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Business at Carthage

Chapman Executive-in-Residence

The Chapman Executive-in-Residence program brings prominent business leaders to campus to speak to students and the public. The program is endowed by former Carthage Trustee Steven M. Chapman, Vice President and Group Vice President — China and Russia, Cummins Inc., who also served as the initial visiting executive.

Past Chapman Executives-in-Residence

Randall Tucker, Mastercard's chief inclusion officer, visited Carthage in March 2019 for a public...Randall Tucker, Mastercard's chief inclusion officer, visited Carthage in March 2019 for a public luncheon and presentation on “How Mastercard Fosters a Culture of Inclusion, and Why It's Good for Business.”

  • Peter Feigin, President of the Milwaukee Bucks and Fiserv Forum (2020)*
  • Craig Leipold P’19, Owner of the Minnesota Wild (2019)*
  • John F. McDonough, President and CEO of the Chicago Blackhawks (2019)*
  • Randall Tucker, Chief Inclusion Officer, Mastercard (2019)
  • Gregory Fontenot, Colonel, Armor Branch, U.S. Army (Retired) (2018)
  • James Gelber, U.S. Dept. of Justice (2018)
  • Josiah Lamb, WayPoint Inc. (2016)
  • Christina (Wright) Bruff ’04, economic development and multilateral affairs officer for the Bureau of African Affairs, part of the U.S. Department of State (2016)
  • Herman Mashaba, Mayor of Johannesburg, South Africa (2015)
  • Bryant Ambelang, CEO, NatureSweet Tomatoes (2014)
  • Eldon Schaffer, President, Aptar Food and Beverage (2013)
  • Wendy DuBoe, president and chief executive officer for United Way of Metropolitan Chicago (2013)
  • Steven J. Hopp, area vice president — Gallagher Benefit Services (2013)
  • C.S. ‘Bud’ Kulesza, former CFO — ITT Automotive (2013)
  • Col. Paul Herbert, executive director — First Division Museum at Cantigny (2012)
  • David Baskerville, founder — Baskerville International (October 2011)
  • Cordelia Taylor, founder and director — Milwaukee’s Family House (December 2010)
  • Duane R. Kullberg, retired managing partner and chief executive officer — Arthur Andersen & Co. (March 2010)
  • Tom Mitchell, retired Naval fighter pilot and FedEx pilot (2008)
  • Steve Heare, director — EPA Drinking Water Protection Division (2008)
  • Dr. Gene Sarver, vice president — FX (2008)
  • Russell W. Swansen, senior vice president and chief investment officer — Thrivent Financial (2007)
  • Jerome Grant, president of business publishing — Pearson/Prentice Hall (2007)
  • Wayne McVicker, founder — (2007)
  • Scott E. Roe, vice president, global planning and logistics — Abbott Laboratories (2006)

* Support also provided by the Johnson Distinguished Visitors Program

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    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2021), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • The Tower, Carthage’s newest residence hall, provides some of the best views on campus — if not in the Midwest! In addition to #carthageviews of the lake from seven stories up, residents enjoy suite-style living and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about all housing options.

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    • In the course Business to Business Marketing, Carthage students brainstorm an original product or service, study its feasibility, and carry out a marketing plan. Like on TV, the entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to a panel of experts led by marketing professor J.J. Shields, who cut his shark teeth at Miller Brewing and ABB Robotics. 

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    • Carthage is the only college or university in the Midwest where every freshman takes a full-year sequence of foundational texts of the Western intellectual tradition. Learn about Intellectual Foundations.

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    • Carthage is ranked in the Top 5 in the country for student participation in short-term study abroad. Every J-Term, hundreds of students travel all over the world on faculty-led study tours. Imagine a month in Sweden, Rome, Cuba, Senegal, India, Japan …