President's Biography | Dr. Donald Bain

Dr. Don Bain, President of St. John Fisher College

Donald E. Bain, Ph.D.

President of St. John Fisher College

Donald E. Bain became interested in history and law at an early age. Pursuing these disciplines, he was awarded a Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1974. Prior to receiving the doctorate, he earned a master’s and a bachelor’s degree. During his undergraduate studies, he was a research assistant at Columbia University. Following his doctoral work, he was awarded an NEH fellowship at Yale University. He subsequently received a graduate certificate in educational management from Harvard University.

As a member of the St. John Fisher College faculty since 1975, he held the positions of assistant, associate, and full professor; History Department chair; Dean of Faculty; Provost and Dean of the College; Vice President for Administration; Acting President; Interim President in September 2004; and was appointed President in November 2005. He twice received the College’s Award for Teaching Excellence.

Research interests have taken him into government service during leaves of absence from the College. A specialist in 20th century American national security, he has been a Visiting Scholar at the Defense Intelligence Agency and also held a senior appointment in the Military Strategy Division of the Department of Defense, National Defense University in Washington. Scholarship includes papers, articles, essays, and book chapters dealing with American strategic policies and planning.

Before completing his education, he served in the United States Navy as a member of a combat aircrew. A Vietnam era veteran, he is a member of Williamson, New York, American Legion Post 394. Committed to public service, Dr. Bain belongs to several community organizations and was elected to four terms as a Town Justice in Williamson, New York. He is a member of the New York State Magistrates Association and currently serves as a member of the board of Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Rochester and the Rochester Business Alliance. In addition, Dr. Bain served a four-year term, from January 1, 2007 to January 1, 2011, as a member of the Independent Judicial Election Qualification Commission for the Seventh Judicial District of New York State. In June 2012, Dr. Bain was elected President of the Rochester Area Colleges (RAC) Presidents’ Council.

In March 2010, he served as the Grand Marshal of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Rochester, N.Y. In July 2010, County Executive Maggie Brooks presented Dr. Bain with an official proclamation recognizing his many contributions to Irish history and culture in Monroe County. And in September 2010, he was named for the second time to the Irish Education 100, a listing of distinguished and accomplished educators of Irish descent in North America, published by the Irish Voice Newspaper and Irish America Magazine.

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