Fairfield University College of Arts and Sciences launches Advisory Board

Fairfield University College of Arts and Sciences launches Advisory Board

Fairfield University's College of Arts and Sciences announces the formation of an advisory board of 21 distinguished alumni, parents and faculty to guide the school in strategic planning and development activities for long-term growth. Jorge Figueredo, '82, president of Liz Claiborne International, chairs the new board, which held its first meeting this fall.

"In putting together our board, we sought, over all, a membership diverse in experience, viewpoint and expertise," said Timothy Law Snyder, Ph.D., dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. "This group embodies the notions of life-long learning and service that are hallmarks of our Jesuit tradition, and they are committed to strengthening the College's teaching, scholarship and service."

The College of Arts and Sciences is the oldest and largest of Fairfield's six schools. It includes roughly two thirds of the full-time faculty in 15 departments and 19 interdisciplinary programs and its faculty provides about four fifths of Fairfield's undergraduate education, according to Robbin Crabtree, Ph.D., the College's faculty chair. The Board of Advisors will help the College preserve traditions of excellence while moving forward as a cutting-edge educational leader through problem solving, development work and ongoing innovation.

"Our interdisciplinary programs are a great example of how the College has been in the forefront of meeting the new challenges presented by the natural environment, the political landscape, and the social world, as we stretch our teaching and research to reflect increasingly rapid changes in the circumstances around us," Crabtree told the Board at its initial meeting.

The Board of Advisors will be working to develop projects proposed by the departments of Biology, Religious Studies and Visual and Performing Arts, three areas identified by Snyder as funding priorities at this time. Each department will work with a two-year, $50,000 supplementary budget to be raised by the Board.

Some of the goals include: bolstering student-faculty scientific research and creating a mentoring program in Biology; increasing the number of students preparing for a broad array of careers by studying religion through extensive curriculum review, increased course offerings and expanded endowment; helping to institute a visiting artist/scholar program in Visual and Performing Arts; and aiding in the creation of a new museum for the University's growing collections.

The new Board of Advisors consists of 21 members. They are:

Posted On: 12-14-2005 10:12 AM

Volume: 38 Number: 114