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Alumnus Receives Town & Gown Award

To recognize his contributions to Western Illinois University and the Macomb community, former Macomb Mayor Tom Carper has been named the recipient of the 2012 Town & Gown Award from the WIU Alumni Association.

The Town & Gown Award, presented to an individual who has provided exceptional service to WIU and the community, was announced at the Sept. 13 Town & Gown celebration.

Carper, a 1982 Board of Trustees graduate, a 2012 WIU Athletics Hall of Fame inductee and a 2009 WIU Alumni Achievement Award recipient, was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as a director of the Amtrak Board of Directors in March 2008 and was elected chair of the board in January 2009. He was named to his current position as region manager for economic development for the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity in December 2003. Carper served as the mayor of Macomb from April 1991 to April 2003. He has also owned several businesses in Macomb from 1971 to 1991.

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