St. John Fisher College, located in Rochester, New York, announced that alumni John and Carol Almeter have provided a $1 million donation for the institution’s School of Business and its accounting program.
The gift will establish two separate funds: the John and Carol Sloan Almeter Accounting Scholars Fund and the John and Carol Sloan Almeter Fund for Accounting Innovation. The former will help offset accounting students’ tuition, while the latter will equip the school to invest in educational technology for areas including data analytics, accounting information systems and forensic accounting.
The donation will also support additional faculty training, curriculum development, speakers and more.
“We are so grateful to John and Carol for offering their support to the Fisher Forward campaign and to the School of Business,” said Dr. Gerard J. Rooney, president of St. John Fisher College, in a statement. “Through their generosity, the accounting program, which has been a source of immense pride and distinction for the college and for our alumni, will have the resources to evolve and continue to deliver a cutting-edge education for future Fisher accountants. … Additionally, the gift will enable us to provide access to students who will be best served by our AACSB-accredited accounting program.”
The Almeters previously served as chairs of the Fisher Alumni Fund, co-captained the Southeastern region during the college’s Vision 2020 fundraising campaign, and are charter members of the Spire Society, the college’s leadership giving society. John Almeter was also awarded the School of Business’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018.
“In our business lives, we’ve seen what innovation and technology can enable someone to accomplish, and we know that the body of knowledge required of today’s students is expanding rapidly,” said John Almeter in a statement. “Through this gift we hope to open doors into the fields of analytics and artificial intelligence and fund resources that will enhance analytical thinking and creativity for faculty and students.”
“We cherish the foundation in accounting and business education that we received, along with the lifelong relationships we have formed through Fisher,” said Carol Almeter in a statement. “It is our hope that these gifts will support learning and growth through technology resources and provide a Fisher accounting education for those who will benefit from it most.”
More information is available at St. John Fisher College’s site here.
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