Brian McGee, who has served as the 24th President of Quincy University since July 2019, has signed an agreement to remain in that role through 2029.
The announcement was made by Ralph Oakley on behalf of the QU Board of Trustees, which unanimously supported the extension of McGee’s agreement with the university. Oakley is the board chair. By remaining president until 2029 or later, McGee, 56, would become one of the five longest-serving presidents in Quincy University history.

“On behalf of the board, my fellow QU alumni, and the members of the university community, I want to thank and congratulate Brian on this agreement,” said Oakley. “Brian has done a remarkable job at leading QU since he came to the university in 2019, including his commitment to meeting the needs of the Quincy region. We have seen dramatic institutional growth and important achievements on multiple fronts, and we look forward to more great things ahead under Brian’s leadership.”

“From my first day as president, the people of Quincy University and the Tri-State Region have welcomed me, supported me, and done everything I could have asked to make me feel at home,” said Brian McGee, PhD, QU president. “To finish my career at QU would be an incredible honor, and we will continue to serve the alumni, students, faculty, and staff of this great institution to the very best of our ability. Together, we continue to make Quincy University better with each passing year.”

Since McGee’s arrival in Quincy, the university has had several major accomplishments:
• At a time when many private universities in the Midwest are experiencing enrollment declines, Quincy University has had significant undergraduate enrollment growth and, for Fall 2023, had its largest freshman class in 50 years.
• The success by design program of the university, as initiated in 2019, now emphasizes student success in all phases of university life. Students work with advisors and success coaches to create individualized student success plans. Faculty, staff, and technology resources help students graduate on time and prepare for their careers or for additional educational opportunities.
• Philanthropy has flourished at Quincy University since McGee’s arrival, with four of the university’s five largest fundraising years occurring during his time at QU. The university received the largest gift in institutional history, $6.5 million, in 2021.
• The university has added or is in the process of adding several new academic and athletic programs, including mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, public health, arts management, sprint football, swimming, and wrestling. With new resources, the highly regarded honors program recently became the President’s Honors College.
• Several QU facilities have had significant renovations in recent years with important projects completed or underway in Francis Hall, Cupertine Hall, the Health & Fitness Center, the University Center, the QU North Campus, and Legends Stadium (women’s and men’s soccer).
• After moving to remote instruction during Spring 2020 because of COVID-19, the university returned to on-campus housing and face-to-face instruction in the 2020-2021 academic year. “We appreciate everything President McGee and the faculty and staff did to keep students safe during the pandemic, while providing students with the personalized campus experience to which we are so committed at QU,” said Oakley.

“Our future at QU is bright,” said McGee. “In the coming years, we will improve our campus with building and renovation projects, and we will add exciting and innovative new programs to meet the needs of the twenty-first century. The talented and committed people of this university are the key to all the progress of the past few years. Together, we have so much more important work to do.”

McGee came to Quincy University after a lengthy career in higher education. With degrees from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and The Ohio State University, he had faculty appointments at the University of Louisiana Monroe and Texas Tech University and later served as chair of the School of Communication at Spalding University, a Catholic institution in Kentucky. McGee then spent much of his career at the College of Charleston in South Carolina, where he was a professor and, at different times, an academic department chair, chief of staff and senior vice president for executive administration, and provost and executive vice president for academic affairs.

A native of Indiana, McGee has deep family ties to western Illinois and to Iowa and Missouri. His parents grew up in Galesburg, Illinois, and his late brother lived in Galesburg, Chicago, and the Quad Cities.
“For me, Quincy has always felt like home,” said McGee. “Marsha and I love the history and the people of this region. Living and working in this community is a privilege and an honor.”

Quincy University’s longest-serving president, Fr. Anselm Mueller, OFM, was at QU for 37 years in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. McGee was preceded by Phil Conover, who spent two years as president, and Dr. Robert Gervasi, who had nine years in the office.
Prior to 2008, QU presidents were priests or sisters in one of the Franciscan religious orders of the Roman Catholic Church. Quincy University continues to be a Franciscan and Catholic university and proudly serves students of all religious faiths.

Founded in 1860 by Franciscan friars, Quincy University is a small Catholic university emphasizing the sciences, liberal arts and the professions. Quincy University offers undergraduate, graduate and adult education programs integrating practical experience and Franciscan values. Faculty and advisors work with students to design customized success plans to help them graduate on time, find their passion and prepare them for life. QU is a member of
NCAA Division II for intercollegiate athletics. For more information, please visit or contact the Office of Community Relations at (217) 228-5275 or Quincy University. Success by Design.