Kevin Lawlor ’79 joined the University as executive vice president at the beginning of August after a national search. Lawlor has spent over 25 years in senior executive roles at United Technologies Corporation (UTC), and served most recently as vice president and general manager of AAR’s Precision Systems division in Alabama.
University President Jeffrey P. von Arx, S.J., made the announcement. “Mr. Lawlor’s skill and expertise in managing and growing a major multinational corporation — a corporation made up of a number of business units, all with their own unique products and strengths — make him ideally suited to serve his alma mater as executive vice president. He will lead the critical task of refreshing the University’s Strategic Plan, working collaboratively to envision and clarify the strategic priorities that will advance the institution.”
Lawlor played critical roles in finance, strategic planning, and program management at UTC, as well as the integration of multinational corporate units. He graduated from Fairfield with a degree in business, and was an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he completed an MBA. Lawlor studied strategic cost management at Harvard Business School, undertook senior executive training at the Darden School of the University of Virginia, and received an M.S. in taxation from the University of New Haven.
Commenting on his new position, Lawlor said, “I am thrilled to be returning to the Fairfield campus and the vibrant community that has always made it sucha special place. This is an important time for Fairfield and for all of higher education to recognize the challenges ahead, build on our rock-solid foundation, and forge a sustainable future that meets the needs of tomorrow’s students. I am looking forward to getting started.”
Over the summer, the University also bid farewell to two members of the senior management team. Julie Dolan, vice president for finance and treasurer of the University, accepted an appointment as executive vice president and treasurer at Clark University in Worcester, Mass. Stephanie Frost, vice president for University advancement, will assume the position of associate dean for external relations at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business in Stanford, Calif.
“Both Julie and Stephanie will be greatly missed, and I thank them for their significant contributions to Fairfield. The institution has been strengthened as a result of their work and is well positioned to achieve its goals,” said Fr. von Arx.
During the transition period, Mark Reed, senior vice president for administration and chief of staff, will oversee operations in the Advancement Division, including Development and Alumni Relations. Michael Maccarone, retired associate vice president for finance, will help supervise finance operations along with Ken Fontaine, assistant vice president and controller. There will be searches forthcoming in the near future for both positions.