Dr. Eugene Hotchkiss - 2013 Distinguished Executive Award Recipient

Dr. Eugene Hotchkiss, higher education leader and former Lake Forest College president, received the 2013 Distinguished Executive Award from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management and delivered commencement address to this year’s graduating MBAs on Sunday, June 9th.

LAKE FOREST, IL (May 11, 2013)  Lake Forest Graduate School of Management (LFGSM), a premier not-for-profit graduate business school offering one of Chicagoland’s largest MBA programs, is pleased to announce its selection of Dr. Eugene Hotchkiss, higher education leader and former Lake Forest College President, for its 2013 Distinguished Executive Award honor. A highly respected academic executive and community leader, Dr. Hotchkiss accepted the Award and delivered the Commencement Address to the LFGSM Class of 2013 at graduation ceremonies held in the Navy Pier Grand Ballroom on Sunday, June 9, 2013.

Gene Hotchkiss

Each year since 1978, Lake Forest Graduate School has presented its Distinguished Executive Award to an exceptional business leader who unmistakably demonstrates managerial excellence and is an exemplar of the highest performance standards and business ethics, demonstrating exceptional business leadership ability as well as a connection with their community.

“We are pleased to honor Dr. Eugene Hotchkiss with our Distinguished Executive Award for 2013,” said John Popoli, LFGSM President & CEO. “He is an example of great leadership, great contribution, great compassion and great dedication. His accomplishments in the higher education industry, particularly during his tenure as President at Lake Forest College, are nothing short of legend. And his service to our own Board of Directors and involvement with our MBA students through his generous creation of the Hotchkiss Scholar Program has forever changed the trajectory of our School.”

Dr. Hotchkiss served 20 years on LFGSM’s Board of Directors, and among his many contributions to the graduate school is the hugely impactful founding, in 1984, of the Hotchkiss Scholar Program to recognize outstanding academic achievement. The Scholar designation is given to MBA graduates who finish the program in the top 5% of their graduating class. “When I was President of Lake Forest College, I was committed to a spirit of cooperation and mutual support between the College and LFGSM,” explains Dr. Hotchkiss. “To this day, I strongly believe in LFGSM as a leader in adult education. Establishing the Hotchkiss Scholar Program has been so rewarding for me personally. The professionals who bear the designation are some of the most accomplished business professionals in the Chicagoland area.”

In 2004, Dr. Hotchkiss additionally established the Hotchkiss Scholar Scholarship Fund to recognize and reward academic excellence through the conferring of financial support to MBA students. To date, more than $92,000 has been awarded to more than 50 recipients. Starting in the 2013-2014 academic year, and with Dr. Hotchkiss’s full support, this Scholarship Fund will be redirected to support Hotchkiss Fellows participating in the Global Practicum, LFGSM’s rigorous global business immersion programs in Latin America, Europe and Asia.

By being selected for the 2013 Distinguished Executive Award, Dr. Hotchkiss joins an elite group of business leaders. Most recently, LFGSM has honored John Landgraf, Executive VP of Nutritional Products, Abbott Laboratories (2012); Andy Mills, President, Medline Industries, Inc. (2011); Michael Englehart, President, Advocate South Suburban Hospital (2010); and David B. Speer, Chairman & CEO of Illinois Tool Works (2009) with its Distinguished Executive Award.

After retiring from Lake Forest College in 1993, Dr. Hotchkiss served as the Interim President of Eckerd College in Florida and has served on numerous boards, including Lake Forest Bank & Trust Company, the Lake County Community Foundation, and the Committee Representing Our Young Adults (CROYA) Foundation, which he founded.

Dr. Hotchkiss holds an AB degree in history from Dartmouth College and a PhD in Student Personnel & Guidance from Cornell University. He and his wife Sue live in Lake Bluff, IL.