Bill Shedden

Bill Shedden

Bill Shedden – 1940 – 2017

Our colleague and our friend, Bill Shedden, died last week as a result of a stroke. Bill chose our university-based executive education industry category as a meaningful endeavour and spent over 30 years exploring ways to educate executives, and elevate his school’s brand in an ever changing international marketplace.

He was a thought leader, a collaborator and effectively competed with top schools for the most prestigious client engagements. At the same time, he recognized the value of collaboration. He not only excelled as a knowledgeable contributor to his school’s mission, he went beyond that to make significant contributions to the industry by investing time and effort into UNICON.

Bill served on the UNICON board from 2007 to 2013, and as the board chair in 2011. Bill hosted the highly successful 2013 UNICON Directors’ Conference at Cranfield School of Management. Additionally, he was a contributing member of various committees, most recently helping to frame the “Organizational Models” research project, which was published earlier this year.

For those who got to know Bill over these years, those accomplishments don’t begin to describe the magnitude of this man. He was much loved by his UNICON colleagues. Bill was trustworthy, respectful, responsible and very friendly. It seemed that every conversation with Bill ended with his signature smile. We lost a great friend and a great man last week.

Memorials may be sent to the following address:

c/o Karen Butler ref: WLS
Cranfield School of Management
Wharley End
MK43 0AL

Below is a link to a UNICON interview with Bill from 2011 that reflects his humor and vision:


  1. Mike Malefakis 5 years ago

    Bill was a good friend and colleague over the years of UNICON meetings. He shared a passion for making a positive impact on individuals and companies through executive education and he always encouraged his teams to use a client centric perspective to continually innovate how to best deliver executive education.

    I had many great conversations and laughs with Bill over the years in UNICON meetings. I also learned a lot from him and remember distinctly how he really helped me out my first board meeting as Chair of UNICON.

    May he rest in peace after having positively touched so many people.


  1. […] served on UNICON’s board from 2007 to 2013 and was the board chair in 2011. The consortium described him as a “collaborator” who “effectively competed with top schools for the most […]

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