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Ed.D. Success Stories

The value of a Fisher education is evident in personal stories of success told by students and alumni. Read what they have to say about the program and what they gained from their experience.

Galen Gomes '17

Associate Commissioner with New York State Office of Children and Family Services

Galen Gomes

Galen Gomes

Galen Gomes had always considered himself to be a servant leader, but through Fisher’s Ed.D. program he believes he learned to strengthen this leadership style as a change agent. “The Ed.D. program has helped me to stand apart in a system that in many ways seeks uniformity.”

Gomes is the associate commissioner with New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) in the division of Youth Development and Partnerships for Success (YDAPS). He serves transition-age youth through the bureaus in his division: Youth Development, Close to Home Oversight and System Improvement, Health and Wellbeing, Education and Transitional Support Services, Cross-Systems Support, and Detention Services. 

As the associate commissioner, Gomes frequently needs to digest information that is multilayered and cross-dimensional. “The amount of information that needs to be synthesized daily is tremendous, and the Ed.D. program helped me to understand what in the data is gold, or of substance, and what is just sediment.”

Equipped with skills for strategic planning and effective organizational change, Gomes is prepared to lead through the complexities of government organizations. “The Ed.D. program has reinforced my confidence to encourage colleagues to respectfully challenge the status quo.”


Dr. Carlos Medina

Dr. Carlos Medina

Dr. Carlos Medina

SUNY Cortland graduate Carlos Medina was drawn to Fisher's Ed.D. program because of the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. School of Education's social justice philosophy and the five tenets; diversity, achievement, compassion, knowledge, and service.

"The emphasis on executive leadership in a cross-disciplinary approach, coupled with a cohort model and high completion rates, sold me. Not to mention Fisher's rigorous standards and expectations throughout the program," said Medina.

He credits the Ed.D. program for helping him become more knowledgeable and professional within his field. Medina formerly served as the chief diversity officer and senior associate vice chancellor at the State University of New York. He is now retired.