Villanova, Pa., March 10, 2021 – The Villanova School of Business (VSB) has selected Denise L. Devine, CPA,’77 VSB, ’83 MT as the 2021 recipient of The Rev. Joseph C. Bartley, OSA Alumni Medallion. The Bartley Medallion is the highest distinction VSB can bestow to an alumnus/a and is awarded annually to recognize alumni who have distinguished themselves in their careers while also demonstrating extraordinary service to their communities and to VSB.
Devine’s professional career has been defined by her drive for business excellence and her experience spans from entrepreneurial start-ups to Fortune 100 corporations. Devine is founder and CEO of FNB Holdings, LLC, a company dedicated to initiatives in the health and wellness space. She is also a founder, CAO and CFO of RTM Vital Signs, LLC, an early-stage medical device company. As founder and CEO of Nutripharm, Inc. Devine led the development of a technology platform that generated a portfolio of patents resulting in innovative natural food, beverage, pharmaceutical and nutraceutical products. A proven innovator, she has developed technology platforms with resulting commercialized product applications, and executed IP strategy, licenses, and strategic alliances. Devine currently serves on the Board of Cubic Corporation (NYSE:CUB), Fulton Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:FULT), Agrofresh, Inc.(NASDAQ:AGFR), SelectQuote(NYSE:SLQT) and AUS, Inc.
“As a proud VSB alumna, I am honored to receive the 2021 Bartley Alumni Medallion and join the impressive group of its past recipients,” said Devine. “I have carried the mission and values of the University throughout my professional career to help guide my business practices.”
Devine has shown a longtime commitment to Villanova University where she served on the University Board of Trustees for ten years and is a member of the advisory board of the Center for Marketing and Consumer Insights at VSB. Additionally, as a passionate advocate for children’s nutrition and health, she is chair of the advisory board of the MacDonald Center for Obesity Prevention and Nutrition Education at Villanova University’s M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing. She has also served on the board of Lourdes Health System and is co-chair of Women Corporate Directors – Philadelphia Chapter.
Devine has received numerous honors and awards including the “Best 50 Business Women in Pennsylvania” Governor’s Award, the Gold Medal Alumnae Award from Villanova University, the Take the Lead Award from the Girl Scouts of Southeastern PA and the Iris Newman Award from the Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs. Devine has also held numerous professional leadership positions at organizations such as the American Institute of CPAs Board of Directors, the Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs and was appointed by the Governor of Pennsylvania to serve on The State Board of Accountancy and the Pennsylvania Blue Ribbon Business Tax Policy Reform Commission. Devine, a co-inventor on over twenty U.S. and international patents, is also co-founder of The Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs and has served as an entrepreneur in residence at The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania.
The Bartley Alumni Medallion will be formally presented to Devine on Friday, April 23, 2021 at the virtual Stakeholder’s Summit.
Devine received an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, an MS in Taxation from Villanova University and a BS in Accounting from Villanova University, graduating summa cum laude and first in her class.
The Villanova School of Business (VSB) undergraduate program is top-ranked among business schools in the nation. Its online graduate business programs are ranked #5, and its online MBA program is ranked #17 by U.S. News and World Report. VSB has been at the forefront of business education since it was founded in 1922. Serving over 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students, VSB is home to five Centers of Excellence – the Daniel M. DiLella Center for Real Estate, the Elenore and Robert F. Moran Sr. Center for Global Leadership, the Center for Business Analytics, the Center for Marketing & Consumer Insights and the Center for Church Management – with each designed to foster innovative, cross-disciplinary research and applied opportunities for students. VSB is known for academic rigor; creativity and innovation; hands-on and service learning opportunities; a firm grounding in ethics; and an applied education that prepares students to become outstanding leaders and global citizens within the ever-changing, complex, and fast-paced world of business. For more, visit business.villanova.edu.