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St. John Fisher receives $1.6 million gift from Vic Salerno

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Victor Salerno, past chair of the St. John Fisher College Board of Trustees. Currently he is Vice Chair and CEO of O'Connell Electric

St. John Fisher College has announced a $1.6 million gift from alumnus and former chair of the college's Board of Trustees, Victor Salerno.

Salerno is the vice chairman and CEO of O’Connell Electric.  The gift is in support of the Victor E. Salerno, Sr. scholarship, a scholarship Salerno established in 2016 in honor of his late father who died in 2015 at the age of 99. Salerno, Sr. was a U.S. Army WW II veteran and had a long career in management.

Salerno previously made a gift of $2 million in 2011 to establish the Victor E. Salerno Center for American Enterprise, home to the School of Business and the largest gift ever made to Fisher by one of its graduates.

The Salerno Endowed Fund will support full-time undergraduate Fisher students studying across all disciplines.

Randy Gorbman is WXXI's director of news and public affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online.