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“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. Carthage’s deep heritage, exceptional faculty and staff, and state-of-the-art facilities are a special and rare combination.” — President John Swallow

John R. Swallow has been elected the 23rd president of Carthage College.John R. Swallow became the 23rd president of Carthage College on July 1, 2017.

President Swallow is a scholar of mathematics and English literature, with more than two decades of teaching and leadership experience at small, private liberal arts colleges. He has a deep commitment to innovative, interdisciplinary education.

He comes to Carthage from The University of the South, where he served as provost and executive vice president, managing the institution’s strategic planning and execution, day-to-day operations, and operating budget. During his tenure, 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 The University of the South 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.


John R. Swallow has been elected the 23rd president of Carthage College.

“John Swallow’s experience in innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to teaching and problem-solving, his commitment to community, and his vision for educating our students in a global world make him the perfect leader to continue the tremendous momentum at Carthage.”

David A. Straz, Jr., Chairman of the Carthage Board of Trustees