As a successful businessman with more than 25 years of experience on Wall Street; in Washington, D.C.; and throughout the world, Thomas Campbell will attest that obtaining a Lehigh education provided him with the foundation for his success. Tom, who earned a dual degree in finance and accounting in 1980, is committed to ensuring that the best resources are available for Lehigh’s College of Business and Economics (CBE) students as they prepare for today’s global and competitive environment.
He shares the view that Lehigh’s most important resource is its faculty and staff, which must be supported to foster innovation. Tom, founder and managing partner of DC Capital Partners, a private investment firm, established the Thomas J. Campbell ’80 Endowed Professorship to attract, motivate, train, and retain outstanding faculty who will bring experience and expertise to the classroom. Since 2010, the fund has supported four faculty members, including Professor Beibei Dong, department of marketing, who holds the position for the 2014-2015 academic year.
Tom knows that understanding technology is required for CBE students to effectively compete in the marketplace and has provided a generous gift in support of the Financial Services Lab. This cutting edge asset introduces students to a breadth of financial and business information, offers valuable certification programs, and aids their transition into the marketplace, while bridging theory to commercial application.
As a varsity swimmer at Lehigh juggling his studies and part-time jobs, Tom is a firm believer that dedication, discipline, and hard work lead to success both inside and outside of the classroom. Tom has been a generous donor for Lehigh’s current scholar-athletes by supporting the swimming and diving program and the Athletics Partnership.
With a long history as a successful investor, Tom currently serves as chairman of Michael Baker International, LLC; SC3, LLC; and The Spectrum Group. He is a member of the Lehigh University Board of Trustees and also serves on the boards of the National Guard Youth Foundation, the USO Metro, the Middle East Institute, and the Pomfret School. He previously served as chair of Fordham Preparatory School.
Tom is a member of Lehigh’s Wall Street Council (WSC) affinity group and was a featured speaker at the Lehigh Summit 2012 where he co-presented The Revolution in Military Affairs: Global Proliferation, Advanced Technologies, and Implications for National Security with Alton Romig ’75 ’77G ’79G. Tom was also a keynote at the WSC Financial Services Forum in November 2009, where he spoke of the attributes for success in life.
Tom considers the young men and women who pass through Lehigh doors to be America’s future and is committed to helping Lehigh prepare, develop, and motivate the next generation.