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Howard F. Rudd, Jr. Business Person of the Year Award

Celebrating our alumni leaders

The Howard F. Rudd, Jr. Business Person of the Year Award recognizes a graduate who has made significant contributions as a business leader to industry or profession, community and alma mater, and who has exhibited great integrity in his or her business and personal life. The School of Business selects this award recipient.

2016 Howard F. Rudd, Jr. Business Person of the Year Award 

R. Keith Sauls, Class of 1990 

Committed involvement describes Keith Sauls and his relationship with the College of Charleston.  As a business major and President of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, he was actively involved as a student.  His involvement continued after graduation, especially with the School of Business.  Sauls is a member of the School of Business Board of Governors and the Sauls' family has endowed an undergraduate scholarship for business students.  He is a mentor for School of Business students and uses his private equity and venture capital experience as Managing Partner of AppleGold Investment Company and Exeter Venture Group, to offer advice to students considering careers in Finance.  He also serves as secretary of the College of Charleston Foundation Board, is pst Chairman of the Foundation's Investment Committee, and served on the steering committee for the Boundless Campaign.  He is a past recipient of the Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumnus Award.

In 2014, Sauls initiated a new Boundless Opportunity Scholarship with an endowment to create a more diverse student body.  Sauls’ leadership is epitomized by his 2014 climb to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro with his daughter, Lillie.  At the summit, he unfurled a CofC flag, symbolizing the great heights you can reach with a College of Charleston education and the committed involvement of alumni.

 This award is selected by School of Business Dean Alan T. Shao.

Howard F. Rudd, Jr. Business Person of the Year Award Past Recipients


Robert C. Heffron, Jr. ‘67 *
Daniel Ravenel ‘72
John M. Jordan, Jr. ‘62
William T. Clowney ‘59
Lynne Mohrmann Bernthal ‘67
Martha Harbeson Bryan ‘76
Sam Kirshtein ‘45
Gregory D. Padgett '79
Christine Smith Breves '78
Steve D. Swanson '89
Justin R. McLain '98
Harry T. “Trey” Harvin III ‘92
J. West Riggs '93
Scott A. Cracraft, Sr. '83
Paul W. Steadman '83
Penny Jones McKeever '69
R. Keith Sauls '90



* Deceased