Meet IC’s New Trustees

By Kyle Hornyak, May 25, 2022

Ithaca College Board of Trustees elected three new members during its May meeting.

The Ithaca College Board of Trustees voted in three new members during its recent meetings held on campus May 19–21. John Neeson ’84 and Kenneth Fisher ’80, Parent ’20 will serve for the next four years as term trustees, and Alexa Rahman ’24 will serve for two years as the student trustee.

Kenneth Fisher ’80, Parent ’20

Kenneth Fisher Headshot

Kenneth Fisher ’80, Parent ’20 is chairman and chief executive officer of Fisher House Foundation.

Kenneth Fisher is co-managing partner of New York City-based real estate development and management firm Fisher Brothers. Additionally, he is chairman and chief executive officer of Fisher House Foundation, a nonprofit that provides housing so that families of hospitalized military personnel and veterans can be near their loved ones, as well as scholarships for veterans, their spouses, and their children. Fisher is also co-chairman of the Intrepid Museum.

Fisher served as the chairman of the Invictus Games’ organizing committee for the 2016 games in Florida, and in 2007 served on the President’s Commission on Care of America’s Returning Wounded Warriors. He has twice been awarded the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service, the U.S. Department of Defense’s highest civilian honor.

Fisher attended Ithaca College from 1976 to 1980 and received an honorary Doctor of Commercial Science degree from the college in 2016. His contributions to IC include sharing his expertise as a presenter in the School of Business and serving as Jahn Family Civic Leadership Series speaker in 2014.

John Neeson ’84

John Neeson ’84

In 2019, Neeson established an endowment to create the Neeson Digital Marketing and Analytics Lab.

John Neeson is a leading authority on business-to-business marketing and analytics, having held leadership roles at top organizations in management, sales, marketing, and brand strategy before co-founding global B2B research and advisory firm SiriusDecisions in 2001.The company helped to define many business marketing best practices and concepts, including lead scoring and marketing operations, and developed the “Demand Waterfall” model that is widely used by B2B companies to measure and describe their lead-to-revenue funnel.

President of IC’s Class of 1984 and crew team commodore during his time at the college, Neeson in 2019 established an endowment designed to equip students with the latest skills with which distinguish themselves among competitors. The endowment realized the creation of the innovative Neeson Business Analytics Lab and the Neeson Digital Marketing and Analytics Lab, and supports the John Neeson ’84 Endowed Software and Database Fund to manage software updates and future upgrades to the Neeson Business Analytics Lab.

Alexa Rahman ’24

Alexa Rahman Headshot

Alexa Rahman '24 is the latest student trustee.

The Board’s new student trustee is Alexa Rahman ’24. Rahman is a School of Music student who is working toward a degree in Music with an Outside Field. Rahman is concentrating her studies on vocal performance, and her outside field is Civil Rights Studies, a combination of IC’s African Diaspora Studies and Legal Studies minors, as well as additional humanities coursework. Rahman will serve for a term of two years.

Additionally, the board re-elected as trustees Rosanna Aybar, Luvelle Brown, David Meberg ’85, Parent ’23, Kristin Muenzen ’00, James W. Nolan Jr. ’77, Parent ’01, and Douglas M. Weisman ’78, Parent ‘06. Stepping down following the completion of their current terms were David J. Bachrach ’70 and student trustee Kalena Yearwood ’23.