2008 Distinguished Alumna Award: Margaret FitzGibbons Higgins ’73
The Distinguished Alumna Award, awarded annually by the Alumnae Association, honors a woman who exemplifies the standards, ideals, and mission of Saint Mary’s College and who has been of outstanding service to the College through ongoing work for the Alumnae Association. The 2008 recipient is Margaret (Peg) FitzGibbons Higgins of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, and formerly of the Chicago area.
A humanistic studies major at Saint Mary’s, FitzGibbons Higgins began her illustrious career in the financial services industry as a personal banker, spending the majority of her career with Citibank—in Chicago, Stamford (Connecticut), and Singapore. Early on, she transitioned from personal banking to the human resources field. As she rose through the ranks professionally—ultimately joining KPMG as a national human resources director—she remained devoted to her alma mater. She has served the College as a very active alumna, including serving on the President’s Alumnae Advisory Council for six years and the Chicago Advisory Council for six years, until moving to South Carolina in 2005.
FitzGibbons Higgins has always made time to use her many talents to help the less fortunate. In Chicago, she was a member of the Mental Health Association of Greater Chicago and served as President of the Board for two years. She also spent several years on the Board of the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence. She was one of the original members of the Leadership Council for Mercy Home for Boys and Girls. After moving to Charleston, South Carolina in 2005, FitzGibbons Higgins became involved with the ALS Association, working as an advocate. She is a member of the Junior League of Charleston.
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