The Success Story of David Ekin '77
"As well as establishing life-long friends and relationships that will be with me throughout life, Mac's educational foundation of challenging its students to think critically and see "the big picture" have been instrumental in all professional endeavors I have undertaken. Mac also gave me that sense of "can do" and taught me it was okay to take risks. This has helped me continue to learn and grow personally and professionally. So much of who I am and where I am can be attributed to MacMurray College."
David Ekin is a 1977 graduate of MacMurray College with a bachelor's degree in sociology and psychology. During his time at MacMurray he was involved in intramurals, student government, and was a floor counselor for the freshman experience. He was elected to Mortar Board during his senior year and received honors in sociology. He was also the recipient of the Richard Nesmith Leadership Award.
Upon graduation, he began working at the Morgan County Community Counseling Center. Ekin returned to MacMurray to receive a teaching certificate. Afterward, he took a position as a social worker with the Illinois School for the Visually Impaired (ISVI). In 1984, the Washington University School of Social Work awarded him with a master's in social work. From 1985 to 1988 he worked both at ISVI and MacMurray College as a college instructor of sociology. In 1989, he made a career leap to the position of Director of Programs and Services for the Foundation for the Junior Blind in Los Angeles, California. He held this position until 1991, when he returned to the Midwest to accept the position of Executive Director of the Delta Gamma Center for Children with Visual Impairments, in St. Louis, MO. In 1994, he was chosen as the Executive Director for the St. Louis Society for the Blind and Visually Impaired, the organization for which he is now the President and CEO.
Among his awards and honors, Ekin has been awarded with the MacMurray College Alumni Association Distinguished Career Award in 2002 and the Missouri Easter Chapter, National Association of Social Workers Agency of the Year Award in 1999.
Ekin has also held many professional volunteer positions, sitting on the MacMurray Board of Trustees, serving as the past president of and current board member of the National Council of Private Agencies for the Blind and Visually Impaired (VisionServeAlliance), serving as a founding member and consultant of the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals, and is also a former Vice President for Lighthouse National Vision Rehabilitation Network, former board member for Community Health Charities of Kansas and Missouri, and former officer and board member of the Association for Education & Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired.