Howard Busbee to Receive Honorary Degree

  • Howard Busbee
    Howard Busbee  continues his strong dedication to William & Marry, serving as Vice Chair of the William & Mary Real Estate Foundation, and as past Chair of the William & Mary Foundation and past President of the W&M Alumni Association. He is Co-Chair of the Robert Boyle Legacy Society and Vice Chair of the Olde Guarde Council, as well as a member of the President's Council, Law Dean's Council, Business Dean's Council and other groups.  
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During William & Mary’s 2022 Charter Day ceremony, slated for Feb. 11 in Kaplan Arena, Howard Busbee ’65, J.D. ’67, M.L.T. ’68 will receive an honorary degree from the university.

Charter Day is an annual tradition that celebrates the university’s founding in 1693 by royal charter. This year’s ceremony will mark the university’s 329th “birthday.” Glenn Youngkin, Virginia’s governor-elect, and U.S. Rep. Robert “Bobby” Scott will also receive honorary degrees.

A former faculty member and dean at the Mason School of Business, Busbee spent 33 years as a tax partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers, before turning to higher education for his second career. At PWC, he served in multiple roles, including southeast regional tax director and a member of the Board of Partners.

He received his undergraduate degree in accounting from W&M as well as J.D. and Master of Law and Taxation degrees. In 2001, he joined W&M’s Mason School of Business as assistant dean of the Master of Accounting and Undergraduate Business programs. He became a full-time instructor in 2005.

A dedicated alumnus and father of two W&M alumni, Busbee has been active in many of the university’s leadership groups. In addition to being current vice chair and past chair of the William & Mary Real Estate Foundation, he is a former president of the W&M Alumni Association, chair of the W&M Foundation and chair of the Olde Guarde Council, as well as a member of several other alumni support groups. He is currently co-chair of the Robert Boyle Legacy Society. For his service, he has received the Alumni Medallion and W&M Law School’s Citizen Lawyer Award. Named in his honor, the Howard J. Busbee Finance Academy teaches W&M undergraduates about careers in finance and provides them opportunities to connect with professionals.

In addition to his work at W&M, Busbee has been an engaged member of the community, serving as president or chair of such organizations as the Atlanta Tax Forum and the Richmond Private Business Study Group and as an emeritus trustee of the Williamsburg Community Health Foundation and the Foundation for Hospital Art. More on Busbee is available on the W&M Mason School of Business website.

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