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An historian by discipline, Father von Arx began his academic career at Georgetown University, where he taught in the History Department from 1982 to 1998 and was chair from 1991 to 1997. He served as Dean of Fordham College at Rose Hill from 1998 until his selection as president by the Fairfield University Board of Trustees in 2004. A graduate of Princeton University, he entered the Society of Jesus in 1969 and subsequently earned an M.A. and M.Phil. in history at Yale University, and completed his Ph.D. there in 1980. A year later, Father von Arx received an M.Div. from the Weston School of Theology and was ordained a priest. In July 2004, Father von Arx became the eighth Jesuit to be named President of Fairfield University since the institution's founding in 1942.


Father von Arx has served or is currently on the boards of trustees of Boston College, Canisius College, Loyola Marymount University, and Xavier University, as well as Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (NEASC). He was appointed to the Fairfield Board in 2002 and as president, continues to serve as a trustee. Image date is approximate.


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