EMPLOYMENT: Dean, Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University (current); CEO of CEO for Cities; US Senate Candidate; Ohio Lt. Governor; Ohio Attorney General; Ohio State Senator; Ohio State Representative; CEO, Center for Families and Children.
EXPERTISE: Law/Justice, higher education, politics and legislatures, urban renewal, and higher education administration.
Prior to his deanship, he served as President and CEO of CEOs forCities, a non-profit agency dedicated to improve urban areas through economic success. Mr. Fisher also served as Ohio Lt. Governor, Director of the Ohio Department of Development, Chair of the Ohio Third Frontier Commission, Ohio Attorney General, State Senator, State Representative, and President/ CEO of the Center for Families and Children, one of the largest human service nonprofits in the Midwest.
As Ohio’s Lt. Governor, Ohio was awarded Site Selection magazine’s highest award, the Governor’s Cup, for three consecutive years. As a freshman legislator in 1982, Mr. Fisher was voted by his legislative colleagues and the Statehouse Press Corps as Ohio’s Outstanding Freshman Legislator. As a state legislator, he authored more than 10 Ohio laws, including the Missing Children Law, the Hate Crime Law, and the Crime Victims Assistance Law. As Ohio Attorney General, he successfully defended the constitutionality of Ohio’s Hate Crime law before the Ohio Supreme Court.
In 2008 and 2009, Mr. Fisher was the only person in Ohio named as one of the “Power 100” Northeast Ohio leaders by Cleveland Magazine’s Inside Business, and one of the top 100 Central Ohio leaders by Smart Business Columbus magazine.
He is a graduate of Oberlin College and served on the Oberlin College Board for 12 years. He earned both a law degree and master degree in nonprofit organization from Case Western Reserve University, and received the law school’s first-ever Distinguished Recent Graduate Award. Lee is married to Peggy Zone Fisher, the President and CEO of the Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio.