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Christopher Fitzmaurice, GSB ’84

Christopher Fitzmaurice is a 1984 alumnus of Fordham's
Gabelli School of Business.

Christopher Fitzmaurice was born in the Bronx and attended kindergarten at Sacred Heart Private School on Zerega Avenue, where one of his classmates was Donna Rapaccioli. After moving to New Jersey with his family, he attended Fordham’s Gabelli School of Business (GSB) and once again counted Rapaccioli among his classmates. Today, she’s the dean of GSB and of the faculty of business at Fordham. And Fitzmaurice, who lives in Spring Lake, N.J., with his wife, Alison, and their three children, is a member of the University’s Board of Trustees.

Since 2006, after a 22-year career in finance with Salomon Brothers and Citigroup, he has been the founding CEO of CFF Asset Management. Now he’s leading the fundraising effort to transform Hughes Hall into the new home for undergraduate business education at his alma mater.

“The Fordham business story is such a great story to tell,” said Fitzmaurice, who credits his GSB education for helping him earn a job at Salomon Brothers the summer after graduation. “The momentum of the business school is incredible under the leadership of Dean Rapaccioli. To be able to go out and tell that story to get more people to invest in the passion for that, it’s just a real pleasure.”

Fitzmaurice said the renovation of Hughes Hall into the new home of GSB will help better prepare Fordham students for a successful future in business. “We’re accelerating in so many areas—enrollment, academic quality, internships and global opportunities—but one area where we’ve fallen behind is facilities,” he said. “To reach an even higher level of excellence, we need to have better facilities. And the renovation of Hughes Hall—with all the modern business tools and technology all housed in one place—will provide that.

“It will create a true academic community where students and professors can congregate and collaborate.”

Fitzmaurice is confident he can rely on the continued support from Fordham alumni.

“I think it would be great for as many alumni as possible to come back to campus, to take a look at the building, imagine the potential and, as much as they’re able, contribute their talents and treasure to the further success of our great institution, our alma mater.”

 

   

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