News from MacMurray College
MacMurray hires educational director
Jenny Briney begins as Director of the Center for Learning Excellence.
Jenny Briney is the new Director of the Center for Learning Excellence. She will oversee the Learning Center and the First Year Success Program, which helps students transition from high school to college. She will also work with faculty to identify and work with at-risk students through tutoring and academic support programs. Briney brings years of experience in advising, faculty and student support, and in workshop development.
“Jenny Briney’s experiences in these areas will be invaluable to our students, our faculty, and our Center of Learning Excellence,” said Guy Crumley, Director of Elementary Education, who was also on the search committee for the position. “I have come to know her as a listener, an organizer, and a go-getter type of individual. We are fortunate to have her at Mac.”
Briney comes to MacMurray from Spoon River College in Canton, Ill., where she served as Director of Adult and Developmental Education. She managed learning centers on two campuses and oversaw the redesign of the curricula for developmental math, reading and writing.
“We are exceedingly lucky to have someone of Mrs. Briney’s experience to lead our Center for Learning Excellence,” said Vice President for Academic Affairs David Fitz. “Our students will be well served by her knowledge and commitment to student academic success.”
Briney was also Head Teacher at McCall School, where she supervised the daily activities of students who were taken out of regular junior and senior high schools because of behavioral issues. Before that, she was an Adolescent Crisis Intervention Supervisor at Catholic Social Service, where she counseled adolescents and their families.
Briney has trained at the National College Learning Center Association Institute and holds a Developmental Education Specialist Certification from the Kellogg Institute. She has a B.A. in History and an M.A. in Sociology, both from Western Illinois University in Macomb, Ill.
“I’m really excited to be here at MacMurray. There is such a great energy and dedication to student learning that it is infectious,” she said. “Everyone is so friendly and happy to help me get going with the Center that I know that great things are going to happen for our students here.”
Briney lives on a corn and soybean farm with her husband. She has a grown son and daughter and a new granddaughter. She enjoys reading, playing golf, working in the yard and traveling anywhere with a beach.