Updated: 06/11/2014 7:34 PM
Created: 06/11/2014 9:25 AM WHEC.com
Dr. Donald Bain, the President of St. John Fisher College, has announced he plans to retire in 2015.
Bain said, “It has been my sincere pleasure serving this community for the last 40 years, but in particular, serving as president over the last decade. I am grateful for the opportunity I was given, humbled by the support I have received, and looking forward to what lies ahead.”
Bain became the sixth president of the college in 2004 after former president Dr. Katherine Keough died in office.
Officials say during his time as president, Bain led the college through an academic reorganization, creating autonomous schools, expanding the master’s level programs and international education and introducing doctoral programs and online education.
Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks issued a statement today saying, "President Bain is a leader in every sense of the word and I’ve been fortunate to call him a friend for many years. At Don’s invitation, I was honored to host my 2012 State of the County Address at Fisher and highlight the great progress made during his tenure; expansion of academic programs, athletic programs, and the College’s physical footprint are just a few of his many accomplishments. As both an educator and an administrator, Don always remained true to the Fisher motto – Teach me Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge – and the College and our entire community are better for it. I wish Don the best of luck in his well-earned retirement."
The Board of Trustees says it will form a search committee to find his replacement.