Fairfield University alumnus Kevin Lawlor, a senior executive with decades of experience, will return to his alma mater as executive vice president, effective Aug. 1. University President Jeffrey P. von Arx announced the appointment July 23, following a national search to fill the post.
Lawlor is a 1979 graduate of the Fairfield University business school and a Cheshire resident.
“Mr. Lawlor’s skill and expertise in managing and growing a major multinational corporation — a corporation made up of a number of business units, all with their own unique products and strengths — make him ideally suited to serve his alma mater as executive vice president,” von Arx said. “He will lead the critical task of refreshing the University’s Strategic Plan, working collaboratively to envision and clarify the strategic priorities that will advance the institution. I know that for Mr. Lawlor, the opportunity to serve as executive vice president at Fairfield is a challenge that he has embraced with tremendous enthusiasm and purpose, and with a desire to serve his alma mater to the utmost of his ability.”
Lawlor brings extensive and diversified experience to Fairfield, having spent more than 25 years in senior executive roles at United Technologies Corp. and serving most recently as vice president and general manager of AAR’s Precision Systems division in Alabama.
At UTC, he played critical roles in finance, strategic planning and program management, as well as the integration of multinational corporate units.
He was an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he completed an MBA. He studied strategic cost management at Harvard Business School, undertook senior executive training at the Darden School of the University of Virginia and received an master’s degree in taxation from the University of New Haven.
“I am thrilled to be returning to the Fairfield campus and the vibrant community that has always made it such a special place,” Lawlor said. “This is an important time for Fairfield and for all of higher education to recognize the challenges ahead, build on our rock solid foundation, and forge a sustainable future that meets the needs of tomorrow’s students. I am looking forward to getting started.”
In his new position, Lawlor will work with admission, marketing and communications, finance and student affairs to help articulate the university’s value proposition, clarify its future needs and determine priority areas for resource allocation to ensure not only that the institution remains the strong, engaged and vibrant learning community that it is today, but that it continues to grow and adapt to meet the needs of its students and the external communities that it serves.