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Morrisville State College Dairy Complex Named After Hamilton Resident Arnold Fisher For More Than Half a Century of Service

MORRISVILLE, NY-- Representatives from Morrisville State College today honored a devout friend for his more than half a century of service and philanthropy to the campus, faculty, staff and students.

The college’s dairy complex was named the Arnold R. Fisher Dairy Complex during a ceremony there, in recognition of Arnold Fisher’s many contributions and dedication.

“Arnold Fisher has an unparalleled record of service and philanthropy at Morrisville State College,” Ray Cross, college president, said. “His unwavering dedication distinguishes him from others and is among the reasons we named the dairy complex in his honor.”

"The Fishers (Arnold and his wife, Arlene) have been tremendous advocates for agriculture and education for many years,” New York State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker said. “This is a fitting tribute to their lifetime of public service and reaffirms our commitment to provide world-class programs in agriculture and life sciences for students throughout New York.”

A Hamilton resident, Fisher has been a member of the Morrisville State College Council since 1967, serving as chairman from 1997 to 2008 and was also a founding member of the College’s Foundation Board, serving as chairman.

Fisher’s affinity for students, faculty and staff at Morrisville State College has had a lasting and positive effect on-campus.

His work publicly and privately—speaking to lawmakers on the college’s behalf, encouraging financial support from private sources, and making substantial donations, have all helped to advance the college’s mission, according to Cross.

Fisher’s fervent work with governors and state legislators led to many on-campus improvements and he also helped the college obtain capital fundraising for a large building initiative in the late 1960s, which spurred growth in academic programs and enrollment.

Further generosity to Morrisville State College includes Fisher’s donation of an iron Mustang sculpture by noted artist Esther Benedict, a donation of high-quality cattle to the college’s dairy program and endowing a scholarship in memory of a former student, Bridget Publicover.

Fisher’s dedication streams into the community where he has a long and distinguished career serving the public in several capacities including New York State Commissioner of Motor Vehicles, Madison County Clerk, Madison County Commissioner of Jurors and Hamilton Village Judge.

He maintained strong ties to the agricultural community through running his own dairy farm, serving as a member of the Madison County Farm Bureau and Grange and the 4-H Executive Committee, and serving as a member of the New York State Fair Advisory Board.

Morrisville State College offers more than 80 bachelor and associate degrees and options including a new bachelor degree in business administration, a bachelor of technology degree in criminal justice and an associate degree in renewable energy technology.

Considered to be one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation for its ThinkPad University program and wireless technology initiative, the college became the first in the nation to comprehensively replace landlines in residence halls with individual cellular phones. Morrisville State College was also chosen as one of the top five colleges in the nation for campus activities by Campus Activities magazine.

The Morrisville State College Norwich Campus offers associate degree programs in accounting, business, computer systems technology, office administration, liberal arts transfer, nursing, early childhood, criminal justice and human services to south central New York residents and employers. Students may also apply coursework to other associate or bachelor degrees at the main campus.