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St. John Fisher College Appoints Interim Dean of School of Business


St. John Fisher College Appoints Interim Dean of School of Business

St. John Fisher College has appointed Dr. Ray Shady as the Interim Dean of the School of Business, effective June 30. The announcement comes weeks after the School’s current dean, Dr. David Martin, announced his departure for a new position at the Ancell School of Business at Western Connecticut State University.

“Dr. Shady’s extensive professional and academic experiences – coupled with his dedication and commitment to the students in the School of Business – are central to the core mission of the College,” said Dr. Donald E. Bain, President of St. John Fisher College. “I am delighted that he will fulfill this role and help us continue that mission and serve our students.”

Prior to being named Interim Dean, Shady served as an adjunct faculty member and, most recently, a Visiting Assistant Professor of Marketing in the School of Business. During this last semester, he stepped into the role of Interim Chair of the Management and Marketing Department. In addition, he has been the Coordinator of the Internship Program for the School of Business since 2011.

Before Fisher, he was co-founder and partner of LPA Systems, Inc., for eight years, and worked at Xelus, Inc. from 2000-2001 as the Vice President of Corporate Marketing. From 1999-2000, he ran his own management and marketing consulting firm called RC Shady, Inc. In addition, he worked at LPA Software, Inc. for eight years as the Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Alliances; and at ICL Ltd. (formerly Computer Consoles Inc.) as the Director of Sales and Marketing in the early part of his career.

No stranger to academia, Shady’s first stint at Fisher was in 1978 when he was a Visiting Assistant Professor of English, as well as an adjunct faculty member at the Rochester Institute of Technology. From 1971-1974, he was a Teaching Fellow at the University of Toronto’s St. Michael’s College, and also served as a Lecturer at the University from 1975-1978.

Shady received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature in 1971 from St. Michael’s College in Toronto, and went on to earn his Master of Arts degree and Ph.D. in Renaissance Drama in 1975 from the University of Toronto.

He and his wife, Suzanne, live in Fairport. They have two married children living in California and three grandchildren.

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