Dean Fisher bids farewell to Rose State College

Marisa Caban

Chief Photographer–

A retirement party for Dean Fisher, vice president of Student Affairs and Enrollment was held on Jan. 30 at 2:00 p.m.

Current and former students shared fond memories of their beloved mentor and wished him the best for the next step in his career.

Fisher announced his resignation last semester after 28 years at RSC. Fisher was asked by U.S. Rep. Steve Russell to be his chief of staff in Washington, D.C.

Dean Fisher Retirement

(From left to right) Former leadership students Matt Schoelen and Gary Spivey with current students Austin Carroll and Derrick Puritt, reminisce fond memories and wish Dean Fisher (center) the best in Washington, D. C. (Photo by Marisa Caban)

“I’m sad and extremely happy and proud of his new opportunity,” President Jeanie Webb said. “From the college’s perspective, it’s a great loss, but also a great win,” she said. “He’s been a great administrator with great talents and leadership qualities.”


Many spoke fondly of Fisher during open remarks mentioning his close relationships and mentorship over leadership students.


Custom candy bars decorate tables and read, “A sweet end to a lengthy career” (Photo by Marisa Caban)


Former student Victoria Atkinson, like many others who spoke of how closely he guided students to success.

“No matter what my passion, he pushed me in the right direction,” Atkinson said.

Student Senate president Austin Carroll said Fisher was a mentor, but “more importantly, he has been a friend.”

“He cares about students like a father. (Being a leadership student) has been like being in a family,” Carroll said.

“I plan on modeling myself after the example he set as a leader,” he said.

Fisher spoke about his plans for Washington, D. C., and his work with Russell, expressing how much he would miss RSC, but that his departure would not be a permanent goodbye.

“Super” Dean Fisher tops the United States Capital in Washington, D.C., decoration for Fisher’s retirement party on Jan. 30. (Photo by Marisa Caban)

“Super” Dean Fisher tops the United States Capital in Washington, D.C., decoration for Fisher’s retirement party on Jan. 30. (Photo by Marisa Caban)

“The room is full of a lot of good people and this is a good place,” He said. “I’ll miss seeing it as often, but I’ll be back, quite a lot.”




  1. Tom & Karen Elmore says:

    Best wishes and profound thanks to you, sir!

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