John W. McCarter, Jr. is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. The museum is an international leader in environmental conservation, evolutionary biology, paleontology, and anthropology.
A native Chicagoan, McCarter previously was Senior Vice President of Booz Allen & Hamilton, Inc., where he consulted with several leading companies active in agriculture, pharmaceuticals, and nutrition. Earlier, he served as President of DeKalb Corporation and DeKalb-Pfizer Genetics and as Budget Director of the State of Illinois under Governor Richard B. Ogilvie. He was a White House Fellow during the administration of Lyndon B. Johnson.
McCarter is a Director of W.W. Grainger, Inc.
He is an Emeritus Trustee of the University of Chicago and a former trustee of Princeton, a member of the Board of Governors for Argonne National Laboratory, a Regent at the Smithsonian Institution, a trustee of the National Recreation Foundation, an Emeritus Trustee and former Chairman of Chicago’s Public Television Station Channel 11. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Mr. McCarter received an M.B.A. from Harvard University, attended the London School of Economics, and graduated from Princeton University in 1960.
He and his wife Judy have three adult children and four grandchildren.
McCarter is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Business School, and also attended the London School of Economics.