Dr. Lynn Babington to Become Head of Chaminade after Interim Role
Lynn Babington, PhD, RN, Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs, announced Thursday that she has accepted a position as President of Chaminade University of Honolulu. A Marianist University of about 3,000 students founded in 1955, Chaminade offers bachelor's degrees in 23 fields of study including nursing and business, and five master's degree programs.
Dr. Babington, who will take up the post in August after serving as Interim President at Fairfield for the spring semester, is the fourth figure in the University’s senior leadership in recent years who has moved on to become the president of a Catholic institution, including former Senior Vice President Dr. Mark Reed now president at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia; Rev. Paul Fitzgerald, S.J., president of the University of San Francisco and formerly academic vice president at Fairfield; and Dr. Timothy Law Snyder, president of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, and formerly dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Fairfield.
"I want to thank the Board of Trustees at Fairfield University for their confidence and support in asking me to serve as your Interim President through the spring semester, “ Dr. Babington said on making the announcement. "Since my arrival at Fairfield, I have been inspired by my colleagues and impressed at the collaboration, creativity and innovation of the faculty and staff at this institution.
"I began my career in nursing and health care, focused on improving access and quality of services to underserved populations. As I transitioned to higher education, my research continued to focus on the underserved. This work is a passion of mine, has served me well in my earlier career, and ultimately will serve me well in my future endeavors. Chaminade’s commitment as a native Hawaiian-serving institution focused on disparities in health, education and the criminal justice system spoke to my passion and commitment to the underserved. And on a personal note, Hawaii isn’t a bad place to finish out my career.”
"We want to assure you that Lynn remains fully committed to her role as the Interim President of Fairfield University through June 30, 2017," said Frank J. Carroll III ’89, Chairman of the Board of Trustees. "We are acutely focused on achieving several key, strategic priorities over the next six months, as it is critical to continue to build upon the great momentum we have here and to lay the groundwork for a successful transition for Fairfield University’s next President.”
Said University president, Rev. Jeffrey P. von Arx, S.J.: "On behalf of Fairfield University, I want to congratulate Lynn Babington on her appointment as President of Chaminade University. This is wonderful news for Chaminade and for Lynn, and all of us here at Fairfield know what tremendous gifts Lynn will bring to her new role. At the same time, it's with real regret that we contemplate losing her. I want to express the gratitude of you all for Lynn's service to this institution, not least for her willingness to serve as interim president of Fairfield for the next six months."
In making the announcement Thursday, Chaminade University’s Board of Regents Chair, Vaughn Vasconcellos, remarked on Dr. Babington’s extensive experience in healthcare and nursing, dedication to serving others and genuine warmth. “Her established record and blend of experience in the private sector and academic settings will serve us well. I am confident in Dr. Babington’s ability to lead Chaminade into a future filled with promise and opportunity,” he said.