John R. Swallow Elected President of Carthage College

Carthage College president-elect John R. Swallow

I was immediately drawn to Carthage College as one of so few liberal arts institutions that can claim both long-standing excellence and profound momentum.

The Board of Trustees at Carthage College has unanimously elected John R. Swallow to serve as president.

Swallow brings an entrepreneurial approach and highly relevant experience as a senior administrator, trustee, and faculty member at three small, private liberal arts institutions. He comes to Carthage from The University of the South, known informally as “Sewanee” for the Tennessee community in which it’s located.

As chief academic and operating officer, he has overseen notable strides in the university’s curriculum, fundraising, equity and inclusion, enrollment, student life, faculty and staff development, and strategic planning.

He becomes the 23rd president in Carthage’s 170-year history, succeeding Gregory S. Woodward. After a distinguished five-year term, Woodward is leaving to assume the presidency at the University of Hartford in his Connecticut hometown.

Swallow plans to take office July 1. He arrives at a time of unprecedented prosperity for the College, evident in its record enrollment, 30 consecutive years of operating surpluses, and $200 million investment in campus facilities since 1999.

“I was immediately drawn to Carthage College as one of so few liberal arts institutions that can claim both long-standing excellence and profound momentum,” he said. “Carthage’s deep heritage, exceptional faculty and staff, and state-of-the-art facilities are a special and rare combination, and the opportunity to lead Carthage to become ever stronger was truly captivating.”

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