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Xilinx CEO to speak at SCU graduate commencement

Tuesday, May. 18, 2004

SANTA CLARA, Calif.— May 18, 2004— Willem “Wim” Roelandts, a former Hewlett-Packard executive and president and CEO of Xilinx, will speak at the Santa Clara University graduate commencement ceremony on   Fri., June 11, 7.30 p.m. in the Leavey Center at SCU. Xilinx (XLNX) is the leader in the digital programmable logic device (PLD) market.

Roelandts will receive an honorary Doctor of Engineering degree. Graduate degrees will be conferred in the schools of Business, Engineering, and Education, Counseling Psychology and Pastoral Ministries.

"In these times when the focus of attention is on the unethical business behavior of some executives, we are honoring Wim Roelandts who stands in sharp contrast to them as an effective and ethical leader who also finds ways to make society better," said SCU President Paul Locatelli, S.J.

Roelandts is on the boards of the Semiconductor Industry Association; the Fabless Semiconductor Association; and Santa Clara University’s Center for Science, Technology, and Society.

Roelandts joined Xilinx after a 30-year career in management at Hewlett-Packard Co. In his most recent position, he served as senior vice president and was responsible for all aspects of HP's then -$6 billion worldwide computer systems business, including research and development, manufacturing, marketing, professional services, and sales.

Born on Jan. 4, 1945, in Lennik, Belgium, he earned his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Rijks Hogere Technische School in Anderlecht, Belgium, in 1965.

Approximately 4,000 people are expected to attend the ceremony for 400 students. For more information about the commencement ceremonies, visit

  About Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located in California’s Silicon Valley, offers its 8,047 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus master’s and law degrees. Distinguished nationally by the fourth-highest graduation rate among all U.S. master’s universities, California’s oldest higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice. More information is online at

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