Charles W. Oswald '46

CEO and Philanthropist

Charles Oswald, past president of Jostens, former CEO of National Computer Systems, and chairman of Rotherwood Ventures, LLC, has helped friends and family with financial aid and advice for many years. Mr. Oswald was an Eagle Scout, valedictorian of his class, and a star on the 1945 undefeated football team at Hutchinson High School. He graduated in 1946.

Mr. Oswald served for several years in the United States Marine Corp. He went on to earn an MBA degree and graduated from Harvard Business School with honors. After Harvard, he began working for Jostens and eventually joined National Computer Systems, a company which he raised out of financial difficulties. Mr. Oswald not only helped bring his company to a new level of success; he also helped many young entrepreneurs along the way by providing business advice and encouragement. He invested in their companies and is well-known for encouraging people to do their best. Local friends have said that Mr. Oswald “has never forgotten the importance of education nor how important his roots in Hutchinson are.”

It is obvious that Mr. Oswald is committed to improving the quality of education. He has created many business/education partnerships and has established the Oswald Family Foundation, a major philanthropic organization that funds worthy projects all over the country. Mr. Oswald has given millions of dollars to Kansas universities, not just his alma mater, and continues to fund the prestigious Young American Scholarship at Hutchinson High School. He also deserves the major credit for making the restoration of the Fox Theatre possible, donating one million dollars in honor of his late wife, Sally, to renovate the building. He continues to benefit many with his hard work, dedication to entrepreneurship, and generous donations. For these reasons, Charles Oswald has assured his place on the Hutchinson High School Wall of Honor.