About the Current Ferree Professor

Raymond FitzPresently Brother Raymond L. Fitz, S.M., Ph.D. holds the position of the Fr. Ferree Professor of Social Justice at the University of Dayton. He is also the past President of the University of Dayton. He is the senior faculty member in the Fitz Center for Leadership in Community and works with many faculty at the University of Dayton to integrate the Catholic social tradition and Marianist educational philosophy across the curriculum. Since becoming the Fr. Ferree Professor of Social Justice he has taught courses in Leadership in Building Community; Regional Development, Politics, and Social Justice; Christianity, Citizenship, and Society; and the Leadership Experience.  He held the position of Executive Director of the Association of Marianist Universities for six years.

Brother Fitz remains very involved in the greater Dayton community. Some of the organizations he works with include the Dayton Public Schools Family and Community Advisory Panel, the Homeless Solutions Management Information Sytems Team, the Commission on Minority Inclusion, the Omega Community Development Corporation and the Comprehensive Neighborhood Initiative Policy Team. He is presently working with St. Benedict the Moor School, L2E (Learn to Earn Dayton), TOTS (Taking off to Success), and is a member of the board of the Mission of Mary Cooperative. He has also worked with the Archdiocese of Cincinnati on the reconfiguration of Catholic parishes and schools in the greater Dayton area.

Brother Fitz is a member of the Marianist Province of the United States. He professed first vows with the Society of Mary in Marcy, New York in 1960. He received a Bachelor of Science with honors in Electrical Engineering from the University of Dayton and completed his MS and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Polytechnic University in Brooklyn, New York.

Brother Fitz taught courses in the School of Engineering at UD for ten years and consulted on management and planning issues with Catholic Relief Services, the US Office of Environmental Education, the Kettering Foundation and several liberal arts colleges.

He became President of the University of Dayton in 1979. During his presidency the University experienced remarkable growth. The University of Dayton became one of the top research universities in the state of Ohio and a leader among Catholic universities.  The University’s technological infrastructure earned the school recognition as one of the most-wired campuses in the country.

Brother Fitz stepped down as president of the University of Dayton in June 2002 after 23 years.  He is the longest-serving president to lead this institution.

An Enduring Legacy

The University of Dayton honors the longest-serving president in school history by renaming the College Park Center as Raymond L. Fitz Hall. News story (www) >>