One of the top focuses for Marietta College’s 15th President was to create a more diverse and user-friendly campus.
The Board of Trustees elected Dr. Patrick D. McDonough shortly after Dr. Sherrill Cleland left office in 1989. Dr. McDonough had been the director of education and leadership programs for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for five years and had extensive experience working in foreign lands such as South America, Europe, Great Britain and Mexico.
With the McDonough Center for Business and Leadership opening just a few years prior to his arrival, Dr. McDonough, who was not related to the family who endowed the new center, was able to use his knowledge of leadership education to help establish the new program as a tool for campus and for the community at large.
"For me, leadership is nothing more than acting on the values of a liberal education," Dr. McDonough said in an interview with The Marietta Times in 1989. "I want to create an environment in which everyone can act on what is inside himself or herself."
Early in his career, he taught speech and drama at the University of Kansas, and later taught at Emporia (Kansas) State University, Moorhead (Minn.) State University and the University of Minnesota-Duluth. He also served as the Dean of the College of Fine Arts at the University of Evansville (Ind.) and as the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculties at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
Just before Dr. McDonough took office, students became concerned about the fate of the nearly century-old Andrews Hall, even going so far as to stage a picket line in front of the historic building. Funds were devoted to its restoration during Dr. McDonough’s Administration and, in 1993, Andrews was renovated to include a student center and Izzy’s café.
Dr. McDonough wanted to increase diversity on campus so minority students wouldn’t feel isolated during their educational experiences.
"Young people of color need to see familiar faces and have role models," he said during his 1989 interview. "(Coming into an all-white situation) is scary enough when you’re 30—imagine what it would be like at 18."
Many positive gains were made on campus during Dr. McDonough’s six-year tenure.