Bill Noe Set to Speak at Big Green Endowment Dinner
Longtime aviation executive is Huntington native, Marshall graduate
Big Green Scholarship Foundation
Bill Noe, a Huntington native and former student-athlete at Marshall University, is returning to campus Thursday as the featured speaker of the 21st annual Big Green Endowment Dinner, which will be held in the Don Morris Room of the Memorial Student Center.
The dinner is a tradition which allows Thundering Herd student-athletes to say thanks to their benefactors. The dinner is only for student-athletes and individuals who have given to an endowed scholarship and/or planned gift to the Big Green Scholarship Foundation.
Noe, who turned 53 in September and resides in Columbus, Ohio, is a pilot and aviation executive who spent a majority of his career with NetJets, Inc., a company that sells part ownership and shares of private business jets. Noe briefly retired in 2016 before returning help a friend with an aviation business. Noe was the President and Chief Operating Officer at NetJets upon his retirement, and is now the captain of Global 6000.
He starred as a swimmer at Marshall from 1982 to 1986. Noe enjoyed a decorated freshman season, which included a dazzling performance at the 1983 Southern Conference Swimming Championship. In that event, he set six school records, six pool records, six conference records and was named the Southern Conference Most Valuable Swimmer.
Prior to that, Noe and his family lived in a little apartment near Frostop Drive Inn. He started swimming when he was 4 years old and focused on the sport throughout his childhood. He set a goal of earning a college scholarship, which is why he is elated to return to Huntington and speak at the Endowment Dinner.
“I trained hard at swimming; it was pretty extensive,” Noe said. “I had a little talent, but it came with a lot of work. My goal was to pay for college myself so my parents didn’t have to as my way of giving back to them. Swimming was a non-revenue sport, so the scholarships that were there were not robust.
“When you receive something like that you have to take it seriously and be appreciative and give back to the fortune that was bestowed upon you.”