William Sauder

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William L. Sauder, OBC (May 27, 1926 – December 19, 2007) was formerly the chairman of Sauder Industries Ltd. and International Forest Products Limited

Sauder graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1948, where he was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity, with a Bachelor of Commerce degree, and later returned to the University of British Columbia as a member of the Board of Governors. He was ultimately appointed Chair of the Board, and later elected Chancellor, a position he held from 1996 to 2002. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree by UBC in 1990.

On June 5, 2003, Sauder donated a $20 million endowment and the University of British Columbia's Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration which was subsequently renamed the Sauder School of Business. His gift of $20 million was the largest single private donation ever made to a Canadian business school at the time. [1]

In 2004, he was awarded the Order of British Columbia. [2] William Sauder died after a brief illness on December 19, 2007. [3]


Academic offices
Preceded by
Robert H. Lee
Chancellor of the University of British Columbia
Succeeded by
Allan McEachern