Raymond L. Fitz, SM

Professor; Fr. Ferree Professor of Social Justice

Full-Time Faculty


Email: Raymond L. Fitz, SM
Phone: 937-229-5409


Brother Raymond L. Fitz, S.M., Ph.D. was the longest-serving president in the University of Dayton's history. He stepped down from his position after 23 years in June 2002 and now works in the Fitz Center for Leadership in Community as the Fr. Ferree Professor of Social Justice. This position works to connect Catholic social teaching and the social sciences through the community-building mission of the Center.

In the region, Brother Ray facilitates participation, collaboration and learning while embracing the difficult problems of poverty and other social ills. He serves on the Montgomery County's Family and Children First Council. He also worked on the Montgomery County Human Services Levy campaign. He works with Dayton Public Schools, Mary Queen of Peace School, and serves on the board of Chaminade-Julienne High School. His strong interest in the health of the community extends to the classroom, where he team-teaches the "Leadership in Building Communities" seminar. Brother Ray also teaches classes that connect social justice with complex problems within urban societies.

Prior to becoming the University of Dayton's 17th president in 1979, Brother Ray spent a decade in a variety of University-related positions, ranging from a faculty member in the School of Engineering to executive director of the Center for Christian Renewal. He entered the Society of Mary, a Roman Catholic religious order, and began his studies at the University of Dayton in 1960. In 1964, he graduated with honors with a B.S. in electrical engineering. He holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Polytechnic University in New York.