Frank D. Cella
Frank Cella has over 30 years of domestic and international insurance industry experience and is a managing director with Marsh USA, Inc., a leading global insurance broker. He currently leads the U.S. Education Practice in the Midwest and is based in Chicago. He has been with Marsh for over 21 years.
Jamel SC Wright
Jamel Wright was appointed Eureka College’s 27th president in 2017 after serving one year as the college’s interim president. She joined the college in 2014 as vice president for strategic and diversity initiatives. Previously, she was a faculty member at Saint Louis (Missouri) University and at Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. She was the first in her family to earn a college degree. Her training and experience in communication and crisis management led to a role with the Ferguson Commission.
Clifton L. Fenton
A retired investment banker who specialized in creating financial products that helped low and moderate income people secure housing, Clif Fenton has served on the Associated Colleges of Illinois board for the past 12 years. In addition to his role as treasurer, he also chairs ACI’s Audit and Investment Committee.
Bill Powell is area executive vice president at Gallagher, an international insurance brokerage and risk management services firm. He focuses on higher education and nonprofit entities.
Clifton L. Fenton
Audit and Investment Committee
ACI Secretary-Treasurer Clif Fenton also serves as chair of the Audit and Investment Committee.
Therese King Nohos
Therese has practiced law for nearly 20 years, the past 10 of which have focused primarily on serving the unique needs of colleges and universities. She currently practices with Rathje Woodward where she advises clients on litigation, internal investigations, and regulatory matters, including Title IV eligibility. She previously served as assistant general counsel to DeVry Education Group, where she was responsible for responding to a wide variety of civil suits and government investigations. She is a first-generation college student and graduate of ACI member institution, Benedictine University.
Lyn Bulman is retired from Fellowes, Inc., where she served as executive vice president of global human resources. Fellowes, Inc., is a global manufacturer and marketer of business machines, records storage, and office accessories. Previously, she was senior vice president of human resources and corporate relations at Galileo International, where she held several HR positions in Europe and the United States over 11 years.
Jerry Murphy is retired from DeVry Education Group where, as senior VP/operations for DeVry University, he was responsible for all North American campus and center operations, including leading more than 2,500 employees at 80+ locations enrolling 40,000 students. Currently, he is a consultant with engagements that include work in the Middle East and South Africa. Murphy is a former trustee and past board chair at Quincy University.
MEMBERS AT LARGE
Gene C. Crume, Jr.
Gene Crume, Jr. was appointed Judson University’s sixth president in February 2013. Before coming to Judson, Crume was an independent consultant working with Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and the Peru State College Foundation (Nebraska) on external relations and strategic planning. He spent a significant portion of his career at Western Kentucky University (WKU) as executive director of the WKU Alumni Association and taught as an adjunct instructor. Crume was executive vice president and assistant professor at Midland Lutheran College (now Midland University) and president of the Indiana State University Foundation.
Eric W. Fulcomer
Eric Fulcomer was named Rockford University’s 18th president in 2016 after serving three years as Rockford’s vice president for enrollment management, with nearly two decades of leadership experience in higher education. Prior to Rockford, he served 19 years at Bluffton University in Ohio, most recently as vice president for enrollment management and student life, where he oversaw and managed 11 functional areas including the undergraduate admissions, financial aid and student life offices. Fulcomer served 11 years in elected positions in Bluffton, including village council member, village council president and mayor.
Leslie J. Sawyer
Leslie J. Sawyer is president and CEO of Environmental Design International inc. (EDI), a Chicago-based civil and environmental engineering firm. A native of Columbus, Ohio, Sawyer is a highly experienced executive with an extensive background in policy development, program design, and project management. As a graduate of a small, liberal arts college in Illinois, Sawyer understands the importance of world-class educations that these schools offer. To her, the missions of ACI and EDI intersect on the issue of education, especially STEM education, for disadvantaged and diverse students. She has led EDI since August 2016 and has been on the ACI Board of Trustees since January 2017.