William C. Marcil

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William C. Marcil (born 1936) is a North Dakota businessman in the state's newspaper industry. Marcil was born in Rolette, North Dakota. He graduated from the University of North Dakota, where he was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, in 1958. He then married Jane Black, daughter of Norman Black, owner-publisher of Fargo Forum newspaper. In 1969, Marcil became the president and publisher of the Forum. Today, Marcil is chief executive officer of Forum Communications, a multi-media company based in Fargo. The company has grown to own numerous media outlets (including print, radio, television, and internet) throughout the state and region.

In 2006, Marcil was presented with the state of North Dakota's highest honor - the Roughrider Award.

On September 14, 2010, Marcil announced that he will be stepping down as the publisher of the Fargo Forum on December 1, 2010. Marcil is relinquishing his role as publisher and CEO but will remain chairman of the board of Forum Communications Co., The Forum’s parent company.

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