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Fairfield University President Lands New Job At Harvard

Fairfield University President Rev. Jeffrey von Arx
Fairfield University President Rev. Jeffrey von Arx Photo Credit: Fairfield University

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Fairfield University President the Rev. Jeffrey P. von Arx, S.J. has a new job — Superior of the LaFarge House Jesuit Community in Cambridge, Mass.

Von Arx, who recently announced that he would be leaving Fairfield University , was appointed with the approval of the Superior General of the Society of Jesus.

LaFarge House, named after civil rights pioneer, writer and editor John LaFarge, S.J., was established at Harvard University in 1964 as a residence and center of Jesuit activity at Harvard.

“As a recently erected independent house of the USA Northeast Province, the corporate mission for this community, which will be comprised mainly of scholars and advanced doctoral students, will be to foster the spiritual and moral formation of the neighboring academic communities, primarily at Harvard University,” said the Rev. John Cecero S.J. “Given Jeff’s background as President at Fairfield University for more than 12 years, it is clear he has the demonstrated academic and administrative credentials to engage with senior colleagues at a major university such as Harvard."

“I am excited to be undertaking this new mission, furthering Jesuit higher education, facilitating the relationship between Jesuit scholars and Harvard and working to further the Society’s intellectual apostolate,” said von Arx, who will formally take up his new assignment on Jan. 1.

“It has been a privilege and an honor to serve Fairfield University these past 12 years,” von Arx continued. “I am grateful to the Fairfield University Board of Trustees for their confidence and support, and to the entire Fairfield community for all that we have achieved to ensure that Fairfield has remained a leader in Jesuit higher education. I believe Fairfield has a great future ahead.”

Fairfield University announced on July 20 that the Board of Trustees had begun the search for a new president.

“As we approach our 75th anniversary, this is a wonderful time for Fairfield University, and for a new leader to build upon the success we have seen. I want to thank Fr. von Arx for his years of leadership and wish him well in his next assignment in Cambridge,” said Frank Carroll, Chairman of the University’s Board of Trustees.

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