Conserve School Board of Trustees
Stefan Anderson

On Friday, August 24, the annual summer meeting of the Conserve School Trust Board of Trustees was held at the school in Land O’ Lakes. At this meeting, Conserve School welcomed seven new members to its nine-member board. “I am excited to work with a board with such a broad knowledge of both how schools work and how they are best supported,” said Stefan Anderson, Head of Conserve School.

The Conserve School Trust is the legacy of James Lowenstine, a Chicago industrialist and philanthropist who passed away in 1996. Lowenstine directed that the bulk of his estate be used to operate a school on his 1,200-acre property in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. Conserve School opened its doors in 2002 and converted to a semester school primarily for high school juniors in 2009. It currently serves about 60 students per semester, offering a full curriculum of core courses with a focus on environmental stewardship.

Among the assets Lowenstine left behind to support the school was a controlling interest in Central Steel and Wire Company, a Chicago-based distributor of metal products. Lowenstine was the chief executive officer of Central Steel for decades. His trust provides that if the trustees no longer control the company, new trustees will be appointed by The Culver Educational Foundation, which operates the Culver Academies in Culver, Indiana.  Jim Lowenstine was a 1942 graduate of Culver, and he was a proud and generous supporter of that school.

This past June the Conserve School Trust sold its Central Steel & Wire shares and the Culver Educational Foundation appointed the following individuals to serve as Conserve School Trust Board of Trustees.

John Buxton is the new Managing Trustee for Conserve School and he serves as Co-Chair of the board. Mr. Buxton headed Culver Academies from 1999-2016 and during that time served as the Chair of the Boards of the Independent Schools Association of the Central States, the Association of Military Colleges and Schools, and the Leadership Marshall County.  He also served as a Board member of The Association of Boarding Schools.

James Dicke II is joining the board as Co-Chair. Mr. Dicke is the Chairman and CEO of the Crown Equipment Pty. Ltd.  Mr. Dicke has served on the Boards of Trinity University and the Culver Educational Foundation. He is a Commissioner of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Also joining the Board are:

William Osborn, the retired Chair and CEO of the Northern Trust Company and the former Chair of the Northwestern University Board of Trustees.

Todd Parchman, the founding partner of Parchman, Vaughan & Company.  He was a Morehead Scholar at the University of North Carolina and received his MBA from the University of Chicago.  He serves on the University of Maryland Baltimore Foundation Board of Trustees and the Stevenson University’s President’s advisory Council; and he was formerly a member of the Culver Educational Foundation Board of Trustees.

James Schacht, the Executive Director and General Manager of Cummins Marine and Oil and Gas Market Segments Globally. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School. Mr. Schacht has served on the Boards of the Park Tudor School and the Culver Educational Foundation.

Barry Richter, the President/Business Consultant Hausmann-Johnson Insurance, Madison, Wisconsin.  He is Advisory Board Co-Chair, American Family Children’s Hospital; and Board Member, Madison Area Sports Commission.  He is a 1994 Winter Olympian--USA Hockey.

Thomas Sullivan, the Vice President, Corporate Development RPM International, INC.  He serves as a Board Member for the Sullivan Scholars, the Thomas C. and Sandy Sullivan Charitable Foundation, and the Restoration Committee for St. Patrick’s Church in Cleveland, Ohio.

Continuing with the Board are:

Steve Fuhrman, former CEO of Central Steel & Wire and Kevin Powers, former CFO of Central Steel & Wire.

Photo credit: Rob Houle