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(Photo by Roger Lembke)

Marianne Inman and Presenter James Steele


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 luncheon meeting.

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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