Mr. and Mrs. William P. Boardman Banking on W&L
A native of Columbus, Ohio, William P. "Bill" Boardman majored in commerce at Washington and Lee. He joined the Beta Theta Pi fraternity and was vice president of the student executive committee, a member of Omicron Delta Kappa and the Media Board. Boardman graduated in 1963. A 2nd lieutenant in the U.S. Army Field Artillery, he fulfilled his military commitment primarily in Korea. He returned to the university to study law and graduated summa cum laude from the Law School in 1969, where he was an editor of the Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif.
Boardman returned to Columbus where he practiced banking law as a partner in the law firm of Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur for 15 years. He then joined Bank One Corporation, serving at various times as vice chairman and director of the holding company and chairman and chief executive officer of its credit card subsidiary First USA. At Bank One, Boardman oversaw the bank's acquisition activities resulting in its growth from the fourth largest bank in Ohio to the sixth largest bank in the nation. From 2001 to 2003, he was a senior advisor on acquisitions and structural matters related to financial institutions for Goldman Sachs & Co., and he served as chairman of Visa International Inc. from 1996 to 2005. He fully retired in 2011 when his term as a director of the Bank of America Board ended. Boardman also served on the boards of Visa USA and Visa International, the Ohio Casualty Insurance Company, Intelsat and Checkfree Corp.
Over the years, the nationally acclaimed banker and lawyer has shared his leadership with a number of non-profit boards, such as the Columbus School for Girls, where he was chair, Purnell School and Players Theatre of Columbus. He also served as president of Rocky Fork Hunt and Country Club, the Columbus Club and the Gulf Stream Golf Club.
Boardman has been a tireless volunteer for Washington and Lee, as well. He is a past member of the Law Council, former director and president of the Alumni Board and he helped co-chair his 50th reunion committee. Boardman served on the Board of Trustees from 1993 to 2002 and is a member of The George Washington Society.
Boardman and his wife Nancy consistently have supported both the undergraduate and law Annual Funds, the Powell Project at the Law School, the Colonnade Restoration and Renovation Project, and have made generous gifts to Washington and Lee's capital campaigns.
The Boardmans reside in Gulf Stream, Florida. Their daughter Betsy is a member of the class of 2001and their niece, Cathy, the class of 1989. Boardman's brother, John, is a member of the class of 1951 and the law class of 2006.
Having a deep affection for your college and an overwhelming appreciation for the values it imparts to its students, is truly one of life's greatest blessings.
William P. "Bill" Boardman '63, '69