Joseph A. O'Hare

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Joseph A. O'Hare
Born February 12, 1931
New York, New York
Education Ateneo de Manila University
Occupation Editor, America magazine

Rev. Joseph A. O'Hare (born February 12, 1931) is a Jesuit priest, New York City civic leader and editor. He was a longtime president of Fordham University and, for a brief period, President of Regis High School, a New York City Jesuit High School.

O'Hare was born in New York City. He graduated from Regis High School in 1948, and trained for the priesthood at the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines, where he was ordained in 1961. He taught at Ateneo de Manila from 1955 to 1958 and again from 1967 to 1972. He earned a doctorate in Philosophy from Fordham in 1968.

He was associate editor of the Catholic weekly "America" between 1972 and 1975, and was editor in chief between 1975 and 1984, when he became president of Fordham University.

While serving as president of Fordham he was appointed by Mayor Edward I. Koch to the Mayor's Committee on Appointments, which interviewed candidates for city commissioners, and the Charter Revision Commission of the City of New York.

O'Hare was appointed the first chairman of the city's Campaign Finance Board in 1988, and was reappointed twice in the 1990s by Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, serving until 2003. The board was created in the wake of several political corruption scandals. It gives matching funds to qualified candidates.

O'Hare was chairman of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities and Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU), and served as President of Fordham University for 19 years, the longest tenure of any president in the school's 166-year history.

After retiring from Fordham in 2003, he returned to America as associate editor.

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