MacMurray College is proud to announce her parade marshals for Homecoming 2013 — David '68 and Nancy Carson '69 Berst. Married 45 years, this happy couple hold Mac near and dear to their hearts for many reasons, and it shows.
As newly-weds, they were the last dorm parents in Harker Hall before it was torn down. At the time, David was serving first as the assistant men's basketball coach and then as the head baseball coach. During this time, Nancy taught elementary school and special education classes in Jacksonville District 117.
In 1972, David then took a position with the NCAA and they moved to Kansas City. David was instrumental in building the NCAA's enforcement staff in the 1970-90s and was the face of the NCAA in serious cases such as the SMU "death penalty" and UNLV. David has appeared numerous times before congressional committees, state legislatures, and in NCAA court cases. During his 25 years in Enforcement, David was named several times among the 100 most powerful sports figures in the USA by Sporting News and has been profiled in numerous national newspapers and magazines.
The NCAA relocated to Indianapolis, Indiana in 1999 and David became Vice President of Division I. He currently is involved with the redesign of the NCAA's Division I governance structure working with Division I presidents, commissioners, and athletic directors. During the 2013 Final Four in Atlanta, David received the NABC's Cliff Wells Appreciation Award for lifetime contributions to intercollegiate basketball.
Nancy moved from elementary education to not-for-profit management, earning a master's in public administration from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. For fifteen years, she worked as the executive director of the Kansas Trolley Corporation and then the National Kidney Foundation of Kansas and Western Missouri. In Indianapolis, Nancy started a consulting company focused on grant writing and has been the primary grant writer for numerous not-for-profit organizations including the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Nancy has served as a trustee of the College since 2000, and she was chair of the Institutional Advancement Committee of the board for 6 years. She currently is serving as co-chair of the board-directed Highlander Points of Excellence Campaign to raise $1.2 million for academic and student life projects.
David and Nancy have three children and two grandchildren.