Chaminade University’s Board of Regents has announced the selection of Lynn M. Babington to serve as its 10th President. She will begin August 1, 2017, and succeed Bro. Bernard Ploeger, SM, president since 2009.
Babington, Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs at Fairfield University in Connecticut, has held multiple leadership roles and is well regarded as an outstanding educator and academic thought leader.
“I am honored and humbled to be chosen as the new president for Chaminade University at such a pivotal time,” said Babington. “I am deeply inspired by its heritage, holistic learning approach and dedication to the community. I look forward to working with the University’s outstanding faculty and staff to help fully realize its mission.”
Chaminade University’s Board of Regents Chair Vaughn Vasconcellos remarked on Babington’s extensive experience in healthcare and nursing, dedication to serving others and genuine warmth. “Her established record and blend of experience in the private sector and academic settings will serve us well. I am confident in Dr. Babington’s ability to lead Chaminade into a future filled with promise and opportunity,” he said.
“Chaminade is very fortunate to have Dr. Babington serve as its next leader,” said Bro. Ploeger. “She brings both a passion for Catholic, Marianist higher education as well as a vision for new ways in which Chaminade may better serve our students and communities.”
Babington served most recently as Interim President at Fairfield University. Prior to her positions at Fairfield, Babington held leadership roles at Northeastern University from 2003 to 2011 and also studied as a Fulbright Scholar at Ben Gurion University in Israel. A lifelong advocate of teaching and learning with extensive experience in garnering external support, Babington was selected in 2013 as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow designed to nurture industry leaders in their efforts to improve the nation’s health care system.
Babington earned her bachelor’s degree (magna cum laude) from the University of Michigan in nursing. She received her master’s degree (MSN) and doctorate (PhD Nursing) from University of Washington.