Dr. Brian McGee begins his work as the 24th President of Quincy University on Monday, July 1. Quincy University Board of Trustees, faculty and staff are excited to move forward under the leadership of President McGee. McGee has affirmed his strong commitment to QU’s Catholic and Franciscan mission and to honor its rich heritage.
“I am excited to officially welcome Dr. McGee to the Quincy University family,” said Del Mitchell, chair of the QU Board of Trustees. “The Board of Trustees is confident in his ability to move the university forward to the next level as we continue to educate men and women for leadership for years to come.”
McGee’s appointment as president was announced in December 2018 following a lengthy national search. During the months since his appointment, McGee has traveled to Quincy for meetings with campus constituencies, including students, faculty, staff, alumni, trustees and community leaders.
“The QU faculty is excited for this new era at Quincy University and look forward to working with Dr. McGee to make our institution a thriving educational community,” said Dr. Jonathan Miles, associate professor of philosophy and moderator of the faculty general assembly.
McGee came to Quincy University from the College of Charleston in South Carolina, where he served for several years as provost and executive vice president. He has over 25 years of experience as a university administrator and professor, with stints at Spalding University in Kentucky, the University of Louisiana Monroe, and Texas Tech University.
With bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, McGee is now returning to Illinois. He earned his doctorate in communication at The Ohio State University. For more information, visit quincy.edu/president.
“The Quincy and Quincy University communities have welcomed me with open arms,” said McGee. “I couldn’t ask for a kinder or friendlier introduction to my new home.
“Over the past few months, I have heard from alumni in several states about their love for QU and their excitement about the future of this great university. I am excited to begin my work in Quincy and to collaborate with the members of this wonderful community. Together, there is so much more for us to do and so much more we can accomplish.”
McGee follows Phil Conover, who retired on June 30th following a successful term as president and has been named president emeritus. McGee and Conover have worked closely for several months to ensure a smooth leadership transition for the university.
McGee is now living on the Quincy University campus in the president’s house, which will allow him to interact regularly with all members of the university community.
Founded in 1860 by Franciscan friars, Quincy University (www.quincy.edu) is a Catholic, co-educational, residential university offering undergraduate, graduate, and adult education programs that integrate liberal arts, active learning, practical experience, and Franciscan values. Quincy University’s intercollegiate sports are members of the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Valley Conference for men and women. For more information, please contact the Quincy University Office of Community Relations by calling (217) 228-5275.