Douglas R. Van Scoy
Douglas R. Van Scoy received both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from West Virginia University. After completing a stint in the U.S. Army, he began his investment career in Baltimore, Maryland in 1969 with Blyth Eastman Dillon.
In 1974, he went to work with Smith Barney and stayed until his retirement in 2001. He held various positions during that period and ended his career as the Deputy Director and Senior Executive Vice President of Smith Barney. He was on the management committee and was part of the team responsible for managing the Private Client Group with revenues of seven billion dollars, 500 branch offices, and 12,000 financial consultants. He was also on the board of Robinson Humphrey and was given the leadership award from the Georgia Securities Association in 1994.
He served as a trustee and chairman of the Galloway school in Atlanta Georgia, a trustee of the University of Richmond in Richmond, Virginia, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Sterling Asset Management and Taziki Mediterranean Cafe Corporation. In 2010, he and his business partner opened Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe in the WVU Mountainlair. The restaurant serves as a training lab for the College of Business and Economics Hospitality and Tourism program. All profits from the restaurant go to support this academic program.
He is very involved with his alma mater. He has played a key role in the “A State of Minds Campaign,” serving as chair for both the Southeast Region and the College of Business and Economics. In the past, he has served as a board member and chairman of the WVU Alumni Association and is a member of the Order of Vandalia. He was selected Most Loyal Alumni Mountaineer in 2012. In 2011, he was inducted into both WVU’s Business Hall of Fame and the Business and Economics Roll of Distinguished Alumni. That same year, he was inducted into the Bridgeport High School Hall of Fame. He currently serves on the board of the WVU Foundation and was named the Foundation’s Outstanding Volunteer Philanthropist in 2013.
After retirement from Wall Street, he became founder and partner of Pit Partners, a hospitality business in South Carolina, where he and his partners own and operate several restaurants in West Virginia and South Carolina.
He and his wife, Pam, have three married daughters, six grandchildren, and reside in Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina.
West Virginia University presents Douglas R. Van Scoy with an honorary Doctor of Business for attaining national and international preeminence in business, providing distinguished leadership and service in his community, and for his sustained support of this University.