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Daniel Fitzpatrick to Address Holy Cross College Class of 2012

Daniel Fitzpatrick to Address Holy Cross College Class of 2012

NOTRE DAME, IN (April 10, 2012)  Daniel B. Fitzpatrick, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Quality Dining, Inc., will be the featured speaker at the 45th Commencement Exercises of Holy Cross College, to take place Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 2pm. 

"Dan Fitzpatrick, a Holy Cross College Trustee since 1994, is an animated speaker who not only has great experience and success in the restaurant industry, but who knows the college and our students," says Holy Cross College President, Brother John Paige, C.S.C.  "He is a man who consistently gives back to the community, a model of generous philanthropy and community service." 

Quality Dining has evolved from a two-unit Burger King restaurant franchisee to a diversified restaurant holding company.  Fitzpatrick's organization operates 172 restaurants including Burger King restaurants, Chili's Grill & Bar restaurants, Papa Vino's Italian Kitchen restaurants and its newest addition, blue2O, an upscale casual dining seafood restaurant. Quality Dining, Inc. is Burger King Corporation's fourth largest Franchisee in North America and Brinker International's third largest Chili's Grill & Bar Franchisee worldwide.

Fitzpatrick uses his success in the business world to further his support of many causes close to his heart, not the least of which is Catholic education across the Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese.  His organization's involvement and support through the You Can Lend A Hand program and his leadership in the Bishop's Appeal program have been central to his community service.

Fitzpatrick has been active in several civic groups and organizations, including Madison Center, St. Joseph Medical Center, Holy Cross College Board of Trustees serving as Chairman of its Board for four years, Women's Care Center, St. Joseph Care Foundation, College Football Hall of Fame, The Morris Performing Arts Center, Logan Center and over a dozen other organizations within the Michiana community.

Quality Dining is one of the top 200 foodservice companies in the United States, the twelfth largest franchisee restaurant organization in the Country with locations in seven states and over 7,000 employees. Quality Dining, Inc. is one of Indiana's largest private companies with a revenue base of over $250 million.

Fitzpatrick, born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, is a product of Catholic schools at both the elementary and high school level. He is a graduate of the University of Toledo. He has four adult children: DJ, Erin, Brittany and Nicholas.

Fitzpatrick and his organization have been the recipients of numerous awards and recognitions, both within and outside of the restaurant industry, as well as in recognition of public service. Most notably, Mr. Fitzpatrick was honored as one of Indiana's Entrepreneurs of the Year in 1996 and was recognized by the National Restaurant Association (MUFSO) as an honoree for its Operator of the Year Award.

Jared Sawyer, a 2008 graduate of Holy Cross College, will be the featured alumni speaker.  Born in Knoxville, Tennessee, Sawyer moved to South Bend as a child, where he attended Saint Joseph's High School.  While in high school, Sawyer's family moved to Eagan, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis.

Sawyer returned to the area to attend Holy Cross College where served as Student Government Association President and co-captain of the Men's Golf Team.  He went on to graduate with high honors, earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies, with a double concentration in history and American Literature.  Sawyer graduated from the Louis Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville, in 2011, and now works for Citigroup in Washington, D.C. where he is Vice President, Legislative Analyst for the company. 

"Jared Sawyer is a fine, young man who was an integral part of Holy Cross during his years here." says Tina Holland, Executive Vice President at Holy Cross College, "He left his mark through his leadership on the Student Government Association during a time when Holy Cross was at the height of its transformation from a two-year to a four-year college.  And, even today he continues to serve the college in his role as a member of the Holy Cross Alumni Association Board of Directors."

Sawyer is a member of the Kentucky Bar Association, and a volunteer for The First Tee of Washington, D.C.  He enjoys golf, American history and politics, global issues, college football, and is a life-long fan of the Tennessee Volunteers.

Holy Cross College will graduate its Class of 2012 on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 2pm. The ceremony will take place in the Pfeil Center's McKenna Area, on the campus of Holy Cross. Friends and family members of Holy Cross graduates are welcome to attend. A reception will immediately follow.

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Holy Cross College is a Catholic, four-year, co-educational, liberal arts institution founded in 1966 by the Brothers of Holy Cross.  With a 13:1 faculty/student ratio, students find personal attention from professors who care about their success and development in mind, body, and spirit. The Four Pillars of the core curriculum include a professional internship, service to others, a global perspective experience, and a senior Capstone presentation which summarizes and synthesizes each student's learning. Located in Notre Dame, Indiana, Holy Cross College provides the best of both worlds: a close-knit, small college atmosphere with the resources and social opportunities of a large university.