Peter Fogarty ’82, ’92 MST remains forever indebted to Bryant: Not only did he meet his future wife, Lori, a fellow campus food service worker – he was able to complete his education tuition-free. As a student whose mother worked at the University, Fogarty was eligible for tuition remission; when a debilitating stroke required her to retire, then-President William O’Hara promised Fogarty that his tuition remission would continue through graduation.
Peter is now Executive Vice President at J.S. Held, which recently acquired Hagen Streiff Newton & Oshiro, Accountants, PC, (HSNO) where he was a senior partner and shareholder.
Bryant did right by my family and me; I always had a goal to acknowledge their generosity.
Lori, an educator, shares her husband’s passion for empowering students and the couple have been long-time donors to the President’s Scholarship Fund and the annual President’s Cup Golf Tournament. In 2019, the Fogartys, members of the Bryant Leadership Council of Donors, established The Patricia V. and Joseph E. Fogarty Family Endowed Scholarship Fund. The fund honors Fogarty’s late parents and provides scholarship funds to an accounting major from Rhode Island, preferably someone planning a career in forensic or fraud accounting, given Peter’s career success in forensic accounting.
Peter, who often speaks to accounting students in classes and at Career Night programs, also established HSNO’s internship program for accounting majors. “Bryant business students are well-rounded, with knowledge of marketing, communications, public speaking and more; they’re not just accountants,” said Fogarty. “We never had a problem finding good interns from Bryant. Although we were never able to hire any of them for full-time positions – given the competition from Boston firms – I am pleased to know that some of those interns stayed in the forensic accounting field.”
The Patricia V. and Joseph E. Fogarty Family Endowed Scholarship, says Peter, is “a natural continuation of my ongoing commitment to Bryant.”