Alumnus Includes WWC in Honor

With Donation to Drama Scholarship

By: Tara Jeske

A $1,000 donation was recently made to Walla Walla College’s Donnie Rigby Drama Scholarship, as part of an award given to WWC alumnus T. Joe Willey ’62 and ’64.


Willey was presented with the 2004 Michaeline A. Doyle Award by the National Association of Professional Employer Organizations (NAPEO) for his commitment to improving the Professional Employer Organizations (PEO) industry.


Willey is president of The Aegis Group, in San Bernardino, Calif., a publishing and consulting firm devoted to the business of PEOs. NAPEO represents the $43 billion PEO industry, which delivers Fortune 500 employee benefits and human resources expertise to America’s businesses.


NAPEO presents the Michaeline A. Doyle Award each year to recognize a person whose business philosophy is to improve the industry. The award memorializes Michaeline Doyle, who served on the NAPEO board of directors for several years and was devoted to the education of people in the PEO business.


As part of the award, NAPEO’s Midwest chapter donated $1,000 to WWC’s Donnie Rigby Drama Scholarship.


“I wanted to honor Donnie Rigby, who was my speech teacher and influenced me like few others,” says Willey, “Who knows? Out of this program might come the next actor for the movies.”


Willey is the author of 13 books and founder of PayPlus Software Inc. He received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree, both in biology, from WWC and went on to earn his doctoral degree from the University of California at Berkeley. Willey is a recognized expert in his field and frequently presents at seminars and conventions, and gives radio and television interviews.


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