In 1998, John B. McCoy, chairman and chief executive officer of Banc One Corporation, and Banc One Corporation contributed $1.5 million to endow the John B. McCoy-Banc One Distinguished Teaching Professorship. McCoy served on the Kenyon Board of Trustees from 1978 to 1998, with four years as the board’s chairman from 1992 to 1996, and he also headed the board’s External Affairs Committee and Nominating Committee. A graduate of Williams College, where he was also a board member, McCoy holds a master’s degree in business administration from Stanford University. He joined Bank One in 1970 after service in the U.S. Air Force. A native of Columbus and a graduate of Columbus Academy, he holds honorary degrees from Kenyon, Williams, and Ohio State University.
Like other trustees of the College who are not themselves Kenyon graduates, John McCoy fell for the special spell of the College, and he has served it with distinction, said former President Robert A. Oden Jr. It gives us special pride that this endowed chair carries the names of both John and Banc One, clearly among America’s leading banks. Just as John has brought Banc One to a new level of national prominence, so has he helped lead the College’s board in its efforts to claim Kenyon’s rightful place among the finest undergraduate institutions in the United States.