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Board of Trustees

  • Chair
    Jeff Hamar ’80
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    Galleher, Inc.
    Santa Fe Springs, California

    First Vice Chair
    Gina Madrigrano Friebus ’76
    Vice President — Administration (retired)
    W.O.W. Distributing Co., Inc.
    Sussex, Wisconsin

    Second Vice Chair
    Hoyt H. Harper II ’77
    HHHarper & Associates
    Stamford, Connecticut

    Dennis L. Monroe ’74
    Chairman and Senior Partner
    Monroe Moxness Berg PA
    Minneapolis, Minnesota

    Dale McClain
    Vice President for Finance and Administration
    Carthage College
    Kenosha, Wisconsin 

    John R. Swallow




    Patrick N. Anderson ’85
    Law Offices of Patrick N. Anderson & Associates
    Alexandria, Virginia

    Mary Bishop
    President and Chief Marketing Officer (retired)
    Leo Burnett USA

    Lucy Brown
    Chief Executive Officer
    United Communications Corp.
    Kenosha, Wisconsin

    Richard M. Christman
    Caresoft Global, Inc.
    Westmont, Illinois

    The Rev. Dr. Paul D. Erickson
    Greater Milwaukee Synod
    Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

    Christine A. Hobbs ’71
    Civic Leader
    Naples, Florida

    Steven J. Hopp
    Senior Sales Executive
    Oswald Companies
    Akron, Ohio

    Thomas J. Kelley III ’99
    Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
    Froedtert South
    Kenosha, Wisconsin

    Thomas E. Kieso ’73
    William F. Meyer Company
    Aurora, Illinois

    Thomas A. Martinez
    Vice President of Sales and Business Operations
    San Francisco, California

    The Rev. Wayne N. Miller
    Metro Chicago Synod
    Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

    Alan Mills ’79
    Barnes & Thornburg LLP
    Indianapolis, Indiana

    Jeff Neubauer
    Executive Director
    Higher Expectations
    Racine, Wisconsin

    Andrew S. Palmen
    Palmen Automotive Group
    Kenosha, Wisconsin

    Nicholas T. Pinchuk
    Chairman, President, and CEO
    Snap-on Incorporated
    Kenosha, Wisconsin

    David C. Wiers ’98
    Satori Energy

    Gary D. Wilson
    Wilson Printing, Inc.
    Mundelein, Illinois


    Trustees Emeriti

    Edward W. Smeds ’57
    Chair Emeritus

    President, Operations (retired)
    Kraft Foods
    Glenview, Illinois

    Mark E. Barmak
    Vice President, Government Affairs (retired)
    Abbott Laboratories
    Abbott Park, Illinois

    Robert A. Cornog
    Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer (retired)
    Snap-on Incorporated
    Kenosha, Wisconsin

    John W. Fritsch
    Fritsch Charitable Foundation
    Libertyville, Illinois

    William D. George
    President and Chief Executive Officer (retired)
    SC Johnson
    Racine, Wisconsin

    John L. Gorton ’66
    Gorton Farms, Inc.
    Racine, Wisconsin

    Jack S. Harris ’49
    President Emeritus
    Siebert Lutheran Foundation
    Brookfield, Wisconsin

    Donald D. Hedberg ’50
    Civic Leader
    Manalapan, Florida

    Marilyn Hedberg
    Civic Leader
    Manalapan, Florida

    The Rev. Robert H. Herder
    Bishop Emeritus
    East Central Synod of Wisconsin
    Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
    Appleton, Wisconsin

    William H. Kelley
    Vice Chairman
    Jelly Belly Candy Company
    North Chicago, Illinois

    James R. Klauser
    Senior Vice President (retired)
    Wisconsin Energy Corporation

    Thomas W. Lentz ’63
    Global Display Solutions, Inc.
    Rockford, Illinois

    Dean A. Matthews ’84
    General Manager
    Matthews Distributing Co. of Iowa
    Dubuque, Iowa

    John H. Pender
    Senior Vice President and Chief Investment Officer (retired)
    Aid Association for Lutherans
    Appleton, Wisconsin

    Gordon Postlewaite ’59
    Assistant Superintendent for Administration (retired)
    Oswego Community Unit District #308
    Oswego, Illinois

    Loren H. Semler ’65
    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
    Semler Industries, Inc.
    Franklin Park, Illinois

    John R. Sladek, Jr. ’65
    President and Chief Executive Officer (retired)
    California Lutheran University
    Thousand Oaks, California

    The Honorable David A. Straz, Jr.
    Ambassador at Large and Honorary Consul, Republic of Liberia
    Tampa, Florida

    Ralph J. Tenuta
    Chairman of the Board of Advisors
    Johnson Bank of Kenosha
    Tenuta’s Inc.
    Kenosha, Wisconsin

    John P. Timmerwilke
    Director, Information Services (retired)
    Nutrilite Products
    Buena Park, California

    June Boatman Waller ’63
    Franklin I. and Irene List Saemann Foundation
    Champaign, Illinois

See a list of past board chairs

  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2019), 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.

