Fairfield University Board of Trustees Announces New Chairs and Members

Fairfield University Board of Trustees Announces New Chairs and Members

Sheila (Kearney) Davidson ’83, was named Chair of the Fairfield University Board of Trustees; she is the first woman to be appointed to this role in Fairfield’s 80-year history.

The Board of Trustees of Fairfield University announced the appointment of two new Chairs,  effective July 1, 2022:

  • Chair of the Board of Trustees Sheila (Kearney) Davidson ’83:
    Davidson is the chief legal and administrative officer at New York Life Insurance Company, and is the first woman to be appointed Chair in Fairfield’s 80-year history. Davidson has served as a Fairfield University Trustee since 2003 and succeeds Frank J. Carroll III ’89 who served as Chair from 2015 to 2022. Carroll will remain a University Trustee.

    In addition to leading New York Life’s legal operations, Davidson also oversees its human resources, compliance, governmental affairs, governance, corporate responsibility, and corporate communications functions. The New York Bar Association honored Davidson with its Diversity and Inclusion Champion Award in 2018. In 2016, the National Law Journal named her one of America’s 50 Outstanding General Counsel, citing her commitment to diversity. Davidson is the founding executive sponsor of The Women’s Initiative at New York Life, an employee resource group that connects and empowers women across the Fortune 100 company. Davidson graduated cum laude from Fairfield University with a BA in political science and earned her JD from George Washington University.

  • Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees Brian P. Hull ’80, P’13:
    Hull is executive vice chairman of UBS Americas. He joined UBS in 2009 and works in Global Wealth Management, the Investment Bank and Asset Management, and is responsible for working to strengthen a culture of partnership and connecting clients to UBS’s full capabilities. Hull earned his BS in accounting from Fairfield University and has been a member of the Board of Trustees since 2005.

In addition to the appointment of new Chairs, the Board of Trustees also welcomed two new Trustees, effective July 1, 2022.

  • Maureen Errity Bujno ’90, managing director, Deloitte & Touche LLP
    As the Audit & Assurance Governance leader at Deloitte, Bujno leads the governance offerings for many of the company’s most complex audit clients. She joined the advisory board of the Charles F. Dolan School of Business in 2021, and served as president of the Alumni Association Board of Directors from 2014 to 2015. Prior to that, she served for six years on the Trustee Advisory Council and co-chaired the Fairfield Awards Dinner in both 2018 and 2019. In 2022, Bujno was awarded the Fairfield University Alumni Service Award. She earned a BS in accounting from Fairfield.

  • Hugh Davis ’95, managing partner, Critical Mix, Inc.:
    Davis is a managing partner at Critical Mix, formerly known as reInvention—a global market research survey solutions company headquartered in Westport, Conn. Davis co-founded reInvention in July 2011 with the goal of building a business to transform the survey solutions industry. In January 2013, reInvention acquired Critical Mix and Authentic Response, and later rebranded the combined companies as Critical Mix. Davis earned his BA in economics from Fairfield.

Last year, the following individuals were appointed to the Fairfield University Board of Trustees, effective July 1, 2021.

  • Jorge A. Chiluisa ’89, MBA’06, P’21,’20,’19, corporate finance (retired):
    Chilusia’s 30-year career in corporate finance includes 23 years with GE Capital and five years at Siena Lending Group. He has worked globally across various commercial and consumer lending industries. He earned his BA and MBA from Fairfield University. Chilusia serves on the Fairfield University’s advisory boards of the Charles F. Dolan School of Business, and the College of Arts and Sciences.

  • Lisa M. Ferraro (Martino) ’85, P’22, attorney, (retired):
    Ferraro graduated summa cum laude with a BA in English from Fairfield University and earned her JD from Duke Law School. Working primarily in private law firms, she practiced law for more than a decade as a civil litigator in state and federal court. Ferraro is a member of the advisory board for the College of Arts and Sciences and serves as the chairperson of the advisory council for the University’s Pre-Law Society. She also works as an ambassador with the Parents Leadership Council.

  • Dagan T. Kasavana ’99, founder and CEO, Phoenix Tower International:
    Kasavana is founder and CEO of Phoenix Tower International, one of the fastest-growing wireless infrastructure businesses in the world. He guides the strategic direction of the company, oversees capital investment across various countries and transaction types, and leads all other significant corporate initiatives. Kasavana holds a BS in accounting from Fairfield University.

  • Clinton A. Lewis Jr. ’88, CEO, AgroFresh Solutions:
    Lewis currently serves as the chief executive officer and member of the board of directors for AgroFresh, an agribusiness leader in the post-harvest fresh fruit and produce sector. Prior to assuming this role, he served in a series of senior executive roles at Zoetis, the global leader in the animal health industry. Lewis earned a BS from Fairfield University and an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

  • Rev. Mario M. Powell, S.J., president, Brooklyn Jesuit Prep:
    Fr. Powell is the third president of Brooklyn Jesuit Prep. A 2003 graduate of Boston College, he entered the Society of Jesus and professed his vows in 2005. He was missioned to Saint Louis University, where he earned a master’s degree in American studies, and returned to Boston College for his theology studies, earning a master of divinity degree as well as a licentiate in sacred theology. Fr. Powell currently serves as vice chair of the board for Xavier High School, and is a member of the boards of Fordham Prep, Le Moyne College, and the Boston College Alumni Association.

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