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Alumni choose Alumni Board and Board of Trustees representatives


A third-generation business owner has been chosen by fellow alumni to a five-year term on the College’s chief governing body beginning this fall.

Gerry Beard of Arenzville graduated from Illinois College in 1978 with a degree in economics and business administration. While attending Illinois College, he was a member of the football and basketball teams. Beard is current president of Beard Implement Company, which has locations in Ashland, Arenzville, Pittsfield and Barry. He is primarily involved in equipment sales, human resources and overall management of the business. He has two sons, Jeremy ’02 and Jerod, and resides in Arenzville with his wife, Mary Ann.

The newly elected Alumni Association Board of Directors will serve five-year terms on the board and include President-elect Lori Petermeyer Smith ’88 of Jacksonville; and directors Laurie Black ’84 of Macomb, DeVone Eurales ’05 of Galesburg, Stephen Hopper ’71 of Macomb, Laura Armstrong Marks ’80 of Jacksonville and Elizabeth Airsman May ’91 of Jacksonville.

Smith is national sales and marketing director at Bound to Stay Bound Inc.; Black is NCAA academic eligibility coordinator and director of commencement at Western Illinois University; Eurales is associate director of admission at Knox College; Hopper is a retired president and CEO of McDonough District Hospital; Marks is senior vice president of retail banking and marketing at Jacksonville Savings Bank; and May is owner and operator of Airsman-Hires Funeral Homes Inc.
For more information contact Kristin Jamison at 217-245-3065 or
About Illinois College

Founded in 1829, Illinois College is a residential liberal arts college fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success. The college is located in Jacksonville, Ill. With an enrollment of about 1,000 students, the college offers over 50 undergraduate programs and a Master of Arts in Education degree program. In 1932 the society of Phi Beta Kappa established a chapter at Illinois College, and it remains one of only 11 in the state.

Illinois College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

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