Charles (Chuck) M. Swoboda, Eng ’89, was elected to the Marquette University Board of Trustees in 2004, served as vice chair from 2011–2012, and as chair of the board from 2012–2014.
He is chairman and chief executive officer of Cree, Inc., where he and Cree are leading the LED lighting revolution to obsolete the incandescent light bulb through the use of energy-efficient, environmentally friendly LED lighting. Cree is an innovator of LED lighting as well as semiconductor solutions for wireless and power applications.
Chuck received his degree from Marquette University’s College of Engineering in 1989 and was employed by the Hewlett-Packard Company.
In 1993 Chuck joined Cree and has held numerous executive positions influencing and leading Cree from near start-up to today’s market leadership. He has served as a member of the Cree board of directors since 2000, as chief executive officer since 2001, and chairman of the board since 2005.
Chuck received the Spirit of Marquette Award in 2004 and is a member of the 1881 Society of the Marquette University President’s Council. In 2010 Chuck was named Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year for the Carolinas, and in 2013 he was named The Edison Report’s Lighting Industry Person of the Year.
He is a member of the Marquette University Archbishop Henni Founders Society and the Marquette University President’s Society.