Leadership Board

The McDonough Center was established in February of 1986 through the adoption of a Charter by the College's Board of Trustees. This document called for an advisory committee to serve as a resource for strategic planning. Today, this committee is known as “The McDonough Leadership Board.”

This advisory group is made up of the College's Chair of the Board of Trustees, the President and the Provost of the College, and at least three, but no more than eleven, outside representatives. The McDonough Leadership Board meets once a year – typically in the spring.

The McDonough Leadership Board Members (2015-2016)

Janet Bland
Provost and Dean of the Faculty
Marietta College

Mark Bradley
President, Magnum Magnetics Corporation
Marietta, Ohio

Joseph Bruno
Marietta College

Patricia Collins
Asher, Gittler, Greenfield & D'Alba, Ltd. (Retired)
Chicago, Illinois

Anna Custer-Singh
Principal, ACS Strategic Solutions
Baltimore, Maryland

Joe Eddy
President, Eagle Manufacturing Company
Wellsburg, West Virginia

Barbara Fitzgerald
Chair of Marietta College's Board of Trustees
Senior Vice President of Store Operations (Retired), PetSmart, Inc.
Scottsdale, Arizona

Nancy Gougarty
President and COO, Westport Innovations
Vancouver, Canada

R. John Lehman (Chair)
President, Alliance Industries, Inc.
Marietta, Ohio

Gama Perruci
Dean, McDonough Center
Marietta College

Brendan Riccobene
President and COO, McDonough Corporation
Scottsdale, Arizona


Faculty Advisory Committee (MFAC)

MFAC was created when the Board of Trustees adopted the Charter of the Center on February 21, 1986. It serves as a critical link between the College faculty and the Dean of the McDonough Center. The purpose of this committee is to add a faculty voice to the Center’s deliberations, particularly in the area of curricular review. All McDonough curricular proposals are reviewed first by MFAC before sent to the College’s Curriculum Committee for consideration.

MFAC is considered one of the President’s Committees. According to the McDonough Charter, the President, with the advice of the Faculty Council, annually appoints the committee, including its chair. The committee must have at least four members, but no more than seven, and they serve for a full academic year.

MFAC Members (2013-2014)

Katy McDaniel (History)
Dave Freeman (Petroleum Engineering)
Joan Price (Media Studies)
Dave McShaffrey (Biology)

Gama Perruci (chair)


Student Advisory Council McSAC

Hannah Davis '16 (Cohort 26) Elected to Serve as the 2014-2015 McSAC Chair

The McDonough Center is pleased to introduce Hannah Davis ’16 (Cohort 26) as the 2014-2015 McDonough Student Body President. Davis, a junior Environmental Studies major and Leadership Studies minor, was elected by the McDonough student body as the 2014-2015 Chair of the McDonough Student Advisory Council (McSAC).

Through her first two years at Marietta College, Davis has had a broad impact both on Marietta College’s campus and within the community, and her involvements have demonstrated Davis’ genuine passion for service. She is the founder and president of Pioneers in Hardhats, a student organization that partners with the Washington County and Wood County Habitat for Humanity chapters and weekly builds around the Marietta/Parkersburg area. She is also a board member for the Wood County Habitat chapter through her participation in the Office of Civic Engagement’s Next Generation program. Davis has served as a Community Service Day leader, a peer mentor, the Fundraising Chair for the College Democrats, and was a participant in the 2013 Alternative Spring Break (ASB) service trip to New Orleans.

This past spring, Davis founded and coordinated the Alternative Spring Break in Marietta. The trip included service projects with Marietta Mainstreet, Habitat for Humanity, the Boys and Girls Club of Wood County, and the Marietta YMCA. As Davis noted, “We were able to explore the history of Marietta, get to know some of the shop owners of the downtown area, and we really helped out the community. All of the participants really enjoyed the trip.”

Planning the ASB trip was not Davis’ only major undertaking last year however; she also partnered with the Office of Civic Engagement and the MC Cross Country Team to organize Caitlin’s Run, a memorial 5k in honor of Caitlin Yager that united nearly two hundred students, faculty, and community members for a race that will long be remembered in the college community.

Davis will bring her rich experience, hard work ethic, and heart for service to the McDonough Center as she leads McSAC and the McDonough student body throughout the coming academic year. She says, “As I prepare to become the Chair of McSAC, I envision making the values of the McDonough program well-known as well as bringing all four cohorts closer together.”

All of us in the McDonough Center are excited to work with Davis and wish her the very best in the year ahead.

The 2013-2014 McDonough Student Advisory Council:

McSAC serves as a critical link between the McDonough student body and the Center’s dean. This Council seeks feedback from leadership students and advises the dean on a regular basis. The dean, in consultation with the McDonough faculty and staff, appoints the McSAC chair – usually a rising senior who has distinguished himself/herself as a “leader among leaders.”

The other Council members are selected through an election process. The Council chair seeks nominations from each cohort, and the leadership students vote for representatives from their respective classes. McDonough Scholars can nominate themselves or others whom they feel would best represent their collective interests. The nominees appear on the ballot, and the top two vote recipients from each cohort become members of the Council. The next two vote recipients become “alternates,” in case the elected members are unable to fulfill their obligations for any reason. Council members, including the chair, serve for a full academic year.

Participation in this Council gives McDonough Scholars an opportunity to practice critical leadership skills (teamwork, planning, problem solving, strategic thinking, decision-making). They also gain valuable insights into leadership in a democratic society. While experience on this Council certainly adds value to a student’s resume, the McDonough faculty and staff see this Council as an opportunity for the students to participate in the Center’s decision-making process. Therefore, the Council’s duties and responsibilities have to be carried out with commitment and integrity.

McSAC Members (2013-2014)

Ryan Turnewitsch '15

Senior Class (Cohort 24)
Emily Lorek
Brett Notarius

Junior Class (Cohort 25)
Keenan Hamilton
Alexis O'Hair

Sophomore Class (Cohort 26)
Eileen Walsh
Gene Neill

Freshman Class (Cohort 27)
Megan Hendrich
Emily Drabeck