||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.