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

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.

 Parkes Ribbon Cutting

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 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.

Andrew O'Hara poses in the Atlanta United FC of Major League Soccer stadium.

Fisher sport management majors Andrew O’Hara and Justine Tam have been selected as the recipients of the Sport Management Department’s 2019 Student Experiential Learning Fund.

Presidents Society Induction

On Thursday, June 6, St. John Fisher College community members gathered to celebrate the newly established Presidents Society, which recognizes philanthropists who have given gifts of $1 million or more to the College.

I Heart Fisher Day of Giving

On Thursday, March 21, St. John Fisher College alumni, faculty, staff, and students came together to show their collective Fisher love during the first-ever I Heart Fisher Day of Giving.

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
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: The Kincaid at Legacy 7200 Dallas Parkway Plano, TX
10.24
4-7 p.m.
Where: Constellation Brands Headquarters, 207 Highpoint Dr., #100, Victor, NY