“I am happy to be involved with the School of Accountancy & MIS as a way to express my gratitude for the tremendous support I received while at DePaul,” says Ledger & Quill board member Bill Vadbunker. According to Vadbunker, scholarships were a key factor that enabled him to participate in DePaul’s Strobel Honors program. Scholarship support from L&Q also enabled Bill to study abroad at an economics seminar in London. “In addition to scholarship support, the support of caring and committed professors like Drs. [Robert] Peters, [Elizabeth] Murphy and[Edward] Foth helped open doors for my accounting career,” Vadbunker further explains.
Vadbunker, who is a director of international taxation at McDonald’s Corporation, is a DePaul Double Demon of the Driehaus College of Business with an undergraduate degree in accounting and a master’s degree in taxation. As both an alumnus and an adjunct professor, he is a terrific ambassador for the School of Accountancy & MIS.
No stranger to volunteering for DePaul, Vadbunker joined the L&Q Board of Directors in 2012. “I hope to help ensure the accounting degree stays strong and relevant for future generations, and this is a way to show my appreciation for DePaul by giving back,” he says. The L&Q board provides the school’s Director Kevin Stevens (MST ’86) with valuable industry perspective on curriculum needs, support for L&Q events throughout the year, mentorship for students, and financial support for student scholarships and faculty excellence.
Keeping in touch with classmates is also something Vadbunker likes to do. He joined the Class of 1999 Reunion Committee to help get the word out about this relatively new alumni tradition. Festivities for classes celebrating anniversaries of their graduation years ending in 4 and 9 will be held on and around both campuses on October 17-19, 2014.
Prior to his eight years at McDonald’s, Vadbunker worked for Arthur Andersen LLP, Deloitte LLP and Henry Crown and Company. He and his wife, Mandy, have three young children. And if that doesn’t keep them busy enough, they also perform in a pop-rock band called Open to Suggestion.