Embracing the Ignatian Spirit
When Kathleen Corbet ’82 first met University President William P. Leahy, S.J., in the spring of 2000, she recalls him almost immediately asking, “What attracted you to Boston College?”
Thinking back to her undergraduate years, she responded that she had wanted an education that went beyond academics and touched every aspect of a person’s growth.
“I’ve always loved BC, but I hadn’t been truly engaged in the life of the University for a while,” says Corbet. “But I was invited to reconnect and soon found that what I was looking for as a student was still there for me as an alumna.”
She joined the Board of Trustees later that year and began to help BC expand its reach with alumni nationwide, first as a founding member of the Council for Women of Boston College and then as co-chair of the Wall Street Council. With the latter, she helped launch the popular Market Perspectives Series, first created, she says, to help fellow alumni in the business field continue to build skill sets and network during the Great Recession.
“There was this desire to positively leverage the BC business network,” says the founder and principal of Cross Ridge Capital, LLC. “We felt it was our duty to help our friends and coworkers.”
That altruism has also been a hallmark of her trusteeship, most recently in her contributions to the Buildings and Properties Committee, and has guided her philanthropy to the University as well.
She first established the Kathleen Fruin Corbet ’82 Undergraduate Research Fund in an effort to ensure that today’s students benefit from hands-on investigations with faculty; she later balanced that commitment with the Corbet Family Scholarship Fund.
For someone who helped pay her own tuition bills with a part-time job in BC’s student loan office, the chance to assist a deserving undergraduate in financial need proved a fitting investment. In addition, Corbet has generously supported the Wall Street Council Tribute Dinner, Pops on the Heights Scholarship Gala, and BC Fund Scholars Program, while also leaving a legacy gift for the University.
Yet participation matters most to Corbet.
“Just as I was asked to give my time and talents back to Boston College,” she says, “I now invite my fellow graduates to do the same—in whatever way they can. Those who do should be prepared to fall in love with BC all over again.”