Nation’s Top Scholar-Athletes Return to Silicon Valley for Fourth Annual NFF Campbell Trophy® Summit

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Nation’s Top Scholar-Athletes Return to Silicon Valley for Fourth Annual NFF Campbell Trophy® Summit

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Nation’s Top Scholar-Athletes Return to Silicon Valley for Fourth Annual NFF Campbell Trophy® Summit National Football Foundation

IRVING, Texas – The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame today announced the names of the speakers and the William V. Campbell Trophy® nominees who have accepted invitations to attend the Fourth Annual Campbell Trophy® Summit Aug. 4-6 at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. Former U.S. Secretary of State Dr. Condoleezza Rice and former Utah and NFL quarterback Alex Smith are among the headliners for the event, which is proudly sponsored by Intuit, the global technology platform that makes TurboTax, QuickBooks, Mint, Credit Karma, and Mailchimp.  
 
"The Campbell Trophy Summit has become an extremely powerful platform for the NFF to showcase the impact of college football in forging great leaders who have a passion for paying it forward," said NFF Chairman Archie Manning. "It has become its own vibrant community, and we are very grateful to Intuit for making it happen and their support since its inception in 2017."

Organized as a tribute to the late Bill Campbell, the award's namesake and the former CEO and Chairman of Intuit, the event serves as a vehicle for the many leaders impacted by Campbell to pass on his insights about success, leadership and personal growth. The 2022 event will again provide all past Campbell Trophy® nominees a unique chance to interact and learn from many of the nation's top entrepreneurs and Silicon Valley CEOs.

"Bill Campbell was a one-of-a-kind leader and coach," said Sasan Goodarzi, Intuit's chief executive officer. "He had an incredible impact on so many of us, inspiring us to be the best version of ourselves. Intuit is honored to support this event that celebrates Bill's legacy."
 
Campbell, who played and coached football at Columbia before a switch to the business world, became one of the most influential individuals in Silicon Valley as the leader of Intuit and as a board member of Apple and Google. He developed a unique reputation, earning the moniker as the "Coach of Silcom Valley" for using the lessons of the gridiron as he mentored Steve Jobs of Apple, Sergey BrinLarry Page, Sundar Pichai and Eric Schmidt of Google, Jeff Bezos of Amazon, Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook, John Doerr of Kleiner-Perkins, Dick Costolo of Twitter, Diane Greene of VMWare, Scott Cook and Brad D. Smith of Intuit, and countless others. His contributions have been captured in a book titled "The Trillion Dollar Coach."
 
"Bill was absolutely passionate about football, and he believed deeply in what one learned from playing the game," said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. "He never, never took his foot off the accelerator in talking about the benefits of the game. So, we are really thankful for Intuit's leadership and support of the Summit as a crucible for perpetuating Bill's legacy of mentoring."
 
The Summit is open to all former nominees for the Campbell Trophy®, which has been presented since 1990, and the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards, which have been bestowed since 1959. The approach of inviting all the past nominees stretching back to 1959 has created a unique community of recent college graduates as well as professionals in the middle of their careers and retirees who can serve as mentors.

This year's attendees will represent 135 colleges and universities from all divisions, and their current careers range from doctors, engineers, lawyers, physicists and business and civic leaders. MWF Advisors CEO Mark Flynn, a former linebacker at Saint John's (MN) who was a volunteer coach for an eighth-grade boys-and-girls' flag-football team with Campbell, has played the lead role in organizing the event since its inception in 2017.
 
"Bill inspired a number of us, and all he ever asked was that we passed on, from one generation to the next, his values," said Flynn. "He had us commit to mentoring this next generation. We decided to gather really bright, talented people who have been part of this Campbell Trophy®, saying let's gather for three or four days to develop tomorrow's leaders. It was unbelievable how people would make time and change their schedule to be part of Bill's legacy… We are here to create a living legacy to Bill Campbell, and all of the scholar-athletes are in the Campbell Trophy® fraternity for life."
 
A three-day event, the 2022 Summit includes leadership workshops, team building activities, and several other social networking activities designed to build relationships, including a flag football game and a trivia challenge. The panels will cover a wide range of topics designed to foster leadership, personal growth and the career development of the attendees, including a workshop with Liz Wiseman, the author of The New York Times bestseller "Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter."
 
