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David F. Fisher named executive director of Law School's Corporate Institute

May 1, 2012

David F. Fisher has been appointed Executive Director of the University of Minnesota Law School’s recently created Corporate Institute, Law School Dean David Wippman has announced.  

Fisher brings a wealth of experience from his roles as a business lawyer, businessman and public servant to the position. Fisher was associate general counsel and general manager for international and Eastern European businesses, with direct profit and loss responsibility, with The Pillsbury Company. He served as chief legal officer for several publicly-traded, multinational corporations and he was commissioner of administration, chief operating officer and chief information officer with the State of Minnesota.

“David Fisher's extensive experience in corporate law, international transactions, government and politics makes him the ideal person for the position,” said Professor John Matheson, director of the Corporate Institute. “Dean Wippman and I are delighted to have someone of David Fisher’s stature and experience join us to develop the Corporate Institute’s programs, collaborations and influence throughout the corporate community.”

Currently Fisher serves as regional president of the National Association of Corporate Directors, an organization dedicated to helping directors provide efficient, effective corporate oversight. Since 2005 he has been a member, and served terms as council chair and recruitment committee chair, of the Regents Candidate Advisory Council, which is charged with recruiting, screening and recommending to the Minnesota state legislature candidates for election to the University of Minnesota Board of Regents.

The Corporate Institute was created to expand the Law School’s connection with the business community and prepare students to be effective business lawyers and leaders by increasing their understanding and opportunities in the world of business. Leveraging the resources of the corporate community and building on the strengths of the internationally recognized business law faculty, the Corporate Institute combines new programs and current business-oriented activities to establish an area of excellence at the Law School.

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