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2013.05.17 - Honoring Decades of Leadership and Service

PercyDiningHallDedication.jpgHonoring Decades of Leadership and Service

At a special luncheon on Thursday, May 16, Mitchell College dedicated the Percy Dining Room to two stalwart champions of the College, former Trustees Steve and Marilyn Percy. As noted on the plaque in their honor, "Both are true friends of Mitchell who have shown outstanding leadership and commitment to the College across 25 years. Mr. Percy served on the Board of Trustees from 1989–1999, including service as Vice Chair and Mrs. Percy served from 1995–2012, including service as Secretary."

In addition, Mitchell College honored Marilyn Percy with the Distinguished Service Award 2013 for her dedication to Mitchell College. Marilyn served as a member of the steering committee for the College’s first comprehensive campaign, Transforming Lives, which was conducted from 2000–2008. This campaign was the first conducted by the College and raised over $5 million dollars for scholarships and new buildings including the Duquès Center and Mariner Hall, along with the newly renovated Milner Dining Hall.

During Marilyn’s tenure on the Board, she chaired the Advancement Committee for several years and was a strong advocate for creating an advancement office along with increasing the College’s fundraising efforts. She also served as Secretary of the Board for six years.

In addition to her involvement at Mitchell College, Marilyn has been an engaged member of her community serving on the Boards of the Florence Griswold Museum, Martin Luther King Scholarship and Pequot Chapel. She serves as the President of the New London Garden Club and she was one of the founding members of the McCourt Memorial Garden at the Lyman Allyn Museum.

In her professional life, she served as the executive assistant to the president at Sikorsky Aircraft for a number of years. She has one daughter, four step-children and fourteen grandchildren.