David Wakefield ’96: From Alumnus to Advisor
Launched in the spring of 2005, the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Board of Advisors is comprised of an impressive group of distinguished professionals and Fairfield alumni who share a common passion for liberal arts education. Each member serves as a champion of the College’s strategic direction and supports its long-term growth by assisting in securing financial resources for its fundraising efforts.
One of the College’s newest advisors, David Wakefield ’96, joined the Board this past June and has already brought a tremendous level of enthusiasm and dedication to his position. After earning his bachelor’s degree in history and meeting his future StagMate, wife Suzanne Wakefield ’96, while studying at Fairfield, he went on to earn his master of business administration from Babson College before landing his current position as vice president of strategy, planning and analytics of asset management for Fidelity Investments in Massachusetts. While Wakefield has remained engaged with the University community over the years, he credits his involvement with the CAS Advisory Board for rekindling his love of Fairfield and igniting a newfound passion for service and lifelong learning.
How did you become involved with the CAS Advisory Board, and what attracted you to serve?
I have always enjoyed staying connected to Fairfield, either through networking events or engaging with alumni. After participating in several Boston-based visits with members of the Advancement team and sharing my pride in my liberal arts degree, they expressed an interest in having my input and commitment on the CAS Advisory Board. Although my work at Fidelity is analytical in nature, my ability to communicate and think critically made me realize that my role on the board would be valuable.
Why is serving important to you?
Participating on the advisory board allows me to provide insight, consideration and recommendations that steer the College’s mission. It has been very exciting to work with other board members and to serve as a champion for the College. I enjoy seeing first hand how committed the school is to developing the creative, intellectual potential of its students and to promoting ethical and religious values and a sense of social responsibility.
One of the best parts has been coming back to campus, engaging with faculty (some who even taught me) and interacting with current students. Being able to discuss the value of motivation, perseverance and expanding academic curriculum with undergraduates has been a rewarding experience.
What would you say to other alumni who are interested in staying involved with Fairfield post-graduation?
Whether serving on an advisory board, alumni association, reunion committee or visiting campus to address students, being involved truly strengthens the pride one has in their alma mater. It allows you to come a little closer to understanding all of the great things happening at our institution and knowing that our students are moving on to accomplish great things.