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William Campbell Elected a Columbia Trustee

William Campbell

William V. Campbell, CC'62 and TC'64, has been elected a trustee of Columbia University. A former Columbia head football coach, Campbell has also been the recipient of Columbia College's prestigious Alexander Hamilton Medal (2000) and John Jay Award (1991).

From 1974 to 1979, Campbell served as Columbia's head football coach. He later became vice president at J. Walter Thompson, a New York-based international advertising agency, and later was general manager of Consumer Products for Eastman Kodak Europe. He joined Apple Computer in 1983 as vice president for marketing, later becoming executive vice president. In 1987, Campbell left Apple to found the Claris Corporation, a software company that was later acquired by Apple. In 1991, he became president and CEO of GO Corporation, a software company that was eventually acquired by AT&T.

In 1994, Campbell joined Intuit, Inc. as president and CEO, becoming chairman of the board of directors in August 1998. He is credited with transforming Intuit from a coalition of two small software providers into a financial software giant, leading the company's transition from a maker of desktop computer software (including Quicken, the personal finance management software) to a provider of Internet services.

Campbell is a director of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame. He served on the board of Netscape prior to its acquisition by AOL. In August 1997, he was appointed to the board of directors of Apple Computer and also serves on the Boards of Loudcloud, Inc., and SanDisk Corporation.

His many contributions to Columbia range from the renovation of the Aldo T. "Buff" Donelli Intercollegiate Strength Room in the Dodge Physical Fitness Center to the endowment of the Roberta and William Campbell Professorship in Contemporary Civilization.

Campbell was captain of the Columbia Lions football team in 1961, when it shared the Ivy championship with Harvard -- the only time Columbia has finished atop the Ivy League. In a 1974 interview, his coach, Buff Donelli, described Campbell as "the best captain I ever had. He's a person who made more of an imprint on people who know him than anyone I've known."

Columbia's Board consists of 24 trustee positions. Twelve are elected by the Trustees acting alone, six by the Trustees working in consultation with the executive committee of the University Senate, and six elected, one each year, after nomination by the University's alumni. Campbell was elected as a Senate-consulted trustee.

Published: May 30, 2003
Last modified: May 29, 2003

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