Marianne Inman, 2009 Business Person of the Year
Central Methodist University President Marianne E.
Inman was honored as the Business Leader of the Year 2009 by the Fayette
Rotary Club. The presentation took place Wednesday at the club’s regular
The award, given annually to outstanding business and community leaders
in Fayette, is voted on by members of the club. Selectees may be members
or non-members of Rotary.
“Dr. Inman’s selection,” said fellow Rotarian Jim Steele, “acknowledges
the strong leadership she has demonstrated as president of CMU during a
major period of campus plant improvements and increased enrollment and
as a community leader in efforts to improve the area business economy.”
Significant campus improvements, Steele noted, include the construction
of the new CMU Student and Community Center which opened in 2005, the
total refurbishment and expansion of CMU athletic facilities in the past
year, and major improvements to residence halls and academic buildings
during the past eight years.
Steele also spoke of Inman’s long history of active involvement in
Fayette community affairs such as the ad hoc economic think tank known
as The Huddle, the Fayette Armstrong Area Community Betterment Group and
the Fayette Chamber of Commerce, among others. Steele, publisher and
editor of the Fayette Advertiser and Democrat-Leader, and Inman
co-founded The Huddle.
Fayette Rotary began the Business and Community Leader of the Year award
in 1984. A permanent plaque listing all past honorees hangs at the
entrance to Emmet’s Kitchen and Tap.
Prior to becoming CMU president in July 1995, Inman served as vice
president and dean at Northland College in Ashland, Wis.
Other academic positions held by Inman were at Alaska Pacific University
in Anchorage, Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, and Tehran
University in Iran.
She serves as a peer reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission of the
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and is a member of
several national higher education boards, including the University
Senate of the United Methodist Church.
She is past president of the Independent Colleges and Universities of
Missouri and is chair of the board of the Missouri Humanities Council.
Currently she is chair of the Presidential Advisory Committee for the
Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education. She serves on the
board of the Great Rivers Council of Boy Scouts and contributed to the
President’s Commission on Foreign Language and International Studies.
She was also selected as a Kellogg Foundation National Fellow and has
attended senior administrative institutes at Harvard University.
A native of Indiana, Inman holds a doctorate in Foreign Language
Education from the University of Texas, Austin. She has master’s in
French Literature and Linguistics from Indiana University and a
bachelor’s degree in French, Spanish and English secondary education
from Purdue University.
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