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Presidential Initiatives

Since taking office in 2015, President Rooney has instituted several initiatives that have positively impacted our students and our campus community.

Civic Action Plan

Students with Paint Rollers

The Campus Compact—a national coalition of over 1,000 colleges and universities committed to the public purposes of higher education—celebrated its 30th anniversary in the 2015-16 academic year, which was also President Rooney’s first year in office. He, along with more than 450 presidents and chancellors, signed an Action Statement, pledging to remain committed to the public purposes of higher education and to develop a campus Civic Action Plan to realize those purposes on their respective campuses. Thanks to the thoughtful work of President Rooney as well as several members of the administration, faculty, and staff, Fisher’s Civic Action Plan was developed and is currently being implemented in a variety of ways.

Executive Intern Program

In 2016, President Rooney started the College’s Executive Intern program, designed for juniors and seniors who have an interest in higher education and in understanding executive leadership in a collegiate setting. As an executive intern, students gain a deeper understanding of higher education leadership while also experiencing it. They engage in strategic discussions, further develop management skills, gain experience in project-based work, and become familiar with and participate in the internal and external workings of the College.

President Rooney working with Executive Interns

Executive interns are placed in the following campus divisions and offices:

  • Office of the President
  • Office of Institutional Advancement
  • Division of Student Affairs
  • Office of Marketing and Communications
  • Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Division of Financial Affairs

Campus Conversations

Every semester, President Rooney invites faculty and staff to his Campus Conversations to offer a College update on any number of current topics. He is often joined by members of senior staff and others to provide in-depth details on enrollment, new campus initiatives, College planning, and other topics. In the fall, two freshmen speak about their experiences on campus to date, and in the spring, two graduating seniors reflect on how their time on campus has impacted and prepared them for life after Fisher.

“Before the event, the president was a face and a name, but to be here and meet his wife and see where he lives, it makes Fisher feel like your home. It’s the Fisher family. They say it, but now I really understand it.”

“Before the event, the president was a face and a name, but to be here and meet his wife and see where he lives, it makes Fisher feel like your home. It’s the Fisher family. They say it, but now I really understand it.”

Pizza and Puzzles

In an effort to meet new freshmen and offer them a home away from home, President and Mrs. Rooney started Pizza and Puzzles, a regular event that takes place throughout the academic year at the President’s Residence. Three or four times each semester, a group of students are invited to their home to relax, converse, and meet with their peers over a sheet pizza and puzzles.

Coffee and Conversation

As a way of sharing the President’s Residence with more members of the campus community, President Rooney began Coffee and Conversation – a morning of casual meetings among faculty and staff at the President’s Residence. They take place regularly throughout the academic year.