John Phillip Fisher graduated from Marshall University with a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in History. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy in History from Texas A&M University.
The majority of Fisher’s experience has been dedicated to the provision of educational opportunity and the promotion of student retention and graduation in open access institutions. He currently serves as the Director of Student Services at Ohio University. Before this role, he previously worked at the University of Cincinnati—Clermont College where he was in two roles: The Director of Enrollment Services and before that as the Director of the Southwest Ohio Educational Opportunity Center. At Texas A&M University, he worked as the Director of Branch Colleges and Pre-Release Director for Wilmington College’s men’s prison education programs.
Fisher has accomplished many feats throughout his professional career. At Ohio University, he created and implemented a new enrollment management plan, developed weekly college open houses, and created the academic advising and testing centers as well as new retention programming. While at the University of Cincinnati-Clermont College, he developed and led the Southwest Ohio Educational Opportunity Centers. He has written grants that have secured funding for a number of projects, and is a published author. Additionally, Fisher excelled as a student and won numerous academic awards including scholarships, grants, and a university award for his Master’s thesis.
He currently serves on the Ross County Social Service Advisory Committee. In the past, Fisher has been a volunteer teacher of American History and English Literature to Warren Correctional Institution inmates. He’s also served on the Social Service Advisory Committee for Clermont and Brown County. Fisher used to also participate on the Brown County Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
When away from the office, Fisher likes to exercise, garden, and coach little league baseball, while spending time playing with electric trains with his two sons Matthew and Johnny.