The Villanova School of Business has always provided students with the strong academic background they need, as it did when Jim O’Donnell graduated in 1963. But to become the business leaders of tomorrow, students must also have rich extracurricular opportunities.
Over an impressive business career, including posts at Gap Inc. as COO and American Eagle Outfitters as CEO, Jim has learned what it takes to succeed in the business world. And now, it’s important to him to help Villanova students gain the edge they need to achieve their own goals.
Through a $5 million gift, Jim has established the Charlotte and James V. O’Donnell ’63 Center for Professional Development, with the goals of honing leadership skills and making graduating students as well prepared as possible for the business world and beyond. The Center enhances academic advising and provides students more opportunities to interact with businesses, employers, recruiters and the Villanova network. It also offers increased access to real-world experience through internships and co-op programs.
Jim knows that his gift will reach far beyond the University. It’s a gift for the greater great. By giving students the tools they need to succeed while instilling Augustinian values, Villanova will forge new generations of ethical business leaders. Leaders who will take on society’s toughest challenges and ignite change around the world.