President’s Welcome 2019

Submitted by jill on Wed, 09/11/2019 - 19:38

September 2019Michael Fabiano

Hello fellow alumni,

I am very excited to begin working with our board and alumni as we embark on a two-year journey together at what I view as an important inflection point for the Harvard Extension School.

A technological tipping point is occurring in higher education. Driven by interactive classroom software and artificial intelligence, society has for the first time in history an educational model that is quite different from the traditional classroom and arguably more impactful.

This model is impacting the way professors teach, how students learn, and provides access to more diverse and blended student populations. These innovative education platforms are creating new possibilities. I understand them deeply having completed a master’s degree at HES and an Executive MBA at Columbia.

While we are an alumni board, immense change is occurring, and we can help influence and shape the contours and direction of one of the twelve degree granting schools that compose Harvard. We have this moment and it’s inspiring and motivating.

I have already been quite involved with the administration and started activities in a number of areas including: assisting with global alumni engagement and community building, planning alumni events in Santa Monica, NYC, DC and Cambridge, and establishing the groundwork to develop a broad strategic plan on where we want to be in two years.

The core mission of the HEAA is one of lifelong learning and engagement.

Together we endeavor to “reach, serve, and engage all Extension alumni; to foster a lifelong intellectual and personal connection between the school and its graduates; and to provide Harvard Extension School and Harvard University with goodwill and support.”

I am looking forward to furthering this mission together.

Michael Fabiano ALM '16

michaelfabiano@alumni.harvard.edu