President and Leadership
From the President
Thank you for your interest in Fisher College!
For over 116 years, Fisher has prepared students from across the country and around the world for exciting and satisfying careers in professional fields. With graduates from 49 states and 54 countries, we're an established higher education leader.
Courses leading to our 26 career-focused bachelor’s degrees and four master’s degrees, including the MBA, are offered online or on our beautiful Boston campus. Many of our programs are management-related or feature cutting-edge specializations in fields including information technology, cybersecurity, game design, sport management, criminal justice, fashion merchandising, and psychology, to name a few.
Speaking of management, at a time when weaker schools are closing, Fisher is growing. For decades we have operated from a conservative fiscal philosophy. As a result, today we enjoy a multi-million-dollar unrestricted endowment and an unbroken 18 years of generating revenue surpluses at the end of each fiscal year. We’re a financially strong institution, a college that will be here long after you graduate.
If you're looking for a rewarding traditional college experience, residential or commuter, you can't beat our unique Back Bay location. Our campus of elegant brownstones lined with brick sidewalks and fine landscaping puts you right in the heart of everything Boston. As a Fisher student, you'll enjoy access to the businesses, industries, entertainment, thought-leaders, and cultures of this great American city.
We’re working hard to define ourselves in the eyes of the public, and the public is taking notice: U.S. News and World Report’s 2019 college rankings put Fisher at #21 among Northern Regional Colleges, up 11 spots from the year before, making us the highest ranked Regional College in Massachusetts.
As a student on our Boston campus, you’ll enjoy a small-classroom learning environment. Whether you choose to live on campus or off, you’ll never be just a number to us or to your classmates. Like Boston itself, our campus is home to students of virtually every background, interest, and point of view.
If you're already in the workforce and seeking to advance your career or change careers, or complete your undergraduate degree, our outstanding online Graduate and Professional Studies division is here to serve you.
And what about your future? We're proud that 96% of our May 2018 graduates who responded to our employment survey reported they had obtained a career job or entered graduate school within six months of receiving their Fisher College degree.
I hope you’ll apply to join us on our Boston Campus in historic Back Bay, or online to study in one of our many graduate, undergraduate, or professional programs. Fisher College is eager to prepare you for what comes next.
Alan Ray, PhD, JD, President
Dr. Alan Ray
Earlier in his career, Dr. Ray worked for the University of New Hampshire for four years as Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Senior Vice Provost, after serving Harvard Law School for eight years as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. He is also an attorney who has practiced law in California and Massachusetts.
Born and raised in Oklahoma, Dr. Ray is an active citizen of the Cherokee Nation. In 2010, he was appointed by President Barack Obama to the National Advisory Council on Indian Education. An experienced adjunct faculty member at institutions including Boston College, Harvard Divinity and Law Schools, and the University of New Hampshire, his scholarship and teaching in federal Indian law has addressed cultural and political questions including religious rights on public lands, tribal citizenship and sovereignty, and Native American identity.
Dr. Ray has been a featured speaker on Native American issues at institutions around the country, including Dartmouth College; the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian (Chicago); University of California, Hastings College of the Law (San Francisco); Union Theological Seminary (NYC); Vermont Law School; and Yale Law School. As a member of the Faculty Advisory Board of the Harvard University Native American Program, he served for many years in a variety of leadership roles.
Dr. Ray graduated summa cum laude in philosophy from the former St. Thomas Seminary College in Denver. He holds a PhD in religious studies from Harvard and a JD from UC Hastings. He has served on the boards of numerous nonprofit institutions in the Chicago and Boston areas and is currently a trustee of the Pingree School in South Hamilton, MA. Dr. Ray, his spouse Angela Katsos Ray, and their three children make their home in Boxford, MA.
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