The Ones Who Build Community

Feb 17, 2022

When Tom Fitzgerald, BN’91, reflects on his Drake experience, he remembers the people and places who influenced him and helped define who he is today.

"My college experience was fantastic on so many dimensions—the academics, the way Drake prepared me for the real world,” said Tom, president of QBE Insurance Company. “I made some lifelong friends through campus and Greek life that I’ve maintained for the past 30 years."

One of his favorite gathering spaces as a student was a grill in the basement of Olmsted Center. Now he wants to help improve the space for the next generation of students through an investment in the new University Center. Tom and his wife, Maureen, made the first gift to the project.

"The whole concept of community is a huge piece of college life and a was a huge piece of my academic career," Tom said. "It is such an integral part of student life to have a top-notch place to hang out."

Drake alumni Tom Fitzgerald and his family at an ice skating rink

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