Monmouth College announced six award winners at its annual President’s Homecoming Gala on Oct. 11. Held in the college’s Huff Athletic Center, the event was attended by approximately 250 alumni, friends, faculty and staff, and featured an address by President Mauri Ditzler, in which he announced a $75 million capital campaign, focusing on academic excellence.
Award winners included Frederick W. Wackerle ’61, who was inducted into the college’s Hall of Achievement, the highest honor MC bestows upon its graduates, and English professor Craig Watson, who received the Hatch Award for Distinguished Teaching.
The Distinguished Alumnus Award was presented to Karen Barrett Chism ’65; the Distinguished Service Award went to Kevin Kaihara ’77; and the Young Alumnus Award was presented to Zach Hampson ’03. The Glasgow family was honored as the college’s Family of the Year.
Wackerle retired recently from a 40-year career in executive search consulting, specializing in CEO succession. He has counseled CEOs and successfully recruited CEO successors, senior officers and board members for such top companies as Biogen, Citicorp, MassMutual, Owens Corning and Whirlpool.
For every year since a popular ranking service began, Wackerle has been named one of the nation’s top five general management search consultants . He was honored with the Gardner Heidrick Award from the Association of Executive Search Consultants for outstanding contributions to the executive search consulting profession.
A contributor of more than 40 articles and op-ed pieces to leading national business publications, he is the author of a new book on CEO succession and board governance titled “The Right CEO: Straight Talk About Making Tough CEO Selection Decisions.”
While Wackerle made a clear impact in the world of executive search consulting, he has been equally important to his alma mater, serving on its board of trustees for more than 30 years and endowing the college with the Wackerle Career & Leadership Center.
An artist member of the Tucson Plein Air Painter’s Society (TPAPS), The Palette & Chisel Academy of Chicago and Chicago Plein Air Painters, Wackerle had his first solo show in 2005. In 2010, his oil painting “Capistrano Square” received first prize in the national juried exhibition at Monmouth’s Buchanan Center for the Arts.
After graduating from Monmouth, where she studied biology and minored in chemistry and Russian, Chism married 1963 Monmouth graduate Stan Chism and attended the University of Iowa, studying zoology and graduating in 1967 with a master’s degree in teaching.
Her initial profession was teaching various biology courses in California, Vermont, Massachusetts and Maryland. The family later moved to Melbourne, Australia, where she performed research, growing human colonic carcinoma cells in tissue culture and studying mouse T and B-cell immune responses.
Upon the Chisms’ return to California, she taught high school biology and also began a new career writing code and programming computers to process annuity funds for the insurance industry. Her teaching, laboratory and computer programming experiences served as a good background for her work in the pharmaceutical industry in the clinical trials arena. During those years, she attended night school and graduated from Santa Clara University in 1991with an MBA. In 2001, Chism started her own business as a consultant, auditing clinical trials.
Kaihara’s 10-year involvement with the college’s alumni board represents a major part of his service to his alma mater. That tenure included representing the alumni board on the college’s board of trustees.
His leadership role at the college is one of many on his résumé, including serving as president of Chicago Bolt & Nut Association, as vice president of the Chicago Board of Education Nominating Committee and as president of local school council at Sayre Language Academy. He has also received the Rising Sun Award, an honor presented by Soka Gakkai to individuals who have made significant efforts for World Peace.
Hampson is the co-founder and business development adviser of Technology Transfer Associates, which is engaged in initiatives in energy, e-government, defense and security and telecoms. Additionally, the organization connects local and international companies on projects leading to direct foreign investment, mergers, joint ventures and investment.
After studying business administration and political science at MC, Hampson spent his first post-Monmouth years in Boston as part of a start-up business. He joined Grenville Bulgaria, a boutique business consulting company, in 2005, assuming responsibility for client development and expansion of the business. He also led an initiative examining the need and role of technology transfer into the region. His work with this initiative laid the basis for the development of Technology Transfer Associates.
Involved in politics while a student, Hampson participated as an advance team member in Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. Post-election, he served as a member of the White House advance team on regional international trips for both the president and vice president.
The Glasgows have been part of the Monmouth College family for more than 40 years, beginning with the hiring of Terry Glasgow as the basketball and baseball coach in 1972. In that time, Terry and his wife, Chris, have graduated four of their children – Susie, Kim, Julie and Steve – from Monmouth.
Terry won more than 800 games as the Scots’ baseball and basketball coach. His teams won 15 outright Midwest Conference championships. Steve was also instrumental in a string of the basketball victories, first as a player and later as an assistant. The baseball field at Peacock Park bears the Glasgow name in honor of their dedication, and in special memory of the late Angela Glasgow.
Watson has been much more than an English professor at Monmouth, providing leadership in a range of areas across the college for the better part of three decades. He shepherded the Honors Program for more than a decade and has been the coordinator of the Citizenship course taken by all of MC’s seniors since its inception. During the past academic year, he led his faculty colleagues who regularly teach the course in an innovative project to assess student learning.
“Craig has inspired generations of Monmouth students to appreciate the marvelous varieties of literature’s language, to fathom its insights into the human condition, and to become effective and accomplished writers themselves,” said dean of faculty David Timmerman. “His vision for an innovative educational garden has come to fruition before our eyes, inspiring many of our students, feeding many of us well, and now expanding from a garden to a six-acre organic farm.”