This award recognizes outstanding alumni who reflect the ideals of the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley and whose achievements and contributions within their field of work or in their community have made a significant difference. For criteria, deadlines and to nominate an alumni view the nomination form.
Outstanding Alumni 2016
The University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley Foundation is honored to announce the 2016 Outstanding Alumni, Dr. Russ Clayton and Jeff Schneider!
Dr. Charles Russell Clayton
Charles Russell Clayton attended the University of Wisconsin – Fox Valley from 2008 to 2009. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from Texas A&M University in 1975 and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Chicago in 1998.
After 30 years in the oil and gas industry as an accomplished executive, Russ retired to pursue a medical education. At age 52, he returned to college and medical school to gather the necessary classes to become a practicing physician. With over 90 hours of prerequisites and seven years later, Russ entered the University of Sint Eustatius School of Medicine in the Dutch Antilles and graduated in 2013. His passion to practice as a family physician in a small underserved community was realized when Aspirus Family Medicine Residency Program in Wausau, Wisconsin accepted his residency. Russ’s interest in medicine is about service and caring for people, with an emphasis in elder care.
Russ has been married to his wife, Carol, for 42 years. They have two children and four granddaughters. Throughout their married life, his family has been extremely supportive while he traveled for 20 years visiting and working in 42 different countries, residing in Europe, Africa, and Central Asia. He had a stellar career in growing, transforming, restructuring and turning around global businesses with Allis-Chalmers, Dresser-Rand and Emhart Teknologies.
Russ believes in helping others – in all areas of his life. He believes in following one’s dream with a razor-sharp focus and relentless determination to overcome any barriers or obstacles. He continues to search out opportunities where he can serve others as long as he can.
Jeff Schneider has always looked to family first. As a high school senior he helped his older twin brothers with morning chores on their farm so they could attend classes at Fox Valley Technical College and the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley in agriculture. When he graduated from Kaukauna High School, he planned on attending UW-Fox Valley to continue to help his brothers before transferring to UW-Madison to complete his education in engineering.
He attended UW-Fox Valley from September 1981 to May of 1983, but he ran into personal challenges during his second year when he injured his hand in a farming accident and missed the final month of the fall semester. During the spring semester he carried an 18 credit load and worked with his professors from his fall classes to complete the missing assignments and take his finals for the classes he had not completed that fall. With the support and encouragement from his instructors at UW-Fox Valley he successfully completed his classes and transferred to Madison in the fall of 1983.
After graduation from Madison in December 1985, Jeff joined his father, Cyril Schneider, and his uncle, Bob Bowe, in the family business, Stockbridge Manufacturing, for seven years as an engineer.
In 1992, Jeff and his father decided to venture out on their own. They started up a new company, Stockbridge Engineering, with three machines in a 2400 square foot facility. The first years were a lot of hours as a start-up. The family pulled together and Jeff’s twin brothers and younger sister joined the business in various leadership roles within a few years.
Jeff and the family business have been successful in a very competitive business. They employ nearly 40 people in the Stockbridge area and the company needed to add additions totaling 40,000 square feet. Just as Jeff experienced the support of the UW-Fox Valley community, he and his family support many local organizations in the Stockbridge area, such as several programs in the Stockbridge School District and the volunteer fire department.