The Kenosha Area Business Alliance (KABA) and the Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce will honor F. Gregory Campbell, longtime president of Carthage College, at the annual Kenosha County Business Excellence Awards dinner on Thursday, Nov. 3.
Campbell, the longest-running president in Carthage College history, will retire in August of 2012. He has served the school as president for 25 years.
According to Rebecca Noble, director of marketing for KABA, Campbell has been instrumental in growing Carthage College into the world-class institution it is today and has also been actively involved in the community.
Under Campbell’s leadership, Carthage has constructed and renovated several campus buildings, including the N. E. Tarble Athletic and Recreation Center, the Clausen Center for World Business and the Student Union.
Carthage has more than doubled enrollment, and applications to the school have soared from 1,186 to 6,900 over the past two decades. In the midst of all of the growth, Campbell has also remained fiscally responsible and ensured a balanced annual budget every year for more than 20 consecutive years.
In honor of Campbell’s service to the community KABA and the Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce have established an annual scholarship in Campbell’s name. The $5,000 scholarship will be awarded to a Kenosha County high school senior that will be attending Carthage. Donors for the scholarship include Gateway Mortgage Corp., Jockey International, KABA, The Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce and the United Hospital System.
During his tenure, Campbell has worked closely with both the city and county leadership as well as the business community and many community organizations in Kenosha. He served for many years on the board of the Kenosha Area Business Alliance and co-chaired the Kenosha Progress Committee, which was charged with building a community consensus for HarborPark project at the former American Motors and Chrysler plant site on Kenosha’s lakefront.
“When I arrived at Carthage in 1987, I thought, ‘This is a school with great potential,'” said Campbell in a statement. “There is even greater potential today.”