The son of Savannah banker Charles Steadman Sanford, Sr. and the grandson of noted Georgia educator Steadman Vincent Sanford, Charles Steadman Sanford, Jr. has been an influential and thoughtful leader in the banking industry and highly engaged alumnus. A graduate of the University of Georgia and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Sanford is credited with having turned Bankers Trust into one of the most innovative and profitable financial institutions in the world. He was chairman and CEO of Bankers Trust from 1987 to 1996. He also served on the boards of numerous corporations, including Mobil Corp., J.C. Penney Co., and General Re Corp.
Sanford has also left an indelible mark on the University of Georgia. An active alumnus, he co-chaired the University’s Third Century Campaign and is an emeritus member of the UGA Foundation Board of Trustees. During the University’s bicentennial year, he created an endowed chair in the Terry College of Business in memory of his father. Most recently, Sanford helped lead efforts to build a new classroom building for the business school. Because of his and his wife Mary’s great contributions to both the University and the business school, the hall, dedicated in October 1997, is named for them.
Guill, G. D., Bankers Trust and the Birth of Modern Risk Management (2008, with 2009 epilogue)
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