William V. Campbell to Address Hartwick's Class of 2010

May 3, 2010

Hartwick College will welcome William V. Campbell, chairman of the board directors of Intuit Inc., as this year’s Commencement speaker. He will address the Class of 2010, their families, and the Hartwick community on May 29. The ceremony will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Elmore Field on the College’s upper campus.

Prior to assuming his current position as chairman of the board of directors of Intuit in 1998, Campbell served as the company’s president and chief executive officer. Under his leadership, the company’s market value grew from approximately $700 million to nearly $3 billion as Intuit solidified its position as the leader in tax, personal finance, and small business accounting software. In that time, the company also invented a new class of Web-based finance businesses delivered through, Intuit’s Web site.

Campbell also serves on the board of directors of Apple Computer Inc. and is chair of the board of trustees of Columbia University, where he earned his bachelor's and master’s degrees.

“Bill Campbell’s remarkable career underscores the importance of individual leadership in shared success,” says Hartwick President Margaret L. Drugovich. “He has a proven ability to think creatively, solve complex problems, and continually innovate. These are precisely the skills that Hartwick students build. Bill Campbell will offer our graduates the opportunity to envision the path from their liberal arts education to their future success.”

Before joining Intuit, Campbell was president and chief executive officer of GO Corporation, a pen-based computing software company, and founder, president, and CEO of software company Claris Corporation, which was purchased by Apple Computer Inc. in 1990 He served as vice president of marketing, vice president of sales, then executive vice president of Apple Inc.

Before beginning his career in technology, Campbell served as head football coach at Columbia University and was a standout linebacker for the school as an undergraduate. He also is a director of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, and in 2009 was honored when the organization named its top collegiate football scholar-athlete award for him. In 2004, he received the Gold Medal, the most prestigious award bestowed by the foundation.

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