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WVU alum and Visa exec contributes $45K to business school endowment

Bill Sheedy

Bill Sheedy

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West Virginia University College of Business and Economics alumnus William “Bill” Sheedy of San Mateo, Calif. understands the importance of education and the opportunities WVU provides to students.

The Visa executive and his wife, Patricia, have made an additional gift to the William and Patricia Sheedy Endowment, established by the couple through the WVU Foundation in 2012.  Part of their recent $45,000 pledge will be matched by Sheedy’s employer, Visa, Inc.

The endowment provides funding for the College of Business and Economics to be used at the discretion of the dean for special initiatives like experiential learning through practice and application, lectures, and events and special programming for students and faculty.

“We are very appreciative of Bill Sheedy on a number of fronts, from his generosity to B&E to his engagement with us as well,” said Javier Reyes, Milan Puskar Dean of the WVU College of Business and Economics. “Bill is a very engaged alumnus who has taken a keen interest in helping us propel our business school upward. This generous gift can be used in any number of ways, ranging from experiential learning opportunities to scholarships. Having that latitude allows B&E to use these funds precisely where they are needed.”

Sheedy earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from WVU’s College of Business and Economics in 1988.  He has been with Visa since 1993 where he sits on the company’s executive committee and currently leads the global payment system’s corporate strategy and mergers and acquisitions efforts, global policy and government relations. He is also acting CEO of Visa’s business in Europe.

“I'm so pleased to be a small part of the tremendous, positive momentum at WVU and in the College of B&E,” Sheedy said. “We have great leaders in Morgantown and they deserve our support."

In 2014, Sheedy was honored by being added to the B&E Roll of Distinguished Alumni, and late last year, was elected to the WVU Foundation Board of Directors.

The contribution to the William and Patricia Sheedy Endowment was made in conjunction with A State of Minds: The Campaign for West Virginia’s University. The $1 billion fundraising effort by the WVU Foundation on behalf of the University runs through December 2017.



CONTACT: Bill Nevin, WVU Foundation

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