Fairfield Begins Search For 9th President

The Board of Trustees of Fairfield University announced that they have commenced the first phase of a presidential search process to identify the next leader and ninth president of Fairfield University. The new president is expected to begin his or her term by July 2017.

“This is an ideal time to begin our search for a new president,” said Frank Carroll, chairman of the Board of Trustees at Fairfield University. “The University has never been in a stronger position, and much of this is due to the leadership of our current president, Rev. Jeffrey P. von Arx, S.J., who has been instrumental in guiding the University into the 21st century and preparing the University community for the exciting period of growth we have entered. Speaking on behalf of the entire Board of Trustees, we could not be more pleased with where the University is today.”
Fr. von Arx, meanwhile, has been appointed Superior of LaFarge House and Jesuit Community in Cambridge, Mass., by the Provincial of USA Northeast Province, the Very Rev. John Cecero, S.J.

“As a recently erected independent house of the USA Northeast Province, the corporate mission for this community, which will be comprised mainly of scholars and advanced doctoral students, will be to foster the spiritual and moral formation of the neighboring academic communities, primarily at Harvard University,” said Fr. Cecero. “Given Jeff’s background as president at Fairfield University for more than 12 years, it is clear he has the demonstrated academic and administrative credentials to engage with senior colleagues at a major university such as Harvard.”

“I am excited to be undertaking this new mission, furthering Jesuit higher education, facilitating the relationship between Jesuit scholars and Harvard, and working to further the Society’s intellectual apostolate,” said Fr. von Arx.  He will formally take up his new assignment on January 1, 2017.

“Jesuits go where and when they are sent. That is a dimension of our lives and work that is essential to our spirituality, and so I embrace this new mission willingly, and with a sense of anticipation for what is to come,” Fr. von Arx wrote to the Fairfield community on news of his new appointment. “I have confidence in the leadership team that is in place, and I have witnessed the spirit of our community, and its resourcefulness and resilience, so I know that all will be well and that our University community will continue to thrive.”

Ranked as one of the top 10 Catholic universities in the nation, Fairfield will ensure that its Jesuit and Catholic identity will remain at the core of its mission and vision for the future as it undergoes this important presidential transition process.