Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2010 11:30 am


Grinnell College President Russell K. Osgood has appointed Marci Sortor, vice president for institutional planning, as acting vice president of college and alumni relations. In her new interim role, Sortor will be responsible for alumni relations, fundraising and communication.

Sortor joined the Grinnell history department faculty in 1989, and in 2002, became an associate dean. She was appointed vice president for institutional planning in 2005, with responsibility for budget planning, campus and facilities planning, and the implementation of the college’s strategic plan. Sortor will continue the institutional planning roles as she fulfills the college and alumni relations assignment vacated by Mickey Munley.

Munley, a Grinnell graduate who served the college in several advancement roles during more than 17 years as an administrator, will assume a new role as consultant to the college during a period of presidential leadership transition. In February, Grinnell trustees announced the appointment of Raynard S. Kington, M.D., Ph.D., as the 13th president of the college to succeed Russell K. Osgood, who is retiring after 12 years as president. Kington will join the college on Aug. 21.

“We expect greater things from Grinnell in the years ahead, so I am honored and eager to be helpful to incoming President Kington as he transitions to lead this distinguished college,” Munley said.

Osgood also announced that the college’s conference operations and events function, led by Rachel Bly, will report to John Kalkbrenner, vice president for college services, and Meg Jones Bair, director of donor relations, will serve as acting director of alumni relations.

“I have complete confidence in all of these individuals to continue to steward these important administrative functions,” Osgood said. “I want to thank each of them for stepping into increased responsibilities at a time of change at the college.”