Fairfield University Celebrates Scholarship with 29th Annual Awards Dinner

Media Contact: Tess Long, tess.long@fairfield.edu, 203-254-4000 Ext. 2647

Fairfield University celebrates a commitment to tradition and excellence with the school’s largest fundraiser for scholarship, while also recognizing its most accomplished alumni, faculty and staff.

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (November 8, 2016) —Fairfield University's 29th Annual Fairfield Awards Dinner, "Celebrating a Tradition of Opportunity," will be held on Thursday, March 30, 2017, at the Grand Hyatt in New York City.

The Fairfield Awards Dinner benefits the Fairfield University’s Multicultural Scholarship Fund and other scholarships that expand access to higher education to students from a variety of social and economic backgrounds.

Held annually since 1989, the Fairfield Awards Dinner has raised more than $16 million for the endowed Fairfield University Multicultural Scholarship Fund and other scholarships, providing support to hundreds of students.

Fairfield Awards Dinner Co-Chairs are Timothy E. Lane ’85, P’16 of Montvale, NJ, who is a managing director at TIAA-CREF and William A. Malloy ’80, P’17,’11 of New York, NY, who serves as partner at Aquiline Capital Partners LLC. The Fairfield Awards Dinner will also recognize alumni, faculty, and staff for the highest levels of professional achievement, outstanding leadership, academic excellence, and meritorious service. The 2017 dinner honorees are:

Alumni Professional Achievement Award: Douglas W. Hammond ’86
After graduating with a degree in politics, Dolan School of Business Advisory Board member Douglas Hammond ’86 went on to complete his Juris Doctor from St. John’s University School of Law. Doug is the chairman and chief executive officer of NFP, a leading insurance broker and consultant that provides employee benefits, property & casualty, retirement and individual insurance and wealth management solutions. With NFP since 1999, Doug has held multiple leadership roles, including chief operating officer and general counsel. Under his leadership, NFP has grown to over $1.2 billion in revenue and is recognized by Business Insurance as the fifth largest global benefits broker by revenue and the fourth largest US-based privately owned broker. He lives in Cold Spring Harbor, NY, with his wife Trish and four children, John, Will, Joe and Ava.

Alumni Service Award: Robert M. McMahon ’87, P’20, is being recognized for his many years of volunteer leadership and effort on behalf of Fairfield including: Friends of Soccer, Parent Leadership Council, Reunion Volunteer, Dolan School of Business career mentor, former member of the Trustee Advisory Council, and the DSB Advisory board. Rob’s wife, Kristin ’87, serves on the Alumni Association Board of Directors. They live in Fairfield, Conn., with their daughters, Elisabeth, a first year student at Fairfield University, and Emma.

Distinguished Faculty/Administrator Award: Dr. Katherine A. Schwab, professor of Visual and Performing Arts since 1988, has her PhD from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University. She has served as department chair for two consecutive terms, and has served as Art History program director for several years. Her areas of expertise and interest encompass Greek and Roman Art and Archaeology, as well as South Asian and Asian Art. As curator of the Metropolitan Museum of Art Plaster Cast Collection at Fairfield University, Dr. Schwab oversees and works with students on a growing cast collection of gifts and long-term renewable loans from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as gifts from individual donors. She is a resident of Fairfield, Conn.

For additional information, contact Fairfield University at 203-254-4000, ext. 2115, or visit fairfield.edu/awardsdinner.

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Fairfield University is a Jesuit University, rooted in one of the world’s oldest intellectual and spiritual traditions. More than 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students from 36 states, 47 foreign countries, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico are enrolled in the University’s five schools. 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. The University is located in the heart of a region where the future takes shape, on a stunning campus on the Connecticut coast just an hour from New York City.

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Posted on November 14, 2016

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