Serial entrepreneur and philanthropist E. Philip Saunders remains focused on growing local businesses, supporting higher education and giving back to the community. The president and CEO of Saunders Management Co., 80, is widely known around campus as the namesake of Saunders College of Business, to which he has contributed $18 million.
"He's like a celebrity around here," said Saunders College Dean Jacqueline Mozrall. "When students find out Phil's in the building, they come up and say, 'Can I meet him?' They know about him, what he represents, and aspire to be like him."