Luke Fleer, 34Regional Director of DevelopmentOakland University
Luke has been Oakland University's regional director of development since 2012, charged with raising money for the Rochester-based university, a part of a team that has brought in record amounts of donations for the past three years. His job includes community outreach in Rochester and Oakland County.
A former collegiate basketball player at Rochester College, Luke faced his biggest challenge 10 years ago when he was nearly killed in a traffic accident when his car was struck by another traveling the wrong way on M-24 near Oxford. The cars collided at 60 mph. Five surgeries were required in 18 days to save his leg and stabilized his fractured pelvis. Doctors told his family he may never walk again. He spent three months in recovery and two years in physical therapy, learning to stand, walk and run again. His story was featured in Hour Detroit's 2014 Health Guide.
Luke and his wife established an annual scholarship at OU, the David Kirkpatrick Scholarship, in memory of a mentor and friend. He was appointed by the Rochester Hills City Council to the Historic Districts Commission; served on a Pure Michigan subcommittee for the Michigan Economic Development Corp. and is active in the Detroit Economic Club and chambers of commerce in Rochester and Auburn Hills. He was also named commencement speaker for the December 2014 graduation ceremony at Rochester College.The information presented here was accurate as of January 1, 2015.