Dolan’s State-of-the-Art Facility, New Leadership and Faculty, and More
It is an exciting time for the Dolan School of Business. This past summer Fairfield University announced that the Dolan School would be getting a new state-of-the-art building with plans to open in the fall of 2019. This news coincided with the announcement that Don Gibson, PhD, dean and professor of the Dolan School, would be joining the Office of Academic Affairs as vice provost after serving as dean of the Dolan School for six years. And earlier this semester the Economics Department officially joined the Dolan School after previously being under the College of Arts and Sciences.
Currently serving as interim dean is Mark Ligas, PhD, former associate dean of the Dolan School. Taking on Dr. Ligas’ responsibilities as associate dean is Dawn Massey, PhD, professor of Accounting.
“The Dolan School of Business is at a truly transformative time in its history,” said Dr. Ligas. “As we eagerly anticipate the ground-breaking for the new facility, we need to pause and reflect on all those 'gifts' that will be housed within its walls: teacher-scholars who advance discipline knowledge via research while also engaging students at the highest levels in the classroom; friends, benefactors, and alumni of the Dolan School who tirelessly support our ongoing initiatives in order to maintain the highest quality for education and professional development; and the students who seek out the Dolan School, not just to earn an excellent education at either the undergraduate or graduate level, but also to be in a place where all feel welcomed and inspired to develop their vocations.”
The new $40 million building is one of several planned for or under construction as part of the University’s Master Plan supported by the Fairfield Rising Campaign, the largest capital campaign in the history of the University.
“The extension of the Fairfield Rising Campaign ensures that Fairfield continues its rise as the modern, Jesuit Catholic University, building a community animated by innovative teaching and learning, so that we may continue to best serve the world as it is,” said Mark R. Nemec, PhD, the University’s ninth president who was formally inaugurated last month.
As the time gets closer to groundbreaking, Drs. Gibson and Ligas have been meeting regularly with David Frasinelli, associate vice president of Facilities Management, members of Fairfield’s Information Technology Services (ITS) department, an educational technology consultant, and building architects to discuss and finalize technology needs for the new building. The 80,000+ square-foot facility will feature modern simulated trading in a dynamic and interactive learning environment, a big data analytics lab, an entrepreneurship center with ideation lab space, active learning and case-based classrooms, a gaming lab, and more.
The technology will support teaching for the 21st century college classroom, with flexible learning spaces fully equipped with digital technology. It will also support the scholarly needs of faculty as thought leaders in their respective fields.
As one of the highest ranked business schools in the country, the Dolan School has been named among the best undergraduate business schools in the United States and the best in Connecticut according to Bloomberg BusinessWeek and US News & World Report. College Factual ranked Dolan's accounting, finance, and marketing disciplines in the top 25 nationally, and the Princeton Review included the MBA program among the best on-campus programs in the country, as well as one of the best in the Northeast.
Additionally, the Dolan School is one of only 5% of schools worldwide to be accredited by AACSB International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.