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AACSB cites two Oswego alumni among 100 ‘influential leaders’ worldwide

OSWEGO — AACSB International, the global accrediting body and membership association for business schools, announced Sept. 22 that SUNY Oswego graduates Robert Moritz of PricewaterhouseCoopers and Virginia Donohue of On Point for College have been recognized among its inaugural group of 100 Influential Leaders.

Robert Moritz
Robert Moritz

“We are proud that Bob and Ginny have been selected among the first 100 AACSB Influential Leaders,” said college President Deborah F. Stanley. “They are indeed visionary change agents who have benefited our society. Their accomplishments are examples of the extraordinary contributions Oswego alumni make daily in the fields to which they have devoted their lives, and they provide incredible inspiration for our current students.”

Donohue left a corporate career to found On Point for College, of which she is executive director.

Virginia Donohue
Virginia Donohue

The Syracuse-based nonprofit makes higher education accessible to low-income high school students. It has helped more than 5,500 students enroll in 219 colleges to date.

More than 1,000 have graduated and are now architects, lawyers, doctors, firefighters, teachers, bankers, nurses, accountants and counselors.

Donohue received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Oswego in 1988.

Moritz serves as chairman and senior partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers, the second largest accounting firm in the United States, where he has advocated for gender equity, diversity, work-life balance and talent development. His commitment to quality-of-life issues for employees has been effective, as demonstrated by PwC’s ranking by career specialists Vault.com — for the past three years, Vault has ranked PwC as the No. 1 accounting firm based on firm culture, work-life balance, compensation, business outlook, training opportunities and prestige. Moritz graduated from Oswego with an accounting degree in 1985.

The Influential Leaders from AACSB Business Schools Challenge recognizes business schools for their work in developing exceptional leaders and industry innovators.

“It is my honor to recognize Virginia Donohue and Robert Moritz for their contributions as Influential Leaders and to thank SUNY Oswego for its dedication to providing a business education environment based on engagement, innovation, and impact,” said Thomas R. Robinson, president and chief executive officer of AACSB International.

Donohue and Moritz join leaders such as the CEO of one of the world’s largest global relief services, a technology pioneer who is working to cure cancer, the founder of a global e-commerce powerhouse, and an enterprising president credited with reviving an international toy industry favorite — Legos.

More than 20 industry sectors across 21 countries are represented among the Influential Leaders, including Sam Walton, founder of Walmart and Sam’s Club; Colin Powell, former U.S. secretary of state and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and Martin Whitman, for whom Syracuse University’s business school is named.

More than 125 schools from 25 countries and territories participated in the challenge, nominating 198 business school graduates for the honor.

From the nominations, an AACSB selection committee chose stories that showed a sampling of the positive impact that business school graduates have made on society.

The full list of recipients is online at www.aacsb.edu/Influential-Leaders.

The official announcement was made at AACSB’s 2015 accreditation conference in Chicago. The inaugural group of 100 Influential Leaders marks the organization’s centennial.