Jeanne Donovan Fisher ’76 to return to Reserve as 2023 Commencement Speaker

A producer, investor and philanthropist, Fisher is also a member of the first female class to graduate from Reserve after its return to coeducation in 1972.

Even if she had never attended Western Reserve Academy, Jeanne Donovan Fisher ’76 would certainly have been named a Pioneer at some point in her remarkable lifetime. And as you sift through her many published bios on sites such as IMDB and various leadership boards, it’s easy to see why. Fisher’s list of many titles include producer, investor, philanthropist, as well as Chair of the Advisory Board at the Fisher Center at Bard, Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Sundance Institute and President of True Love Productions, a theater and film production company she founded in 2001.

Western Reserve Academy is thrilled to welcome back this Pioneer as this year’s Commencement Speaker. It’s a most fitting return as we celebrate 50 years since the reinstatement of coeducation, because Fisher is one of the first female four-year graduates — a truly pioneering class of women. 

It has been a wonderful year of celebrating WRA women. This fall, we launched our 50 Brilliant Years initiative, which honors WRA women in the modern era and calls upon our community to establish an endowed scholarship for future female students who demonstrate significant financial need. Many alumnae members have stepped forward to secure future female students’ paths to WRA, with Fisher — always a leader — a prominent and generous friend to the cause.

“Jeanne Fisher is an inspiration,” said Head of School Suzanne Walker Buck P ’24. “She has made an enormous impact in the arts and education and demonstrates what it means to be a dedicated steward for that which one holds dear.”

Fisher has given much to her alma mater, and this time with her will be another gift. The Class of 2023 will learn much from this trailblazer, as will we. We look forward to welcoming her back to campus this spring.