EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

OFFICERS

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Frank D. Cella

Chair

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.

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Jamel SC Wright

President

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.

Clif Fenton

 Clifton L. Fenton 

Secretary-Treasurer

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.

COMMITTEE CHAIRS

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Bill Powell 

Advancement 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.

Clif Fenton

 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 King Nohos 

Communications Committee

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

Lyn Bulman 

Program Committee

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.

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Jerry Murphy 

Trusteeship Committee

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

PRESIDENTS

Augustana College
Steven C. Bahls

Concordia University Chicago
Russell P. Dawn

Illinois College
Barbara A. Farley

Lewis University
David J. Livingston

North Central College
Troy D. Hammond

Quincy University
Brian McGee

Trinity Christian College
Kurt D. Dykstra

Aurora University
Rebecca L. Sherrick

Dominican University

Donna M. Carroll

Illinois Wesleyan University
S. Georgia Nugent

McKendree University
Donald C. Dobbins

North Park University
Mary K. Surridge

Rockford University
Eric W. Fulcomer

University of St. Francis
Arvid C. Johnson

Benedictine University
Charles W. Gregory

Elmhurst College
Troy D. Van Aken

Judson University
Gene C. Crume, Jr.

Millikin University
Patrick E. White

Olivet Nazarene University
John C. Bowling

St. Augustine College
Reyes González

Wheaton College
Philip G. Ryken

Blackburn College
John McClusky (interim)

Eureka College
Jamel SC Wright

Knox College
Teresa L. Amott

Monmouth College
Clarence R. Wyatt

Principia College
John W. Williams (interim)

Saint Xavier University
Laurie M. Joyner

CORPORATE TRUSTEES

Angela T. Allen

Mitchell Titus

Justin Lee Allen
TCS Education System

James L. Applegate
Center for the Study of Education Policy, Illinois State University

Ellen M. Babbitt 
Husch Blackwell LLP

Holly Bartecki
Jasculca Terman
Strategic Communications

Lyn Bulman
Fellowes, Inc. (retired)

Donald A. Campbell, Jr.
Campbell & Company (retired)

Frank D. Cella
Marsh

Elizabeth Cook
MiCat Group LLC
CME Group Board Member

Clifton L. Fenton
Investment Banker (retired)

Demetrio Garcia
Golden Hill Foods

Brian Healy
Pepper Construction

Kelly Kirkman
RSM US LLP

Raymond E. Krouse. Jr.
Sikich LLP

Patty Lindstrom
Creative Logic, Inc.
Living the Brand® Academy

Anthony LoBello
SmithGroupJJR

Kimberly Marshall
BKD CPAs & Advisors

Barry C. Mastin, Jr.
Liberty Mutual Insurance Co.

Bradley J. Mease
Baker Tilly

Jerry Murphy
DeVry Education Group (retired)

Mark T. Neil
Mark T. Neil and Associates

Elizabeth Niederkorn
Aon Corporation

Therese King Nohos
Rathje Woodward LLC

Terri Diggs Norman
AT&T

Tony M. Oommen
Fidelity Charitable®

Debora L. Osgood
Hogan Marren Babbo & Rose, Ltd.

Joseph J. Perkoski
Robbins Schwartz

Bill Powell
Gallagher

Brian R. Powers
TTX Company

Simon Reeves
PNC Capital Advisors, LLC

Leslie J. Sawyer
Environmental Design International, Inc.

Nicholas A. Simpson
Jackson Lewis P.C.

Bradley Summers
Wells Fargo

Chris Surdenik
Call One

Paul Szeliski
Kutchins, Robbins & Diamond, Ltd.

George J. Tarulis, III
Old Republic Specialty Insurance Underwriters

Mark A. Vargas
Licentiam

Leah Wallace
Citi

J. Vincent Williams
YWCA Metropolitan Chicago

Angie Winschel
Almanac, Inc.

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