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Anthony I. Day, the 37th President in Fordham Prep's History

"We are thrilled to announce that Anthony will be the first full-time lay president in the Prep’s long and storied history.” - Mario Ciampi ‘78, Chairman of the Board of Trustees

Fordham Prep has announced that Anthony I. Day will serve as the school’s 37th president beginning on July 15, 2023.

Day's appointment was made with unanimous approval of both the search committee and the Board of Trustees.  This comes at the end of a national search that included a deep pool of educational leaders from both secondary schools and higher education.  

Mario Ciampi '78, Chairman of the Fordham Prep Board of Trustees, continued, “Anthony’s experience as a leader in Jesuit education convincingly elevated him within an incredibly deep and diverse pool of candidates.  With the Prep in an extremely strong position, he is the perfect leader to help us build on that position both inside and outside of the classroom.  Recognizing his deep commitment to our Catholic Jesuit mission of Faith, Scholarship and Service, the Board and I are excited to partner with him to further every aspect of that mission. I am also very grateful to the members of the presidential search committee for their tireless efforts these past months to help identify such a remarkable Ignatian leader.”  

Day's appointment by the Fordham Prep Board of Trustees was unanimously ratified by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) East Province Office.  Rev. Joseph Parkes, SJ, Provincial Assistant for Secondary Education (PASE), and former Fordham Prep president, praised the decision stating, “I have known Anthony since my own days in the president’s office at the Prep.  I have followed his career in Jesuit secondary education closely.  He has distinguished himself both as a teacher and administrator at Regis and Loyola Blakefield. Fordham Prep is blessed to have this great Ignatian leader as its first full-time lay president.”

Day is a long tenured educator and experienced leader in Jesuit high schools having held positions as Assistant Principal of Regis High School and Principal of Loyola Blakefield.  For the last nine years he has served as president of Loyola Blakefield (Towson, MD).  During his tenure Day led Loyola to its most successful fundraising initiative in school history—a $32 million capital campaign that resulted in the construction of St. Ignatius Hall, enhanced the school’s scholarship endowment, and bolstered annual giving. He was also instrumental in crafting and implementing the strategic vision that has guided the school’s growth over the past decade, including the addition of innovative academic and co-curricular programming and the expansion of spiritual formation and service offerings. 

This marks the return of Day to the historic Rose Hill Campus where he was a member of the English department from 1992 to 1999.  While teaching, he also coached baseball, founded the Prep’s volleyball program, and co-moderated the school’s Asian-American cultural club.  Day also participated in the school’s Emmaus retreat program as a faculty leader.

Day holds a Master of Letters from the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies at Drew University, Madison, NJ.  He also has a Master of Science in Education from Fordham University Graduate School of Education, New York, NY, as well as a Bachelor of Arts from Saint Peter’s College, Jersey City, NJ.  He attended Christian Brothers Academy in Middletown, New Jersey.

Upon his appointment, Day remarked,

“As an Ignatian educator who began his career at Fordham Prep, I am excited to return to a place that ignited my passion for teaching. I have been fortunate enough to maintain relationships with those I either taught or worked alongside. I’m eager to renew those relationships and dedicate time toward getting to know my new colleagues as well as our students, alumni, families, and benefactors. 

Because it centers itself on faith, service, and intellectual inquiry, a Catholic, Jesuit education remains the most powerful educational journey one can experience. I look forward to being part of the transformational mission of Fordham Prep as we collaborate in ways that enhance student life, foster community engagement, and chart a course for an exciting and prosperous future.

I’m incredibly grateful for this opportunity and would like to express my gratitude to all those who were part of the search process, including trustees, faculty & staff, alumni, families, students, and benefactors.”

Fordham Prep is proud to welcome Day, with his wife Laura, sons Aaron and Ethan, and daughter Olivia into its vibrant community of students, faculty, staff, parents, and alumni.

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Day began his teaching career at the Prep in 1992.

He was a member of the English department and also participated in Campus Ministry as an Emmaus retreat leader.

Day coached baseball and founded the school's interscholastic volleyball team.

Presidential Search News

Search Committee

Ms. Camille Banks-Lee P‘20 - Member, Board of Trustees
Rev. John Cecero, SJ - VP, Mission Integration and Identity, Fordham University
Mr. Mario Ciampi ‘78 (chair) - Chair, Board of Trustees
Mr. George Febles P‘22 - Member, Fordham Prep Faculty; Inductee, Fordham Prep Hall of Honor
Mr. Tom Huvane ‘84 - Vice Chair, Board of Trustees
Dr. Llewellyn Hyacinthe MD ‘80 - Inductee, Fordham Prep Hall of Honor
Mr. Vincent Murray ‘98 - Member, Board of Trustees
Mr. Kuni Nakamura ‘86 - Member, Board of Trustees
Mr. John Neary ‘87 - Former Chair, Board of Trustees
Ms. Leslie Poole Petit Ed.D, P‘18,’22 - Principal, Dominican Academy
Mr. Albert Sackey Ed.D ‘94 - Member, Board of Trustees
Mr. Jim Rowen ‘82 - Former Chair, Board of Trustees; Inductee, Fordham Prep Hall of Honor

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Fr. Devron's Tenure



The Transformation of the Prep (2013-2021)

Milestones Since 2013

  • Financial Aid for deserving Students more than doubled from $2.75 million in 2013 to more than $5.6 million expected in 2022
  • Successful close of the Igniting Our Mission Campaign the most successful campaign in the school's history.

  • Launched three new premier academic programs; Global Education, iSTEAM, FitzSimons Civics Initiative to prepare students for an ever changing college and professional landscape

  • Doubled the Prep’s endowment during his tenure

  • Transformed the facilities resulting in the improvement of more than 80,000 square feet in new or renovated physical spaces in Shea Hall – accounting for nearly two-thirds of the Prep’s physical plant.

  • Continued service and commitment to the community as highlighted during the COVID lockdown which showed the Prep donating PPE and food to first responders and hospital workers

  • By all measurable counts, elevated Fordham Prep as a premier destination for deserving young men in the greater NYC area attracting students from more than 110 unique zip codes and college admissions outcomes with students accepted to all Ivy League schools and the most selective institutions in the country.  On average, 60% of graduates attend a college or university rated by  Barron’s as “most selective”.

  • Hundreds of students participated in exchanges with Jesuits schools and cultural and academic immersion trips on five continents, with financial aid available to ensure that all students could participate. 

  • Enhancements to our diversity, equity and inclusion programs that were grounded in our Catholic Ignatian tradition which call our community to promote the values of dignity, belonging and justice.  

  • Created a partnership with America Media, our annual Forum on Faith, which brings together leaders in the church and society to foster dialogue on contemporary issues of faith.  

  • Created a partnership with the REACH Program that includes a three-week residential experience on Fordham’s Campus and has doubled the number of REACH students who enroll at the Prep.