Roger O'Donnell '90
Villanovans have a well-earned reputation as a group that gives back, so it comes as no surprise to learn that Roger O’Donnell ’90 VSB has continually supported the University since he left campus. What is surprising, however, is how he has done it.
Although many Villanova alumni have made gifts or volunteered their time and talent to the University, only Roger has worked collaboratively with the Villanova School of Business and KPMG to establish an award-winning program on campus that builds future industry leaders.
“Villanova School of Business’ continued upward trajectory caused me to recommend to my leaders that KPMG consider Villanova in the development of a first-of-its-kind Master of Accounting with Data Analytics Program,” Roger said.
Villanova’s talented faculty and focus on business analytics first captured his attention and led him to work with his colleagues and professors to develop a robust class offering to students interested in a career in finance. Dozens of VSB students have already graduated from the program and moved into leading roles in the company.
Roger, who serves as an audit partner for KPMG based in New York, is thrilled to give back to the place that gave him so much.
“Looking back on my experience, I think about the lessons I learned and how they prepared me to be successful in my career as well as in my community,” Roger said. “Villanova taught me the pursuit of learning would be lifelong and that the school would always be there to help foster that learning.”
While Roger has already given back so much to Villanova, the choice to remain committed to the University is an easy one. For him, it comes down to Villanovans helping Villanovans.
“I support the school because I believe in the passion and mission that University President Father Peter Donohue, OSA, has developed and instilled throughout the faculty,” Roger said. “I believe in the culture and values of Villanova University and if I can share some of my success with the next generation, then I believe that I, too, am demonstrating the values others expect from a Villanovan.”