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Family of the Year

2015 Family of the Year Award
The Rankin Family

The Rankin Family has had an ongoing, active association with Monmouth College ever since its patriarch, Glen D. Rankin ’43 enrolled as a student in 1939. His ancestors had been among the founders of South Henderson Church, which founded Monmouth College in 1853. A Hall of Fame athlete in football, basketball and track, Glen was also a campus leader, serving as president of the student body during his senior year.

After service in the Navy during World War II, and a five-year stint in New York as a special agent for the FBI, Glen returned to the family farm near Monmouth with his wife, Anita. In 1957, he began a 29-year career with Monmouth College, in the offices of admission, development and alumni relations.

As director of admissions during a peak enrollment period in the 1960s, he personally recruited thousands of students, many of whom credited him directly for their decision to enroll. Many former students, as well as faculty and staff, have fond memories of being entertained by Glen and Anita in their nearby home.

Glen and Anita’s twin sons, Doug and Jeff, would continue the Monmouth College tradition. Doug, who graduated from Monmouth in 1979, served as Oracle editor and was active in the Crimson Masque and ZBT fraternity. After working for a time in the MC communications office, he earned his MFA in theatre and returned to Monmouth in 1988 to teach in the theatre department. Today, he is a full professor and director of theatre. Doug’s wife, Tamy, is veteran middle school teacher, who graduated from Monmouth in 1981.

Jeff has served as Monmouth’s director of college communications since 1992. His wife, Terri, a 2000 MC graduate, is currently MC’s director of alumni and development records, having worked in the development office since 1990. Their daughter, Amanda Cox, is a 2002 Monmouth graduate.

Together, Glen, Doug, Jeff and Terri have worked for Monmouth College a total of 106 years and counting, a record of family service that is unparalleled in the institution’s history.

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Monmouth College Family of the Year Recipients:
2014 The Ford Family
2013 The Glasgow Family
2012 The McConnell Family
2011 The Geiger Family
2010 The Work Family
2009 The Whiteman Family
2008 The Smith Family
2007 The Hubbard Family
2006 The Beveridge Family
2005 The Winbigler Family