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Quincy University trustees appoint Phil Conover university’s 23rd president
Sept. 11, 2017

QU President Phil Conover

The board of trustees of Quincy University, an ACI member, unanimously approved the hiring of Phil Conover as president in a special board meeting Sept. 9. Conover has been serving as acting president since May 15, 2017 after the resignation of Dr. Robert Gervasi who left to become president of Ohio Dominican University. Conover will serve as president through the 2018-19 academic year.

“Phil has been a tremendous asset for QU since agreeing to come on board as chief operations officer last December,” said Fr. Tom Nairn, OFM, chair of the QU Board of Trustees. “The steering committee of the board approached Phil with the idea of staying on for a longer term to provide stability and continuity for our students, faculty and staff.”

“I am honored by the confidence the board of trustees has placed in me, and I am committed to the long-term success of QU,” said Phil Conover. “This is not something I was looking for, but I have agreed to continue in my service for the greater good of QU because I know how important this institution is to Quincy and the tri-state area.”

The search process for the University’s 24th president launched in June, and will continue. This change will allow the committee enough time to conduct a thorough search to find the best possible person to lead the university.

Conover has an extensive background in higher education including serving as a member and vice-chair of QU’s Board of Trustees and as interim vice president of instruction for John Wood Community College. He was also interim president of the Great River Economic Development Foundation.

Conover attended Illinois State University and graduated from Arizona State University with a B.A. in history and a M.A. in guidance and counseling. He taught and coached in several local high schools during his career. He also worked at Quincy Notre Dame High School as basketball coach, dean of students, and assistant principal. He later worked as a financial advisor at Blunt Ellis & Loewi and eventually retired from Wachovia Securities. Conover served as QU Annual Fund Chair with his brother Joe in 2004. He has served the community as a board member of John Wood Community College, GREDF, Quincy Notre Dame High School, and Blessing Hospital.

ACI welcomes three new corporate board members
September 7, 2017

Following approval by the ACI Executive Committee, three new corporate members joined the ACI Board of Trustees this summer.Joining the board were Dr. William Carroll, left, founder and president of Hunter Global Education, LLC, and former president of Benedictine University, where he served for 20 years; Toni Cornelius, center, CEO of Tamarind Tree Consulting, with experience as an independent consultant and 30 years in corporate human resources and development; and Leslie A. Peltason, right, leader for University Relations and Morningstar Development Program, Morningstar, with experience in financial planning and analysis.

ACI’s Board of Trustees now consists of 34 corporate members, plus presidents of ACI’s 24 member colleges and universities.

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August 31: ACI Distributes $66,000 in Scholarship Funds to Members
June 30: ACI Expands Peer Mentoring Program to Nine Colleges
June 30: ACI Awarded Career Fair Matching Grant by Council of Independent Colleges
May 31: ACI welcomes Wheaton College, elects new leaders, OKs new mission statement
May 2: ACI 65th Anniversary Reception Focuses on Scholars, Independent Higher Education
May 2: ACI Benefit Reception Testimonials Emphasize Opportunity for Underserved Students
March 28: ACI, Call One Announce New Scholarship for Science, Technology or Business Majors
March 17: ACI Spring Professional Development Conferences Set
Feb. 17: A Liberal Arts Education Prepares Students Well, Benefits Society, Says College President
Feb. 7: ACI Welcomes Bradley Mease of Baker Tilly as Corporate Trustee
Feb. 1: ACI to Host 65th Anniversary Benefit Reception April 21 in Chicago
Jan. 20: Illinois College Presidents Connect Liberal Arts Education and Student Success
Jan. 16: ACI Welcomes Leslie Sawyer as Corporate Trustee


Dec. 14: ACI Publishes 2015-2016 Annual Report
Dec. 14: ACI Welcomes Two New Board of Trustees Members
Nov. 2: ACI Welcomes Six New Board of Trustees Members
Oct. 7: Consider Creating an ACI Named Scholarship
Sept. 9: ACI 2016 Fall Conferences Set
Sept. 9: Olivet Nazarene Named Proud Partner of the Chicago Bears
Aug. 31: Monmouth College Makes Major Jump in ‘Washington Monthly College Guide’
Aug. 29: North Central College is National Partner in the Billion Dollar Green Challenge
Aug. 24: ACI Welcomes Three New Board of Trustees Members
Aug. 24: ACI to Distribute UPS Scholarship Funds to Illinois Students

Archived stories, cont’d
Aug. 10: Remembering Deborah M. Sawyer
Aug.9: Millikin University Department of Theatre and Dance becomes School of Theatre and Dance
Aug. 8: ACI and North Central College announce transition of Center for Success in High-Need Schools
Aug. 5: Lewis University College Success Program Receives $45,000 AT&T Contribution
Aug. 5: From ACI-member North Central College: Democracy through the eyes of students
July 6: Peer Mentoring Program expands to seven campuses for 2016-17
July 1: ACI welcomes four new college and university presidents
May 27: North Central College agrees to acquire Shimer College
May 9: Laura Ortega-Lamela Appointed to ACI Board of Trustees
May 6: ACI Scholar Katherine King, Concordia University Chicago
April 27: ACI Scholar Paris Edwards, Augustana College
April 14: Welcome new board members!
April 6: ACI Welcomes Sikich LLP as a New Corporate Partner
April 6: Northwest Comprehensive Continues its ACI Corporate Partnership
March 16: ACI April 29 Reception to Recognize Scholarship Recipients, Peer Mentoring, Retiring Presidents
Feb. 25: ACI offers Conservation Careers internships for this summer
Feb. 23: Rockford University appoints Dr. Eric Fulcomer as president
Feb. 18: Elmhurst College names Dr. Troy VanAken president
Feb. 12: Greenville College tops list of state’s best online colleges and universities; 6 other ACI schools also ranked
Feb.9: Dr. David Livingston named 10th president of Lewis University
Feb. 4: Three ACI member schools cited for lowering tuition costs
Jan.7: ACI’s 2016 spring conferences set


Dec.15: Consider ACI for year-end, tax-deductible giving
Nov. 18: ACI’s Project LEAD Summit explores teacher diversity and support
Nov. 6: ACI awarded challenge grant for peer mentoring at member colleges


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