Jack Chism

Jack Chism

Emeritus Professor of Business Management

Year Started at GU: 1983
Phone: 618.664.6820
Email: jack.chism@greenville.edu
Areas of Responsibility:

Economics, Management Science, Finance, Senior Management Seminar, Marketing, Professional Communication


Master of Economics, Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville

Master of Business Administration, University of Illinois

Bachelor of Arts, Greenville College

Jack Chism (GC ’69) has been teaching Economics and many other business subjects at GC since 1983. He also teaches our Senior Seminar, Business as a Calling, and has started and managed several businesses. Prior to joining the faculty, he was an insurance agent for 8 years, an Air Force missile officer for 4 years, and a high-school history teacher for two years. He is married to the former Susan Bourne (GC ’68).

About Jack Chism

I have taught at GC longer than any of the faculty in the department, 27 years! I bring a wide background, from the past and the present. After growing up on a farm in west central Illinois, I attended Greenville College where I met my wife Susan. We now have four children and thirteen grandchildren. After college, I taught in Wisconsin public schools and served as an officer in the US Air Force. I then started an agency for Northwestern Mutual Life, selling, recruiting, and training for eight years. In 1983 I accepted an invitation to serve at Greenville College, as an instructor, fund raiser, member of many committees, and as department chair for 10 years. I have taught a wide variety of business courses, but I most enjoy economics.

I completed all of my graduate education while pursuing a full-time career. At first I commuted to the University of Illinois for his MBA while in the insurance business; then to SIU-Edwardsville for his Masters in Economics while teaching at Greenville College.

I help my students think like economists: Never waste your resources; but channel them toward their most valuable uses. Exercise sound stewardship. Increase wealth for your family, your community, and the world. Maximize your productive service to your client. Respect your fellow human's property rights. Trust the marketplace. Accept full responsibility for your results, good or bad. Consider secondary consequences and opportunity costs. Create, as one who was made in our Creator's likeness.

I constantly seek experiences that will enrich my teaching and thinking. My consulting and exploring has taken me to Ukraine, Rwanda, and the Philippines, where I advised a charitable organization on setting up a micro-finance service. I volunteer for a number of community activities, including City Planning Commission, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Relay for Life, and the Hospital Auxiliary Annual Book Fair. In addition I serve on the boards of several charitable foundations. I also operate a successful online retail business, started in 2004.

In a turning point experience, I survived leukemia (AML) in 2002. This changed my attitude toward aging, good health, death, and living a productive and loving life. Also it channeled some of my side interests toward helping organizations that work to overcome cancer and to comfort its victims.

Professional Affiliations

Christian Business Faculty Association

Related Experiences

Is a Chartered Life Underwriter; operates a small business online at www.bestvests.com; serves as member of Greenville City Plan Commission; manages the annual Book Fair for the Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary; serves on board of Life Line Homes, a foundation making grants to ministries for young people.

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