After Four Decades, ?Fargo Forum? Publisher Bill Marcil Stepping Down

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By: E&P Staff

William C. Marcil, who has been publisher of the family-owned The Forum in Fargo, N.D. for 41 years, announced Tuesday he is stepping down on Dec. 1. His son Bill Marcil Jr. will become publisher.

The senior Marcil, 74, is also retiring as CEO, but will remain chairman of the board of Forum Communications, which publishes 11 dailies in the Plains states.

Forum Communications also announced that Lloyd G. Case, the company’s president and COO has been named CEO and will remain in that position until 2013, when he will retire.

“When you’ve got a family owned business and you’ve got a child that’s capable of coming back and running the business, it just makes everybody feel really happy in the family,” the senior Marcil  told Forum employees in a meeting Tuesday morning.

William Marcil became the Forum’s publisher on Nov. 1, 1969, succeeding his father-in-law, Norman D. Black Jr., the newspaper noted.

Bill Marcil Jr., 46, will become the fifth-generation family member to serve as publisher of the Forum.

He  began as a photography intern at the Forum in 1987, and served as the newspaper’s general manager from 1997 to February 2000. Later that year he was named development director for Forum Communications.

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