Quincy (WGEM) — Dr. Brian McGee was named Quincy University’s new president at a press conference in the historic St. Francis Solanus Chapel on Monday.
McGee will succeed Phil Conover, who has been serving as President since May 2017. McGee will officially begin work on July 1, 2019.
“This is truly an exciting day for Quincy University and our region. The Board of Trustees is confident that Dr. McGee is the best choice to continue the outstanding work of President Conover in moving the University towards long-term sustainability,” said Del Mitchell, chair of the Quincy University Board of Trustees.
“I want to thank Mike McClain, the search committee and the campus community for the work they put into this search. Their guidance in this process was invaluable,” Mitchell added.
University Officials said McGee is currently serving as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the College of Charleston in South Carolina.
“I am honored and thrilled to have been chosen as the next President of Quincy University, and I am humbled by the confidence the Quincy University Board of Trustees has placed in me. Joining QU and the Quincy community will be the greatest privilege of my career,” said McGee.
“I am truly inspired by the story of Quincy University, as that story has inspired generations of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community leaders. The QU story begins with the visionary friars who founded the University and brought the Franciscan tradition of academic excellence to the City of Quincy and to the Tri-States,” McGee said.
“Today, the heart of this beautiful and dynamic river city is its university, which for over 150 years has served Quincy, the region, and the world,” said McGee. “I am so eager to join this wonderful community in Quincy and to become part of QU’s amazing story, as the University looks forward to its next 150 years.”
University officials said the university began the presidential search process in February by forming a committee
comprised of students, faculty, staff, Franciscan friars, alumni, board of trustee members and community leaders.
The consulting firm of R.H. Perry was hired in March and interviews were conducted throughout October and November. A total of 67 candidates applied for the position.
The board of trustees voted on the final candidates as a special meeting on November 29th.