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Rocklin, Calif. – William Jessup University recently announced that Bill Coyne has been appointed to the Board of Trustees at the Sacramento area’s only residential four-year private university.

Mr. Coyne has been a fixture in the Sacramento region for many years. He served for eight years as President and CEO of Raley’s Family of Fine Stores, overseeing the privately held chain of supermarkets operating in California and Nevada that employs approximately 13,000 workers and has revenues in excess of $3.2 billion.

Mr. Coyne joined Raley’s in 1997 and held positions as General Counsel/Corporate Secretary, Executive Vice President/Business Development, and Chief Operating Officer before his appointment as President and Chief Executive Officer of Raley’s in 2002.

He is currently the principal of WJ Coyne Consulting Group, providing strategic consulting services to businesses, private equity firms, and service providers.

“I’m delighted to join the Board of Trustees at William Jessup University. Preparing young adults to lead meaningful and productive lives, where faith and marketplace skills are fully integrated, is indeed a high calling,” Mr. Coyne said. “But this is exactly what our world needs today! I’m privileged to partner with William Jessup in this exciting educational endeavor.”

Founded in 1939 and located on 128 acres in Rocklin, William Jessup University offers a number of traditional undergraduate degree programs as well as degree completion programs through its School of Professional Studies, which operates on its campuses in Rocklin and San Jose. The University moved to Rocklin in August 2004 and now has approximately 800 students

“We are extremely honored to have Bill join our Board of Trustees,” said William Jessup President Dr. John Jackson. “This is an exciting period of growth for William Jessup. This semester we are welcoming six new full-time faculty members and will have the largest number of incoming students in the university’s 72-year history. We look forward to utilizing Bill as a valuable resource as the University continues to grow and prosper in the upcoming years. He will be a tremendous asset to the University’s commitment of delivering a high quality, Christ-centered curriculum.”

Before joining Raley’s, Mr. Coyne was in the private practice of law in Los Angeles and Sacramento, where he specialized in business, financial and real property matters.

Born in Chicago, he received his BS degree in Finance and Economics from the University of Illinois and his Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Southern California School of Law in Los Angeles.

Mr. Coyne currently serves on the Board of Directors of New Door Ventures (San Francisco), LifePoint Church (Incline Village, Nev.), and the Board of Advisors of the New Canaan Society (New Canaan, Conn.).

Bill and his wife, Maryann, reside in Incline Village and have three adult sons.