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St. John Fisher College President to Be Featured Panelist for Rebuild Upstate Webinar

July 31, 2020

St. John Fisher College president Dr. Gerard Rooney will join a group of Upstate New York higher education leaders in an online conversation titled, “Rebuild Upstate: Lessons from Education.”

The panelists will describe their experiences navigating the COVID-19 pandemic and share detail about their institution’s plans to reopen this fall. The event is scheduled for Thursday, August 6, at 12 noon.

Rooney will be joined by Dr. Linda M. LeMura, president of Le Moyne College, and Dr. Randall Van Wagoner, president of Mohawk Valley Community College. This event is the third Rebuild Upstate leadership conversation organized by Upstate Venture Connect.

“Higher education institutions are the jewels of Upstate communities. They are big drivers of our economy and global brands drawing the best and brightest talent to our region every year. The pandemic has created severe disruptions in the higher education business model and the upstate business community is eager to see how they can assist these institutions as they transition to new modes of education,” said UVC CEO Nasir Ali.

The Rochester Beacon, a nonprofit digital news publication, is partnering with UVC on this effort to share a wide selection of leaders’ views from across the region. Beacon publisher and serial health care entrepreneur Alex Zapesochny will moderate the discussion.

“Higher education institutions have experienced unprecedented challenges from COVID-19," said Zapesochny. "Understanding what these leaders have learned and how they plan to move forward is a big element of our region’s rebound."

The CNY Business Journal, Utica Observer-Dispatch, and Herkimer Times-Telegraph will also be covering the event as media partners. To register, visit the Rebuild Upstate website.