VILLANOVA, Pa.—Villanova University has received more than $1 million in support for the Villanova School of Business (VSB) from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC). The gift—a combination of contributions from active and retired PwC partners and staff, as well as company-sponsored matching funds—has supported critical capital renovations and created an endowed fund for faculty in the Accountancy Department.
“PwC’s commitment to VSB will ensure our students are taught by world-class teacher-scholars in state-of-the-art facilities,” said Daniel Wright, PhD, Interim Dean of the Villanova School of Business. “The generosity of the partners, staff and company will benefit generations of VSB students and allow VSB to continue to offer an experience that is unrivaled.”
As one of Villanova’s top employers, PwC has a longstanding relationship with the University that has been further cultivated through numerous professional development opportunities for students at VSB, including internships and events. The firm’s giving program extends that relationship by offering Villanova alumni, parents and friends the opportunity to unite and increase their positive impact on current and future VSB students.
“We have a long history of recruiting top-quality students from Villanova,” said Valerie Wieman, PwC Partner, ’92 VSB. “We are excited to have been able to make a meaningful contribution to VSB in support of the faculty and their continued efforts on behalf of the students. We are equally excited to have a branded physical space to represent our commitment to the University.”
Supported by funds from this gift, the newly named PwC Auditorium in VSB’s Bartley Hall underwent renovations over the summer. These updates are part of an extensive series of classroom and technology upgrades at Bartley Hall that reflect the modern and engaging business environments students will encounter in their careers. In addition, an endowment has been established to support accounting faculty who prepare students with a solid foundation for success in a variety of business fields.
PwC’s gift is part of the University’s $600 million comprehensive Capital Campaign, For the Greater Great: The Villanova Campaign to Ignite Change. Villanova launched the public phase of its Campaign in October 2013, which to date has raised $475 million towards its $600 million goal. The most ambitious in the University’s 173-year history, Villanova’s Campaign is aimed at cultivating academic innovation across its schools and colleges, investing in recruiting and retaining the finest teacher-scholars, dramatically enhancing financial aid and student opportunities, and continuing to build a premier living-learning environment on the University’s 260-acre campus.
About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's six colleges – the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing, the College of Professional Studies and the Villanova University School of Law. As students grow intellectually, Villanova prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them.
The Villanova School of Business (VSB) undergraduate program is ranked #24 in the nation by Bloomberg Businessweek and has been at the forefront of business education since it was founded in 1922. Serving over 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students, VSB is home to six Centers or Institutes of Excellence (the Daniel M. DiLella Center for Real Estate, the Center for Business Analytics, the Center for Global Leadership, the Center for Marketing & Consumer Insights, the Center for Church Management & Business Ethics and the Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship (ICE) Institute) with each center and institute designed to foster innovative, cross-disciplinary research and teaching opportunities for business faculty. 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.