Donald V. Budinger

Don Budinger is a founder and immediate past president of Rodel, Inc. – the world’s largest manufacturer of high precision surface finishing chemicals used in the manufacture of computer chips, silicon wafers and rigid memory discs.

Currently Don is chairman and founding director of The Rodel Foundations, chairman and founding director of Science Foundation Arizona, and chairman and founding director emeritus of Arizona College Scholarship Foundation. He is a board member of Morrison Institute, Greater Phoenix Economic Council, Basis Charter Schools and Greater Phoenix Leadership. In addition, Don serves on the Southern Arizona Leadership Council, the O’Connor House Advisory Group, the Phoenix Biomedical Campus Advisory Council and Tucson Values Teachers, for which he was also a founding director.

Don has been the recipient of several awards including being named one of Morrison Institute for Public Policy’s Distinguished Associates; the 2010 O’Connor House Community Leadership Award; an Honorary Doctorate degree in Humane Letters from Northern Arizona University; the Science of Early Learning Award from New Directions Institute; the Horace Steele Child Advocacy Award from Children’s Action Alliance; the Outstanding Achievement in Higher Education Award from the Arizona Board of Regents; the Homeroom Heroes Award from Teach for America and the Distinguished Service Award from the University of Arizona College of Engineering.

Mr. Budinger graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1964.