Fielding Fellows and Scholars Meet Ronald H. Fielding, ’73 (MA), ’76S (MBA)

The following blog post was written by Rebekah Lewin, assistant dean of admissions and financial aid

One of the highlights of my Simon Business School career occurred this week. I had the opportunity to attend a dinner at Dean Ainslie’s home to celebrate the generosity and support of one of our distinguished alumni, Ronald H. Fielding ’73 (MA) and ’76S (MBA).

Ron is the retired chief strategist and senior vice president of the Rochester division of Oppenheimer Funds Inc., one of the nation’s largest asset management companies. He managed its Rochester municipal bond funds and their predecessors, The Rochester Funds, for more than 25 years. Under his leadership, Oppenheimer’s municipal group grew from $4 billion to $35 billion in total assets before his retirement in 2009. After making his mark as a leader in the municipal bond market, he has become our most generous supporter of student scholarships.

This week’s dinner allowed our current students who are designated as Fielding Leadership Fellows and Fielding Scholars to meet Ron and his wife Susan over dinner. We heard stories of our current MBA students’ career highlights to date, including recently completed and future secured internships at a number of prestigious companies including, Barclays, Google, the NBA, Thomson Reuters, and UBS. And if that wasn’t enough, these students have been involved at Simon in various ways, including the Venture Capital Fund, the Graduate Business Council, and mentoring first-year students while enrolled in the Full-Time MBA program.

More than one student stated that without the Fielding scholarship support they would not have been able to attend Simon. We even had two alumni who are former Fielding Fellows travel from outside of Rochester to join us at the dinner.  Mr. Fielding encouraged each student and alumnus to work diligently to achieve success and to plan to “pay it forward” to the next generation of Simon talent.

I encourage you to apply for admission to the Simon MBA program. After you submit an application, you will be considered for Simon scholarships, as well as other available financial aid. If you have questions, please contact the Full-Time Admissions Office at or 1 (585) 275-3533.

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