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Business Advisory Board Member

Dan Sanford

Dan Sanford, emeritus professor in the Whitworth School of Business, founded and directed the university's first graduate program in international management and served on the Spokane Intercollegiate Research and Technology Institute Board, which incorporated Whitworth's management instruction. Prior to that, he was associate dean of the Whitworth faculty with assignment to university accreditation, coordinator for study abroad programs, president of the faculty, administrator for several Title VI international faculty enrichment grants, and administrator for Spokane's Foreign Language Consortium. He served on the Mayor's Council for Economic Development, the Spokane World Trade Club and the Spokane-China sister-city program.

Sanford received his doctorate at the Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver and taught subjects in foreign policy, international political economy, political risk management, and United States commercial relations with China, Korea and Japan. He twice served as scholar in residence at the China desk of the U.S. State Department and was a Fulbright Scholar with the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, Korea. He is the author of two books related to trade politics of Korea and Taiwan and was a team researcher on the Japanese international auto industry for the Japanese Education Ministry.

Distinguished Whitworth Alumnus and International Educator of the Year, Sanford was a visiting scholar in China studies at the University of California at Berkeley and visiting professor in management at Soong Sil University (South Korea), Western Washington University, and Trinity Western University (Canada). He served as a consultant to U.S. companies doing business with China and has held leading roles in personal business partnerships – The Learning Stores Inc., Board House Industries, Covenant Property Management and Briar Cliff Court Development.

Sanford has served on the Presbyterian Church Board for Higher Education and has been chair of the board for Whatcom County Love INC, a service consortium for 36 churches. He is a Stephen Minister, volunteer financial coach and adult Sunday school teacher.