Fuller, Plotnick elected to Board of Trustees
Jack Fuller, president and publisher of the Chicago Tribune, and Harvey Plotnick (A.B.'63), president and chief executive officer of Contemporary Books Inc., were elected to the Board of Trustees on June 10.
Fuller was named publisher of the Chicago Tribune in June and has been president and chief executive officer of the Tribune since September 1993. He was vice president and editor of the Tribune from 1989 to 1993, executive editor from 1987 to 1989, and editor of the editorial page of the newspaper from 1986 to 1989. He won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing in 1986.
Fuller has been a member of the Visiting Committee to the Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies since 1992. He also served on the Law School Visiting Committee from 1985 to 1988, the College Visiting Committee in 1988 and the Visiting Committee to the College & Student Activities from 1989 to 1992.
A Chicago native, he received his B.A. in journalism from Northwestern in 1968 and his J.D. from Yale in 1973. He served in the U.S. Army from 1969 to 1970 and was a Vietnam correspondent for Pacific Stars and Stripes. From 1973 to 1975, he was a general-assignment reporter for the Tribune's city desk. Fuller then served as a special assistant to the U.S. attorney general from 1975 to 1976 and returned to the Tribune as a Washington correspondent in 1977. He began writing editorials for the newspaper in 1978.
Fuller is a member of the American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE), the Society of Midland Authors and the Pulitzer Prize Board. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is on the board of directors of the McCormick Tribune Foundation and the ASNE Foundation. He is also the author of five novels: "Convergence," "Fragments," "Mass," "Our Fathers' Shadows" and "Legends' End." He and his wife, Alyce, live in Evanston, Ill., and have two children.
Plotnick received his A.B. in English literature from the University in 1963. A member of the Alumni Association Board of Governors, Plotnick is co-chairman of the Major Gifts component of the Campaign for the Next Century and chairman of the Visiting Committee to the College & Student Activities. He served on the Alumni Award Committee from 1991 to 1992 and is currently a member of the University Endowment Association.
Plotnick has been president and chief executive officer of Contemporary Books Inc., a publisher of nonfiction trade books, since 1967. The company is one of the nation's largest publishers of adult basic-education instructional materials and also has published such memorable novels as Loretta Lynn's "Coal Miner's Daughter" and "Sybil," the story of a woman with multiple personalities. Contemporary Books was acquired by the Tribune Company in July 1993. Plotnick continues as chief executive officer responsible for educational publishing activities in the Tribune Company.
Plotnick is an avid collector of rare, first-edition books on physics, as well as master drawings and prints. He and his wife, Elizabeth, live in Chicago and have four children.