FARGO, N.D. â€“ William C. Marcil, publisher of The Forum for the past 41 years, will step down on Dec. 1 and hand the reins to his son, Bill Marcil Jr.
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The 74-year-old Marcil is relinquishing his role as publisher and CEO but will remain chairman of the board of Forum Communications Co., The Forumâ€™s parent company. Marcil made the announcement this morning.
In another change, Lloyd G. Case, the companyâ€™s president and chief operating officer, on Monday also was named CEO and will remain in that position until 2013, when he too will retire.
William Marcil called the changes â€œa milestone in the history of this company.â€ â€œWhen youâ€™ve got a family owned business and youâ€™ve got a child thatâ€™s capable of coming back and running the business, it just makes everybody feel really happy in the family,â€ he told Forum employees, Marcil Jr. and Case at his side.
William Marcil became The Forumâ€™s publisher on Nov. 1, 1969, succeeding his father-in-law, Norman D. Black Jr.
With his appointment, 46-year-old Bill Marcil Jr. will become the fifth-generation family member to serve as publisher of The Forum.
He was a photography intern at The Forum in 1987 and served as the newspaperâ€™s general manager from 1997 to February 2000. Later that year he was named development director for Forum Communications.
Bill Marcil Jr. has been away from the newspaperâ€™s day-to-day operations for seven years while running his own business, but he said heâ€™s a voracious newspaper reader and has continued to follow industry trends closely.
He said heâ€™s thankful for the opportunity his father and mother, Jane, have given him.
â€œIâ€™m excited about it. Iâ€™m excited about our future and where weâ€™re going,â€ he said.