Barry McNamara  |   Published October 29, 2020

What’s New with the Alumni Board

Board has five-year strategic plan plan in place, seeks new members.

MONMOUTH, Ill. – A fixture for more than a century, the Monmouth College Alumni Association is stepping up its game to more aggressively serve the College.

A year ago, the Alumni Board of Directors drew up a five-year strategic plan, guided by the association’s mission to “serve the College by actively and effectively performing those functions that will foster attainment of the educational and life goals of prospective and current alumni.”

ALUMNI ASSOCIATION: Organization, which is led by its Alumni Board, has served Monmouth College f... ALUMNI ASSOCIATION: Organization, which is led by its Alumni Board, has served Monmouth College for 105 years.The Alumni Board established four strategic initiatives through 2024: enhance service to the institution; enhance service to Monmouth alumni; enhance service to Monmouth students; and support the Office of Development and College Relations.

“This was an interactive process that built upon the strong foundation of the strategic plan developed in 2014,” wrote board president Andrew Kerr ’73 of Tucson, Arizona. “Members reviewed our progress toward each goal as well as our successes and misses, also identifying new priorities aligned with each goal. This plan sets an agenda for doing the right things at the right time to support our continued growth and enhanced service to our alumni and our beloved Monmouth College.”

Executing those initiatives will be a mix of new and old faces on the association’s 36-member board. Board membership includes three alumni from each of the past six decades and at-large members comprising the remaining spots. Joining Kerr on the executive committee are Sean Maher ’95 of Brimfield, Illinois, vice president; Evelina Lipecka ’06 of Harwood Heights, Illinois, secretary; and Harvey Echols ’81 of Jacksonville, Florida.

The process to begin a five-year term as a board member begins with a nomination application. Applications are kept on file for three years. Eight alumni have joined the board in the past few months, and more vacancies will open in the spring. New members include:

  • Marcia Brink Adair ’70 of New Franklin, Ohio, retired from FedEx Logistics
  • Anthony Bryant ’18 of Chicago, outreach and engagement associate at The TRiiBE
  • Brad Foley ’95 of Geneva, Illinois, director of finance at Auto Truck Group
  • Mary Beth Dues Kemp ’93 of Palm Harbor, Florida, oncology sales consultant at Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals
  • Wendell Shauman ’67 of Kirkwood, Illinois, a farmer
  • Carol Veith Sorenson ’63 of Phoenix, a retired elementary teacher and reading intervention specialist
  • Dawn Pfeiffer Stoyanoff ’92 of Hurst, Texas
  • Nick Tucker ’73 of Wilmette, Illinois, a career coach at Challenger, Gray & Christmas

“The Alumni Board serves as the College’s eyes and ears of our alumni community,” said Jen Armstrong, the College’s director of alumni engagement. “Their insight is invaluable, especially now, when our outreach has been limited by the pandemic.”

Alumni Board members assist the College by doing such things as providing leadership for the alumni chapters program, hosting alumni events, serving on class reunion planning committees, assisting with admissions efforts and supporting the Monmouth Fund.

The board meets in full session twice a year – once in the fall and once in the spring – for meetings in which College administrators enlist board members’ advice on matters of interest to alumni and the Alumni Association.

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