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Carthage College has appointed Racine community leader Jeff Neubauer, a former longtime business owner and former state legislator, to its board of trustees.

Neubauer, 62, is the executive director of Higher Expectations for Racine County, a nonprofit collaboration that aligns efforts and maximizes resources in an effort to improve educational and employment outcomes.

“Carthage eagerly anticipates welcoming Jeff to its board,” said Jeff Hamar, chair of Carthage’s board. “Carthage hopes to play a bigger role in the economic development of the region, and Jeff’s experience and connections will be critical to the success of any new initiatives that Carthage undertakes.”

Neubauer also serves on the Racine County Foxconn Cabinet. After 30 years at Kranz Inc., a distributor of cleaning and paper supplies, where he served as owner and president, Neubauer sold the company in November. He served in the Wisconsin state Assembly from 1981 to 1988 and then chaired the state Democratic Party for four years.

Jeff Neubauer

“No one understands better than Jeff the array and complexity of economic and social needs in Racine County. He will be an outstanding partner in determining ways for Carthage College, as a vital part of the education it provides students, to meet those needs,” said John Swallow, president of Carthage College. “As Carthage commits even further to preparing students to make significant and long-lasting contributions to communities, Jeff can assist us in developing experiences through which our students can begin that work as soon as they arrive on campus.”

Neubauer’s wife, Lisa, chief judge for the state Court of Appeals, recently announced her candidacy for an opening on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. One of their three children, state Rep. Greta Neubauer, now represents Assembly District 66 in Racine County.

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