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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

Bill Fischer

Bill currently serves as Vice President for Student Development at the University of Dayton, where he provides leadership and oversight for departments and units providing a variety of student life programs and services. He joined the University in November 2008 as Associate Vice President for Student Development. Bill has approximately 25 years of experience in higher education with specialty focus on 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 Northeastern and Suffolk University teaching on the topic of law and higher education. Bill 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. Bill has served as a volunteer mediator at the Dayton Mediation Center, in Dayton, OH for approximately 10 years. In 2018, he received the Carl R. Patrick Volunteer Award for his service at the center.

Prior to his tenure in higher education, Bill 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. Bill is an active 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, Bill 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), National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA), and the Association for Student Affairs in Catholic Colleges and Universities (ASACCU), where he currently serves on the board of directors. Bill earned his B.A. degree from Villanova University and his J.D. degree from Seton Hall University School of Law.