Speakers include former Secretary of State Dr. Condoleezza Rice, former Utah and NFL QB Alex Smith, Arizona State University Public Enterprise Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer Chris Howard and AWM Capital Director and ESPN Analyst Sam Acho. Both Howard (Air Force) and Acho (Texas) won the Campbell Trophy® in 1990 and 2010, respectively, and Rice claimed the NFF Gold Medal, the NFF's highest honor, in 2015.

As a unique part of the 2022 Summit, Andy Papathanassiou, a former Stanford football player who became a widely acclaimed NASCAR innovator, will be leveraging his pit crew techniques during a special team building experience. (Click here for a video preview.) Marshall University President and former Intuit Chariman & CEO Brad D. Smith, who developed a special bond with Bill Campbell, will address the Summit via a pre-taped video message.

Invitations Accepted by Past Campbell Trophy® Nominees

Alabama A&M University – Kristian Smith* (2006)
Alabama State University – Luke Barnes (2021)
Appalachian State University – Jordan Fehr (2019)
Arkansas State University – Richard (Andy) McPherson (2001)
Ball State University – Alex Joss (2018)
Bentley University (MA) – Rogers Boylan (2017)
Bethany College (KS) – Patrick Wempe ǂ (1987)
Birmingham-Southern College (AL) – Austin Lewter (2019)
Black Hills State University (SD) – Phydell Paris (2017)
Boise State University – Bart Hendricks (2000)
Bowdoin College (ME) – Cam Rondeau (2018)
Brigham Young University – Matthew Allen (2007)
Brigham Young University – Nathan Meikle (2006)
Brigham Young University – Keyan Norman (2017)
Brigham Young University – Adam Pulsipher (2018)
Brown University – Chad Broome-Webster (2021)
Brown University – Travis Holcombe ǂ (1981)
Brown University – Christian Montano (2018)
Brown University – Michael Yules (2013)
Bucknell University – Sam Oyekoya (2012)
Butler University – Mike Goletz (1999)
Campbell University – Levi Wiggins (2021)
Carnegie Mellon University (PA) – Jason Funke (1998)
Carnegie Mellon University (PA) – Sean Knight (2021)
Carson-Newman University (TN) – William Alderman (2014)
Colgate University – John Frieser* (2003)
College of the Holy Cross – Ryan Brady (2018)
College of the Holy Cross – Derek Mountain (2019)
College of Wooster (OH) – Rick Drushal (2006)
College of Wooster (OH) – Angelo Petracci (2021)
Colorado State University – James Bennett (2000)
Columbia University – Mike Hinton (2018)
Columbia University – Michael Quarshie* (2004)
Cornell College (IA) – Matt Miller* (1993)
Cornell University – Maxton Edgerly (2020)
Cornell University – Kevin Rooney (2003)
Cornell University – Joe Splendorio (2000)
Cornell University – Jelani Taylor* (2019)
Cumberland University (TN) – Reed Gurchiek (2014)
Dartmouth College – Jay Barnard (2003)
Dartmouth College – Evan Hecimovich (2021)
Dartmouth College – Jack Heneghan (2017)
Dartmouth College – Luke Hussey (2011)
Dartmouth College – Ryan McManus (2015)
Dartmouth College – Kevin Noone (2002)
Davidson College – Eli Turner (2021)
Delaware State University – Peter Gaertner (2006)
DePauw University (IN) – Will Longthorne (2016)
Drake University – Dan Clinton (2010)
Earlham College (IN) – Drew Hosier (2008)
East Carolina University – Alex Turner (2019)
Eastern New Mexico University – Ty Touchstone* (2004)
Florida Atlantic University – John Mitchell (2021)
Florida International University – Edward Wenger (2005)
Fort Lewis College (CO) – Taylor Suta (2015)
Fresno State – Jacob Vazquez (2016)
Furman University – Adi (Adnan) Filipovic (2006)
Gallaudet University (DC) – Brad Peterson (2018)
Georgia State University – Bobby Baker (2016)
Grinnell College (IA) – Danny Carter (2021)
Grinnell College (IA) – Rick Johnson (2020)
Gustavus Adolphus College (MN) – Jared Sieling (2007)
Hampton University – Michael Bland* (2000)
Hardin-Simmons University (TX) – Cameron Hanna (2021)
Hillsdale College (MI) – Mark Nicolet (2007)
Hope College (MI) – Kirby Crook (2014)
Hope College (MI) – Brandon Ellsworth (2017)
Illinois State University – Stephen Carroll (2004)
Indiana University – Jacob Bailey (2016)
Indiana University – William Lumpkin (2005)
Indiana University – Will Meyers (2006)
Iowa State University – Todd Bandhauer* (1998)
Iowa State University – Craig Mahoney* (1990)
Kansas State University – Brooks Barta* (1992)
