Bob Carpenter ’73 will deliver the commencement address and D. Stephen Menzies ’73 will be awarded the Richard L. Duchossois ’40 Integrity and Values Alumni Award at the Academy’s 147th graduation exercises on July 25, 2020.
“We are pleased to have Mr. Carpenter address the Class of 2020 and the MPA community,” Head of School Mercedes Z. Sheppard said. “He sets a tremendous example for our graduates and his experiences and insights will surely inspire them. I greatly look forward to welcoming him back to campus.”
Carpenter began his career as a consultant in the Chicago office of the Boston Consulting Group. He later went on to serve in senior management information technology and services positions at companies such as Square D, AT&T, and NCR, before becoming President and CEO of IHS, a leading worldwide content, software, and services provider of technical and business information solutions. Since leaving IHS, he has focused on private investments and not-for-profit organizations.
After graduating from Morgan Park Academy, Carpenter attended DePauw University, where he was a Rector scholar and a summa cum laude graduate, earning a B.A. in history and political science and studying abroad in Vienna, Austria, and at the Karl Marx University of Economic Sciences in Budapest, Hungary.
Carpenter continued on to the University of Virginia, where it was while pursuing graduate studies as a DuPont and Jefferson Scholar that he developed a strong interest in international business. He graduated from UVA with a Master’s in foreign affairs and then attended Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, graduating with distinction as an H. Edsall Olson scholar.
Menzies is Chief Executive Officer of The Longwood Group, a private merchant bank headquartered in Chicago. The Longwood Group advises and invests with institutional sponsor clients in global surface transportation businesses, with a focus on freight transportation equipment, leasing, and logistic services.
Menzies previously was a Senior Vice President and Group President at Dallas-based Trinity Industries, the largest manufacturer of railcars, inland barges, highway guardrail, and wind towers in North America. Menzies led TrinityRail for 17 years and integrated Trinity’s railcar manufacturing, leasing, and services businesses into market leadership. He also was chairman of Trinity’s $4 billion railcar leasing joint venture.
Menzies holds a Bachelor of Business Studies degree from Tulane University and a Master of Arts in Finance from the University of Alabama, where he serves on the Board of Visitors for the Culverhouse College of Business. He is a former member of the Board of Directors for the National Freight Transportation Association and is an active supporter of charities, organizations supporting victims of domestic violence, and academic institutions.
Menzies also returned to Morgan Park Academy four years ago to deliver the 2016 commencement address.
The Duchossois Award is Morgan Park Academy’s highest award for alumni, given annually in recognition of its namesake’s lifetime achievements, outstanding professional success, and service to the Academy, his community, and society. Previous recipients are Mr. Duchossois, Dr. Frank Burd ’52, Denny Cresap ’52, Bill Hickey ’71, Al Hoffman Jr. ’52, Jim Mitchell ’61, Rajeev Rathi ’84, Spencer Stuart ’40, and Jerome A. Thrall ’44.
“Mr. Menzies has been a tremendous supporter of the Academy and its students and faculty,” Sheppard said. “His contributions to both our school and his communities make him truly a fitting recipient of the Duchossois Award.”