From Josh LaBella, CT Post:
A lawsuit seeking to prevent Fairfield University from opening a branch campus in Bridgeport hasn’t deterred the university from announcing its leadership team for the proposed Fairfield Bellarmine campus.
The new two-year associate’s degree initiative is anticipated to open in the fall of 2023 at the site of the former St. Ambrose Parish on Boston Avenue. The hiring announcement comes as John Ricci, a longtime Bridgeport municipal employee and political insider, still has an ongoing lawsuit to stop the college from being opened in that location.
In a release, the university noted the program is a part of its partnership with the Diocese of Bridgeport “Pathways to Higher Learning” program and aims to serve students in the Bridgeport community “to prepare them for transition to a bachelor’s degree program at any four-year institution, or for employment.”
… The university said the Rev. Kevin O’Brien, who currently serves on the board of Catholic Charities of Fairfield County, has been hired as the vice-provost and executive director of Fairfield Bellarmine. It said he has worked in Jesuit higher education, but also has a long-time association with the Jesuit Refugee Service, which assists migrants and refugees across the world.
Full story here.