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WIU Acknowledges Adjunct Instructor and Alumnus State Rep. Rich Myers

December 2, 2010

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MACOMB, IL -- He brought state government to the forefront for numerous Western Illinois University students over the years, and was a dedicated WIU alumnus.

State Rep. Rich Myers, a 1973 WIU graduate and an adjunct instructor in the University's Centennial Honors College, passed away Dec. 1. Services are pending.

"Rich Myers was a loyal Western Illinois University alumnus and was a tireless advocate for higher education in the state of Illinois. His efforts on behalf of Western and for many west-central Illinois agencies and organizations were always greatly appreciated, as was his great integrity," said WIU President Al Goldfarb. "We offer our condolences and thoughts to the Myers family."

Myers taught the General Honors course, "Inside State Government" (GH 299), for 10 years. The course, offered during the spring semesters, provided students with the opportunity to not only learn inside the classroom from the long-time state representative, but also in the halls of the state capitol.

"We very much feel the loss of Rich Myers. He was instrumental in taking our students to Springfield where they had the opportunity to meet speakers who are influential in state government, tour the capitol building and visit the two legislative chambers," said WIU Honors College Director Bill Knox. "In addition to many other ways, we will miss Rich for volunteering his services to enrich the academic experience of students in the Centennial Honors College."

Myers served in Springfield for 16 years, most recently being re-elected as state representative for the 94th District.

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