Three Alumni Join St. John Fisher College Board of Trustees

September 28, 2017

This fall, St. John Fisher College welcomes three alumni to its Board of Trustees. Jacqueline Peterson ’75, former vice president for student affairs and dean of students at the College of the Holy Cross; Mark Peterson ’83, president and chief executive officer of Intersect Illinois; and Randy White ’75, president and chief executive officer of JN White, will begin three-year terms on the board effective September 2017.

“It is a privilege to welcome these successful alumni to our Board. Their expertise, coupled with their service and commitment to the College, will add to the strength of the Board, whose dedication to the College’s mission is unmatched,” said Dr. Gerard J. Rooney, president of the College.

Jacqueline Peterson ’75

Jacqueline Peterson ’75

Jacqueline Peterson brings extensive experience in higher education administration to the board. Most recently, she spent two decades at the College of the Holy Cross, and is now the vice president emeritus. She has managed and directed a diverse staff of over 200, while maintaining fiscal responsibility of a multi-million-dollar budget.

Previous to Holy Cross, she held leadership positions at Pitzer College and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. During her tenure at all three institutions, she was an active member of several professional organizations that address issues in higher education, including the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators and the American Council on Education, among others.

Peterson also sits on a number of boards including the Worcester Academy Board of Trustees, The Beverly School of Kenya, and The Bottom Line Agency. She also served as past Board Commissioner for the New England Accreditation Standards Commission. She has holds a number of certifications including the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Executive Leadership Program and the NASPA Women Aspiring for Chief Student Affairs Officers.  

After receiving her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Fisher, Peterson went on to earn a master’s degree in education from Nazareth College and completed all but dissertation work toward a doctoral degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Mark Peterson ’83

Mark Peterson ’83

As president and chief executive officer of Intersect Illinois, Mark Peterson leads the private entity—which collaborates with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity—in bolstering the economic development efforts of the state.

Prior to joining Intersect Illinois, he served as president and chief executive officer of the Greater Rochester Enterprise (GRE). In this position, Peterson oversaw the creation and implementation of GRE’s strategic plan.

A certified fundraising executive since 1992, Peterson’s philanthropic leadership has garnered more than $120 million for several non-profit organizations. For his efforts, the Genesee Valley Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals honored him as the Robert A. Clinger Outstanding Professional Fundraiser in 2009. 

Peterson earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Fisher. He was honored by the College’s School of Business in 2014, when he was named a Beta Gamma Sigma Chapter honoree, recognizing his professional achievements and commitment to the values of the national business honor society. Peterson also earned his MBA from Kent State University in 1994.

Randy White ’75

Randy White ’75

Randy White is the president and CEO of JN White, the company his father, James Neel (“J.N.”), founded in 1960. In 2017, Randy White celebrates 30 years with the firm, having joined the company after working with LEGO Systems Inc. as the new business development manager.

As president and CEO, White has helped evolve the company, which is based in Perry, New York, from a local screen printer to a leading provider of membrane switches, graphic overlays, and prime labels for industrial and equipment manufacturers. During his tenure with JN White, the company has earned ISO 9001:2008 and ITAR certifications.

White served on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Graphic & Product Identification Manufacturers for seven years, serving in an officer position, including president, for four of those years.

In fall 2017, the Rochester Business Journal and Rochester Technology and Manufacturing Association’s 2017 Technology and Manufacturing Awards named White as a finalist for the Executive of the Year Award, while JN White is among the finalists for the Manufacturing Innovation-Large Companies category award.

White received his bachelor’s degree from Fisher in 1975 and earned his MBA in marketing and finance from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1985.