James R. Wilson

James R. Wilson


James R. Wilson Lecture Series

Endowed in 2001 by James R. and Linda R. Wilson, the James R. Wilson Lecture Series in Business Economics brings business and financial leaders to the Wooster campus to share their insights with students, faculty, and the broader community.

Spring 2017 Lecturer

James Dicke II, Anyone who has made an online purchase from Amazon or shopped in a local Walmart has likely come into contact with Crown Equipment Corporation. Forbes Magazine calls Crown’s product “the BMW of forklifts” and notes the importance of material handling for firms that want to move products efficiently.  Read more (.pdf). Press release

Past Lecturers

We are fortunate to have brought a number of prominent business leaders with the support of this program, including:

  • 2016 (Fall) - Milton Ezrati (.pdf), Former Senior Economist and Market Strategist Lord Abbett Funds. Read the press release
  • 2016 (Spring) - Walt W. Bettinger II, CEO at The Charles Schwab Corporation. Read the press release
  • 2015 (Fall) - H.J. Markley '72(.pdf), Retired executive vice president of John Deere. Read the press release
  • 2015 (Spring) - Michelle Stacy (.pdf), Former President of Keurig, Inc.
  • 2014 (Fall) - Thomas A. Russo (.pdf), Managing Member of Gardner, Russo & Gardner
  • 2014 (Spring) - Sandra Pianalto (.pdf), President, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
  • 2013 (Spring) - Marshall Larsen, Chairman, President and CEO or Goodrich Company
  • 2012 (Fall) -Howard Putnam, CEO of Southwest Airlines
  • 2012 (Spring) - Joan Carter '65, President, UM Holdings (Cybex)
  • 2011 (Spring) - John A. Allison, Chairman and CEO, BB&T Corporation
  • 2011 (Fall) - Jeffrey L. Keefer '74, Executive Vice President and Former CFO, DuPont Corporation
  • 2010 (Spring) - Dr. Craig Barrett, CEO, Intel Corporation
  • 2008 - Mark Sniderman, Executive VP, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
  • 2007 (Spring) - David D. Fleming, Group Senior VP, Genzyme Corporation
  • 2006 (Spring) - James W. Griffith, President & CEO, The Timken Company
  • 2006 (Fall) - Alan P. Fournier,Managing Partner,Pennant Capital Management
  • 2005 (Spring) - Katharine Lee Reid, Director, The Cleveland Museum of Art
  • 2005 (Fall) - Donald L. Kohn, Vice Chairman, U.S. Federal Reserve
  • 2004 - Morton Kamien, Levy Professor of Entrepreneurship, Northwestern University and Director of the Heiser Center for Entrepreneurial Studies
  • 2003 - Peter Guber,CEO, Mandalay. Former CEO, Sony Entertainment.
  • 2002 - Preston Martin, Former Vice Chairman, United States Federal Reserve