John P. “Jack” Frazee Jr. ’66
Honorary Degree Recipient
John P. “Jack” Frazee Jr. ’66 received the Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree during
Randolph-Macon College’s Commencement on Saturday, May 29, 2010. Frazee has spent
over 40 years in the telecommunications industry and is currently a private investor
and a corporate director.
Frazee is the retired president/COO and director of Sprint Corporation and the retired
chairman and CEO of Centel Corporation, which merged with Sprint in 1993. At the
time of the merger, Centel was the fifth largest telephone, cellular and business
communications equipment company. In 1997, Frazee became the chairman and CEO of
Pagenet, a wireless messaging company; he remained in that position until 2000 when
the company merged with Arch Telecommunications Corp.
Presently, Frazee is a director of Verde Realty, LLC, Cabot Microelectronics Corp.
(NASDAQ-symbol CCMP), Education Corporation of America, C-SPAN, and Children’s Choice
Learning Centers, LLC. He served as chairman of the Board of C-SPAN from 1984 –
1986. He is a former director of Dean Foods Company, Nalco Chemical Company, Midway
Airlines, Harris Bancorp, Pagenet, Homestead Village, Inc., Security Capital Group,
and he was a public director of the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE). Since
2007, Frazee has served as a senior advisor to the investment banking firm of Greenhill
Frazee graduated from Randolph-Macon College in 1966 with a degree in political
science. He served as a member of the R-MC Board of Trustees from 1987 – 1992 and
is a lifetime member of the R-MC Presidents Society. He is a past chairman of the
Foundation for Independent Higher Education in Washington, D.C.
Civic involvement is very important to Frazee. He has served as general chairman
of the United Way Crusade of Mercy for the City of Chicago, chairman of the Economic
Development Commission of the City of Chicago, a member of the Civic Committee of
Chicago, a director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and a life trustee of Rush
Hospital and Medical School in Chicago.
Frazee and his wife Cassie live in Tallahassee, Florida. They have five children
and five grandchildren.