Packers shareholders will vote on new board members during their annual meeting July 24 at Lambeau Field. Koonce was approved by vote of the Board at its quarterly meeting in May. The 43-member board currently includes only three former players – Johnnie Gray, Larry McCarren, and Dexter McNabb. Eric Torkelson, another former Packers player, was also nominated alongside Koonce.
“George Koonce and Eric Torkelson will be valuable additions to our Board of Directors,” said Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy in a press release. “I’m looking forward to having the experience of two more former players on the Board, and they both bring a wealth of knowledge from successful careers outside of football, as well.”
“I am very happy for Dr. Koonce, and excited that he will be joining the Board of the Packers,” said Dr. Andrew Manion, President of Marian University. “George is a great ambassador for Marian University and his election will strengthen our connection with the most iconic organization in the State of Wisconsin.”
Koonce played linebacker for the Packers from 1992 through 1999. Following his playing career he earned his graduate degree in sports management from East Carolina University, followed by a PhD from Marquette University.
“Being able to help the Green Bay Packers, an organization I owe so much to and hold so dear to my heart, is a dream come true,” Koonce said. “It’s an honor to be nominated, and I cannot wait to work with the fellow board members and begin serving the Packers and the fan base again.”
Members of the board represent the organization’s 360,760 shareholders as well as fans. All directors are appointed to at least one committee, giving each a chance to be involved.