Fairfield University's Ninth President


Inauguration | October 20, 2017


Schedule of Events

Wednesday, October 18

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Fairfield University Student Reception

Tully Dining Commons

Thursday, October 19

8 – 10 a.m.

Fairfield University Staff Breakfast

John A. Barone Campus Center Oak Room

3 – 5 p.m.

Fairfield University Faculty Conversation

Dolan School of Business Dining Room

Friday, October 20

10 a.m.


Egan Chapel of St. Ignatius Loyola
Presider, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano

1:30 p.m.

Investiture Ceremony

Bellarmine Lawn

3:30 p.m.


John A. Barone Campus Center Oak Room

Learn More About Dr. Nemec

On July 1, 2017, Mark R. Nemec, PhD, became the ninth President of Fairfield University and joined the Politics Department as a professor within the College of Arts and Sciences.

A graduate of Loyola High School, a Jesuit College Preparatory in Los Angeles, Dr. Nemec earned a PhD in political science and an MA in education from the University of Michigan, as well as a BA in English from Yale, where he was an All-Ivy League rugby player. Early in his career, he taught American politics as a visiting assistant professor at Davidson College and as an instructor at the University of Michigan. He is the author of Ivory Towers and Nationalist Minds: Universities, Leadership, and the Development of the American State (University of Michigan Press, 2006) and a contributor to The Educational Legacy of Woodrow Wilson (University of Virginia Press, 2012).

Most recently, Dr. Nemec served as the dean of the Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies at the University of Chicago. As dean, Dr. Nemec led the school’s significant growth and evolution by focusing on extending the university’s reach to ever broader student populations in ever more innovative ways. Under his guidance, Graham established outreach and scholarship programs to increase access for students from a variety of backgrounds and to support them in their post-graduate professions and continuing education.

Dr. Nemec has been a frequent speaker on the current and future state of higher education and has presented to a diverse array of audiences including the White House’s Forum on College Affordability, the British Council’s Going Global, the New England Board of Higher Education’s Summit on Cost in Higher Education, and the annual meetings of numerous higher education associations.

Prior to his tenure at the University of Chicago, Dr. Nemec turned from academia to the use of data and analysis to help global organizations, including institutions of higher education, operate more strategically and effectively. He joined the University of Chicago after serving as president and chief executive officer of Eduventures, a Boston-based information services firm providing research and advice to the higher education community. He previously had been a member of the executive team of Forrester Research, a provider of similar services to the technology industry.

Dr. Nemec has joined the Fairfield community with his wife, Suzanne, and their four children Alex, Teddy, Philip, and Kit.

Vision Statement

Fairfield University is the modern Jesuit University, rooted in one of the world’s oldest intellectual and spiritual traditions. In the spirit of rigorous and sympathetic inquiry into all dimensions of human experience, Fairfield welcomes students from diverse backgrounds to share ideas and engage in open conversations. As a community of scholars, Fairfield joins in the broader task of expanding human knowledge and deepening human understanding, and to this end, it encourages and supports the research and artistic expression of its faculty and students, and is committed to excellence in all that it pursues.

Fairfield Magazine

“When I think about Fairfield specifically, I start with the fundamental purpose of education and especially higher education; and that is to transform lives.” Read more of the exclusive interview with Dr. Nemec in Fairfield University Magazine.

Presidential Tour Dates

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, January 23, 2018
6 – 8 p.m.
Café Pinot
700 W. Fifth Street
Los Angeles, CA

  Thursday, January 25, 2018
6 – 8 p.m.
Stockbridge Capital Group
4 Embarcadero Center, Suite 3300
San Francisco, CA

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
St. Petersburg, FL

Thursday, March 15, 2018 
Naples, FL

Friday, March 16, 2018
Palm Beach, FL

Thursday, May 10, 2018
Chicago, IL

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Thursday, May 17, 2018
New Jersey

View Photos From Previous Events

Thursday, September 14, 2017
6 – 8 p.m.
Top of the Hub Restaurant and Skywalk
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Tuesday, September 19, 2017
6 – 8 p.m.
Fairfield University
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Wednesday, October 4, 2017
6 – 8 p.m.
The Jefferson Hotel
Washington, DC
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Thursday, October 12, 2017
New York City, NY
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Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Long Island, NY
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Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Greenwich, CT
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