The University of San Diego’s Class of 2014 graduated in late May, but Inside USD is extending the celebration this summer with a series of feature stories highlighting some of our notable graduates.
Equally inspired by his career and academic goals, Jonathan Fuller was the valedictorian for the School of Business Administration with a grade point average of 3.99 and bachelor’s degrees in both finance and real estate.
At USD he took advantage of his academic opportunities and also fully explored his professional ones as well. He did multiple internships and mentorships to prepare for a career in commercial real estate and plans to eventually pursue an MBA.
Fuller received both the International Council of Shopping Centers Foundation Scholarship and also the prestigious Daniel B. Woodruff Memorial Scholarship from the university’s Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate. Students can’t apply for the Woodruff award – they have to be chosen—and the award is only given when there’s a student considered worthy of it, explained Mark Riedy, the center’s executive director. Riedy said he was especially impressed with Fuller’s poise, personality and intellect when he addressed a group of 700 professionals at the center’s annual conference. For a student with grades as strong as his to also “devote himself to his chosen industry was just phenomenal,” Riedy said. “He will go far.”
Fuller served for two terms as president of the university’s Real Estate Society and participated in the University of Southern California’s International Real Estate Competition and the NAIOP (Commercial Real Estate Development Association) University Challenge. He was also a member of the International Honor Society Beta Gamma Sigma and the Beta Theta Pi fraternity.
A San Diegan and 2010 graduate of Torrey Pines High School, Fuller said he discovered the “pivotal role” of real estate in our daily lives as a teenager. “We eat, sleep, work and play in or on real estate in some form or another,” Fuller noted. “I was so inspired by this idea that I knew I wanted to devote my life to improving the spaces around us.”
— Liz Harman
Photos by Chris Keeney