F. Gregory Campbell, who was the 21st president of Carthage, retired on Aug. 3, 2012, after 25 years of service. He was succeeded by President Gregory S. Woodward.
After Mr. Campbell’s arrival in August 1987, full-time student enrollment grew from 800 to 2,500. At the time of his retirement in 2012, total enrollment exceeded 3,400 students. In 2011, nearly 7,000 high school seniors applied for 720 positions in the freshman class.
The number of faculty also doubled during Mr. Campbell’s presidency. Intensive national searches built a teaching-oriented faculty holding Ph.D.s from the major graduate programs in the country. Two major curriculum reforms restored structure and emphasized classical approaches to arts and sciences education. In the last decade of his presidency alone, the College invested more than $130 million in new construction, major renovations and technological acquisition. The College has operated with surplus budgets every year since 1988. Rising gift income reflected the growing confidence of Carthage’s friends and supporters.
Mr. Campbell came to Carthage from The University of Chicago, where he had been special assistant to the president, secretary of the Board of Trustees, and senior lecturer. In addition to his 16 years in Chicago, Mr. Campbell held administrative and/or faculty positions at Yale University and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Mr. Campbell holds a Ph.D. from Yale, M.A. from Emory University, and a B.A. from Baylor University. He completed additional study and research at Philipps-Universität in Marburg/Lahn, Germany; Charles University and the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences in Prague, Czechoslovakia; and the Institute for Educational Management — Harvard University.
As a historian, he specialized in international relations and Central European history. Mr. Campbell is the author of “Confrontation in Central Europe: Weimar Germany and Czechoslovakia”, published by the University of Chicago Press in 1975 and reprinted as a Midway Reprint in 1978. He also has published a variety of articles on European history.
His awards include two Fulbright grants, a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, and a Lewis-Farmington Fellowship at Yale. In 1976-77, he was a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars at the Smithsonian Institution.
On three occasions over a span of 20 years, Mr. Campbell was selected to participate in the exchange of scholars between the United States and Czechoslovakia. The Japan Economic Foundation included him among international executives invited to Japan for its annual seminars.
He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City, and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa.
Mr. Campbell retains an enthusiasm for adventure travel. Since the 1990s, he has climbed Africa’s Mount Kilimanjaro, hiked Inca trails to Machu Picchu in Peru, trekked the circuit around Mont Blanc in the Alps, and twice reached the base camp at Mount Everest. He and his wife, Barbara Kuhn Campbell, have three adult sons: Fenton, Matthew and Charles.
Mr. and Mrs. Campbell, are active members of St. Mary’s Lutheran Church in Kenosha. He also serves the community as vice chairman of the United Hospital System and the Kenosha Hospital and Medical Center, and as a director of the Prairie School in Racine, Wis. He is a member of the Kenosha Area Business Alliance Board of Directors, the Kenosha County Workforce Investment Board and Youth Council, and the Southeast Wisconsin Council of the Boy Scouts of America Advisory Board.
Over the years, Mr. Campbell has chaired civic commissions for both the city and county of Kenosha, and for the Kenosha and Racine school districts. Most recently, he co-chaired the Racine Independent Commission on Education, a group charged with analyzing the challenges facing the Racine Unified School District and providing recommendations. In 2004-05, he led the United Way of Kenosha County campaign. In 1997, he co-chaired the Kenosha Progress Committee, which was charged with building a community consensus for the Harbor Park project in downtown Kenosha.
Mr. Campbell has served as an officer of virtually every state, national or church organization of which Carthage is a member. Currently he is a trustee of Thrivent Mutual Funds and Optique Mutual Funds. He previously served on the NCAA Division III Presidents Council, as director of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, and served two terms as chairman of the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.