Charles M. Swoboda

Charles M. SwobodaCharles M. Swoboda, Eng '89, was elected to the Marquette University Board of Trustees in 2004, served as vice chair from 2011 to 2012, and served chair of the board from 2012 to 2014.

He is chairman and chief executive officer of Cree Inc., where he and Cree are leading the LED lighting revolution and setting the stage to make 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 joined Cree in 1993 and has held numerous executive positions influencing and leading Cree culture, technology and business from near start-up to today's market leadership. Chuck 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.

After receiving his degree from Marquette University's College of Engineering in 1989, he was employed by the Hewlett-Packard Company.

In 2010 he was named Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year for the Carolinas. He received the Spirit of Marquette Award in 2004 and is a member of the Marquette University President's Society.