    • You’re going to need brain fuel. Grab a morning coffee and a snack and Starbucks or Einstein Bros. Bagels. Later, meet friends at “The Caf,” where the specials change daily but the staples are constant, or swing through “The Stu” for wings, a burrito, or a sub. A new option, Carthage Cash, even covers some off-campus meals.

    • 96% of Carthage alumni report that they have secured a job or are continuing their studies six months after graduation. Visit Career Services.

    • 91% of employers say critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills matter more than your major when it comes to career success. Learn more about how the liberal arts prepare you for a successful career.

    • Lots of schools wear the four-year label. Carthage stands behind it. 95% of Carthage graduates earn their degrees in four years. Learn more

    • Oscars. Emmys. Tonys. Golden Globes. The playwrights we’ve brought in have them. Each year, the Carthage Theatre Department commissions an original script by a renowned playwright for its New Play Initiative. Carthage students then work with the writer to stage it. 

    • Carthage has been named a top producer of Fulbright Fellows three years running: 2015-2016, 2016-2017, and 2017-2018. Read about Carthage Fulbright winners.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our science center, student union, athletic and recreation center, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 15 years.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from archaeology to neuroscience, nursing to music theatre.

    • Our Summer Undergraduate Research Experience offers select students a research budget, one-on-one mentoring with a professor, and 10 weeks of analyzing, deciphering — and getting paid.

    • So the lake is kind of a focal point, but there’s a lot more to love about our campus — like the fact that our more than 80-acre campus is also an arboretum and wildlife sanctuary. Focused on keeping campus lush forever, we plant between 50 and 75 new trees every year from a variety of species.

    • Carthage was founded in 1847. That’s more than 170 years of leaders, makers, and go-getters going out and going forth. Read more about Carthage’s rich history.

    • More than 90 percent of students receive financial aid. Carthage awards more than $20 million in scholarship and grant assistance. That includes $5.5 million in competitive scholarships in business, mathematics, science, languages, the fine arts, leadership, and overall academic strength. Learn what’s available.

    • Abraham Lincoln was an early Trustee of the College, and U.S. Secretary of State John Hay was a Carthage alum. The two still have a proud place on our campus. Spend some time with them in our Sesquicentennial Plaza. On warm days you’ll find professors leading their classes here.

    • Come to Carthage; hear yourself think — think … think …
      Legend has it that Sesquicentennial Plaza holds a perfect echo. Just stand with both your feet on the “1847,” face Straz, and start talking. “You’re the only one who can hear you, but you’ll be crystal clear,” promises English and theatre alumna Mikaley Osley.

    • Our Great Lake provides Carthage students with some amazing views. Think classes on the beach, lake views from the lab, and sunrises from your dorm room. “I love waking up in the morning with the sun shining off the lake. Nothing compares to the view in the morning,” recalls biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 35 Presidential Scholarships each year, which range from 75% tuition up to full tuition, room, and board. Learn more.

    • For a full decade, NASA has selected Carthage students to conduct research aboard its zero-gravity aircraft. Lately, the stakes have risen. A team of underclassmen is grinding to prepare a tiny but powerful Earth-imaging satellite for launch to the International Space Station. Learn more about the space sciences at Carthage

    • 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 the Carthage core.

    • With a student-faculty ratio of 12:1, your professors will know who you are. They will also know who you want to be — and how to get you there. Meet our faculty.

    • There are more than 120 student organizations on campus, from Amnesty International to Fencing to Frisbee, Chem Club to Stand Up Comedy. See how easy it is to get involved.

    • True story: There are more than 27 art galleries, a dozen museums, and nine theatres within 25 miles of Carthage. Some highlights: The nationally recognized Racine Art Museum, the world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Learn more about our location.

    • What’s better than one professor? Two professors. What’s better than two professors? Two professors from totally different fields teaching a single class. There’s debate. Discussion. Differing perspectives. This is where the magic happens. That’s why every student takes a Carthage Symposium.

    • You can’t hide here — not with only 17 other students in the classroom with you. That’s going to be rough some mornings. But later, when you’re able to argue your point of view thoughtfully, express your opinions succinctly, and meet challenges head-on, without fear … Yep, you’ll thank us.

    • Carthage is ranked No. 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 …