via @sfexaminer]

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San Diego Jewish World: Obama weighs Rabbi Bycel for Holocaust Commission

San Diego Jewish World: Obama weighs Rabbi Bycel for Holocaust Commission | USF in the News | Scoop.it

In a list of intended nominations, U.S. President Barack Obama said he plans to appoint Rabbi Lee T. Bycel of Napa, California, as a member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council.


The White House website provided the following biographical information about Rabbi Bycel:


“Rabbi Lee T. Bycel is Rabbi of Congregation Beth Shalom in Napa, California, where he has served since 2012.  He is also an Adjunct Professor of Jewish Studies and Social Justice at the University of San Francisco, a position he has held since 2013.  Previously, he was Executive Director of the Redford Center, Executive Director of the Western Region of the American Jewish World Service, and Senior Advisor for Global Strategy for the International Medical Corps.


“From 1987 to 1997, he was Dean of the Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles, which he joined in 1982 as Associate Dean and Director of Admissions.  Rabbi Bycel is Founding Chair and a member of the board of 3Generations.  He is a Senior Moderator of Leadership Seminars at the Aspen Institute and a past president of the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations.


“Rabbi Bycel received a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, an M.A. and a Rabbinical Ordination from the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, and a D.Min. from the Claremont School of Theology.”

University of San Francisco's insight:

Lee Bycel as adjunct professor for the University of San Francisco's Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice. Bycel began his position in August, teaching in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies and the Saint Ignatius Institute honors program. Founded in August 2008, USF's Swig Program is the only program worldwide that formally links Jewish studies and social justice.

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San Francisco Chronicle: Mozilla's Prop. 8 uproar reveals much about tech, gay rights

San Francisco Chronicle: Mozilla's Prop. 8 uproar reveals much about tech, gay rights | USF in the News | Scoop.it

When Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich was shown the door after being outed for giving $1,000 to Proposition 8's campaign to ban same-sex marriage in California, it was a turning point for both the gay rights movement and for Silicon Valley.


Even before Eich, co-founder of Mozilla and a top name in the tech world, resigned last week after a few days in the position - in the face of boycott threats against his company's Firefox Web browser - his opponents were under attack by conservatives and even some in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community for conducting a "witch hunt" against someone with whom they disagreed.


"It is the new McCarthyism," said Howard Epstein, a San Francisco Republican activist. "If you donate, they will come after you."

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Problems like Eich's arise not only from the opinions he holds, but from where he holds them, said Corey Cook, an associate professor of politics at the University of San Francisco.

Southern attitudes

While the Dixie Chicks singing group took a huge hit from their country-and-western fan base when they came out against the Iraq War and President George W. Bush in 2003, Cook noted, the Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A fast-food chain actually saw sales rise when LGBT activists called for a boycott over the company's contributions to groups opposed to gay rights.


Likewise, while Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's call for immigration reform may be opposed by any number of people using Facebook, it's the right stand on the right issue to those in Silicon Valley.


"There's always a question," Cook said, "about who works (at a company), who uses the product and what their concerns are."

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San Francisco Chronicle: New USF president reaching out to city's tech workers

San Francisco Chronicle: New USF president reaching out to city's tech workers | USF in the News | Scoop.it
The University of San Francisco has hired a new president who wants to strengthen connections between the 159-year-old Jesuit school and the tech workers flooding the city. Fitzgerald, 56, grew up in Los Gatos and spent 12 years at Santa Clara University, where he was senior associate dean at the College of Arts and Sciences.


"President-elect Fitzgerald stood out among an exceptional pool of applicants," Chuck Smith, a USF trustee, said Tuesday in a statement announcing Fitzgerald's selection. [...] the conversation turned to California's ethics troubles, in which three state senators have been suspended and one of them, Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, has been indicted with dozens of others on criminal charges.

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San Francisco Examiner: USF board chooses new school president

San Francisco Examiner: USF board chooses new school president | USF in the News | Scoop.it

The University of San Francisco board of trustees has unanimously elected the Rev. Paul J. Fitzgerald as the school’s 28th president.


Fitzgerald will take office Aug. 1 and succeeds Stephen A. Privett, who has served as the university’s president since 2000, making him the third-longest-serving president in university history.


Fitzgerald is currently the senior vice president for academic affairs at Fairfield University in Connecticut and brings more than 20 years of experience working in higher education.


“When I received word I was selected as president, I was absolutely elated,” Fitzgerald said in a statement. “USF has an impressive legacy. The chance to contribute to this environment of learning and service is a true honor.”

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KTVU-TV 10pm News: USF Names New President - YouTube

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San Francisco Chronicle: University of San Francisco hires tech-savvy president

San Francisco Chronicle: University of San Francisco hires tech-savvy president | USF in the News | Scoop.it

The University of San Francisco, with more than 10,000 students and 2,100 employees, hired a new president on Tuesday who says he plans to strengthen connections between the Jesuit school and Silicon Valley.


