New MacMurray president makes first appearance at school

By Gary Scott on June 3, 2015 at 7:26am

Tierno (center) meets with members of the MacMurray community at the Putnam-Springer Center.

Faculty, staff and alumni of MacMurray College packed the school’s art gallery for their first chance to meet and greet the school’s new president yesterday.

Dr. Mark Tierno made his first appearance since it was announced he’ll be taking over July 1st as MacMurray’s 16th president. Some stood in line for over an hour just to get a chance to talk to Tierno after he delivered a short speech to those in attendance.

Tierno is leaving his current president position at Cazenovia College in New York.

“I was a little surprised by the size of the crowd, and I mean that in a good way. So, that tells me that this really is, as people have told me it would be, a very welcoming community,” says Tierno. “That’s heartening to me as I think about going through all the processes of relocation.”

Tierno was asked about the recent dropping of several programs, including MacMurray’s music major, that are considered by some in the community to be important to a liberal arts school. Here’s a preview of Tierno’s response when asked about Mac’s current identity as a liberal arts college:

“Defining liberal arts is something that people inside higher education debate about,” he says.

We’ll have his full remarks coming up at 10:30 on WLDS’ “What’s On Your Mind?”

MacMurray Provost Dr. James Maxwell is the current acting president until Tierno takes over. Dr. Colleen Hester announced her retirement late last year.