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Bonifer named executive director of communications and marketing

Duane Bonifer
Monmouth College has named Duane Bonifer its executive director of communications and marketing. Bonifer, who has worked for more than two decades in communications, will begin work April 11 at Monmouth.

“Duane emerged as the top candidate from a strong and extensive field,” said Monmouth College president Clarence R. Wyatt. “We are thrilled to have a person of his demonstrated commitment and skill join the Monmouth College family. We have a tremendous story to tell of the power of the liberating arts, and Duane will bring energy and vision to that opportunity. In addition to his leadership of our communications and marketing efforts, Duane’s intellect and character will make him a valuable member of Monmouth’s senior administrative team.”

Bonifer said he looks forward to telling the Monmouth College story.

“Monmouth is an outstanding college with a dynamic community of scholars and talented staff who mentor a gifted student body so that they are prepared to thrive in a new world,” he said. “President Wyatt’s leadership and vision are truly impressive, and I look forward to joining one of Illinois’ premier liberal arts colleges.”

Since 1995, Bonifer has been director of public relations at Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Ky., where he has had responsibility for the college’s external communications and marketing. He also served as Lindsey Wilson’s liaison to the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities. Bonifer also worked at the Journal & Courier in Lafayette, Ind., where he served on the copy desk and wrote a weekly column, and he worked in Lindsey Wilson’s communications office in 1991-92.

A 1991 graduate of the University of Kentucky, Bonifer holds a bachelor of arts degree in journalism with a double major in political science. He also has a master of arts in communication from Bellarmine University and completed post-baccalaureate work in higher education and communication.

Since 2007, Bonifer has served as Third District Commissioner of the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights, which enforces Kentucky’s civil rights laws; he has been the commission’s vice chair since 2012. Bonifer is president of the University of Kentucky School of Journalism and Telecommunications Alumni Board, and he is chairman of the Kentucky Kernel Press Inc., the non-profit entity that manages the Kentucky Kernel, the University of Kentucky’s award-winning, independent daily student newspaper.