Kearney Hall at Sunset

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

Johairy Delacruz

This fall, the Department of Media and Communication selected Johairy Delacruz ’20 as the recipient of the James E. Seward Scholarship. Carrying a $1,000 award, the scholarship honors Jim Seward and his 41 years of college teaching, 29 of which were spent at Fisher. The scholarship was established by former students, friends, and colleagues when he retired in 2011.

Golisano Gateway

The annual Faculty and Staff Giving Campaign exceeded its fundraising goal raising $28,537.91 for St. John Fisher College. The campaign, which ran from Monday, Sept. 23 through Monday, Nov. 4, is a coordinated effort to encourage Fisher employees to support the College’s annual fund.

Dr. Henry Hess speaks at the Integrative and Complementary Medicine Symposium.

In fall 2018, the Wilmot Cancer Institute’s Pluta Cancer Center opened an Integrative Oncology & Wellness Center, using complementary therapies including yoga, meditation, and acupuncture to help ease the fatigue, pain, stress, and anxiety often felt by cancer patients.

Dr. Carolyn Yauyan Woo

Carolyn Woo to be Inaugural Speaker of the New Donald L. and Marilyn B. Muench Faith in Action Lecture Series

President Rooney and Vic Salerno, joined by a host of Fisher students, share details of the Fisher Forward campaign.

In its relatively short history, St. John Fisher College has grown from the “College on the Hill” to a nationally recognized institution, an anchor in the community, and a place where students experience a transformative education.

 Members of the Parkes family participage in a ribbon cutting ceremony with President Rooney and Vic Salerno.

During a ceremony on Wednesday, Sept. 4, the St. John Fisher College School of Business marked the opening of the Walter and Barbara Parkes Trading Lab.

Student smiling in a School of Business classroom.

A scholarship fund at St. John Fisher College will receive a $250,000 boost thanks to the generosity of Alesco Advisors, an investment advisory firm located in Pittsford, New York.

10.12
8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Where: Cleary Family Auditorium, Kearney Hall
12.02
Noon
Where: Genesee Valley Club 421 East Avenue Rochester, NY 14607
12.04
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Where: The Kincaid at Legacy, 7200 Dallas Parkway, Plano, TX 75024
10.24
4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Where: Constellation Brands Headquarters, 207 Highpoint Dr., #100, Victor, NY