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A timeline of the Bain era

2004

St. John Fisher College president Katherine Keough passes away. Donald Bain is appointed interim president.

The Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Building is dedicated.

Renovations to the property at 3700 East Avenue are completed and the building becomes home to graduate program study.

2005

Robert Wegman makes a $5 million gift to the college for the creation of a school of pharmacy. At the time, this was the largest gift in the history of the college.

After a national search, Bain is named the sixth president of the college.

The Wegmans School of Pharmacy and the School of Arts and Sciences are created.

The property at 3700 East Avenue is renamed the James S. Alesi Academic Center.

The college purchases 14 acres and a home at 4100 East Avenue for use as the President’s House. This property sits at the southern end of the St. John Fisher golf course.

The Campus Center, a new student gathering space, and Keough Hall, a residence for 200 students, opens.

2006

Bain is inaugurated as the sixth president of the college.

The Wegmans School of Nursing is created.

The state Board of Regents approves amendments to St. John Fisher’s master plan, authorizing the college to offer doctoral programs. The first doctoral programs—the doctor of pharmacy and the doctor of education in executive leadership—are introduced.

The Wegmans School of Pharmacy building opens in September and welcomes the first class of pharmacy students.

Dugan Yard receives enhancements—the addition of a clubhouse with strength training equipment and a new press box.

Robert Wegman makes an $8 million gift to the college for the creation of a School of Nursing. This is the largest gift in the history of the college.

The Ralph C. Wilson Jr. School of Education earns professional accreditation from the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.

The basketball court at the Manning & Napier Varsity Gym is named Bobby Wanzer Court in honor of St. John Fisher’s first men’s basketball coach.

2007

The Wegmans School of Nursing building opens in September.

During its accreditation site visit, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education gives the Wegmans School of Nursing a perfect score.

The William A. Fay Building, which houses faculty and staff offices for the Communications/Journalism Department, as well as William Fay’s memorabilia from his broadcasting career, opens.

LeChase Common is created, connecting the building entrances along the perimeter of Lavery Lawn.

The two-story fitness center in the Student Life Center opens.

2008

The college celebrates its 60th anniversary.

Keating Terrace is dedicated.

The graduate program in Mental Health Counseling receives a full eight years of accreditation from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs.

2009

The Joseph S. Skalny Welcome Center opens in April and is dedicated in June.

The Ralph C. Wilson Jr. School of Education offers the Ed.D. in executive leadership at the College of New Rochelle’s main campus in New Rochelle. This was the first satellite program for St. John Fisher.

2010

The Polisseni Track and Field Complex—which will add seven NCAA Division III sports—is announced in January. Ground is broken in October.

With the graduation of the first class of pharmacy students in May, the Pharm.D. program receives full accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.

2011

The School of Business adds human resources management and marketing to list of majors, as well as an MBA dual admission agreement with Monroe Community College. 

The college is reclassified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching from a Master’s Institution to a DRU Institution (Doctoral/Research University).

St. John Fisher announces new men’s and women’s rowing programs in partnership with Pittsford Crew, establishing the Pittsford Rowing Club as the official training site for the new teams.

Bain and Russ Brandon (’89), CEO of the Buffalo Bills, announce a multiyear contract renewal for the Buffalo Bills training camp, which moved to the college in 2000.

The Wegmans School of Pharmacy receives continued accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education through June 2016.

Victor E. Salerno (’66) gives a $2 million gift to the college, the largest gift it had ever received from an alumnus, for a new business building to be called the Victor E. Salerno Center for American Enterprise.

2012

The School of Business establishes the 4+1 program with Keuka College.

St. John Fisher once again is recognized by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the U.S. Department of Education on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

The college announces the 2+2 partnership agreement with Onondaga Community College in Syracuse.

The Wegmans School of Nursing launches an online RN-to-BS in nursing program, the college’s first fully online program.

The Wegmans School of Pharmacy and School of Business announce a doctor of pharmacy/MBA joint degree program.

The college breaks ground on the Victor E. Salerno Center for American Enterprise.

Bain and the board of trustees exceed the Vision 2020 Capital Campaign goal, raising a total of $52,112,552.

2013

The college announced the 2+2 partnership agreements with Corning Community College and Erie Community College.

William Pellicano (’80) gives a gift to the college for the construction of the W.J. Pellicano Pavilion, in the college’s athletic facilities next to Growney Stadium, to enhance the spectator experience.

The Victor E. Salerno Center for American Enterprise officially opens and is the new home for the School of Business.

The School of Arts and Sciences announced new criminology major.

The college announces a new Ed.D. program extension site at Onondaga Community College, the program’s second extension site.

The college cuts the ribbon on the Wegmans School of Nursing Simulation Center.

2014

Bain announces his plan to retire from the presidency of the college, and a national search for his successor begins.

The college announced 2+2 partnership agreements with Herkimer Community College and Hudson Valley Community College.

2015

St. John Fisher receives the 2015 Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement.

The Teddi Dance for Love, the college’s longest-running student tradition, exceeds a
$1 million 33-year fundraising total.

Gerard Rooney is selected as the college’s seventh president and will begin his term on July 1.

5/29/15 (c) 2015 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or email rbj@rbj.net.

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