Executive Vice President
As Executive Vice President, David B. Fithian is the senior vice president of the University, the principal representative of the Office of the President, and the convener for major planning efforts and projects that engage multiple administrative offices. He oversees a broad range of work including campus master planning and architectural design for major capital projects, institutional research and analysis, the University’s partnership with the Marine Biological Laboratory as well as the Laboratory Schools and the Quadrangle Club. As the officer of the University with responsibility for facilitating and implementing strategic initiatives that require significant central coordination, his work intersects with a number of areas including facility services, commercial real estate, communications, development, and executive compensation and recruitment, among others. Currently he is providing oversight on an interim basis for the following operational areas: Business Diversity, Commercial Real Estate, Facility Services, Human Resources, Information Technology, and Safety and Security. He is a director of Chapin Hall and a trustee of the Marine Biological Laboratory.
Fithian came to the University of Chicago in 2007 as Secretary of the University and was named Vice President and Secretary of the University in 2009. In that role he was primarily responsible for promoting good governance practices across the University and for facilitating the work of the University’s Board of Trustees and its Visiting Committee program.
Before coming to Chicago, Fithian was Associate Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University, where he also served as Secretary of the Faculty. Prior to that, beginning in 1995, he served in a number of other administrative positions at Harvard, including Assistant Dean of Harvard College and Secretary of the Administrative Board of Harvard College, and he taught for several years in the Social Studies honors-only Concentration.
Fithian received his bachelor’s degree in Sociology and English from Clark University and M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. degrees in Sociology from Yale University, where he won the Theron Rockwell Field Prize—a literary award—for his dissertation.