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Stanley A. Schottland

Former Chair and CEO, American Packaging Corporation

Stan SchottlandWhether commanding troops in Normandy as a Lieutenant in General George S. Patton’s Third Army or running one of America’s largest privately owned flexible packaging companies, Stanley “Stan” Schottland epitomized strong, courageous leadership.

After the war, Schottland returned stateside and worked for Schenley Distillers for 27 years. Determined to own his own company, he joined hands with a small bag manufacturer and together they purchased Northern Packaging in Rochester, NY. He became partner and CEO in 1969, and, in 1986, he bought out his partner with his three sons and grew the company to what is today American Packaging Corporation (APC).

Upon retirement, Schottland and his wife Ellen moved to Kiawah Island, where they met School of Business champions George and Dorie Spaulding. It was through their close friendship with the Spauldings that the Schottlands were first introduced to the College of Charleston, and eventually, the business school.

Schottland joined the School of Business’ Board of Governors in the early 1990s with one stipulation: Experiential learning — whether through internships or other professional development opportunities — must become a priority of the business school.

In an effort to provide students with these types of opportunities and to lead by example, Schottland developed the prestigious APC Internship Program in 1993 for high-achieving business students to gain industry experience in one of the several APC manufacturing sites nationwide.

The internship program later evolved into the Schottland Leadership Award, now in its 24th year. The award is presented annually to an outstanding senior who demonstrates exceptional leadership potential and academic excellence. The Award’s purpose is to recognize and nurture students who have potential to be among America’s future business leaders. To date, the Award has supported 32 winners and 28 finalists.

A generous and active philanthropist, Schottland played an important role in the conception and launch of the College’s 1770 Society. He also provided a seed gift to start the George G. Spaulding Distinguished Executive Speaker Series as a way to honor his friend and connect business students with some of the nation’s leading executives. In addition, he was active in a number of charities and universities, including Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, Washington College, RIT University and others.

Schottland’s wife Ellen supported him in his efforts to nurture young talent and give back in meaningful ways. Married for over 60 years, the couple raised three sons, Charles (Buck), Steven and Peter. They spent summers on Maryland’s eastern shore, surrounded by friends, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The Schottland legacy lives on at the School not only in the Schottland Leadership Award, but also through his son Peter who established the prestigious Schottland Scholars Program in 2009. The program fosters professional development by providing students with challenging, extracurricular opportunities in the business community.