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Northland College names five new trustees
June 12, 2013
Northland College has named John H. Chapple to its Board of Trustees. Chapple, president of Seattle-based Hawkeye Investments, LLC, a privately owned equity firm, is one of five new trustees who will begin serving in July.
“John not only comes with an impressive resume of business and philanthropic leadership, but with a long history and connection with Northland,” said Michael A. Miller, president of Northland College.
Chapple's resume highlights include Yahoo, the NBA, the NHL and Nextel Partners, the telecom giant Chapple founded and chaired before negotiating its multibillion-dollar sale to Sprint. His connection to Northland College and Ashland, where the college is located, spans generations.
His father John D. Chapple graduated from Northland College in 1955 and served as class president. His Aunt Alice Chapple Boland was the sole graduate of the class of 1945 due to World War II.
His grandfather John B. Chapple was managing editor and reporter for the Ashland Daily Press and a frequent lecturer at Northland College. His great-grandfather John C. Chapple attended the North Wisconsin Academy, Northland College’s parent institution, and served on the Northland College board of trustees.
“My roots run pretty deep,” Chapple said. “There’s been family involvement at the college for several generations — we’re all products of Ashland.”
Chapple has already demonstrated a strong interest in Northland College, donating $1.25 million in 2007 to establish and endow the Chapple Family chair in Business Ethics and Social Responsibility.
Chapple has devoted much of his philanthropic energy to higher education. Since 2008, he served as chair of the Syracuse Board of Trustees, where he encouraged trustees to support the university with both financial resources and the knowledge for best using the resources.
He plans to do the same for Northland College. “At Syracuse we undertook our first ever billion dollar campaign and through a lot of time and effort we achieved it,” Chapple said. “Colleges always need coffers replenished. I would guess that’s where we’ll start.”
Chapple hopes to bring great recognition to Northland College, broadening the Northland College brand. “I think generally there can be a heightened awareness of the school and we can attract students from all over the country,” he said.
Chapple, who recently stepped down as the chair of the Syracuse Board of Trustees to become chairman emeritus, said he chose to next give his energy to Northland College for two reasons — its environmental focus and President Mike Miller.
“I’m excited about getting involved and under Mike’s tutelage I look for great things in the future,” he said.
Joining Chapple on the board of trustees in July is Jennifer Jehn of Manhattan, New York, Claire Hackmann of Milwaukee, and Jane Vogt of Palm Springs, Calif. Northland College student Liz White was named as student trustee for the college.
Jehn is a senior vice president, marketing for Dow Jones & Company where she guides marketing and brand development across the company, including key brands such as The Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones Newswires, Factiva, Barron’s and MarketWatch.
Vogt, a retired executive for General Electric and International Business Machines with more than 25 years of business leadership experience in strategic planning, new product and business development, marketing and sales operations, hopes to use her experience to expand Northland Colleges outreach in attracting more students, she said.
Hackmann is a planner who has contributed to a number of organizations including Alverno College in Milwaukee and the Nature Conservancy.
“This group of outstanding trustees is another sign of the incredible leadership Northland College displays in educational excellence, environmental leadership and commitment to the North Country," said Northland College Board of Trustees Chair Tom Martin. “This diverse set of new leaders adds business acumen, organizational development insight and a shared commitment to the unique role of Northland.”
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