July 01, 2004

Ittner, Gannon join SIU Alumni Association board

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The Southern Illinois University Carbondale Alumni Association has added two new members to its board of directors, effective July 1. Both will serve four-year terms.

Dorothy (Dede) Lingle Ittner of Carbondale is a 1961 graduate of SIUC. A life member of the SIU Alumni Association, Ittner is an instructor for the John A. Logan College Adult Education program in Carterville. She specializes in beginning level literacy instruction and learning style assessment and facilitation.

She began her career as a third-grade teacher in Jacksonville from 1961 to 1963. For the following 29 years, she taught for school districts in Bloomington/Normal and Richland County, specializing in home and hospital bound instruction and gifted and creative thinking programs.

She is a fourth generation family member to attend Southern. Her father, Leland "Doc" Lingle '27, began attending SIUC as a student in 1919 and coached the Saluki track team until his death in 1964. Her mother, Dorothy Furr Lingle '28, came to Southern in 1913 with her father, William Furr, who headed the teacher education program. She became a General Studies Adviser in 1964.

Terry Gannon of St. Pete Beach, Fla., is a 1968 graduate of SIUC. Now retired, Gannon enjoyed a career highlighted by numerous leadership ventures, including a term as Mayor of St. Pete Beach, Fla.

During his term, his team coordinated efforts to begin planning and engineering a project to have reclaimed water come to the city to reduce the use of potable water. These efforts allow every household and business in the city to have the ability to use reclaimed water for irrigation.

His business experience includes stints in production, accounting, sales, and marketing. Gannon served as a production supervisor at Uniroyal, an accountant at Texaco, and sales executive with Xerox Corporation. He has also been a realtor with Prudential Florida Realty.

In retirement, Gannon has devoted much effort to his alma mater. He, along with his wife, Carol, were the driving forces behind creating and chartering the Central Florida Salukis Alumni Chapter in 2002. Gannon, a life member of the SIU Alumni Association, serves as president of the chapter.

The 40-member board of directors governs the activities, programs, and services of the SIU Alumni Association. It represents 200,000 SIUC graduates living in more than 120 countries worldwide.