In the news: Illinois College formalizes new leadership


With an effervescence that clearly energized the sea of blue packing Sherman Gymnasium, Illinois College’s new president called on faculty and staff, students and alumni, and business and civic leaders of Jacksonville to help the college “embrace our strengths and move forward boldly.”

It was a message Barbara A. Farley has spread since her arrival on campus in June.
Now, though, with the presidential chain and medallion placed around her neck by Joy French Becker, chair of the college’s board of trustees, it appeared clear that a message was a mission.

Farley’s inauguration Saturday as the 14th president of the liberal arts college was attended by several thousand people, many of them praising her vision and passion for the college.

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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