Allen Saunders is an IT Specialist at the Weldon Cooper Center.
Where are you from?
What brought you to the Cooper Center?
In the late 70’s, I attended UVA for undergrad. After I graduated, I worked for the School of Engineering for 10 or 11 years. I later attended the Curry School of Education and got married. My wife is from Lynchburg, so we decided that Charlottesville would be a good location to settle down in between our hometowns. I soon found a job at the Cooper Center, and now I’ve been here for over 15 years!
What is something you are passionate about?
My children. My daughter is a third year at UVA, while my son will be a first year in the School of Engineering in the fall. I am also passionate about recruiting and supporting minority students. I previously was the Director of Minority Programs for the School of Engineering.
Where is the next place you would like to travel?
I love vacationing in the Caribbean. My family also goes to Europe every year.
Who is your hero or inspiration?
Dr. Ron Simmons, the first minority dean in the School of Engineering.
What is one food you could eat for the rest of your life?
Shrimp fried rice.
What is something people would never guess about you?
I had a band here in Charlottesville for 20 years.
What is your favorite memory at the Cooper Center?
Bringing my daughter to work when she was 5 or 6 months old.
What does public service mean to you?
Unfortunately, our society is sucking at the moment. People are all about themselves and not about our society. Therefore, public service means putting in effort and energy to support people who are trying to do some good. By good, I mean genuine, substantive efforts to help people out. We ultimately have a greater sense of duty than our own bank accounts.