"With the national alumni base increasing, more strong people who want to take action will step forward and assist with keeping alumni connected to the school, especially if they cannot return to South Orange on a regular basis.”
Philip Sanford '05
Since relocating to the Charlotte, N.C., area, Philip Sanford has not wavered in his commitment to Seton Hall. His work as a chapter ambassador led directly to the creation and strengthening of the Charlotte-Area Regional Chapter. Whether it’s through community service, acting as an admissions volunteer or hosting a “National Game Watch” event, Sanford is always willing to help further the mission of Seton Hall. He is active with Pirate Blue, as well as the Seton Hall Alumni Recruitment Program and the Center for Leadership Development.
Finding others with that level of commitment has not always been easy. “There’s a mindset among some alumni that there isn’t much outside of the state lines,” Sanford notes. “But the school has been recruiting students nationally for a generation now. With the national alumni base increasing, more strong people who want to take action will step forward and assist with keeping alumni connected to the school, especially if they cannot return to South Orange on a regular basis.”
Sanford is a certified health care-reform specialist with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Center of Excellence at Automatic Data Processing (ADP) in Charlotte, where his primary job is to train coworkers and clients on the government’s new health care reporting requirements. He sees a direct link between his current position and the servant leadership that he learned at Seton Hall. “Having that unique knowledge and having the patience to assist others with understanding the regulations and reporting process that impact nearly all citizens of our country is definitely an example of servant leadership,” he says.
Sanford earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Seton Hall, having majored in finance and minored in communication. Beyond the curriculum, one aspect of his Seton Hall education stands out for Sanford. “With the class sizes, being an active participant in the class was usually a requirement,” he recalls. “I didn’t know it at the time, but being prepared for attending every class with the professor knowing you by name really prepared me for accountability in my career.”
As a student, Sanford served as a student ambassador, was a three-year editor for The Setonian and was a four-year employee and referee trainer for the intramurals and recreation department.
Sanford’s philanthropic efforts include working as an award-winning fundraiser for the “Get Your Rear in Gear” race series of the Colon Cancer Coalition, building multiple homes through Habitat for Humanity and participating in the American Heart Association Heart Walk in Charlotte.
For his tireless dedication to his alma mater, Seton Hall honored Sanford with the 2015 Many Are One Alumni Impact Award.