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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.

Campaign Leaders

Victor Salerno
Vic Salerno ’66, Campaign Chair

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
Wayne and Beverly LeChase, Honorary Chairs

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.

Gerard Rooney
Dr. Gerard J. Rooney, President

St. John Fisher College

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.

President's Office

News and Events

Students gather on the Campus Center Quad.

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.

Left to right: Sally Read ’75, Antoinette Giordano Cooper ’75,  Michele Micalizzi McCarthy ’75, Gloria Pucci LoVecchio ’75,  Judy Magro Goonan ’75, and Jacqueline Peterson ’75

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.

Donna Salmon

The Fisher alumni family lost a trailblazer and advocate in 2020. Donna Salmon ’79 passed away on December 8.

Mike Connolly

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.

Bill Lang ’08

What do a broadcast news producer, a fire marshal, and those blue Amazon delivery vans have in common?

Socially distanced students in the foreground at the Teddi Dance

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.

Collage of three photos: Phil Kahler with basketball player, Emily Markarian, Linda Michele

Sean Farnsworth ’05, director of Sports Information, shares the history of women in sport at Fisher.

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