Knox College (IL) – Robert Monroe ǂ (1987)
La Salle University (PA) – John Travers (2001)
Lehigh University – Brendan Van Ackeren (2008)
Marist College – Terrence Turner (2010)
McNeese State University – Wes Hines* (2000)
McNeese State University – Beau Lasseigne (2009)
Michigan State University – Dominique Long (2020)
Middlebury College (VT) – Pete Huggins (2020)
Montana State University – Jordan Craney (2010)
Montana State University – Anders Larsson ǂ (1988)
Morehead State University – Nick Feldman (2008)
Newberry College (SC) – Jawanza Adams (2018)
North Dakota State University – Ryan Williams (2000)
Northern Arizona University – Jacob Crissup (1999)
Northern Illinois University – Patrick Stephen* (1998)
Oklahoma State University – Seb Clements (2008)
Penn State University – Tony Pittman* (1994)
Penn State University – Wally Richardson* (1996)
Penn State University – John Walsh ǂ (1980)
Princeton University – Matt Arends (2015)
Princeton University – Scott Carpenter (2016)
Princeton University – Andrew Griffin (2019)
Rhodes College (TN) – Blake Jacobs (2017)
Rowan University (NJ) – Chris Popper (2012)
Rutgers University – Quentin Gause (2015)
Rutgers University – Garrett Shea (2000)
Sacramento State – Peter Buck (2010)
Sacramento State – Clint Lessard (2009)
Saint John's University (MN) – Chris Backes (2021)
Saint John's University (MN) – Blake Elliott (2003)
Saint John's University (MN) – Paul Gans (2004)
Saint John's University (MN) – Will Gillach (2018)
Saint John's University (MN) – Carter Hanson* (2016)
Saint John's University (MN) – Steve Johnson (2012)
San Jose State University – Tom James (1998)
St. Ambrose University (IA) – Brad Cook* (2006)
Stanford University – Dallas Lloyd (2016)
Stanford University – Casey Moore (2002)
Stanford University – John Sande III ǂ (1970)
Stanford University – Jet Toner (2020)
Stetson University – Davion Belk (2016)
Stetson University – Austin Tyrrell (2017)
Syracuse University – Andrew Robinson (2009)
Tennessee State University – Bryson Rosser (2005)
Texas Christian University – Curtis Clay (2010)
Texas Lutheran University – Juan Ocampo (2021)
Troy University – Will Chambliss (2008)
Troy University – Jamie Hampton (2011)
Tufts University (MA) – Khalif Jeter (2020)
Tufts University (MA) – Mike Pedrini (2021)
Tulane University – Sam Scofield (2014)
United States Air Force Academy – Michael France ǂ (1981)
United States Air Force Academy – David Hlatky ǂ (1988)
United States Air Force Academy – Chris Howard** (1990)
United States Military Academy – Terry Baggett* (2014)
United States Military Academy – Kenneth Brinson Jr.* (2018)
United States Military Academy – Shaun Castillo* (1999)
United States Military Academy – Lowell Garthwaite (2008)
United States Military Academy – Timothy McGuire ǂ (1986)
United States Military Academy – Neil Ravitz (1998)
University at Albany – J.T. Herfurth (2000)
University of California – Steven Coutts (2019)
University of Central Florida – Joey Grant (2015)
University of Colorado – Nate Bonsu (2013)
University of Colorado – Jim Cooch ǂ (1970)
University of Colorado – Lucas Cooper (2019)
University of Colorado – Jim Hansen** (1992)
University of Colorado – Adam Reed (1998)
University of Florida – James Smith (2008)
University of Georgia – Jeb Blazevich (2017)
University of Idaho – Edward Hall (2018)
University of Kansas – Mike Rivera (2008)
University of Kentucky – Landon Foster (2015)
University of Kentucky – Ronnie Riley Jr. (2002)
University of Louisiana – Nate Snyder (2021)
University of Maine – Eric Lee (2009)
University of Maryland – Jonathan Claiborne ǂ (1977)
University of Memphis – Scott Scherer (2002)
University of Michigan – Zoltan Mesko (2009)
University of Minnesota – Anthony Brinkhaus (2007)
University of Minnesota – Justin Conzemius* (1995)
University of Mississippi – Tyler Campbell (2012)
University of Mississippi – Deterrian Shackelford (2014)
University of Missouri – Sean Culkin (2016)
University of Montana – Justin Olsen (1998)
University of Mount Union (OH) – Kevin Burke (2014)
University of Mount Union (OH) – Hank Spencer* (2015)
University of New England (ME) – Keegan Stanton-Meas (2021)
University of North Alabama – Derrick Chatman (2008)
University of North Carolina – Doug Justice (2005)
University of North Dakota – Ty Boyle (2010)

