from the office
of the dean
Donna Rapaccioli

Forever Focused on the Future

At the Gabelli School, our mission is inspired by a deep sense of responsibility to build the skills and mindsets to solve some of society’s most pressing problems. We challenge each of our students to look at the world and boldly ask, “How will I help to build a better future?”

The global pandemic and a heightened awareness of systemic inequities have shown us that this work has never been more urgent.

Our fall issue takes a critical look at the kinds of complex societal questions we are trying to answer as a community. “Dollars and Sense” highlights our new Consumer Financial Well-Being Initiative, which we hope will be a collaborative model that cultivates financial literacy in communities across the country. “The High Costs of Healthcare Inequality” explores the COVID-19 health crisis and shines light on two alumni who are seizing opportunities to impact the lives of racial and ethnic minority groups receiving disproportionate healthcare. This feature also examines the economic consequences of the nation’s healthcare disparities which are staggering—amounting to nearly $93 billion in excess medical care costs, according to recent reports.

The last six months have also marked many firsts for us at the Gabelli School. You will read about the Fordham Angel Fund making its first investment in student and alumni founders, and Joseph Micale, PhD, who became the first graduate of the Gabelli School’s PhD program—a milestone that was decades in the making. Two brand-new magazine sections highlight our dynamic alumni and our talented staff, sharing their vision and values as leaders.

This fall, Fordham made a full return to in-person instruction, welcoming its largest and most diverse class of entering students, an achievement that required the successful alignment of many school units, public health guidelines, and our very dedicated school community.

As you read, I hope you are inspired to learn more and join us at one of our upcoming Centennial Speaker Series or Gabelli School Business Perspectives from London events. I also invite you to make a gift to our Centennial Campaign at

Whether you make a gift or learn more about a topic that engages you, please know that I am more grateful than ever for your partnership in helping the Gabelli School live out its mission of inspiring and empowering positive global change.


Donna Rapaccioli Written Signature
Donna Rapaccioli, Ph.D.
Dean, Gabelli School of Business