The late R. Michael Campbell ’67 and M. Susan Campbell ’68 are co-recipients of the 2016 Alumnus of the Year award, the highest alumni award presented by the university.
The Campbells have demonstrated a strong commitment and dedication to Millikin for more than 30 years through generous financial support and service. They have provided decades of faithful support to The Millikin Fund for Student Scholarships. Additionally, they provided significant support to both the “Advancing the Vision” and “Transform MU” capital campaigns, including support for the field enhancements to Frank M. Lindsay Field. They frequented Chicago-area alumni events, and often served as event hosts. Mike also served as a member of the Millikin board of trustees for nine years and was an ambassador for all things Millikin, often encouraging recruitment and networking opportunities for MU.
Mike died Feb. 2, 2016, at age 70, following a multiyear battle with colon cancer. Prior to his death, Mike had built an impressive career in business and real estate. He worked in mergers and acquisitions for G.D. Searle Pharmaceuticals Co. from 1969-72 and began to work in real estate equity investments at Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co. in 1973. In 1983, Mike founded Campbell Properties LLP, a commercial development company in Mt. Prospect, Ill., with properties in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and Tennessee, and served as owner and general partner until his death. In 1990, both he and Campbell Properties received special merit and recognition awards for the significant personal contribution and for the design and implementation of the Famous Footwear National Distribution Center from Brown Shoe Co.
Mike completed a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Millikin in 1967. In 1969, he completed an MBA at Northern Illinois University, and later received the 1973 Graduate Honors Award for the College of Business from NIU.
In addition to Millikin, he was a generous supporter of the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, Northwest Community Hospital Foundation and the American Cancer Society. An active community leader, Mike also was a founding member of the board of directors of Mt. Prospect National Bank, and served as the bank’s director for nearly a decade. He also served on the board of directors at Northwest Suburban Bancorp, headquartered in Mt. Prospect. Mike was a deacon, trustee and elder at First Presbyterian Church of Arlington Heights, Ill., where he also served as president of the personnel committee.
Sue attended Millikin from 1964-67, where she was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority. She later completed an associate degree in nursing from Harper College in 1985, and was a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She loved her career in nursing, and worked as a nurse at Northwest Community Hospital, and later as an obstetrics and gynecology office nurse. In 2000, she retired from nursing after completing 10 years of triage nursing for a medical group in Arlington Heights.
Sue was also a leader within their community. Like Mike, she also served as an elder and trustee at First Presbyterian Church of Arlington Heights. She also served on the church’s personnel and gardening committees, and worked with the Youth Sunday School and Youth Club. She also served as a volunteer for the Public Action to Deliver Shelter (“PADS”) community program and Mt. Prospect’s chapter of the Infant Welfare Society. A lover of the arts, she held season tickets for the Chicago Symphony for many years and was a member of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Mike and Sue have two daughters, Sara Campbell Zientara and Alison Campbell, and five grandchildren. Mike’s brother is Steve Campbell ’71.