Football: Former Players Burke & Spencer to Attend NFF Campbell Trophy Summit

Kevin Burke and Hank Spencer
Kevin Burke and Hank Spencer

IRVING, Texas -- Former Mount Union football student-athletes Kevin Burke (Westlake / Lakewood St. Edward) and Hank Spencer (Greencastle, Ind. / North Putnam) will be part of 214 previous nominees for The William V. Campbell Trophy® that have accepted invitations to attend the Third Annual Campbell Trophy® Summit, sponsored by Intuit Inc., at Stanford University in California.

The 2019 event, which will take place Aug. 14-17, will provide a powerful opportunity for the members of the Campbell Trophy® community to interact and learn from many of the nation's top entrepreneurs and Silicon Valley CEOs about the lessons that have guided them to the highest levels of success. The event will also include a career expo with more than a dozen companies on site recruiting the attendees. Organized as a tribute to the late Bill Campbell, the award's namesake, the event serves as a vehicle for the many leaders impacted by Campbell to pass on his insights for leadership and personal growth to the next generation.

Burke was 43-2 as Mount Union's starting quarterback from 2012-14 and led the Purple Raiders to three OAC titles, three national title game appearances and the 2012 national championship. A three-time All-American, he is the only two-time winner of the Gagliardi Trophy given to the top all-around player in NCAA Division III. He is also a two-time Ohio Athletic Conference Bob Packard award winner as the conference's top offensive back. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Mount Union in 2015, then spent two seasons as an assistant football coach at Mount Union, played professionally in Europe and was the MVP of the 2017 Austrian Bowl and currently is the passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

Spencer was an All-American linebacker on squads that won four OAC titles and two national championships. As a senior, he won the OAC's Gene Slaughter Award given to the conference's top linebacker and was a member of the National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete Class, and was the Academic All-American of the Year for NCAA Division III football. He was awarded the NCAA Elite 90 award for three straight seasons and graduated in December 2015 with a 3.99 grade point average bachelor's degree in Computer Science. He is a Software Engineer at Vodori in Chicago, Ill.

A four-day event, the 2019 Summit includes leadership workshops, a career expo, team building activities, a physical and mental competition dubbed the "Campbell Championship Series," a dinner cruise of San Francisco Bay and several other activities designed to build relationships. The panels will cover a wide range of topics designed to foster leadership, personal growth and the career development of the attendees. The sessions this year include a Hall of Fame panel with Ronnie Lott (USC) and 1983 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Steve Young (BYU); a workshop with Liz Wiseman, the author of The New York Times bestseller "Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter;" and sessions with Intuit CEO Brad Smith, SoFI CEO and former Army West Point linebacker Anthony Noto, LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner and retired four-star General Stanley McChrystal.