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Quincy University's Board of Trustees elects three new members

Posted: Aug. 2, 2019 8:50 pm Updated: Aug. 2, 2019 11:33 pm

QUINCY -- Quincy University's Board of Trustees has elected three new members.

Hal Oakley and Mary Winters, both of Quincy, and Martin "Marty" Schafer of Cleveland began serving on the board this summer.

"We are excited to welcome these three new trustees to the board," said Del Mitchell, chairman of the QU Board of Trustees. "Their backgrounds and experiences will serve us well as we continue to move the university forward."

Oakley is an attorney and chairman of law firm Schmiedeskamp Robertson Neu and Mitchell LLP. He focuses his practice on corporate and other business law (including transactional health care law), mergers and acquisitions. He represents both publicly and privately held companies, hospitals and related health care providers, nonprofits and many individuals. Oakley also is engaged in estate planning, including business and wealth succession planning.

Oakley serves on the Quincy Public Schools Foundation, the Blessing Foundation and is a member of the Quincy University Endowment and Planned Giving Advisory Committee.

Winters is vice president of Quincy Media Inc. After studying journalism at the University of Missouri from 1978 to 1981, she joined Quincy Media on the newspaper side of the business before moving on to other positions within the company.

Winters is a lifelong Quincy resident with a passion for community service. She has been involved in fundraising and committee work for the YMCA, the Quincy Art Center, the Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County, John Wood Community College, Friends of Woodland Cemetery, the Good News of Christmas and Trees for Tomorrow. She serves on the Board of Trustees for Blessing Health Services and the steering committee for the Quincy Strategic Plan.

Schafer, who earned a bachelor's degree in theology from Quincy University in 1994, is vice president of national accounts for John Hancock.

He was a founding member and executive managing director of Saybrus Partners in Columbia Station, Ohio, until June 2018. During his time at Saybrus, he was responsible for the Edward Jones Life Insurance distribution division. The channel grew to over $50 million dollars in sales over eight years, making it the top life insurance distribution partner within Edward Jones. Schafer received the 2011 Saybrus Regional Manager of the Year Award.

Oakley, Winters and Schafer join 26 other men and women on the QU Board of Trustees, including 20 QU alumni.

The QU Board of Trustees also announced that Mike McClain stepped down from the board in May after his latest term expired.

McClain had served on the board for nine years. He most recently was chairman of the Presidential Search Committee.

McClain, a longtime lawyer and lobbyist in Illinois, served in the Illinois House of Representatives from 1972 to 1983 and was the assistant Democratic leader in the General Assembly.

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