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William Fischer

Vice President for Student Development


Student Development: Vice President for Student Development


Phone: 937-229-3682
Gosiger Hall, Room 223

William Fischer currently serves as vice president for student development at the University of Dayton, where he provides leadership and oversight for departments and units providing various student life programs and services. He joined the university in November 2008 as associate vice president for student development. Fischer has approximately 25 years of experience in higher education, specializing in student conduct and conflict resolution systems, crisis and risk management, and law/policy issues in student affairs, including Title IX and sexual harassment. He has held previous leadership positions in student affairs at Johnson & Wales University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Northeastern University, University of New Hampshire, and Illinois State University. He has previously held adjunct faculty appointments at the University of Dayton, Northeastern University, and Suffolk University, teaching on the topic of law and higher education. Fischer also has extensive background and experience as an educator, trainer, and coach in conflict resolution. He received his formal training in mediation at Seton Hall University School of Law. Fischer has served as a volunteer mediator at the Dayton Mediation Center, in Dayton, Ohio, for approximately ten years. In 2018, he received the Carl R. Patrick Volunteer Award for his service at the center.  He currently serves as chair of the center’s advisory board.

Before his tenure in higher education, Fischer was engaged in the full-time practice of law for approximately ten years. He was a principal in the law firm of Matthews, White & Fischer in New Jersey. Fischer is a member of the Association for Student Conduct Administration (ASCA), having served on its board of directors in various capacities for approximately seven years. He is a past president of the association. In 2015, Fischer was recognized for his contributions to ASCA by receiving the Distinguished Service Award. His other professional association affiliations include Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education (NASPA), the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA), and the Association for Student Affairs at Catholic Colleges and Universities (ASACCU), where he served on the board of directors for six years. Fischer earned his BA degree from Villanova University and his JD degree from Seton Hall University School of Law.