Dwyer, nominated by fellow Democratic board member Sue Brand, won the seat by a vote of 6-3. Pamela Iacono, the board's chairwoman for the past year, and fellow Republican board members Tim Kery and Paul Fattibene cast the no votes.
"I appreciate your trust in me as chair and I hope I will continue to earn it," said Dwyer, who also asked the board and attendees to give Iacono a round of applause for her service. "I see my role as facilitating discussion among the eight of you so that you may come in this room with nine different opinions, but we make one decision that is in the best interest of the students."
Dwyer, a former Board of Education member in Rye, N.Y., gained a seat on the Fairfield board, which has a Democratic majority, in last year's municipal election. He is a retired president and chief executive officer of the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA, having served in that capacity for two decades.
Dwyer, who has coached and refereed Fairfield youth soccer coach, holds a bachelor's degree in community leadership and development from Springfield College and a master of arts degree in government-public administration from Lehigh University.
Iacono, a board member since 2008, was elected to serve as the vice chairwoman by a vote of 8-1 after being nominated by Fattibene. Democratic board member Perry Liu voted in opposition.
A former human resources manager, Iacono joined the board in June 2008 to fill a vacancy when Cynthia Foothorap stepped down for health reasons. She then won election to the board in November 2009.
Democratic board member Jessica Gerber was re-elected by unanimous vote to serve as the board's secretary for a second consecutive year after being nominated by fellow Democrat Jennifer Maxon Kennelly.
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