LeCalsey talks leadership, Lombardi, UWGB in interview with ‘CW 14 Focus’

Lou LeCalsey, a former Marine and retired business executive who heads the UW-Green Bay Foundation and Chancellor’s Council of Trustees, will be the guest on the next edition of the public affairs program “CW 14 Focus” at 10 a.m. Sunday (Nov. 24).

The half-hour program hosted by Robert Hornacek airs on Channel 14, the sister station of WLUK Fox 11. Taped earlier this week, the program will  include LeCalsey’s insights on leadership, his memories of the Marine Corps, and his history with UW-Green Bay and the institution’s current and future importance.

LeCalsey spent 40 years in the paper industry, including 25 years with Scott Paper. He recently retired as the president and C.E.O. of Ashwaubenon-based Tufco Technologies. He currently works as a leadership consultant with Boston Consulting, LLC.

He spent six years in the United States Marine Corps, where he worked in reconnaissance. He was also the founding coach for the UW-Green Bay soccer program in 1969. On the show, LeCalsey recounts an interview he had for the job with legendary Green Bay Packers head coach Vince Lombardi. Lombardi was an adviser to then-chancellor Ed Weidner for intercollegiate athletics.

“He was fantastic,” LeCalsey said of Lombardi. “As I walked in, I was a little bit intimidated, I think. He said with his gruff exterior, ‘Where did you go to college?’ And I said, “Franklin & Marshall, a little school you probably never heard of in Central Pennsylvania.’ And he said, ‘Do you know Woody Sponaugle?’ I said, ‘Yeah, he was the athletic director.’ And he said, ‘Well, you tell that blank-blank that he was the toughest character I ever played against.'”

It is expected the full interview will be archived by next week at http://www.cw14online.com/local-shows/cw-14-focus/lecalsey-on-leadership


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