by University Advancement
The Raymond A. Mason School of Business is celebrating its 50th year, and there have been many milestones along the way. The programs have been the foundation for students' success since its founding.
R. Bruce Fisher MBA '77, recently reconnected with the Mason School and was impressed with the continued excellence and outstanding quality of the programs. He met with students, participated in classes and visited with faculty and staff.
"I came away convinced that the Mason School was well-positioned to prepare current and future students for the next generation of business challenges and opportunities," Fisher said.
Fisher went on to say, "William & Mary’s Raymond A. Mason School of Business has been a key to my success and I am eternally grateful for the education I received there."
Bruce has had a senior executive career specializing in leadership, strategy, finance, investor relations and general management in manufacturing and technology industries. His career employers include Ingersoll Rand, Trane, American Standard and Honeywell. He is now involved in private equity investing and not-for-profit boards and organizations.
The Fishers have given a substantial legacy gift to create a scholarship endowment for the Mason School’s robust MBA programs.
"My wife Beth and I have been very blessed in our lives and we believe strongly in giving back," Fisher said. "We want to help the best and brightest students to attend the Mason School, regardless of background or circumstances."
They have also given an additional gift that will be used to enhance the new revised MBA curriculum.
“The generosity of donors like the Fishers continues to be pivotal in helping us attract and educate some of the sharpest minds in the business world today,” said Larry Pulley ’74, T.C. and Elizabeth Clarke Professor and Dean of the Mason School.
The couple currently lives in Morristown, N.J. and looks forward to future visits to William & Mary.
“The Fishers’ gift will benefit countless William & Mary MBA students by affording them the opportunity to receive a transformative education,” said Matthew T. Lambert ’99, vice president for university advancement. “We are grateful for their generous investment in William & Mary’s 21st Century business leaders.”