Brother Ray Fitz is a pillar of the Dayton community. Brother Ray first made his mark on the community when he was named president of the University of Dayton in 1979, a position he held for 23 years, making him the longest-serving president in UD’s history.  Brother Ray was instrumental in solidifying and expanding UD’s stature as one of the most distinguished Catholic universities in the country. He laid the foundation for the tremendous growth and success the university continues to enjoy today.

Brother Ray is the first Ferree Professor of Social Justice at the University of Dayton, where he teaches courses and coordinates community outreach efforts through the Fitz Center for Leadership in Community. Within the Dayton region, Brother Ray continues to  provide leadership through involvement on the Dayton Public Schools Assessment Committee, Preventing Homelessness Committee of the Homeless Solutions Policy Board, Greater Dayton Commission on Minority Inclusion, and the Catholic Education Collaborative.

Because of his remarkable commitment both to education and social justice, Brother Ray Fitz is truly a Dayton Original!