The Amherst board of trustees has two new members: Shirley Tilghman, former president of Princeton, and Patrick Fitzgerald ’82, who led the prosecutions of two successive governors of Illinois. Tilghman was chosen by the board; Fitzgerald was elected by his fellow alumni.
Patrick Fitzgerald’s fellow alumni elected him to a six-year term on the Board of Trustees starting in 2013. He is a partner in the Chicago office of the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates.
A recent talk given for Amherst alums in Chicago by Patrick Fitzgerald ’82, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, got a mention in the New York Times by way of Chicago News Cooperative columnist James Warren.
U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald ’82 made headlines for his role in the investigation and arrest of Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich. Lauded as an “outstanding prosecutor, a pure professional,” the former rugby player—who received an honorary degree from his alma mater in 2007—was profiled by The New York Times, CNN, ABC News and Time magazine, among other outlets.