Dr. Marianne Inman, president of Central Methodist University in Fayette, will deliver the address at East Central College's 43 annual spring commencement Saturday, May 18.
The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. in the gymnasium in the Multipurpose Building on the ECC campus in Union.
"We are proud to have Dr. Inman deliver the commencement address to our graduates," said ECC President Dr. Jon Bauer. "She has been a strong partner with East Central College and a higher education leader in Missouri. Included in her legacy of service to students are the many who have completed bachelor's and master's degrees in Union. Dr. Inman sets a wonderful example for our graduates as they head to the next phase in their lives and will now have their own opportunity to serve others."
Almost 500 students are candidates for graduation at ECC. Associate degrees and career/technical certificates will be conferred. ECC will also present awards to the outstanding student and outstanding alumnae for 2013.
CMU has offered classes at ECC in Union since 1994 and during that span 891 students have a earned bachelor's degree through the partnership and another 69 have received graduate degrees.
During Inman's tenure at CMU, total enrollment has increased six-fold and the endowment has more than tripled. For the 2012 fall semester, CMU served almost 6,000 students statewide. The number of CMU degree-granting sites within Missouri has grown from three to 30.
Inman will retire as the CMU president in June.
Beyond campus life Inman serves the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the Council of Independent Colleges, and the Presidential Advisory Council for Missouri's Coordinating Board for Higher Education.
She has twice served as president of the Independent Colleges and Universities of Missouri and as chair of the board of the Missouri Humanities Council. She also served for four years as president of the University Senate of The United Methodist Church.
Inman serves on the board of the Missouri Colleges Fund and is a past board member for the Great Rivers Council of Boy Scouts. She was consultant to the President's Commission on Foreign Language and International Studies and was also named 2010 Business Leader of the Year by the Fayette Rotary Club.
Before arriving at CMU in 1995, Inman was vice president and dean at Northland College in Wisconsin. Prior to that she had a series of increasing administrative responsibilities at Alaska Pacific University, culminating her tenure there as associate dean of academic affairs from 1984 to 1990. She also served as program director for International House at Southwestern University in Texas.
Inman's first position in higher education was as French lecturer for a community college in Virginia. She spent two years as a faculty member and linguistics researcher for the University of Illinois in Tehran, Iran.
Inman holds a Ph.D. in foreign language education from the University of Texas at Austin, a master's degree in French literature and linguistics from Indiana University, and a bachelor's degree with highest distinction in French, Spanish and English from Purdue University.