Dr. Kishon Hickman graduated from Fisher’s Ed.D. in Executive Leadership at the Iona College extension site. The former high school math teacher went on to pursue a career in law enforcement, serving in various roles within the New York City Police Department (NYPD). Dr. Hickman currently serves in what he describes as his “dream job” as the special projects lieutenant in the Community Affairs Bureau of the NYPD.
While he describes the program as demanding, he emphasizes the fact that he felt welcomed and valued, and considers members of the Class of 2018 as some of his closest friends. He praises his peers in the program, citing their pride, passion, and fortitude as equally important to his success as the enthusiastic and supportive faculty.
He encourages current students to explore to find their passion, and once they identify their professional plan, to be relentless in the pursuit of their goals. He urges them to learn all they can while at Fisher, and to “explore the things you don't have answers to, while you lay the groundwork for your passion.”
He plans to apply the skills and the confidence he gained from his Fisher degree to continue working to bridge the gap between the community and law enforcement officers in New York City.
Dr. Sherry Jimenez
RIT alumna Sherry Jimenez was looking for a graduate program that aligned with her expectations of program format, curriculum, an accelerated nature, and a location close to her. The Ed.D. program at Fisher was just what she was looking for.
"While the program was aggressive, it was worth the 28-month effort," says Sherry.
She also credits her success within the program to the wonderful relationships she was able to form with both her advisor and faculty, who helped her navigate through the accelerated nature of the program.
Sherry now works as assistant dean for educational development at Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine, where she is responsible for assessment, accreditation, and faculty development.
Dr. Bill Leipold
Altoona, PA, native Bill Leipold received his undergraduate from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. Currently, he is the associate dean of academic programs and student services for the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University.
As he began moving up his career ladder in higher education, Bill was told he would need to have a terminal degree. After one interview at Fisher, he immediately knew it was the right fit for him.
Bill describes his experience as a journey that changed him. He no longer approaches and thinks about data and issues in the same way – becoming more aware of his own approach and style.
"Two years after classes have ended, my dissertation team and I are still meeting and creating, but this time, because we want to. We are going to have an impact on this world!"
Dr. Carly McCabe
Pittsford native Carly McCabe chose the Ed.D. Program at Fisher because of the design of the program and the way it fit perfectly with her eagerness to complete her course of study.
From the very beginning, Carly says the faculty worked hard to build partnerships with each student. Without that partnership, the coursework and dissertation journey would have been much more difficult to manage.
"The faculty and staff at Fisher made my time in the program feel personable and manageable," says Carly.
Since graduating, Carly has received promotions to become the lead professor for several courses within the Graduate Business Program at Roberts Wesleyan College.
Dr. Carlos Medina
SUNY Cortland graduate Carlos Medina was drawn to Fisher's Ed.D. program because of the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. School of Education's social justice philosophy and the five tenets; diversity, achievement, compassion, knowledge, and service.
"The emphasis on executive leadership in a cross-disciplinary approach, coupled with a cohort model and high completion rates, sold me. Not to mention Fisher's rigorous standards and expectations throughout the program," says Carlos.
Carlos credits the Ed.D. program for helping him become more knowledgeable and professional within his field. He formerly served as the chief diversity officer and senior associate vice chancellor at the State University of New York. He is now retired.
Dr. Deborah Stamps
Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer Deborah Stamps chose Fisher's doctoral program because of the structure, expert professors, and proven success of graduates.
Not only did the program provide her with growth as an individual both personally and professionally, but it also gave her an opportunity to have experiences that connected back to work and her community. It allowed her to step back and take a look from a different lens.
"My experience during the doctoral program at Fisher was invaluable. A small class size with an incredibly dynamic mix of experienced colleagues and professors facilitated and inspired my learning. I gained lifelong colleagues and friends," says Deborah.