Following graduation from St. Joseph’s University in 1968 with a degree in Politics, Fred Foley received M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Princeton University, joined La Salle’s Political Science Department faculty in 1970, and taught full-time until 1976. In 1976, he embarked on a significant career change and moved into fund-raising at La Salle. Over the course of close to 40 years, he held numerous fund-raising positions at La Salle, including 13 years as Vice President for Development, while still occasionally teaching Political Science as an Adjunct Faculty member. In August, 2015, he officially retired as Director of Grants Research and Support, and one year later resumed teaching as an Adjunct Instructor.
Throughout his academic career, Dr. Foley specialized in American Federal, State and Local Government and Politics, including The American Presidency and the Executive Branch, State and Local Government, The United States Congress and the Legislative Process, Political Parties and Elections, and Public Administration. Over the years, his principal research interests have focused on urban politics and the politics of public education in the United States.
B.A. Politics (Summa Cum Laude), St. Joseph’s University, 1968
M.A. Politics, Princeton University, 1970
Ph.D. Politics, Princeton University, 1979
Dissertation Title: “Decentralization and Community Control in the Philadelphia Public Schools in the late 1960s and early 1970s: The Politics of School Reform.”
POL 151: American Federal Government (Principles of American Government)
POL 305: The American Presidency and the Executive Branch
POL 304: State and Local Government in the United States
POL 301: United States Congress: The Legislative Process
Publications And Conference Presentations
“The Stormy Reformation of Philadelphia’s Politics.” La Salle Magazine, Winter, 1974.
Book Review: Black Politics in Philadelphia. Edited by Miriam Ershowitz and Joseph Zikmund. American Political Science Review, Volume 69, March, 1975, pages 270-271.
“Community Control and the Philadelphia Public Schools.” Urban Education, Winter, 1975.
“Public Employee Unionism in Pennsylvania: Impacts on Local Power Distribution.” American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, September, 1975.
“Community Control: The Politics of Urban School Reform.” Polity, March, 1976.
“The Effectiveness of Federal Programs: The Politics of Bureaucracy.” Polity, 1976.
“Unionization and the Public Sector: The Impact of Legislative and Judicial Action in Pennsylvania.” Region Magazine, 1976.