Dr. Jenny Coyle, Dr. Marc Williams Join Forest Grove Rotary

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From left: Club president Janet Peters, Evelyn Orr, Claudia Yakos, Jenny Coyle, Marc Williams and Amy Tracewell.

The Rotary Club of Forest Grove is proud to introduce its two newest members, Dr. Jenny Coyle and Dr. Marc Williams of Pacific University.

Coyle and Williams were inducted in a ceremony held during the club’s weekly meeting on the Pacific University campus on Feb. 8. Coyle was sponsored for membership by Claudia Yakos while Williams was sponsored by Amy Tracewell.

Jenny Coyle became the 18th president of Pacific University in July 2022. She is the first alumna to lead the university, having received her bachelor of vision science in 1990, her doctor of optometry in 1993 and her master of science in vision science in 2000. She was an instructor and professor in the Pacific University College of Optometry from 1994 to 2006.

In 2006, Coyle was named associate dean of the College of Optometry and served as dean from 2008-2019. During her time as dean, Coyle was a member of the Rotary Club of Forest Grove.

Prior to returning to Pacific, Coyle served as the dean of the Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University from 2019-2022.

Coyle is a contributing editor for Primary Care Optometry News and a fellow in the American Academy of Optometry. A diplomate of the American Board of Optometry, Coyle was named one of Vision Monday’s 50 Most Influential Women in Optical in 2006. She received the 2010 Clarence G. Carkner Oregon Optometrist of the Year and received the Women in Optometry Theia Award for Excellence in Education in 2018.

Coyle was the first woman president of the Association of Schools and College of Optometry, serving for two terms (2013-15) and currently serves on the board of directors of the American Academy of Optometry.

Dr. Marc Williams is the founding director for the Center of Business, Sports Entrepreneurship and Entertainment in the Pacific University College of Business and also serves as the Pacific athletic department’s NCAA diversity and inclusion designee. Prior to moving to Forest Grove over the summer, Williams served as the associate vice president for innovation and technology and associate athletic director at Jarvis Christian College in Texas.

Williams career in sports includes time as a senior executive for three major worldwide sports brands, Champs Sports, Reebok and Footaction. He was recently named as one of the Top 100 Influential Blacks in the World by CORE Magazine and is considered one of the top educators in sports marketing, innovation and esports curriculum in the United States.

Williams earned his bachelor’s degree from William Paterson University, a master’s in sports management from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and his doctorate in education/curriculum instruction from West Virginia University. His wife, Pei-Ru Lin, is a Fulbright Scholar from Taiwan. Together they have a young daughter, Maru-Sattva Lin Williams, who was born last spring.

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