Graduate Ceremony Speaker: Rich Fitzgerald, County Executive

On Thursday, April 25, at 6:30 p.m. in the John M. and Gertrude E. Petersen Events Center, County Executive Rich Fitzgerald will speak to students who have earned master’s, professional doctoral and doctoral degrees.

Fitzgerald was first elected to the inaugural County Council in 1999 representing District 11, which included Pittsburgh neighborhoods and other municipalities. After serving 12 years on County Council, including four times as president, Fitzgerald ran and was elected County Executive. He’s currently serving his second term. 

Under Fitzgerald’s leadership, Allegheny County has focused on job creation and economic development and, for the first time since the end of the region’s industrial era, the county is managing growth instead of decline. He also strives to form strong partnerships and is a firm believer that collaboration between all sectors and levels of government has been the “secret sauce” to solving the region’s toughest problems. 

Raised in Pittsburgh’s Bloomfield-Garfield neighborhood, he graduated from Central Catholic High School and later earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with a business minor from Carnegie Mellon University. He lives in Squirrel Hill with his family.

Watch a video of this announcement.