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Villanova, 14 September 2010—The Villanova University School of Business (VSB) announced its first two recipients of the inaugural Rev. Joseph C. Bartley, O.S.A. Alumni Medallion, which is presented to outstanding alumni who have distinguished themselves in their career and who provide extraordinary service to VSB. This year’s recipients are William "Bill" J. Donnell VSB ’77 and Manuel “Manny” A. Nunez VSB MBA ’03, who will be presented with their awards on September 29, 2010, at the VSB’s Business Leaders’ Forum dinner in the Connelly Center of the Villanova Room.
Donnell, Senior Vice President-Investments/Private Wealth Advisor, Private Banking & Investment Group at Bank of American Merrill Lynch, has served Villanova in many ways over the past several years. One of his most significant areas of impact has been in helping VSB develop a presence on Wall Street in the financial services community and connecting students with internship and job opportunities. Another of Donnell’s contributions to VSB includes the inception of the annual Villanova University Financial Club summer internship initiative. Donnell has an extraordinary passion for Villanova that is focused on helping students succeed in the work place.
Nunez, International Marketing Manager at Merck & Co., Inc., has distinguished himself in his career, demonstrated service to his communities, and extraordinary service to the Villanova School of Business. Nunez’s services to VSB include being a frequent guest lecturer in various classes, member and contributor to the Graduate Programs Review task force, and on-site executive faculty, accompanying the Executive MBA ’10 students on their immersion trip to Malaysia and Vietnam.
“I am pleased and honored to recognize two of VSB’s distinguished graduates with the first ever Bartley alumni medallion. Both Bill and Manny have demonstrated a strong commitment to our students and to the university,” says James M. Danko, The Helen and William O’Toole Dean of the Villanova School of Business.
The Bartley Alumni Medallion will be presented to Nunez and Donnell in the company of VSB’s most supportive business leaders, who are also engaged in advisory councils across the school. On the morning following the award presentation, these nine advisory councils will meet for a general session with the university president, Fr. Peter M. Donohue, O.S.A., Ph.D., and members of his senior leadership team, to discuss the strategic initiatives of the school and the university.
Founded in 1922, The Villanova School of Business is ranked #20 in the nation among undergraduate business schools by Bloomberg BusinessWeek. The school is home to six Centers of Excellence in the areas of creativity and innovation; marketing and public policy; global leadership; church management; business analytics; and real estate.