Dr. William J. Fisher


Dr. William J. Fisher

Honorary Alumni

The history of Dr. William J. Fisher's dedication to serving students as they continue their education and pursue educational goals is evident from his numerous accomplishments as an educator. Fisher's own educational history began in his birth state of Michigan, where he attended Hillsdale College, earning a Bachelor of Arts in History and Education. He then served in the United States Army Air Corps from 1943 to 1946. Continuing his education in the Maxwell School of Citizenship at Syracuse University, he earned a Master's Degree in Social Studies, History, Geography, Economics, Political Science and Sociology. He then earned a Master's Degree in Business Management and Finance and a Doctorate in Social Studies Education from the University of Colorado.

Fisher's career in education began with substitute teaching in Detroit's Public Schools, where he later obtained a position as a social studies teacher in several schools in that system. In 1957, he began teaching in the Management Department of the School of Business at the University of Colorado. He brought his talents to East Tennessee State University in 1966 to be an Associate Professor of Business Administration.

Along with his extensive career successes, Fisher was also a member of numerous professional organizations such as the Southern Management Association, American Society of Personnel Administration, American Association of the University Professors, and National Council for the Social Studies, to name a few. His local service included the ETSU Chapter of the American Association of University Professors, where he served as a vice-president; the ETSU Chapter of the Tennessee Education Association, secretary-treasurer and chair; Department of Higher Education of the Tennessee Education Association, member; State of Franklin Council for the Social Studies, founder and executive-secretary; Northeast Tennessee Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development, president; National Council for the Social Studies, serving on several research committees; Tennessee Council for the Social Studies, president and member of the Board of Directors; several ETSU College of Business committees, elected representative; ETSU Salary and Benefits Committee, chair; Faculty Senate, 1973-1992, representing the College of Business; and the Board of Trustees of the Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System, member, 1980-1995.

In addition to his professional service, Fisher has also been active in the community. He has taken part in several clubs and organizations such as the Metropolitan Kiwanis Club and Northeast Area Chambers of Commerce Legislative Program Committees. He was the co-founder of the East Tennessee Educators' Credit Union, headquartered on the ETSU campus, and served as the unpaid manager until its merger with the Tennessee Credit Union. For many years he played an integral part in the coordination and planning for the Johnson City Spelling Bee in conjunction with the Johnson City elementary and middle schools. When Fisher was not serving on a committee or acting on behalf of one of his many memberships, he has enjoyed hobbies such as coin and stamp collecting, bowling, golf and traveling.

As a result of Fisher's service to professional and non-professional groups, he has received several awards during his career. He is an ETSU Distinguished Faculty Member as well as a recipient of an ETSU College of Business Faculty Excellence for Service award. He was also given the Philander P. Claxton Award by the American Association of University Professors for his work in the field of higher education. He received the Andrus Award from AARP for his commitment to keeping members of his chapter informed and updated about current matters and programs concerning seniors.

Fisher has received many awards through the years for his service to both his profession and the community. In 2000, he was recognized by the ETSU Retirees Association for his timeless efforts to improve conditions for the faculty, staff and retirees of ETSU. He was named "Kiwanian of the Year" by the Metropolitan Kiwanis Club of Johnson City in 2011 for his dedication to their mission in the community.

Fisher is married to Joan B. Fisher. The couple has two sons Thomas and Eric. 4/12