Thomas More 1982

Why I Give with Bruce Hoffmeister ’83 


Headshot of Bruce Hoffmeister '83

Bruce is the chief information officer at Cracker Barrel. During his time at Thomas More, he received a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics and an associate degree in biology. Bruce then went on to Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management and earned a Master of Business Administration in finance. 

“Going to college marked a pivotal transition into the real world. My time at Thomas More provided me with not just an education, but also a solid foundation of values and skills that shaped my future,” states Bruce. When asked about his motivation to give back, Bruce explains, “My commitment to giving back is rooted in the belief that providing current students with the same foundation I had will help them navigate the challenges of life beyond campus. College is where we prepare for the real world, and I want to ensure that the next generation has the tools they need to succeed.” 

What stands out about Bruce’s perspective is his conviction that higher education is a privilege in itself. He recognizes that not everyone has equal access to the transformative power of a college education. He passionately states, “It’s a better world when more people have access to higher education, and it’s our responsibility to make it more accessible. By giving someone else access and making it easier for them, we contribute to a brighter future for all.” 

Furthermore, Bruce’s decision to give back is also deeply rooted in a sense of gratitude towards the University. He views his contributions as a way to express that gratitude and invest in the continued success of Thomas More University, an institution that played a profound role in shaping his personal and professional journey. In essence, Bruce’s motivation to give back reflects a genuine commitment to paying forward the opportunities and advantages he received during his time at Thomas More.