New Vice Provost of Fairfield University Announced

New Vice Provost of Fairfield University Announced

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FAIRFIELD, Conn., (August 3, 2017) —Fairfield University has announced Don Gibson, PhD, as Vice Provost in the Office of Academic Affairs. His appointment will begin September 1, 2017.

Dr. Gibson has served as Dean of the Dolan School of Business for the past six years, overseeing the School’s expanding and innovative programming, national recognition, top tier rankings, and increased enrollment. A Professor of Management, Dr. Gibson has taught courses in organizational behavior and leadership at Fairfield since 2001. Most recently, Dr. Gibson has served as Special Assistant to the Provost throughout several leadership transitions, including the appointment of the University’s new president.

“Together, with Don, we will be working to ensure Fairfield University continues to deliver a wide range of high quality academic programs in the Jesuit tradition, fulfilling our commitment to academic excellence, integrated thinking, and social responsibility,” said Interim Provost, Christine Siegel, PhD. “I am delighted that Don will now bring his leadership and energy to the Provost’s office, as we continue to deepen, refine, and expand our academic programming."

Said Dr. Gibson: “I look forward to joining with the Provost to enhance Fairfield’s stand-out strengths, its excellent faculty and academic programs. In a time when Universities need to show their value, I’ll bring my experience to bear in meeting that critical challenge.”

Dr. Gibson is joining a team in the Provost’s office that includes Dr. Siegel, and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Mary Frances Malone, PhD. During the transition, Mark Ligas, PhD, currently associate dean of the Dolan School, will serve as interim dean, and Dawn Massey, PhD, will service as interim associate dean. A national search for the permanent Dolan School dean will begin in the Fall of 2017.

Pictured: Dr. Don Gibson; Credit: Fairfield University


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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.