Father Paul J. Fitzgerald is senior vice president for academic affairs at Fairfield University in Connecticut. But he has Bay Area ties, having grown up in Los Gatos and having spent 12 years at Santa Clara University, where he was associate dean and senior associate dean for the College of Arts and Sciences. He was also ordained at St. Ignatius Church on the USF campus in 1992.


“President-elect Fitzgerald stood out among an exceptional pool of applicants,” said Chuck Smith, vice chairman of the USF Board of Trustees, which led the national search for a successor to Father Stephen Privett, who steps down next summer after 14 years as president.


Smith praised Fitzgerald’s respect for technology, his expertise in higher education and his dedication to the university’s Jesuit mission and identity.


Fitzgerald speaks German, French and Spanish. He has taught in China and Kenya, and he earned a doctorate in the sociology of religion at the Sorbonne in Paris. While in Paris, he earned a pontifical doctorate in ecclesiology from the Institut Catholique de Paris. [via @sfchronicle]

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USF Announces New President

USF Announces New President | USF in the News | Scoop.it
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The University of San Francisco’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously to elect the Rev. Paul J. Fitzgerald, S.J. as USF’s 28th president during a special meeting of the board earlier today. He will take office on Aug. 1, 2014.


Fr. Fitzgerald has worked in higher education for more than 20 years, and is currently the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Fairfield University in Connecticut, where he oversees the recruitment and retention of faculty, develops curriculum, and works with deans to direct academic programs.


At Santa Clara University, Fr. Fitzgerald was associate dean and senior associate dean for the College of Arts and Sciences. He has also served on several university boards, including the Ecclesiastical Board of the School of Theology and Ministry at Boston College, the Board of Trustees of Loyola University Chicago, and the Board of Trustees of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Through a number of teaching and leadership positions, he has gained a deep understanding of Jesuit education.


“When I received word I was selected as president, I was absolutely elated,” Fr. Fitzgerald said. “USF has an impressive legacy. The chance to contribute to this environment of learning and service is a true honor.”


For Fr. Fitzgerald, this is a homecoming. He grew up in Los Gatos, Calif. after his family moved from Southern California when he was 5. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Santa Clara University in 1980, and entered the Society of Jesus two years later. Fr. Fitzgerald was ordained to the priesthood at St. Ignatius Church on the USF campus in 1992.

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Oakland Tribune: Oakland city administrator leaves after one month on the job

Oakland Tribune: Oakland city administrator leaves after one month on the job | USF in the News | Scoop.it

In the latest upheaval at City Hall, Fred Blackwell announced Wednesday that he is resigning as Oakland city administrator just one month after being handed the job.

Blackwell is leaving Oakland to take the reins of the San Francisco Foundation, a Bay Area-wide nonprofit with a $1.2 billion endowment.

Blackwell, 44, will continue working in Oakland through mid-June, when he will be replaced on an interim basis by Henry Gardner, who served 12 years under the former title as city manager during the 1980s and early 1990s.


While Gardner, 69, is popular and well-respected in the city, Blackwell's sudden departure is an apparent blow to Mayor Jean Quan, who is seeking re-election, at a time of near constant turnover at the top levels of her administration.

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University of San Francisco Political Science Professor Corey Cook said voters typically don't concern themselves with who occupies top city management posts, but that Quan could be in trouble if voters feel there is chaos at City Hall.


"It's a fairly easy attack for her opponents to say, 'look how many city administrators she's been through,'" he said. "If it fits a broader public perception that she can't steer the city in a clear direction that will hurt her." [via @insidebayarea]

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KNTV-TV's Comunidad Del Valle: ¡Escultura!, a collection of metal sculptures at USF

The University of San Francisco (USF) and The Mexican Museum are partnering to present ¡Escultura!, a collection of metal sculptures by renowned Latino and M...
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The Daily Beast: The Gun-Running Senator

The Daily Beast: The Gun-Running Senator | USF in the News | Scoop.it

It is still possible, when the fog rolls in across the bay in San Francisco, to peek into one of the elegant dining establishments downtown or in North Beach and see a familiar figure holding court at the bar.

Dressed in a fedora and sporting a pocket square, Willie Brown continues to lord over San Francisco politics ten years after stepping out of gilded City Hall due to term limits. City boards and commissions are still stacked with his appointees—or “cronies,” as his opponents (and there are many) call them. He was there smiling proudly as two of his protégés—current lieutenant governor Gavin Newsom and current mayor Ed Lee—were sworn in as his successors, one after the other.

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“The whole thing sounds to me like desperation,” said Corey Cook, a professor of politics at the University of San Francisco. “He had a desperate need to win the next office, and had to raise money to do it.”

[via @thedailybeast]
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