DeVincenzi, William

DeVincenzi, William

Date Updated



Accounting & Finance

Academic Rank


Year Retired from SJSU


Educational Background

St. Mary’s College, BS, 1965

U. C. Berkeley, 1967, MBA

CPA, State of California 1972

Teaching Experience

College of Business, SJSU 1994-2013

College of Business, SJSU, part-time, 2013 -2021

Outstanding Lecturer, SJSU, 2008-2009

Courses Taught at San Jose State University


  • Bus 126 - Advanced Accounting
  • Bus 127A – Honors Practicum, Gary J. Sbona Honors Program
  • Bus 127B – Advanced Honors Practicum, Gary J. Sbona Honors Program
  • Bus 170 - Introduction to Corporate Finance
  • Bus 21 - Managerial Accounting
  • Bus 170 HP/NSC - Introduction to Corporate Finance for National Semiconductor and Hewlett Packard employees
  • Bus 122A – Management Accounting and Control Systems
  • Bus 180A – Special Studies, Thompson Global Internship course


  • Bus 220 - Accounting Principles, both on and off campus programs
  • Bus 222 – Strategic Profit Planning and Control

Administrative and Professional Experience

San Jose State University

Founder, Director, Gary J. Sbona Honors Program, 2006 - 2021

Founder, Director, Thompson Global Internship Program, 2010 – 2021

Faculty Advisor, Financial Management Association, 2001 – 2009


Phase 2 Automation, Inc., Chief Financial Officer, 1995 - 1996

Pilkington Barnes Hind, Vice President, Finance, 1992 - 1994 (turnaround)

URS Corporation, Vice President, Corporate Controller, 1990 - 1991 (turnaround)

Power Spectra, Inc., Vice President, Finance and CFO, 1989 - 1990 (turnaround)

Varian Associates, Inc., Group controller, 1979-1989

Pacific Pumping Company, Inc., Subsidiary of Merck & Co., Controller/CFO, 1972-1979

Price Waterhouse & Co., Senior Auditor, 1969 - 1972

U.S. Army Audit Agency, Senior Auditor, 1966 - 1968


Founder and President, Sustainable Villages Club, 2020 – present

Vice-President, Treasurer, Elders Action Network, 2019 – present

Climate Reality Project, Presenter, 2018 – present

Co-Chair, Speakers Bureau, Climate Reality Project, Santa Clara Valley chapter, 2020 - 2021

President, Villages Club Board, 2015 – 2016

District Advisory Committee, Chair, Treasurer, 2008 - present

Board of Trustees, Foundation for Global Community, 2000 – 2011, CFO 1996 - 1999

Board of Directors, CFO, Hooked on Nature, 2005 – 2012

Board of Directors, Silicon Valley Federal Credit Union, 1987 – 2002, Chairman of the Board 3 years

Board of Directors, College of Business Alumni Association, 2005 – 2006

President, San Francisco Chapter, Financial Executives International, 1992

Selected Publications


William D. DeVincenzi. "Non-GAAP Reporting" Financial Management Institute (2007)

Personal Commentary

When I retired from industry in 1994, I thought I was done with my career. So when I was offered the opportunity to teach a course in Accounting & Finance, I thought sure, why not. Well, I fell in love with teaching the first night. The students inspired me to do more, and within two years, I was full time and loving every minute of it. It dawned on me that my previous 28-year career in industry was just preparation for my real career, and what I was meant to do, Teaching. I was also encouraged to start a capstone course in the Corporate Financial Management major in 2001, which evolved into the Sbona Honors Program in 2006. Gary Sbona sponsored the program financially and allowed us to do international travel with students for a number of years visiting businesses around the world. It was this freedom to start new things that inspired me to continue on. In 2010, I founded the Thompson Global Internship Program, sponsored by alum Jim Thompson. This provides students with the opportunity to work in various countries around the world. Both programs continue to this day and I still Direct them! I retired from full time teaching at the end of 2013, but continue on as Executive in Residence in the College of Business so I can continue to direct the two programs. I relish the opportunity to stay involved in the College of Business and provide a valuable service to the students and the University.

Certification, Honors and Recognition:

  • 1961 Valedictorian, Sacred Heart High School, San Francisco, CA
  • 1965 Gold Medal, Outstanding student, School of Economics and Business Administration, St. Mary's College, CA
  • 1971 Certified Public Accountant, State of California (Passed exam first time)
  • 1998 Outstanding Undergraduate Instructor, College of Business, San Jose State University
  • 2003 Beta Gamma Sigma International Honor Society
  • 2004 Outstanding Graduate Instructor, College of Business, San Jose State University
  • 2004 – 2009 Superior Faculty Advisor, Financial Management Association
  • 2007 Dean’s Service Award, College of Business
  • 2007 Faculty Advisor of the Year, San Jose State University
  • 2008 Coached the winning team in the PricewaterhouseCoopers Accounting competition. Also coached the winning team in 2006
  • Master Teacher Award, 2008 -2013
  • 2009 Provost’s Assessment Award
  • 2009 Named Outstanding Lecturer by San Jose State University.


DeVincenzi, William