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Congratulations to Saunders faculty
on their recent retirements:

Carol Whitlock
Linda Underhill
Steve LaGrou

Our sincere thanks for their distinguished service to RIT!  We truly appreciate their dedication and commitment in helping make us better while making an incredible impact at Saunders College of Business.

Further recognition on their retirement will be shared when we come back together in the fall.


Carol Whitlock, PhD, 47+ years

Professor, Hospitality & Tourism Management

When I think of Dr. Carol Whitlock as a colleague, what comes to mind is someone who has maintained an unwavering commitment to her students, along with her strong work ethic in over 40 years of academia. Many students have had the joy of cooking and preparing food for the first time with Dr. Whitlock and benefitted from her food science expertise. The department is grateful for her leadership with the Statler Foundation that helped fund, countless students on study abroad experiences to Dubai and Dubrovnik. Her work to generate annual student scholarships with trade associations and endowed giving also helped support students financially. She has been a key ingredient to the recipe that has made the hospitality program a student-centered and industry-oriented program. Her flavor will be missed! - Richard Lagiewski

Linda Underhill, PhD, 23+ years

Associate Professor, Human Resource Development

"Linda Underhill was many things to many people, but I believe her greatest strengths were her ability to listen and her empathy for people. She was a great leader, approachable and a true friend…you could talk to her and share thoughts. She empowered people and was fiercely protective of those she cared about, both in her personal life and at work. She was a confidant and always encouraged those who worked for her to strive for things that were the best for them. She was not afraid to challenge people and systems to do the right thing. She will be missed." - Anne Zachmeyer

Stephen LaGrou, 13+ years

Senior Lecturer, Business Legal Studies

"Stephen LaGrou has been a fixture in the Saunders College of Business for the over 13 years. Steve’s primary focus was teaching business law, but he also taught various finance courses, with a particular emphasis on futures and options. Steve is an academic renaissance man, with a background in chemistry and physics, as well as an MBA in finance and a Juris Doctorate. Steve has been a passionate defender of rigorous coursework for students, holding his students to the highest standards and expectations, caring deeply about their learning and career planning. He made a concerted effort to infuse every course he taught with practical skills.  Steve has been a dedicated, caring instructor. He will be missed." - William Dresnack, JD

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