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Cordery leaving MC to chair WIU department

Barry McNamara
Simon Cordery
Monmouth College announced today that longtime history professor Simon Cordery is leaving the college to take the position of chair of the department of history at Western Illinois University.

Cordery, who also chaired Monmouth’s department for the past four years, joined the MC faculty in 1994. He is the author of two books: “Mother Jones: Raising Cain and Consciousness” (2010) and “British Friendly Societies, 1750-1914” (2003). The latter book stemmed from Cordery’s doctoral work in history at the University of Texas. He called the Mother Jones biography a “continuation” of his writings about the labor movement.

In addition to his recent involvement with helping MC’s history department establish a new curriculum, Cordery has also been involved with the college’s Midwest Matters initiative, serving as one of its two academic coordinators.

“Monmouth can take pride in this instance as it demonstrates that other institutions think highly of our faculty and our institution,” said MC president Mauri Ditzler. “We certainly wish Simon all the best.”

Added David Timmerman, dean of the faculty, “Simon has been a wonderful faculty leader in our history department and in all campus initiatives. He has a reputation for excellent teaching with our students, a strong record of scholarship, and he has served the institution very well in departmental and campuswide initiatives. He has been instrumental in our Midwest initiative, and I am hopeful that collaboration on this between the two schools may be possible. I wish him the absolute best. We will miss him greatly.”

Cordery will continue to live in Monmouth with his wife, MC history professor Stacy Cordery, and their son, Gareth.

“I am tremendously excited about the opportunity to chair Western Illinois University's excellent history department,” said Cordery. “I am proud of the history program we have created here at Monmouth and take with me many happy memories. I wish the students and faculty the very best and thank them for their support and friendship over the past 18 years.”