Meet the 2014 Chairs
A member of Fairfield University’s first class of women, Joellin Comerford ’74 graduated with a degree in English literature. After receiving her master’s degree in business from Cornell University, she joined Arthur Anderson in their consulting division. The company eventually became Accenture, and Joellin was chief executive, outsourcing, when she retired after 31 years there.
Last year, Joellin established a scholarship at Fairfield for financially challenged inner-city women. “Many of my classmates from the '70s were very generous, and I am hoping that trend will grow!” she says. She hopes to reconnect with many of them at her 40th Reunion this summer.
After graduating with a degree in politics, University Trustee Sheila Davidson ’83 went on to complete her law degree at George Washington University. Sheila is currently chief legal officer at New York Life Insurance Company, where she has worked for the past 22 years.
“I use what I learned at Fairfield in my work every day,” Sheila says.
“The core curriculum taught me to stretch and push myself to think critically about a wide range of issues. This has not only helped me in my legal career, but has also enriched my life.”
Jack Kelly ’67, P’96 earned his degree in economics from Fairfield, followed by an MBA at New York University. His career at Goldman Sachs spanned 30 years before he retired as a managing director in 2007. He was co-head of the Industrial Group responsible for a number of companies, including 3M, Xerox, ITT Corp., and United Technologies.
Jack served on the University’s Board of Trustees from 2001 to 2013, chairing the Advancement Committee. Since 2007, Jack, his wife Jo-Ann, son Ryan ’96, and daughter-in-law Eva ’97 have generously hosted a networking reception for young alumni at the Metropolitan Club in New York City.
“Fairfield has changed for the better without losing its original identity,” he says. “A student still finds in Fairfield a place where the focus is on the individual.”