H.J. Markley '72

Alumnus H.J. Markley to Speak at Wilson Lecture in Business Economics

Will present “Life, Leadership and the Liberal Arts” on Oct. 28, at The College of Wooster

21 October, 2015 by John Finn

WOOSTER, Ohio — H.J. Markley, retired executive vice president of John Deere, will present “Life, Leadership and the Liberal Arts" at the next James R. Wilson Lecture in Business Economics on Wednesday, Oct. 28, at The College of Wooster. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Governance Room of the Scot Center (1267 Beall Ave.).

Markley earned his bachelor of arts degree in economics from Wooster in 1972. He then went on to earn his MBA from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College and joined John Deere, a Fortune 100 leading global manufacturer of agricultural, commercial turf care, construction and forestry equipment in 1974 as a factory auditor. He spent 25 years in a variety of manufacturing assignments, culminating with his appointment as executive vice president. His assignments as a senior officer of the corporation included responsibility for worldwide human resources, parts, supply management, corporate communications and information technology, as well as President of the Agricultural Division.

Markley has served on the Board of Overseers at the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, and was an Executive in Residence at the Tuck School for 11 years. In addition, he has served as Director of the Dubuque Chamber of Commerce, the First National Bank of Dubuque, the University of Dubuque, and the Iowa Public Television Foundation. He is also an Advisory Board Member Trustee of Goldman Sachs.

The James R. Wilson Lecture Series in Business Economics brings business and financial leaders to Wooster's campus to share their insights with students, faculty, and the broader community. The series is supported by the James R. Wilson Fund for Business Economics, which was established in 2001 through a gift from James and Linda Wilson. Previous speakers in the Wilson Lecture Series include Howard Putnam, CEO of Southwest Airlines; Donald Kohn, vice chairman of the Federal Reserve; Michelle Stacy, former president of Keurig, Inc.; Marshall Larsen, CEO of Goodrich; and Craig Barrett, CEO of Intel.

Additional information about the lecture is available by phone (330-263-2302) or e-mail.