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Board of Trustees

Carthage College places sovereign, governing responsibility in a self-perpetuating Board of Trustees. The Trustees of the College have final governing and fiduciary responsibility.



Jeff Hamar

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

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

Hoyt H. Harper III

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


Dennis Monroe

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

Vince CejaTreasurer
Vince Ceja
Interim Associate Vice President for Finance, Interim Chief Financial Officer
Carthage College
Kenosha, Wisconsin

John R. Swallow has been elected the 23rd president of Carthage College.President and Chief Executive Officer
John R. Swallow



Patrick Anderson

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

Mary Bishop

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

Lucy Brown Minn

Lucy Brown
Lupe Development Partners
Minneapolis, Minnesota


Richard Christman

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

Paul Erickson

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

Christine Hobbs

Christine A. Hobbs ’71
Civic Leader
Naples, Florida


Steve Hopp

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

Thomas Kelley

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

Tom Kieso

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


Fred KrullFrederick John Krull ’83
Ernst & Young, LLP
Los Angeles, California

Rick LaBerge, Executive Vice President and COO of HARIBO of AmericanRick LaBerge
Executive Vice President & COO
HARIBO of America
Rosemont, Illinois

Robert Lee Jr.Robert Lee, Jr.
President & CEO
Lee Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electric
Kenosha, Wisconsin


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

Wayne MillerThe Rev. Wayne N. Miller
Bishop (retired)
Metro Chicago Synod
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Alan MillsAlan Mills ’79

Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Indianapolis, Indiana


Maria Nalywayko joined the Carthage Board of Trustees in 2020.

Maria Nalywayko
Chief People Officer (retired)
Newport Beach, California

Trustee Jeff NeubauerJeff Neubauer
Executive Director
Higher Expectations
Racine, Wisconsin

Andy PalmenAndrew S. Palmen
Palmen Automotive Group
Kenosha, Wisconsin


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

LeAnn Pedersen Pope

LeAnn Pedersen Pope ’79
Partner and Attorney (retired)
Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella

Charles SuttonCharles C. Sutton
MC Squared Energy Services, LLC


David WiersDavid C. Wiers ’98
Satori Energy

Gary WilsonGary D. Wilson
President (retired)
Wilson Printing, Inc.
Mundelein, Illinois


Trustees Emeriti

Edward W. Smeds ’57
Chair Emeritus

President, Operations (retired)
Kraft Foods
Glenview, 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

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

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 (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.

    • 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.

    • More than 90% of Carthage alumni report that they have secured a job or are continuing their studies six months after graduation. Visit The Aspire Center.

    • 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. More than 90% 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 ranked as a top Fulbright producer for four of the past five years. 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 marketing 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 $22,000 up to full tuition. 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 Intellectual Foundations.

    • With a student-faculty ratio of 13:1, 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 130 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 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 …