President and Leadership

From the President

Current and Prospective Members of the Fisher College Community,

On behalf of our entire educational community, I invite you to meet Fisher College, a strong Boston institution of higher education since 1903. 

Today we continue to evolve. With graduates from 49 states and 54 countries, we are an important player in preprofessional education in New England, the Northeast, and around the world.  We offer 26 career-focused bachelor’s degrees and four master’s degrees, available online or on our Boston campus, many with cutting-edge specialty tracks keyed to professional success in fields like information technology, cybersecurity, game design, sport management, criminal justice, fashion merchandising, and psychology, to name just a few of our most popular programs.

Our unique Back Bay location puts you right in the heart of everything Boston, with access to the businesses, industries, entertainment, 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 report ranks Fisher #21 among Northern Regional Colleges, up 11 spots from the year before, making us the highest ranked Regional College in Massachusetts.

At a time when weaker schools are closing, Fisher is growing.  For decades we have operated from a conservative fiscal policy.  As a result, we enjoy a multi-million-dollar unrestricted endowment and an unbroken 18 years of generating operating revenue surplusesat the end of each fiscal year.  Because of this policy, we’re a financially strong institution, a college that will be here long after you graduate and begin returning for Homecoming and enjoying other fun Alumni events!

As a student on our Boston Campus, you’ll enjoy a small-classroom environment, where your teachers will know you and care about you and your career progress.  You can live on campus or off and know that you’ll never be just a number to us, but a valued member of our community.  Like Boston itself, our campus is home to students of virtually every background, interest, and point of view.  

For over 116 years, we have prepared students from across the country and around the world for exciting careers or career advancement.  As a Fisher student, we will help you draw on Boston’s unique professional resources to connect you with the City’s and region’s movers and shakers.  Come to Fisher, and we’ll make our friends, your friends. 

And what about your future? As a student and later as an Alumnus, you’ll have free access to Handshake, Fisher’s unique job and internship database.  It’s no wonder that 96%of our May 2018 graduates who responded to our employment survey reported they had obtained a career-focused job or entered graduate school within six months of receiving their degrees.

I hope you’ll apply to join us on our Boston Campus in beautiful, historic Back Bay, or online to study in one of our many graduate and professional fields.  Fisher College is eager to prepareyoufor what comes next.

-Alan Ray, Ph.D, J.D.

President Alan Ray

President's Cabinet
Kathleen Ehlers M.Ed.
Ed.D. (Candidate)
Vice President for Graduate and Professional Studies 
Janet Kuser, MBA, Ed.D.
Vice President for Academic Affairs
Shiela Lally, JD
Dean of Students
Robert Melaragni, MBA 
EdD (Candidate)
Vice President of Enrollment Management
Steven Rich, MBA
Vice President for Finance and Administration
Brenda Sanchez, BA
Vice President of Advancement and Alumni Engagement

President's Profile

A long-time educator and academic administrator, Dr. Alan Ray comes to his role as the ninth President of Fisher College after serving seven years as President of Elmhurst College, in Illinois.  Under his leadership, Elmhurst implemented its first two comprehensive strategic plans; launched a new School for Professional Studies that significantly expanded its graduate, certificate, and online academic programs; raised over $24M in gifts, pledges, and state grants; completed major capital projects; doubled its percentage of students of color; and, based on data from his final year as President, moved into U.S. News & World Report’s list of top 10 masters-degree-granting colleges in the Midwest. He recently completed a 14-month appointment as a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School.

Before assuming Elmhurst College’s presidency, 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.  Dr. Ray is also an attorney, admitted to the bars of California and Massachusetts. Prior to entering academic administration, he practiced law in Los Angeles and Boston. As an associate with the firm Richards, Watson & Gershon in Los Angeles, he practiced municipal law as an assistant city attorney, focusing on land use law and planning, environmental, and constitutional law.

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 15-member National Advisory Council on Indian Education, a post he held for the duration of the Obama administration.  An experienced adjunct faculty member at institutions including Boston College, Harvard Divinity and Law Schools, and the University of New Hampshire, Dr. Ray’s scholarship and teaching since the early 1990s has addressed cultural and political questions in federal Indian law: 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, Dr. Ray served for many years in a variety of leadership roles.  In addition to his work in federal Indian law, he is a writer and speaker on the value of religious and cultural pluralism for a transformative college experience. His reflections on campus life have appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education and Liberal Education magazine, among many other media.

Dr. Ray graduated summa cum laude in philosophy from the former St. Thomas Seminary College in Denver.  He holds a religious studies from Harvard and a J.D. from U.C. Hastings.  Dr. Ray has served on the boards of 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 young children make their home in Boxford, MA.

Board of Trustees


Alexandra L. Bartsch, J.D., Chair
Attorney at Law

Rebecca B. Costello, Ph.D. ‘68, Vice-Chair
Scientific Consultant, RBCostello LLC
Walter J. Dillingham, Jr., CFA, Treasurer
Managing Director, Wilmington Trust N.A.–Endowments & Foundations

James Bayles, Clerk
Senior Consultant, OnPoint Corp


Nicholas W. Bankson, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
James Madison University
Educational Consultant
Stephanie Davidson, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Ohio Board of Regents

Peter C. Everett, M.D.
Staff Physician, Boston University Affiliated Physicians, Boston Medical Center
Christian C. Fisher
President Emeritus, Fisher College
President, Ten Gates Development LLC

Scott A. Fisher, Ed.D., ‘51
President Emeritus, Fisher College
Elizabeth Gavett
Clinical Associate Professor Emerita, Boston University 
John McDonnell
Managing Director International, Tito's Vodka
Ashok Patel
VP, Development/Operations for Jamsan Hotel Management
Vikas Patel
Boston Trade Business Development
Mark Reardon
Equity Industrial Partners, Principal
Edward H. Rogers III
President, Corporate Advisory Services of New England
Paul M. Rowe
General Manager, Colonial Automotive Group