Letter from the President

Letter from the President

Dear Friends,

For those of you whom I have yet to meet, my name is Lynn Babington, PhD, RN. What an honor it is for me to serve as interim President as we begin celebrations for the 75th birthday of Fairfield University. We have come a long way in a relatively short period of time! The young men of the 1950s and early 1960s in their ties and jackets pictured in these pages would go on to successful careers, build strong families and serve as leaders in their communities. I’m so pleased that some of those young men from our first graduating class of 1951 will be joining me as special guests during our Commencement celebrations in a few short months.

Our campus has grown, our culture is more diverse and fast-paced, the technological infrastructure and learning environments of today could not have been anticipated in 1942. But the energy to evolve, and to provide opportunities so that young men and women can realize their dreams remains at the heart of what we’re all about, and the inspiration that fired Fairfield University into life is as bright and vibrant as it has ever been.

As I write, our campus is in the midst of one of the most ambitious building programs in our history. We have broken ground on a new parking garage; the newly expanded facilities for the Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies is under construction, a new residence hall is on the way, and construction has begun on the renovation and expansion of the John A. Barone Campus Center slated for completion in 2018.

All of this is possible thanks to our Fairfield Rising campaign, which continues to inspire generosity from alumni, parents, students and friends. With ongoing support from our community, we have received more than $140 million from our generous donors, and we anticipate that we will meet or hopefully exceed our goal of $160 million later this year. These funds make it possible for us to support student scholarship at a time when our families’ ability to pay has never been as stretched; they ensure that we can attract and retain the quality of faculty we need to remain a University of distinction; and these funds also support the enhancements to our facilities that we need to meet student learning needs.

We have significantly enhanced our work to recruit talented students and those efforts are paying off. I’m delighted to report that we received more than 11,100 applications for the Class of 2021, the largest applicant pool in our history. We anticipate that we will meet our goal of over 1,000 first-year students in the fall.

Finally, I’m pleased to report that with the guidance and support from members of faculty, trustees and alumni, our Presidential Search Committee is progressing in its work to identify the next President of Fairfield University with the expectation that a new president will be in place for the start of the academic year.

There’s something about celebrating an important birthday that not only allows you to take stock of all that’s been accomplished but also to look clearly at the future — and our future is bright. Your participation and engagement with the University is the foundation of our strength as a community. I thank you for all that you do, and invite you all participate in our 75th anniversary celebrations. We have so much to be grateful for.

Sincerely,

Lynn M. Babington, PhD, RN
Interim President