Mary Neagoy and Bill Longbrake

Mary Neagoy and Bill Longbrake


William A. Longbrake elected chair of Wooster's board of trustees

Mary A. Neagoy elected vice chair

2 June, 2014 by John Hopkins

WOOSTER, Ohio – The College of Wooster's board of trustees elected William A. Longbrake chair during their May 30 meeting on campus. Mary A. Neagoy was elected vice chair.

Longbrake, a member of the college's board since 1995, has had a distinguished career in business, academia, and government. After earning his bachelor's degree in economics from Wooster in 1965, a master's degree in monetary economics in 1968, and an M.B.A. in 1969, both from the University of Wisconsin, he went to work for the federal government in Washington, D.C. From 1970 to 1982 he served in a variety of positions, including senior deputy comptroller for resource management in the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and financial economist and senior assistant to the chairman at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Along the way, he also earned a doctorate in finance from the University of Maryland in 1976.

In 1982, Longbrake joined Washington Mutual, Inc., as chief financial officer, and for the next 26 years, he held a series of positions with the firm, retiring in 2008. Since 2009, he has been an executive in residence at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, where he spends one to two weeks each month teaching classes and working on a variety of business, policy, and governance issues with faculty, students, business leaders, government policy makers, and executives of not-for-profit organizations.

Neagoy has held senior positions in corporate communications and public relations in the media industry, professional sports, and non-profits for more than 25 years. After graduating from Wooster in 1983 with a bachelor's degree in English, she landed her first job, as a public relations assistant at Rolling Stone magazine, thanks to an internship she had done as a Wooster senior. After working at Us and Ms. magazines, she moved to NBC, where she handled public relations and media relations for "Saturday Night Live," the "Today" show, and many other programs. In the early 1990s, Neagoy served as director of business public relations at the National Basketball Association, leading communications for the league's corporate sponsors and business partners, as well as for NBA Entertainment, the league's TV, film and video production arm. She later returned to NBC as vice president for corporate communications. Neagoy has been a member of Wooster's board since 2009.

The College of Wooster is America's premier college for mentored undergraduate research. By working one-on-one with a faculty adviser to conceive, organize, and complete an original research project, written work, performance or art exhibit, every Wooster student develops independent judgment, analytical ability, creativity, project-management and time-management skills, and strong written and oral communication skills. Founded in 1866, the college enrolls approximately 2,000 students.