Letter from the President

Our School of Nursing is among the most competitive in the Northeast, and the demand for admission exceeds what our current program and facilities can manage. At the same time, we recognize that the health sciences are one of the fastest growing areas of the economy. Our Health Sciences Initiative will create learning experiences where engineers, students in business, nursing, and science can collaborate. As teams, they will develop new technologies and learning practices, and be ideally prepared for the healthcare careers of the coming decades. Read the story inside.

New Master’s Program

Among other new programs, we introduced a new master’s degree in public administration this year (MPA), designed for individuals already working in the non-profit or government sector. Fairfield County is home to number of international non-profit institutions, and we saw a clear need to help develop leaders in this area.

Partnership with the 92nd Street Y

Embracing technology to broaden our programming will be critical. Our Open VISIONS Forum has been Fairfield’s flagship cultural engagement program for almost two decades (read more inside). We recently announced an exciting new partnership with the 92nd Street Y — one of New York’s premier cultural institutions — to expand the Open VISIONS concept, using current technologies to bring the most pertinent voices in the global conversation to our community. Called “Open VISIONS Forum-Espresso,” this program combines live-streaming HD broadcasts from the 92Y to Fairfield, to be followed by live, town hall-style conversations on campus. We launched this new collaboration in October with a conversation on the White Houses of Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, featuring former press secretaries Robert Gibbs and Ari Fleischer.

New Leadership

There are many more innovations to come, and we are delighted that an alumnus, Kevin Lawlor ’79, has joined our leadership team as executive vice president to help guide us.

Kevin brings extensive and diversified experience to Fairfield, having spent more than 25 years in senior executive roles at United Technologies Corporation, serving most recently as vice president and general manager of AAR’s Precision Systems division in Alabama. Kevin was an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he completed an MBA, and studied strategic cost management at Harvard Business School.

Kevin’s expertise in managing a major multinational corporation made up of a number of business units, all with their own unique products and strengths, make him ideally suited to serve Fairfield at this moment in our history. His experience will be invaluable as Fairfield becomes increasingly invested in international programs, attracts more foreign scholars, and as our role as a leader in Jesuit education continues to be recognized around the world.

These are just a few of the developments at Fairfield in the past year. Inside this edition of the Fairfield University Magazine you will find others. What they have in common is that they are forward-looking. They reflect the willingness of all the members of the University community to pursue excellence, adopt new ideas and practices, and to stride confidently into the winds of change. They reflect a disposition of enthusiasm and confidence — a disposition that befits an institution as youthful as ours.


Jeffrey P. von Arx, S.J.


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