About Fisher Forward
There has never been a better time to build upon our past to help secure our future.
Move Fisher Forward
The narrative of St. John Fisher College chronicles steady growth and broadening impact since our beginning, nearly 75 years ago. While respectful of our history and traditions, Fisher has always kept its focus keenly on the future, anticipating and responding to the changes in society that bring new opportunities to our students. Our success is dependent upon the generosity of our alumni, friends, and community – essential partners of St. John Fisher College. Students, programs, and the Fisher campus will be empowered by this generosity to support and drive innovation, programming, and the future, expanding the impact of this work broadly throughout the community and beyond.
CEO, O’Connell Electric Company
Member, St. John Fisher College Board of Trustees
Long-time Board member and loyal Fisher alumnus, Vic Salerno ’66, is serving as the chair of Fisher Forward. Mr. Salerno has served as chief executive officer of O’Connell Electric Company since 2006, and has been with the company since 1971. In 2011, Mr. Salerno gave $2 million to the College - the largest gift ever received from an alumnus - for a new building to house the School of Business. In 2013, the Victor E. Salerno Center for American Enterprise opened its doors.
Wayne and Beverly LeChase are loyal and longtime donors of St. John Fisher College. Wayne served on the Board of Trustees from 1991-2015 and today is a member of the Trustee Emeriti Society.
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President Rooney took office in 2015 after having served as the College’s executive vice president for enrollment, advancement, and planning. Dr. Rooney has been a member of the Fisher family for over two decades and is the proud parent of two Fisher alumni.
News and Events
Gift Funds Construction of New State-of-the-Art Joseph Pellicano Wrestling Pavilion
Emma Pyrak ’21 reflects on her time in Fisher's Executive Internship Program
In 2009, following their 25th Fisher reunion weekend, members of the Class of 1984 founded a non-profit, Eight 4 World Hope. Inspires by the late Fr. Joe Trovato, CSB, they continue to do great things.
For the Lamphear family from Camillus, New York, St. John Fisher College has been a part of dinner conversations since 2007. That’s when their oldest daughter, Lindsey, first heard about the College from an older classmate who had visited the campus.
How Fisher’s graduate sport management program developed alongside a unique and revolutionary partnership for students.
A $350,000 grant from M&T Bank will provide multi-year support for a St. John Fisher College program that helps highly motivated high school students become first-generation college students. The newly named M&T Charitable Foundation College Bound Program provides students with access to the information and resources they need to navigate the college admissions process and discover potential career paths.
Two golf tournaments in one week boosted student scholarship funds at St. John Fisher College.