Alum Spotlight - Louis E. Levy
Posted 1.23.08Interview with alum, Louis E. Levy
Weatherheadlines recently talked with alum Louis E. Levy to learn more about his time at the Weatherhead School, his work experience, and his commitment to scholarship.
Q: Could you talk about your current and past work experiences?
I retired on December 31, 1990 as a partner and vice chairman of KPMG Peat Marwick after 32 years. My official title was vice chairman of Professional Standards and Quality Assurance. I was on their board of trustees for 13 years and was partner-in-charge of several of the Firm’s largest clients.
After retirement at age 58, I served on a number of corporate and mutual fund boards, and taught at Columbia Graduate School of Business. I am still an active trustee on many not-for-profit boards including the National Multiple Sclerosis Society where I served as past chairman.
Q: What brought you to Weatherhead?
Cleveland College (founded in 1925 by Western Reserve University and Case School of Applied Science to provide education for adult learners) offered me the best opportunity to obtain a good education while living at home and working.
Q: Why do you choose to donate to Weatherhead?
During my time at Weatherhead, I couldn’t afford the tuition even though I was working full-time as a shoe salesman. Western Reserve gave me a grant-in-aid that allowed me to finish my undergraduate studies. Once I was financially able, I worked with KPMG to establish an endowed scholarship fund for accounting studies.
Q: What is your favorite Weatherhead memory?
Q: Do you have any advice for Weatherhead students currently in the same program you were in?
Take as many worthwhile non-business courses as possible. I regret not having done that myself.
Q: What do you like to do in your spare time?
I enjoy playing golf, tennis, going boating, and spending time with my grandchildren.
Q: If you could invite any person to dinner, who would it be and why?
My father - he died when I was 15 and there are many things I would like to know about him and his life.