Fisher College President Thomas M. McGovern Retires
NEC member Fisher College’s President Thomas M. McGovern will officially retire on June 30 at the close of the 2016-2017 academic year after four decades of service at the college.
Dr. Thomas McGovern was honored and remembered by faculty, alumni, and students for his years of hands-on leadership and community engagement as president that helped to strengthen Fisher College’s reputation around the globe and grow a positive culture on campus. During his time at the college, President McGovern expanded Fisher College’s academic curriculum by adding 9 baccalaureates and the college’s first graduate degree program. President McGovern also encouraged faculty members to pursue advanced degrees in their fields, which doubled the number of staff with doctorate degrees from 30 to over 60 percent. In addition, President McGovern is recognized for his efforts to make the college a ‘military-friendly college’ (as named by the website GI Jobs) through initiatives like Fisher College’s annual Honor Your Veterans celebration created by President McGovern. President McGovern’s wife Elaine McGovern, nicknamed on campus the ‘First Lady’ of Fisher, was also honored by the college community. Mrs. McGovern was celebrated for her role in organizing many schoolwide events and fostering a family-like environment amongst students, faculty, and alumni on the college campus.
Neil Trotta, Associate Professor and Dean of Fisher College’s Graduate Studies Program, said: “I had been at Fisher College for four years before President McGovern assumed leadership. President McGovern walks the walk and talks the talk. He was here for decades and understood the inner workings of the College better than anyone. He built a great team around him, let people do their jobs and rolled up his own sleeves to make sure the mission was fully realized.”