Dean Nemec named as new president of Fairfield University

Mark Nemec

It has been announced that Dean Mark R. Nemec has accepted the position of president of Fairfield University in Connecticut, effective July 1, 2017.

As Dean, Mark led the development of a school-wide strategic plan and related reorganization focused on three academic domains: professional studies, bridge programs, and the liberal arts. He has done this while significantly increasing the Graham School’s capacity to engage globally and as a civic partner, with an innovative approach to fostering lifelong learning. Mark’s efforts in curricular innovation and new program development created opportunities to bring University of Chicago educational experiences to new constituents and non-traditional students as well as more alumni of the University, in Chicago, and around the world.

Chris Guymon, Senior Associate Dean and Chief Operating Officer of the Graham School, has agreed to serve as interim Dean, effective July 1. Chris, who has worked in several roles at the Graham School since 1986, will work closely with Bala Srinivasan, Associate Provost and Special Advisor to the President, during the transition until a new dean is in place.

The Graham School extends hearty congratulations to Mark on the recognition of his talents and on this appointment. We wish him well and are grateful for his many contributions to the Graham School and the broader University of Chicago community.