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
A new program at St. John Fisher College will prepare undergraduate students to be educated and engaged civic leaders and citizens of the region and find answers on how to create a more equitable, healthy, and sustainable community.
In September 1971, 65 women made history as the first females to enroll at St. John Fisher College. Among those were 30 first-year students, dubbed “freshettes” by then president, Rev. Charles Lavery.
The Fisher alumni family lost a trailblazer and advocate in 2020. Donna Salmon ’79 passed away on December 8.
Michael Connolly ’94 began his career with retail giant Walmart, where he rose through the ranks learning logistics, global supply chain, merchandising, and regional management.
What do a broadcast news producer, a fire marshal, and those blue Amazon delivery vans have in common?
There were dancers, large screens, and signage strewn around the space. There were balloons, sashes, and stuffed teddy bears donned in this year’s t-shirt. And the group was back where it all began – in Cleary Auditorium – on a cold February weekend, all in the name of love.
Sean Farnsworth ’05, director of Sports Information, shares the history of women in sport at Fisher.