Provost and executive vice president John Swallow is named 23rd president of Carthage College


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by Robert Beeland



On May 19, Sewanee’s Executive Vice President and Provost John Swallow (C’89) was named president of Carthage College. Swallow, who will become the Kenosha, Wisconsin school’s 23rd president, will continue to serve as Sewanee’s provost until June 30.

Swallow matriculated at Sewanee at the age of 15, and went on to earn a B.A. in both mathematics and English. He went on to earn two master’s degrees and a PhD in mathematics from Yale. In 1994, he began teaching math as a professor at Davidson College, where he remained until 2012.

Since then, Swallow has served as the University provost and, as of 2014, executive vice president. During Swallow’s tenure, applications to the college rose by over 60 percent. Additionally, Swallow was instrumental in the strategic planning of the “Stronger Truer Sewanee” campaign, which aims to raise $250 million for the University.

In a statement given to the University, Swallow expressed, “I’m so honored to have been part of Sewanee’s growth and development these past six years, and grateful for the extraordinary privilege of working closely with Vice-Chancellor John McCardell… [my wife] Cameron and I are thrilled by the new adventure ahead of us, and will be glad to welcome Sewanee friends to the shore of Lake Michigan.”

UPDATE: University Vice-Chancellor John McCardell, in a statement to The Purple, explained, “I hope to name a new Provost soon. My inclination is to appoint someone from within the University and not to make an interim appointment. I am in the midst of consultations now with administrative colleagues and faculty leadership.”