PULLMAN, Wash. — “Grey Flannel Suits and Other Worn Out Clothes” is the title of the presentation by John W. “Jack” Creighton Jr., former president and CEO of Weyerhaeuser Company, when he presents the spring DeYoung Executive-in-Residence lecture at the Washington State University College of Business and Economics. The speech is set for 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 9, in Todd Hall Room 276 and is open to the public.
As this semester’s DeYoung visiting corporate leader, Creighton will also spend two intensive days on the Pullman campus meeting with faculty and students in their graduate and undergraduate classes. His itinerary calls on him to present a Weyerhaeuser executive’s perspective on such topics as capital acquisitions and other aspects of financial planning; the impact of recent fluctuations in Asian economies on international trade; quality and customer satisfaction processes; formulating a competitive strategy; legal aspects of the company’s operations; target marketing; and Weyerhaeuser’s environmental stewardship.
Creighton served as Weyerhaeuser president for 10 years and its CEO for 7 years. He joined Weyerhaeuser in 1970 as the general manager of the Shelter Group, and was elected corporate vice president two months later. In 1985, he became an executive vice president. He holds a bachelor of science degree and a doctor of law degree from The Ohio State University, and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Miami.
A long-time advocate and supporter of WSU, he was co-chair of the successful and recently-completed $275 million fundraising effort known as Campaign WSU. He is vice chair of the WSU Foundation’s board of trustees; a university laureate and benefactor; and the father of two WSU graduates.
Creighton is national president of the Boy Scouts of America and director of Unocal Corp. and Local Initiatives Support Corp. He also is a member of the University of Puget Sound board of trustees and the University of Washington Press Development Advisory Board. He was recently appointed co-chair of the Governor’s 2020 Commission on the future of higher education.
The DeYoung Executive-in-Residence program was established in 1973 and brings to WSU prominent national business leaders each semester. Support for the program is provided by the Dennis DeYoung family of Kirkland. DeYoung, a 1968 graduate of the WSU Hotel and Restaurant Administration Program, is a member of the College of Business and Economics Business Advisory Committee, and the WSU Foundation board of trustees. He was also a steering committee member for Campaign WSU. His accomplishments and contributions were recognized when in 1990 he received the Alumni Achievement Award.