Brother Raymond L. Fitz

1941 –

Brother Fitz is the University of Dayton’s longest serving president and one of the Dayton region’s most respected leaders. He led with extraordinary strength, compassion, and faith for 23 years at the University of Dayton and elevated the university nationally to one of the best Catholic universities in the country. He carried the same leadership values into a host of community partnerships, with particular focus on the issues of child protection, urban education reform, and neighborhood redevelopment. The Fitz Center for Leadership in Community addresses a variety of issue and engages the public to work on community concerns, including poverty and the value of civic involvement. Brother Fitz worked tirelessly on executive and neighborhood committees for passage of the Montgomery County Family and Children First Council Levy. In Catholic higher education nationally, Brother Fitz is known for his efforts in preserving religious identity and academic freedom. He also helped to shape the 1990 Vatican document on Catholic higher education, ‘Ex Corde Ecclesiae’.

Inducted: 2012