University of North Dakota – Brant Grimes (1999)
University of North Dakota – Marcus Tibesar (2009)
University of North Texas – Taylor Casey (2003)
University of Notre Dame – Gregory Dingens ǂ (1985)
University of Notre Dame – Joe Schmidt (2015)
University of Pittsburgh – Dontez Ford (2016)
University of Pittsburgh – Ryan Winslow (2017)
University of Redlands (CA) – Aaron Hinkle (2014)
University of Redlands (CA) – Mitch Kidd (2017)
University of San Diego – Blake Oliaro (2013)
University of South Dakota – Christopher Ganious* (2011)
University of Texas – Sam Acho** (2010)
University of Texas – Dallas Griffin** (2007)
University of Texas – Neale Tweedie (2006)
University of Tulsa – Andrew McLaughlin (2001)
University of Virginia – Thomas Burns** (1993)
University of Washington – Dan Eernissee ǂ (1984)
University of Wisconsin-Stout – Jared Allen (2017)
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater – Tony Gumina (2017)
University of Wyoming – Trenton Franz* (2004)
University of Wyoming – Cooper Rothe (2019)
University of Wyoming – Stuart Williams (2014)
Valparaiso University – Alex Grask (2013)

Vanderbilt University – Andrew McCarroll ǂ (1989)
Wake Forest University – Jordan Garside (2014)
Wake Forest University – Ryan Janvion* (2016)
Wake Forest University – Cam Serigne (2017)
Wake Forest University – Hunter Williams (2015)
Washington State University – Alex Brink* (2007)
Washington State University – Jared Karstetter* (2011)
Washington University in St. Louis (MO) – Kyle Larkin (2011)
Washington University in St. Louis (MO) – Hank Michalski (2018)
Washington University in St. Louis (MO) – Drew Wethington (2006)
Washington University in St. Louis (MO) – Andrew Whitaker (2021)
Wayne State University (MI) – Ryan Oshnock (2006)
Wayne State University (MI) – Nick Thomas (2012)
Wesleyan University (CT) – Joseph Wilson (2018)
West Virginia University – Billy Kinney (2018)
West Virginia University – Oliver Luck ǂ (1981)
Western Kentucky University – Steven Witchoskey (2020)
Western Michigan University – John Potter (2011)
Westfield State University (MA) – Chris Walker (2012)
Yale University – Sebastian Little (2016)
Yale University – J. Hunter Roman (2018)
Yale University – Tyler Varga* (2014)

Speakers and Mentors Slated to Appear

 

