Alumni Elected to University Board of Trustees

May 18, 2010

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – The Illinois Wesleyan University Board of Trustees elected Trustees and a slate of officers at the May 11 annual meeting.

Elected to the Board for the term expiring in 2012 are Mary E. Crego, Todd M. French and Byron S. Tucci.

Mary Crego

Mary Crego

Crego, a 1979 Illinois Wesleyan graduate, is a senior vice president at State Farm Insurance Companies® and previously served as senior vice president of the Great Lakes Zone. She is a board member of the Council for Economic Education, Voices for Illinois Children and the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, where she will become chairperson in June. Crego, who resides in Bloomington, received a bachelor’s degree in English from IWU and later earned the designations of Chartered Life Underwriter, Chartered Financial Consultant and Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter. While at Illinois Wesleyan, she served on Student Senate and played intramural sports.


Todd French

Todd French

French, a 1993 Illinois Wesleyan graduate with a degree in music, has served as an Alumni Association Trustee and has completed an ex-officio membership on the Board of Trustees while he served as president of the IWU Alumni Association. A resident of Dana Point, Calif., he is a professional cellist and founder of StringWorks, one of the world’s leading retailers for stringed instruments. French earned a master’s degree in cello performance at the University of Southern California. He was awarded the Illinois Wesleyan Robert M. Montgomery Outstanding Young Alumnus Award in 2003.


Byron Tucci

Byron Tucci

Tucci, a 1966 Illinois Wesleyan graduate, is managing director of the Wells Fargo Advisors office in Bloomington, working with endowments, major insurance companies and financial-related industries. He also serves as a consultant for many non-profit organizations. Tucci started his career as an investment broker with Loewi & Company and some of his first brokers remain with him today. Tucci received a bachelor’s degree from Illinois Wesleyan with a double major in business and economics before completing graduate work with the New York Institute of Finance.


 Elected to the Board for the term expiring in 2013 are Daniel E. Jameson and W. Thomas Lawrence.

Dan Jameson

Dan Jameson

Jameson, a 1980 Illinois Wesleyan graduate, currently serves as vice president for marketing and municipal services for Republic Services, Inc. A resident of Munster, Ind., Jameson previously completed a successful executive career with ARAMARK and served as a consultant for several years. He later joined Allied Waste Industries, which merged with Republic in 2008. Jameson received a bachelor’s degree in history from Illinois Wesleyan, and a law degree from Chicago Kent College of Law at the Illinois Institute of Technology.


Tom Lawrence

Tom Lawrence

Lawrence, a 1980 Illinois Wesleyan graduate, served as an Alumni Association Trustee from 2007-2010. A resident of Lake Bluff, Ill., Lawrence is Tax Managing Partner for Ernst & Young LLP. He joined the firm in 1980 after his graduation from Illinois Wesleyan with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and received his CPA designation that same year. Lawrence has chaired the IWU Accounting Advisory Council and serves as a counselor for Illinois Wesleyan’s Accounting Leaders of Tomorrow summer program for inner-city high school students. He is an active recruiter on campus for student internships and positions at Ernst & Young.


Ceasar Douglas

Ceasar Douglas

Elected as an Alumni Association Trustee is Ceasar Douglas. Douglas, a 1975 Illinois Wesleyan graduate, is an associate professor of management in the College of Business at Florida State University in Tallahassee. He received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Illinois Wesleyan, and an MBA from Grand Valley State University in Michigan before changing careers and receiving a doctorate in business administration from the University of Mississippi in 1997. Douglas serves on the board of directors of the Southern Management Association and is a member of the IWU Minority Alumni Network. While at Illinois Wesleyan, he was active in Student Senate, WESN and athletics, where he received all-conference honors in football.


Marsha Guenzler

Marsha Guenzler-Stevens

Elected as an ex-officio member is Marsha Guenzler-Stevens. Stevens, a 1978 Illinois Wesleyan graduate, was elected President of the IWU Alumni Association in April and will serve a three-year ex-officio term on the Board of Trustees. She is director of activities and associate director of the Stamp Student Union at the University of Maryland in College Park, and also serves as adjunct associate professor in the college student personnel graduate program. Guenzler-Stevens received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Illinois Wesleyan, and a doctorate from Maryland in higher education administration, policy and planning. A resident of Stevens, Md., she was instrumental in the founding of the IWU Council of Women where she served as president for six years.


Jean M. Baird

Jean M. Baird

Re-elected as officers of the Board for 2010-2011 are: George A. Vinyard, class of 1971, president; Gilbert L. Dorsey, class of 1962, first vice president; Herbert A. Getz, class of 1977, second vice president; and Robert E. Field, class of 1967, treasurer.

Elected as secretary of the Board is Jean M. Baird, class of 1980. Baird, who joined the Board in 2002, is one of the co-chairs of the Transforming Lives: The Campaign for Illinois Wesleyan.

Re-elected as trustees for the term expiring in 2013 are: Cathy T. Carswell, class of 1965; Rebie R. Kingston, honorary class of 1996; Gilbert L. Dorsey, class of 1962; Kathy Larey Lewton, class of 1970; David W. Gaffron; Thomas J. Neis, class of 1970; Thomas O. Hansen, class of 1982; J. William Roberts, class of 1964; John S. Horton, class of 1982; and Edward B. Rust, Jr., class of 1972.

Contact: Rachel Hatch, (309) 556-3960