SICF Announces New Leader - Byram Fager Named CEO

[MARION, IL, July 16, 2018] The Southern Illinois Community Foundation is pleased to announces that its Board of Directors has named Byram Fager as their new Chief Executive Officer, effective July 1, 2018.

“SICF is very excited to have Byram take on this leadership role for the foundation as we move to the next chapter in serving our region,” said Margaret Flanagan, Board President.  “The Southern Illinois Community Foundation has served the southern Illinois community for 18 years building chartable funds that serve the region.  Now is the time for SICF to take the next step forward, with Byram as CEO. His 20+ years of non-profit experience, knowledge and leadership will help us serve Southern Illinois in a greater capacity.”

Byram recently left a 26-year career with American Electric Power (AEP) having worked in Metropolis, IL, Lancaster, OH and Columbus, OH, in roles that included responsibilities in finance, marketing, information technology, purchasing, fuel and transportation contract management and negotiations.  “Combined with his professionalism, Mr. Fager’s commitment to community service, within his church and within the not-for-profit community, will make a great impact on SICF,” says Flanagan. 

“My parents and family instilled in me an importance for service to the community.  I can’t remember a time that I wasn’t involved in some kind of volunteering.  It is amazing how much need there is for community support right here in Southern Illinois,” Fager said.  “SICF is such a powerful tool for donors with charitable intent to find the best way for their donation to help meet needs in Southern Illinois.”

While working for AEP in Ohio, Fager served on the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Fairfield County Ohio in various roles for over 10 years, during which time he also learned about community foundations.  His first exposure was through the creation of an endowment, benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters, at the Fairfield County Foundation, in Lancaster, OH.  Fager remained committed to his service with Big Brothers Big Sisters, as he broadened his understanding of the impact a community foundation has on a region.

When his career brought him back to Southern Illinois in 2009, he found his way to SICF.  Mr. Fager takes on this new role of CEO after serving on the SICF Board of Directors in various capacities.  He has contributed to SICF through the creation of new funds, technology improvements, standardization and service as President of the Board of Directors.

Mr. Fager graduated from Murphysboro High School and attended John A. Logan College with degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University in Computer Science.  While working for AEP, Mr. Fager completed multiple training sessions on building a culture of teamwork, completed an AEP Leadership Training program and was selected and completed a special AEP/Ohio State University Management School program on leadership.

“I am excited to be able to work with the SICF Board of Directors to grow and enhance our Southern Illinois Community Foundation”, Fager added.

Since 2000 the Southern Illinois Community Foundation (, has served the 17 southern most counties of Illinois, holding and managing charitable funds dedicated to community charitable purposes as well as scholarship funds. SICF, a 501C3 charitable foundation, is a member of the The Council on Foundations’ ( and complies with National Standards for Community Foundations.

For further information on donating or creating a new legacy, please contact Byram Fager at 618-997-3700 or at

Southern Illinois Community Foundation
PO Box 1772
Marion, IL 62959

Phone : 618.997.3700


© Southern Illinois Community Foundation