William J. O'Neill, Jr., Named Dean of Suffolk University Sawyer School of Management


BOSTON -- William J. O'Neill, Jr., a Boston-area business leader, was named dean of the Sawyer School of Management at Suffolk University, announced by University President David J. Sargent on August 1, 2001.

O'Neill spent 30 years with the Polaroid Corporation, where he was executive vice president and president of Corporate Business Development. He left in 1999 to form the O'Neill Group, Inc., which consults in the areas of business strategies, operational execution, financial evaluations and fund-raising.

O'Neill holds a BA from Boston College, an MBA from Wayne State University in Detroit and a JD from Suffolk University Law School. He is a U.S. Army veteran. He has served as chairman of the board of trustees at Suffolk University since 1996 and had been a board member for eight years.

"It is an honor to be chosen to lead the Sawyer School of Management following a decade of growth and excellence under the leadership of outgoing Dean John F. Brennan," said O'Neill, who is expected to assume the deanship in mid-August. "In meeting with faculty members over the past weeks, I see a wealth of ideas and enthusiasm that can be tapped to make an outstanding school even better as it trains tomorrow's business leaders."

During the course of O'Neill's leadership of the board of trustees, the university has achieved a number of milestones, including the opening of its technologically advanced law school building, Sargent Hall, on Tremont Street; the introduction of the first web-based MBA program in New England; a new campus in the West African nation of Senegal; and collaborative agreements to offer Suffolk University courses on satellite campuses in Massachusetts.

"Bill O'Neill has been a hardworking and dynamic member of the Suffolk University team for many years, and his corporate expertise and vast business network will prove invaluable to furthering the mission of the Sawyer School of Management," said Sargent. "We have worked closely together over the years, and Bill has taken great interest in the university's continuous efforts to provide an intellectually stimulating, yet practical academic environment. I see him continuing to fine-tune and develop a business curriculum that anticipates the needs of an evolving global economy."

Carol Sawyer Parks, vice chairperson of Suffolk's board of trustees, who presided over the board's unanimous selection of O'Neill, said: "Bill will be our ambassador to the business world, building an appreciation for the school while continuing to strengthen its programs. Having been involved in business operations worldwide, he has a particular interest in our faculty’s emphasis on preparing students to be tomorrow’s leaders in the international marketplace."

O'Neill, of Gloucester, is married to Ann F. O'Neill. They have four adult children.

Suffolk University, located on Boston’s historic Beacon Hill, is a comprehensive, global institution distinguished by its teaching and the intellectual contributions of its faculty. Suffolk offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs in more than 70 areas of study. Its mission is to provide quality education at an affordable cost for students of all ages and backgrounds. Suffolk has a combined enrollment of 6,400 full-time and part-time students at its Sawyer School of Management, College of Arts and Sciences, Law School and New England School of Art and Design.

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