Hester leaving MacMurray College


Dr. Colleen HesterJACKSONVILLE -- After eight years as president of MacMurray College, Dr. Colleen Hester will be departing May 31, Board Chair Charles O’Connell announced Dec. 30. 

“On behalf of the Board and the entire MacMurray community, I extend our best wishes and gratitude to President Hester as she begins the next chapter of her professional life,” O’Connell said.  “Her dedication to our institution is unmatched, and we will all miss her remarkable exuberance on behalf of our beloved College.”

The first female to serve as president of the 168-year old private college, Hester began her historic tenure in 2007.  During her presidency, MacMurray College achieved enhanced financials, advanced technology, made significant strides in institutional effectiveness, expanded its delivery options, and refined academic offerings to position the College to grow enrollment. 

“I have been honored to serve as president of MacMurray College, stated Hester. “MacMurray and the Jacksonville community will always hold an elevated and special place in my mind and in my heart. Our time here has been so enriching for both my husband, Jerry, and me, and we thank the MacMurray College family for this opportunity.”

Chairman O’Connell noted that President Hester will continue to lead until after Commencement, as her resignation is effective May 31. The Board will immediately begin the process of conducting a national search for MacMurray’s next president, and both President Hester and Chairman O’Connell expressed their desire to develop a plan that allows MacMurray to continue to thrive during the coming transition.