MacMurray announces presidential search committee

July 22, 2019 | 2:37 PM

MacMurray College Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Charles O’Connell ’69, has announced the formation of the presidential search committee that will recommend to the Board of Trustees the name of a successor to President Mark Tierno, the 16th president of the college, by late spring 2020.

Co-chairing the committee will be Debbie Trueblood ’99, executive director, Illinois Park and Recreation Association, and Sandy Watson ’72, retired, director of the Land Use Section of the Seattle City Attorney's Office. Both Trueblood and Watson are trustees as well as alumnae of the college. 

Other members of the committee will include faculty, staff, students, community members and members of the Board of Trustees and Alumni Board. 

From the campus community are faculty members Dr. Eric Berg, professor of philosophy, and Dr. Matt Wiediger, associate professor of psychology; staff member Marcy Jones, director of communications and marketing; students Alexandra Taberski, a MacMurray junior double-majoring in criminal justice and homeland security from Plymouth, Indiana, and Lucaas Secrist, a senior double-majoring in business administration and marketing from Hillsboro, Illinois; and community members Dr. Scott Boston, Passavant Hospital CEO and Keith Lape, retired, from Jacksonville, Illinois. They will be joined on the committee by trustees: Judith Dozier Hackman ’63, John Blythe ’74, Jeffrey Davidsmeyer ’85, Lisa Gilmore ’97, Pat Doyle-Grace ’66, Dr. John Cox, Katie Thomson, Rev. Dr. Don Jackson; and by Alumni Board representatives Mike Zimmers ’71, Alumni Board president, and Jen Curran ’97, former Alumni Board president. 

O’Connell will serve as an ex officio member, as will John Nicolay ’90, board chair elect.

“We are seeking a worthy successor to President Tierno, one who will lead the institution with vision, energy and purpose over the coming years,” O’Connell said. “As we celebrate the numerous accomplishments of the Tierno years, we look forward with anticipation to the beginning of the next chapter in MacMurray’s rich history.”

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