James Daley  -  Class of 1959

Inducted: 2010

 


 

James Daley, Class of 1959, graduated cum laude from Ohio University in 1963 with a BBA.  Three years later he became a CPA.  He embarked on a highly successful career with the world renowned accounting firm of Price Waterhouse, rising to the position of Vice Chairman of International Operations in 1995, after having been Co-Chairman of Operations.  Jim was responsible for all of the firm's US service lines, audit, tax, and consulting services.  He personally oversaw the development and expansion of the firm's businesses in Russia, China, India, and other emerging markets in Eastern Europe and Asia.


In 1999, Jim was appointed Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice-President of Electronic Data Systems, the huge information systems company created in 1962 by the iconic third party presidential candidate, Ross Perot.  Jim retired in 2003, but remains a member of the Board of Directors of Adobe Systems Incorporated, and the Guardian Life Insurance Company of America.

 

Jim is active at his alma mater, Ohio University.  He served as Chairman of the Board, and is presently an Emeriti Trustee of the Ohio University Foundation.  He also served as Co-Chairman of the Ohio University Bicentennial Campaign, raising a record $221 million in donations and endowments.  He received the Distinguished Service Award in 2009 from the Ohio University Alumni Association.

 

Jim is most proud of endowing, in 2994, the James E. Daley Manasseh Cutler Scholarship at Ohio University.  This is a four year merit scholarship for the higher education of extraordinarily capable and committed young people.  The program emphasizes development of leadership potential and is designed to reinforce an ethic of civic responsibility. 


The first Daley scholarship was awarded to Kendra J. Michel (APHS-05), (Ohio University -09), who is presently attending the biomedical Masters program at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.  Upon completion, Kendra plans to attend medical school. 


The second scholarship recipient is Terrence Berry (APHS -09), currently a freshman at Ohio University.  Jim has also endowed the James E. Daley Accounting Professorship at Ohio University, dedicated to the advancement of accounting education.

 

Jim and his wife reside in Plano, Texas.  He has two sons, Bryan and Christopher, and four grandchildren Ryan, Jason, Hannah, and Sophie.  He selected the following quote form Abraham Lincoln which best reflects his own philosophy, "And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count.  It's the life in your years."