McGuire's Retirement Celebrated, SCC Building Named in his Honor

August 23, 2011

The John M. McGuire Humanities Building was named Thursday, Aug. 18, in honor of St. Charles Community College's second retiring president. William R. Pundmann, president of SCC’s Board of Trustees, made the announcement during the Farewell Tribute for McGuire at the college.

McGuire's Retirement Celebrated, SCC Building Named in his Honor

William R. Pundmann (third from left), president of SCC’s Board of Trustees, presents a replica of the plaque to be mounted on the inside of the newly named John M. McGuire Humanities Building, to John M. McGuire, SCC president, at McGuire’s Farewell Tribute on Aug. 18. SCC Board of Trustees members (left to right) are William Lohmar, Rose Mack, Pundmann, Robert Proost, McGuire and Ryan Robertson.

“We want to acknowledge the impact John has made on this college during his tenure,” Pundmann said. “Above all, he has been a champion for student success and the mission of the college.”

The Farewell Tribute, attended by McGuire’s colleagues, friends and family, recognized his contributions to the college and raised $19,600. Proceeds support the John M. McGuire Endowment Fund, a new endowment fund established through the SCC Foundation to provide scholarships for under-resourced students and funding to enhance student preparation in mathematics.

Also at the event, Debbie Cochran, St. Charles district director for U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, presented a proclamation issued by Akin in honor of McGuire’s service to the college.

The Farewell Tribute included a roast and toast and was hosted by Dan Barklage, president of Barklage, Brett, Wibbenmeyer & Hamill, P.C., Billy Collier, president/CEO at United Services for the Handicapped, Bill Green, chairman and founder of SCI Engineering, Greg Prestemon, president and CEO of the St. Charles County Economic Development Center and Kasey McKee, SCC associate vice president for foundation and alumni relations.

“It has been my honor to serve with you in this noble endeavor,” McGuire said at the end of his remarks. McGuire will retire from SCC this fall.

Formerly known as the Humanities Building, the building was selected by the SCC Board of Trustees because of McGuire’s interest in, and love for the humanities. Two other buildings on SCC’s campus have been named: the Donald D. Shook Fine Arts Building, named in 1995 in honor of the college’s first retiring president, Donald D. Shook; and the Daniel J. Conoyer Social Sciences Building, named in 2006 after the longest-serving member of the board at the time.

Established in 1986, St. Charles Community College is celebrating 25 years as a public, comprehensive two-year community college with associate degrees and certificate programs in the arts, business, sciences and career-technical fields. SCC provides workforce training and community-based personal and professional development as well as cultural, recreational and entertainment opportunities. For more information, visit

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