John R. Swallow took office in July 2017 as the 23rd president of Carthage College.
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.
Seeking to connect Carthage’s pioneering legacy to an even more promising future, President Swallow began his term by connecting with many alumni and students, while immersing himself in the College’s history. Recently elected vice chair of the Kenosha Area Business Alliance board of directors, his early priorities include expanding the College’s impact in the Kenosha and Racine communities and shepherding the planning phase of a comprehensive career development program for all Carthage students.
He came 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 oversaw notable strides in the university’s curriculum, fundraising, equity and inclusion, enrollment, student life, faculty and staff development, and strategic planning.
Enrolling at age 15, President Swallow graduated from Sewanee in 1989 with honors in both mathematics and English literature. He went on to earn two master’s degrees and a Ph.D. in mathematics, all from Yale University.