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Educated in the Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition, Villanovans are prepared for takeoff and are igniting change globally.

These individuals have chosen their own distinct paths and are making an impact.

Each calls Villanova University home.

John L. Hennessy, PhD ’73 College of Engineering
President
Stanford University

During his esteemed career at Stanford University, John Hennessy, PhD, has risen through the academic ranks: assistant professor, full professor, director, dean, provost and now president. Along the way, the electrical engineer became a pioneer in computer architecture, helping to revolutionize the industry by assembling researchers to focus on a technology that increased computer performance while reducing costs.

 

Kelly Ayotte ’93 Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law 
United States Senator
State of New Hampshire

Elected to her seat in 2010, Kelly Ayotte is the second youngest woman in the US Senate. She helps shape decisions on key committees, and chairs the Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness and the Commerce Subcommittee on Aviation Operations. Ayotte’s road to the Capitol began in New Hampshire, where she had been named the state’s first female attorney general in 2004.

Eileen Sullivan ’99 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist
The Associated Press

As part of an Associated Press team, Eileen Sullivan, a seasoned reporter on homeland security and counterterrorism, helped break the story that the New York Police Department, working outside its jurisdiction and aided by the CIA, was spying on American Muslim communities. The probe triggered a national debate—and earned Sullivan and her colleagues the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting.

Lawrence Waterhouse, Jr.  ’59 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Founder and Chairman Emeritus
Waterhouse Investor Services, Inc./TD Waterhouse

In 1979, Lawrence Waterhouse, Jr. founded and was president of Waterhouse Investor Services Inc., the company that would pave the way for the emergence of what is today TD Ameritrade, one of North America’s largest online brokerages. Besides playing key executive roles in the firm’s expansion, Waterhouse established the independent Waterhouse Family Foundation Inc., which donates funds to education initiatives.

Kyle Lowry, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Guard
Toronto Raptors

NBA All-Star Kyle Lowry is the starting point guard for the Toronto Raptors. A first-round draft pick in 2006, Lowry played for the Memphis Grizzlies and the Houston Rockets before being traded to the Raptors. In January, he was named the Kia Player of the Month, and he was selected as an Eastern Conference All-Star for the second consecutive season.

 

 

 

 

 

Carolyn Everson ’93 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Vice President, Global Marketing Solutions
Facebook, Inc.

As vice president, Global Marketing Solutions, at Facebook Inc., Carolyn Everson leads a team focused on expanding advertising revenue and managing Facebook’s relationships with top strategic marketers and agencies. She achieved success by building on her experiences as corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Global Advertising Sales and Trade Marketing teams; and chief operating officer and executive vice president of US Ad Sales for Viacom subsidiary MTV Networks.

Joseph P. Clancy ’78 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Director
US Secret Service

Joseph Clancy was special agent in charge of the Presidential Protective Division when he retired from the Secret Service in 2011. Three years later, he was serving as executive director of Cable Security at Comcast Corp. when President Barack Obama tapped him to return as the agency’s interim chief. In 2015, Clancy was appointed the Secret Service’s 24th director.

David Wilkes, MD ’78 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Dean
University of Virginia School of Medicine

David Wilkes, MD, the recently appointed dean of the UVA School of Medicine, is driven by the vision of excellence in research, education and patient care. A board-certified specialist in pulmonary disease and critical care medicine, Dr. Wilkes has co-authored more than 100 papers, holds six US patents, and is co-founder of a company developing therapies for fibrotic lung diseases.

Scott M. O’Neil ’92 Villanova School of Business
Chief Executive Officer
Philadelphia 76ers, New Jersey Devils and Prudential Center

As Chief Executive Officer of the Philadelphia 76ers (NBA), New Jersey Devils (NHL) and Prudential Center, a state-of-the-art multi-purpose arena located in Newark, N.J., Scott O’Neil oversees the business operations of three of the top brands in sports and entertainment.  A former President of Madison Square Garden and Senior Vice President of NBA Team Marketing and Business Operations, O’Neil has earned a reputation in the sports and entertainment industry as an innovator and leader of leaders.

Christopher T. Gheysens ’93 Villanova School of Business
President and Chief Executive Officer
Wawa, Inc.

Since opening its first food market in 1964, Wawa Inc. has grown into a chain of more than 725 convenience stores throughout the Mid-Atlantic states and Florida, serving over one and a half million customers each day.  At the helm is Chris Gheysens, who joined the company in 1997 and where, a decade later, transformed the Finance team as Chief Financial Officer.  Gheysens has served as President since 2012 and CEO since 2013.

Jill T. Biden, EdD, ’91 MA College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Second Lady of the United States
Washington, DC

Jill Biden, EdD, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, is an educator and community activist. As second lady, Dr. Biden brings attention to the sacrifices made by military families; highlights the importance of community colleges to America’s future; and raises awareness around issues such as breast cancer prevention. She also teaches English full time at a community college in Virginia.

Carlos A. Unanue ’86 Villanova School of Business
President
Goya Foods Foods of Puerto Rico, Inc.

The president of Goya Foods of Puerto Rico, Inc. since 2003, Carlos Unanue helps to lead the largest Hispanic-owned food company in the Americas, with operations in the US, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Spain. Unanue joined the company, which was founded by his grandfather, in 1986 and has played a significant role in developing the company’s strategic direction and expansion.

Basil W. Iwanyk, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Founder and Producer
Thunder Road Pictures

Basil Iwanyk is an accomplished Hollywood producer and the founder of Thunder Road Pictures. His company has produced such notable films as Sicario (2015), starring Emily Blunt; The Town (2010), one of the American Film Institute’s Movies of the Year, directed by and starring Ben Affleck; and the box-office hits Clash of the Titans (2010) and John Wick (2014). Gods of Egypt was released in February 2016. A sequel to John Wick is slated for release in 2017.