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 University 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 University. 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 University 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 Fisher - 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 University. 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 University'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
Alumni and families will be welcomed to campus Friday, Sept. 23 through Sunday, Sept. 25 for a weekend filled with fun events and class reunions.
On Friday, June 3, St. John Fisher College celebrated the official opening and dedication of the DePeters Family Center for Innovation and Teaching Excellence, a vibrant new space designed to provide faculty with opportunities to experiment with creative and flexible instructional approaches and cutting-edge tools to enhance their teaching.
The St. John Fisher College Accounting Alumni Society will celebrate the achievements of alumni and students during the 32nd Annual Accounting Awards Celebration.
It was a record-setting day for philanthropy at St. John Fisher College with I Heart Fisher Giving Day on Thursday, Mar. 24.
The newly established Bill ’76 and Ivette Shaheen Endowed Family Scholarship will ensure access for the next generation of students pursuing an education at St. John Fisher College.
A $500,000 grant from the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation will establish the Interprofessional Simulation Center (IPE Sim Center) at St. John Fisher College. The new laboratory will mirror health care practice settings where nursing and pharmacy students can engage in collective learning, professional role discovery, and skill development.
St. John Fisher College has appointed Rev. George T. Smith, CSB, as the institution’s William and Helen Cavanaugh Chair of Catholic Studies in the School of Arts and Sciences. Smith is the first Basilian but second priest to be appointed to this role; he succeeds Rev. William Graf, who served as a member of the Fisher faculty for 37 years including as chair of the Religious Studies Department before his retirement in 2020. Smith will officially begin his role on September 1.