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Scott Announces Retirement

May 22, 2019

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MACOMB, IL -- Tracy Scott, director of the Western Illinois University Student Development Office, will retire from WIU Friday, May 31 after 30 years of service.*

Scott was a graduate student at WIU from 1988-1990 and then joined Western's professional staff in 1990 as an admissions counselor. In 1995, he was promoted to the assistant director of admissions, a position in which he was responsible for the undergraduate admissions reception area. In 1999, Scott was selected as the assistant director of the WIU Office of Student Development and Orientation. In that position, he worked with the orientation team and assisted with crisis intervention. In 2002, he was named the director of Student Development and Orientation (now called Student Development).

"We wish Tracy well in his retirement," said Vice President for Student Services Ron Williams. "He has dedicated his career to the students of Western Illinois University, and has truly cared about this institution and the people here. He will be missed."

In addition to working at WIU, Tracy serves as the faculty adviser for the Sigma Chi Fraternity and was recently presented with the Sigma Chi International Fraternity Stegemeier Faculty Advisor Award. In addition, Scott has chaired WIU's Emergency Consultation Team and co-chaired the University's Threat Assessment Team.

As a member of Western's Centennial Planning Committee in 1998-99, he came up with the idea to celebrate Purple and Gold Day on April 24, which was the day Western was founded in 1899. Scott also came up with the idea to give every new freshmen a "Leatherneck" lapel pin, with the institution's Leatherneck history included, and was the inspiration for the original 'WIU: Who We Are, What We Do—Behind the Bricks and Mortar #WeRWIU' campaign. For his efforts, he was named COAP Employee of the Year in May 2016.

Scott earned his bachelor's degree in communication/advertising in 1987 from the University of Idaho (Moscow) and his master's degree in communication from WIU in 1990.

Following Scott's retirement, Student Development will merge with the Disability Support Center, the Career Development Center and the Health and Wellness division in Beu Health Center to become the Student Development and Success Center, led by Samantha Klingler, program director at Beu Health Center.

*EDITOR'S NOTE: At Scott's request, there will be no formal reception.

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