Charley Oswald is being acknowledged for his success in private business. As a Summerfield Scholar, Oswald graduated Phi Beta Kappa from KU and followed with his master's of business administration from Harvard in 1953. After graduation, he joined Jostens Corporation where he rapidly advanced, serving as president from 1968 to 1970. Oswald spent the major part of his career, from 1970 to 1994, guiding the development of National Computer Systems Inc. (now NCS Pearson) while serving as the chairman and CEO. Since then, he has served as founder and chairman of Rotherwood Ventures, LLC.
As a tribute to Professor John Ise in the Department of Economics, Oswald has provided significant support to the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, creating the Oswald Scholars Program and several professorships in the economics department that have enabled the University to recruit internationally renowned faculty.
In 2003, Oswald was awarded the Fred Ellsworth Medallion by the Kansas Alumni Association. He has been a member of the Williams Educational Fund, the Chancellors Club, the School of Business Board of Advisors, the Kansas Leadership Gift, and is a longtime supporter of KU athletics. He is currently a member of the KU First Committee and is a trustee of the KU Endowment Association.