Gerard Rooney


St. John Fisher College

Dr. Gerry Rooney holds a doctoral degree from the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy, Higher Education Program, at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York.  He was the recipient of the Edwin D. Duryea, Jr. Higher Education Memorial Award.  He completed his undergraduate degree in sociology at Villanova University and his master’s degree in educational administration and supervision at Fairfield University.  In addition, he received a certificate in Higher Education Leadership from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education’s Institute for Educational Management.

In March 2015, Dr. Rooney was named the 7th President of St. John Fisher College.  He took office on July 1, 2015.

He has over 30 years of experience in higher education and executive administration.  His most recent role at the College was Executive Vice President for Enrollment, Advancement, and Planning, and included oversight of admissions; financial aid; marketing and communications; corporate, foundation, and government relations; institutional research; intercollegiate athletics; and institutional advancement.  He had additional responsibilities in the areas of strategic planning and community partnerships and outreach.

During his tenure in enrollment management, Dr. Rooney launched Fisher’s College Bound program, a weeklong residential program designed to help low-income, first-generation high school students navigate the college search and selection process.  Since its inception, the College Bound Program has served more than 250 students, of which approximately 95 percent planned to attend college.  A first-generation student himself, Dr. Rooney is committed to maintaining college access for this population of students. 

Dr. Rooney is a member of the board of Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce, and the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ABVI) and Goodwill of the Finger Lakes, all in Rochester, NY, as well as the Commission on Independent Colleges & Universities in New York and the National Research Center for College & University Admissions™ (NRCCUA®).  In addition, he serves as a peer evaluator for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, and previously was a member of the Middle States Regional Council of the College Board. 

Prior to becoming president, he taught in the Doctor of Education in Executive Leadership Program at Fisher, and was an adjunct assistant professor at the University at Buffalo, teaching graduate coursework in the Higher Education Program.

He and his wife, Susan, reside in Pittsford and have four children, two of whom are alumni of Fisher.