May 14, 2012
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
ERIN FROSLIE, Publications Director (701) 730-0238
CONCORDIA OFFUTT SCHOOL OF BUSINESS RECEIVES
GIFT FROM WILLIAM C. SR. AND JANE BLACK MARCIL
The Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn., Offutt School of Business has received a one million dollar gift from William C. Marcil and Jane Black Marcil. The gift will be used in the repurposing of Grant Center to house the Offutt School of Business. The atrium of the renovated structure will be named in recognition of the Marcils.
“All of us at Concordia are delighted by William and Jane Marcil's splendid gift of $1 million for the Marcil Atrium at the Offutt School of Business,” says President William Craft. “Given their leadership in journalism, I can think of no more appropriate gift than this one, which will create a gathering place for the exchange of ideas and the development of relationships that deepen our understanding of the world we serve. Such a space fits beautifully with the Offutt School's mission as a business program rooted in the liberal arts.”
William C. Marcil is the chairman of the board of Forum Communications Co., a multi-media organization and the parent company for several newspapers, radio and television stations, printing companies and an interactive media service. Marcil is a 1958 graduate of the University of North Dakota. Marcil started his newspaper career at The Forum in 1961 in retail advertising and worked his way up becoming the publisher and president in 1969. In 2010, he retired as publisher and CEO of The Forum.
The Marcils’ have generously supported Concordia’s C-400 initiatives, its journalism program and the Concordia Language Village, El Lago del Bosque, the Spanish Language Village.
“Jane and I continue to support higher education and the Offutt School of Business fits a niche for students who wish to study global businesses as well as traditional curriculum,” Marcil says.
Marcil has been recognized as a business leader throughout his career holding important national positions and receiving numerous awards. He was the first North Dakotan to be elected chair of the American Newspaper Publishers Association, which is now known as the Newspaper Association of America. He was also chair of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He received North Dakota’s Rough Rider Award, the Greater North Dakotan Award and the North Dakota National Leadership Award of Excellence.