Sexton Scholarship Fund Established

Author: Matthew V. Storin


The University of Notre Dame has established a $1 million endowed scholarship fund in honor of William P. and Ann Sexton. Bill Sexton, a member of the Notre Dame faculty for 36 years, retired in 2002 as vice president for university relations.p. Formation of the William P. and Ann M. Sexton Scholarship Fund was announced as a complete surprise to the couple at a recent dinner with former colleagues on campus.p. Notre Dame’s president, Rev. Edward A. Malloy, C.S.C., said, “This is a particularly appropriate recognition for Bill and Ann for their decades of dedication to Notre Dame. The endowed fund makes us mindful of the millions of dollars in financial aid that were made possible through their development efforts, and the commitment to aiding worthy students is an appropriate complement to Bill’s exceptional skills as a teacher.”p. A professor of management in the Mendoza College of Business, Bill Sexton directed University Relations for 19 years. He oversaw the University’s last two major capital campaigns, each of which concluded as the most successful in the history of Catholic higher education to that time.p. The more recent of these efforts, “Generations,” established Notre Dame as the first Catholic university to achieve a $1-billion-plus fund-raising campaign.p. Also under Sexton’s leadership, the Notre Dame Alumni Association grew to more than 200 clubs around the world, and its pioneering programs in areas including community service became models for other colleges and universities. During his time as a vice president, the University’s reputation soared, as it became a fixture in top-20 rankings as well as one of the best known of all institutions of higher education.p. Holder of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from Ohio State University, Sexton in 2002 was the first recipient of a new Notre Dame award established in his name to recognize outstanding service to the University by a non-alumnus. He received an honorary Notre Dame degree during Commencement exercises that same year.p. Ann Sexton was graduated from the Mt. Carmel Hospital School of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio, in 1959 and for 19 years was employed at the St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in South Bend.p. Bill and Ann have six children, four of whom are Notre Dame graduates, and 14 grandchildren, the eldest of whom will be a senior at Notre Dame this year.p.

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