Ripon College welcomes Kenneth R. Pinckney ’81 to the Board of Trustees

This week, Ripon College is honoring and welcoming the new members of the Board of Trustees. The board will meet on campus this week.

Kenneth R. Pinckney ’81 of Glendale, Wisconsin, has been elected an Alumni Trustee of Ripon College as a member of the Class of 2024.

Ken is a finance professional with more than 25 years of experience in developing business with and lending to the commercial, industrial and small business markets. Currently, he is managing director of business development at IntraFi Network.

Previously, he held leadership financial positions at Wells Fargo Bank, Pinckney Consulting and Associated Bank.

At Ripon, he majored in economics and played football. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1996. He served on the Alumni Board from 1998 to 2004. He continues to volunteer in the Office of Admission and for his class reunions. He also is a loyal donor and a member of the 1851 Club.

His family includes his wife, Lora Hyler; and their son, William Haywood Pinckney.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve on the board,” Pinckney says. “Ripon molded me and provided me with the tools needed to succeed in life. I am forever grateful for that and look for ways to pay the institution back for what they invested in me.

“That paying back is much more than money. My board participation is a way to make sure that Ripon survives for the future so it can continue to mold young minds that will also be successful.”

Pinckney says he hopes to help continue the financial growth of the College to ensure that Ripon will be available to future students. Also, he says, “I really want to assist to grow the student population diversity. You learn a great deal from the social interaction in college. Ripon provides you with the ability to intersect with people in the real world. The real world is very diverse. The campus needs to reflect that, as well.”

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