R. Scott Trumbull

R. Scott Trumbull, 1970

B.A., Denison University
M.B.A., Harvard Business School


Business Executive and Board Member

St. Joseph, Mich.


Scott TrumbullScott Trumbull is the retired chairman of the board of Franklin Electric Co. Inc., a position he held from December 2002 to May 2015. From 2003 to 2014, Scott was also chief executive officer of Franklin Electric. During his tenure, Franklin Electric became a global technical and market leader in pumping systems, while the company’s stock price increased more than 400 percent.

Prior to joining Franklin Electric, Scott spent his career with Owens-Illinois, Inc., a manufacturer of glass, plastic, and paper packaging materials. He became OI’s chief financial officer in 2001 and left the company in 2002 to join Franklin Electric.

Scott also served as chairman of the board of Schneider National from 2009 to 2014. Schneider is one of the nation’s largest trucking and logistics companies. In May of this year, Scott retired after 20 years as a board member of Welltower. During his tenure on the board, Welltower’s market capitalization increased from $600 million to $40 Billion. He currently serves on the board of Columbus McKinnon Corporation, the Toledo Museum of Art, and as a life trustee of Denison.

Scott continues to give back to Denison in numerous ways, including his service on the Board of Trustees from 1992 through 2018. he also has served the College as President of Alumni Council, National Chair of the Annual Fund, a member of two Presidential search committees, a Career Advisor, and a Parents Advisory Council member, as well as his involvement in several reunion committees.

Scott and his family generously supported the development of the Trumbull Aquatics Center, which opened in the fall of 2012, and is ranked as one of the top collegiate aquatics facilities in the country. It has served as the site of the North Coast Athletic Conference Championships since 2014. It has also hosted the NCAA Division III Diving Regional in 2014, 2016, and 2020.

While at Denison, Scott was co-captain of varsity football, was president of Delta Upsilon Fraternity, and a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Scott and his wife, Margaret, live in St. Joseph, Mich., and have three sons, all three of whom attended Denison. Like their dad, they were captains of Big Red varsity sports teams. Margy and Scott enjoy spending time with their family, which now includes eight grandchildren.