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Alumnus Decides It's Time to Give Back

from The Bridge: Fall 2009 issue

When it comes to philanthropy, Bob Sadler '67 describes himself as "not a bricks-and-mortar guy." Sadler, of Buffalo, N.Y., deeply appreciates his W&L education. A few years ago, he decided it was time to reconnect with W&L and give something back.

Though Sadler majored in history, he found himself drawn to the Williams School. He has spent 24 years as an executive and eventually CEO of M&T Bank, considered one of the nation's best managed banks. In 2006, Sadler visited campus for the first time in 20 years. He spoke to several classes and met with students as an executive-in-residence in the Williams School. Later, inspired by his visit and the Lenfest Challenge, Sadler gave $1 million to create the Robert E. Sadler Jr. Professorship, which will benefit a faculty member in the Williams School.