  • Sam Acho, AWM Capital Director of Human Capital, Innovation and Impact, ESPN Analyst, 2010 William V. Campbell Trophy® recipient, former Texas defensive end
  • Thomas D. Burns Jr., Parsons' Salt Waste Processing Facility, senior vice president, 1993 William V. Campbell Trophy® recipient, former Virginia linebacker
  • Diane Flynn, ReBoot Accel, co-founder and CEO
  • Mark Flynn, MFW Advisors CEO, former Saint John's (MN) linebacker
  • Jim Hansen, Marine Meteorology Division of the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, superintendent, 1992 William V. Campbell Trophy® recipient, Rhodes Scholar, former Colorado offensive lineman
  • Steve Hatchell, National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame, president & CEO
  • Chris Howard, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Arizona State University Public Enterprise, 1990 William V. Campbell Trophy® recipient, Rhodes Scholar, former Air Force running back
  • Ron Johnson, Enjoy Technology, Inc., CEO
  • Erik Judson, JMI Sports CEO
  • Oliver Luck, Altius Chairman, former West Virginia athletics director and NCAA executive, 1981 NFF National Scholar-Athlete from West Virginia
  • Craig Mahoney, Orthopaedic Surgeon, 1990 William V. Campbell Trophy® finalist, former Iowa State tight end
  • Ivan Maisel, author, sportswriter and Vice President Editorial/Senior Writer at On3 Sports
  • Dr. Alan Mishra, Stanford University Medical Center, adjunct clinical associate professor
  • Andy Papathanassiou, Professional Speaker, Founder of Over The Wall Thinking and NASCAR innovator, former Stanford offensive guard
  • Dr. Condoleezza Rice, Stanford Business Professor, former Secretary of State, former National Security Advisor, 2015 NFF Gold Medal recipient
  • Ted Robinson, television and radio sportscaster
  • Jonathan Rosenberg, Google, former Senior Vice President and co-author of The New York Times bestseller: "The Trillion Dollar Coach: The Leadership Playbook of Silicon Valley's Bill Campbell"
  • Matthew Sign, National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame COO, former Rice nose guard
  • Alex Smith, motivational speaker, former Utah and NFL quarterback
  • Brad D. Smith, Marshall University President, former Intuit chairman and CEO
  • Jeremy Utley, Stanford University d.school Director of Executive Education
  • Dr. Alex White, ReBoot Accel SVP for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Liz Wiseman, author of The New York Times bestseller "Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter"

 

The captain of Columbia's 1961 Ivy League championship team, Bill Campbell found his true calling after an unlikely career change at age 39 from football coach to advertising executive. His ability to recruit, develop and manage talented executives – all lessons learned on the gridiron –proved to be a critical component of his ability to inspire his business teams to the highest levels of success.
 
Campbell joined the NFF Board in 1978 while he was still a coach at Columbia, and he continued to serve with distinction until his passing in 2016. In 2004, the NFF recognized Campbell's contributions and accomplishments by presenting him with the NFF Gold Medal, the organization's highest honor. In 2009, the NFF renamed college football's premier scholar-athlete award as The William V. Campbell Trophy® in his honor.

Celebrating its 33rd year in 2022, the trophy identifies one individual as the absolute best in the nation for his combined academic success, football performance and exemplary community leadership, and it has become one of college football's most sought after and competitive awards. Made of 25-pounds of bronze and 24-inches in height, the trophy is currently displayed at its official home inside the New York Athletic Club. The trophy is accompanied by a $25,000 postgraduate scholarship.
 
The centerpiece to the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards Presented by Fidelity Investments, the Campbell Trophy® was first presented in 1990 and adds to the prestige of the program, which was launched in 1959 as the first initiative in history to award postgraduate scholarships based on a player's combined academic, athletic and community accomplishments. Using the recipients of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards as the pool of finalists, the NFF selects one member of the class as the winner of the Campbell Trophy®. The program has awarded $12.1 million to 891 top athletes since its inception, and it currently distributes around $300,000 each year. Coupled with the money distributed by its local chapters, the NFF has distributed more than $37.1 million.
 
Jim Hansen, who won the 1992 Campbell Trophy® and earned a Rhodes Scholarship, said he has spent the past 30 years of his life trying to recreate the meaningful relationships he experienced with his teammates as an offensive tackle at the University of Colorado.
 
"I think the closest that I have come outside of my immediate family are these Campbell Trophy® Summits," said Hansen, who has attended all three summits and currently serves as the Naval Research Laboratory Marine Meteorology Division Superintendent. "These are my people, and I love being able to spend time with them… A common theme that we learned is the importance and value of relationships. Bill Campbell has given us a great gift in the ability to bring together all these great people to build and maintain relationships and have an impact on our communities."

 Click here for a video from the last event in 2019.

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