Past Presidents

Dr. Donald E. Bain

Dr. Katherine E. Keough

Dr. William L. Pickett

Rev. Patrick O. Braden, CSB, Ph.D.

Rev. Charles J. Lavery, CSB, Ph.D.

Rev. John F. Murphy, CSB, Ph.D.

President's Biography

Dr. Gerry Rooney, President of St. John Fisher College

Gerard J. Rooney, Ph.D.

President of St. John Fisher College

Dr. Gerard J. Rooney holds a doctoral degree from the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy, Higher Education Program, at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. He completed his undergraduate degree in sociology at Villanova University and his master’s degree in educational administration and supervision at Fairfield University.

He has over 30 years of experience in education, at both the secondary and higher education levels, as well as in executive administration. His most recent role at the College was Executive Vice President for Enrollment, Advancement, and Planning, and included oversight of admissions; financial aid; marketing and communications; corporate, foundation, and government relations; institutional research; intercollegiate athletics; and institutional advancement. He had additional responsibilities in the areas of strategic planning and community partnerships and outreach.

Dr. Rooney is a member of the board of McQuaid Jesuit High School, the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, and the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ABVI) and Goodwill of the Finger Lakes, all in Rochester, NY, as well as the Board of Advisors for the National Research Center for College & University Admissions™ (NRCCUA®). In addition, he serves as a peer evaluator for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, and previously was a member of the Middle States Regional Council of the College Board.

Since fall 2011, he has taught in the Doctor of Education in Executive Leadership Program at Fisher. Previously, he was an adjunct instructor at the University at Buffalo, teaching graduate coursework in the Higher Education Program.

In March 2015, Dr. Rooney was named the 7th President of St. John Fisher College. He took office on July 1, 2015.

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