Ildikó Marcus graduated from Wright State University in 1979 with a double major in Latin and Nursing. The child of Hungarian immigrants, she grew up bilingual, and began her college career at The Ohio State University in 1973. When the opportunity arose for her and her former husband to purchase a Domino’s Pizza franchise, