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William F. Kennedy

2012 Inductee

In May, 1990, Bill was appointed Chief Operating Officer of the Private Client Group and became a member of the twelve-person Management Committee at Kidder, Peabody & Co. In January, 1995, Kidder, Peabody & Co. merged with Paine Webber and Bill was appointed Executive Vice President and Southern Division Manager. His division grew to 115 Branch Offices, with 2400 financial advisors and over $1 Billion in revenues.

A native of New Jersey, Bill Kennedy graduated from Potomac State College in 1962 and West Virginia University in 1964, with a Bachelor's degree in Finance.

After working for the Wall Street firm, Blyth Eastman Dillon in various positions, he joined Kidder, Peabody & Co. in 1980 as Resident Manager of the Park Avenue office in NYC. In 1983, he was promoted to the position of New York Regional Manager. In March, 1984, he was elected to the Board of Directors of Kidder, Peabody & Co. and became an Allied Member of the New York Stock Exchange.

In 2000, Paine Webber was purchased by UBS, the largest bank in Switzerland, and Bill remained with UBS, as an Executive Vice President, until his retirement in 2002. At his retirement, UBS renamed their Management Training Program the William F. Kennedy Leadership and Development Program in honor of Bill's commitment to the development of future leaders. Mr. Kennedy remains an advisor to that Program.

Today, Mr. Kennedy remains a loyal Mountaineer by giving his time to the University. He served for 5 years on the Alumni Association Board and is in his second year as a member of the B & E School Visiting Committee.

Bill and his wife, Mary, co-established the Dale Ramsburg Baseball Scholarship Fund at WVU, the Kennedy Club Room at the Erickson Alumni Center, the Kennedy-VanScoy Faculty Support Fund at the College of Business and Economics, and the Mary and Bill Kennedy Scholarship Fund at Potomac State College.

In addition to his commitment to WVU, Mr. Kennedy and his wife established the Mary and Bill Kennedy Room at Gilda's Club, in NYC, for cancer survivors and their families. Mr. Kennedy is also a mentor for Project Home, a non-profit organization working with homeless veterans.

Bill and Mary have two children, Kelly and Will, and three granddaughters. They reside in Bay Head, NJ and Naples, FL.