Alumni Achievement Citation

Current Recipient

William FitzgeraldAlumni Achievement Citation
William A. Fitzgerald, BSBA’59
May 17, 2014

For 40 years, William A. Fitzgerald gave his heart and soul as a member of the Creighton University Board of Trustees in order to position the University for success far into the future. Fitzgerald is an Omaha native, a Creighton University graduate who first joined the board in 1973 and who served as chair from 2000 to 2011. He has been a trusted advisor to five Creighton University presidents.

His dedication and loyalty to Creighton is matched only by his commitment to a greater Omaha through his philanthropic efforts. Over the years, he has held leadership roles in as many as 28 non-profit organizations, and has led fundraising efforts touching all walks of life, from religious organizations, health care, elementary and secondary education, the arts and social services agencies.

He has become one of Creighton University’s most enthusiastic ambassadors, and one of Omaha’s most respected business leaders. His career in banking began prior to entering high school, when he worked part time as a clerk and teller. As Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Commercial Federal Bank (now Bank of the West), one of the region’s largest privately owned banks, he helped transform it into an iconic company. Through his vision and innovation, particularly in the pioneering use of ATM’s, Commercial Federal became a household name. As one of the most respected bank executives in the region, Fitzgerald was inducted into both the Nebraska Business Hall of Fame and the Omaha Business Hall of Fame.

Fitzgerald and his wife, Barb Miskell Fitzgerald, are two of Omaha’s strongest supporters of Jesuit and Catholic education, and their generosity has extended from the Archdiocese to the Jesuit community and every widely known Catholic and civic organization in the city.

William Fitzgerald’s life is an outstanding example of being a man for and with others, a cardinal value of Jesuit education. He stands as a role model for all Creighton students, alumni, faculty and staff who seek to live the Creighton difference.

Read Mr. Fitzgerald's speech given at commencement

Criteria for the Award

  • Being a degreed alumnus/alumna of Creighton University.
  • Having provided distinguished service to his/her community, to the state, to learning, or mankind; to the arts, to the sciences, or by constructive philanthropy or some other outstanding public service.
  • Reflecting honor on his/her Alma Mater through a manifestation of intellectual ability which would suggest his/her recognition by this University.
  • Manifesting such qualities in his/her personal life that would mark him/her as cultured and of high moral principles guided by the Jesuit ideals of being men and wome n for others.


  • When completing questions 1 and 2 on the nomination form, it is critical that nominators provide specific examples of how the nominee meets the criteria for this citation.
  • A supporting resume/curriculum vitae must accompany the nomination.
  • Up to three letters of support will be accepted.

The Alumni Achievement Citation may be granted at Commencement, or at any regular or designated convocation of the total University.