Donald E. Bain, who has held a number of positions at St. John Fisher College in Pittsford, has been named the college’s sixth president.
Bain was named the school’s interim president following the death of President Katherine Keough in September 2004. Prior to being named interim president, Bain had held positions of assistant, associate and full professor; chairman of the history department; dean of faculty; provost and dean of the college; and acting president.
In a statement released by Fisher, Joseph B. Rulison, chairman of the college’s board of trustees, said Bain had proven his capacity to lead the school in his last year as interim president.
“When we started looking for a replacement for Katherine Keough, we wanted to find an individual who shared her dynamic vision and who was prepared to take the college to the next level of excellence,” Rulison said.
During his tenure as interim president, Bain was responsible for securing the largest gift in the school’s history, a $5 million gift from Robert B. Wegman, to fund the Wegmans School of Pharmacy. Bain also guided the creation of the college’s School of Arts and Sciences and the implementation of a new core curriculum program. He also oversaw construction of the Campus Center, the school’s new student union; Keough Hall, a new residence facility; and a 200-seat expansion of the dining hall.
Bain has bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from the State University of New York College at Buffalo. He was a research assistant at Columbia University; had a fellowship at Yale University; and received a graduate certificate in educational management from Harvard.
Bain is a Vietnam War-era veteran and served four years in the U.S. Navy. He was recently re-elected to his fourth term as a town justice in Williamson. He also has served as a visiting scholar at the Defense Intelligence Agency and has written many articles, essays and book chapters dealing with American strategic policies and planning.