Robert A. Boardman ’69 Speaks To Graduate Candidates
Muskingum College held its graduate commencement exercises on May 7, 2009 with an address by Robert A. Boardman ’69.
Robert A. Boardman is known for his consummate expertise in corporate legal ethics and environmental matters, and for his outstanding ability to confront the very complex ethical, environmental, and economic dimensions presented by our global society.
Mr. Boardman served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Navistar International Corporation from 1990 until his retirement in 2004. He was responsible for all environmental and legal matters of the enterprise, whose revenues grew to more than $10 billion annually during his tenure. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Navistar was formerly known as International Harvester Company, and is a global leader in the manufacture of trucks, buses, and diesel engines. Mr. Boardman previously served as Vice President and Corporate Secretary of Johns Manville Corporation, a multinational building products corporation headquartered in Denver, Colorado.
Mr. Boardman has returned often to Muskingum to share the experiences of his thirty-year corporate law career with current students, including as Distinguished Visiting Professor of Legal Ethics in 2005. His lecture topics included environmental manufacturing, business ethics, and corporate reorganization.
Currently, Mr. Boardman is a partner in RSB Property Development, LLC, a real estate and home building business, and the President of the Board of Directors of Salt Creek Ballet. He is an avid runner, skier, and golfer, and is pursuing a masters degree in history at DePaul University. A native of Akron, Ohio, Mr. Boardman earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Muskingum and his Juris Doctorate from Case Western Reserve University Law School.
Mr. Boardman and his wife, Frances Holekamp Boardman ’68, reside in the Chicago area. Their son Shelby is a 2004 graduate of the Daniels School of Business at The University of Denver.