Donor Spotlight: Bob Tyson ’86
Bob Tyson ’89 JD, ’86 VSB—who hails from Staten Island, NY, and has made his home in San Diego for more than 30 years—may not be physically close to Villanova anymore, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t continued to feel a deep closeness to the University. “Anyone who knows me—or really has even just met me, knows I went to Villanova,” Bob said. “It was the best seven years of my life!”
It’s Villanovans themselves that have kept Bob tied so closely to the community. “The people [at Villanova] were just so nice,” he recalls. “From fellow students, to teachers, to administrators—it was always a feeling of family.”
Bob still remembers attending his first VU Alumni event after moving to California and feeling overjoyed to be surrounded by “such nice people again.” Since then, he has been closely involved with the Club of San Diego, even serving as president for four years. In recent years, Bob also has had the “tremendous honor” to serve on the national VUAA Board and the President’s Advisory Council. Bob says he is also fortunate to still be close friends with the Rev. John P. Stack, OSA, Vice President for Student Life, who has continued to play an important role in his family life, including officiating his wedding and baptizing and performing First Holy Communions for his three children.
Today, he is a founding and managing partner of Tyson & Mendes, as well as a civil trial lawyer who “loves being in trial!” Like many Villanova University graduates, Bob has gone on to make an impact and ignite change in his career—including successfully resolving a variety of high profile cases and winning awards such as California Lawyer of the Year (CLAY) award from the California Bar Magazine.
Even with all his success, Bob has never forgotten his roots and has made it a priority to support the University both through his philanthropy and service. “I owe Villanova a lot,” he said. “Villanova provided me with many of the opportunities for advancement and career success that I enjoy today and will always be a big part of who I am.”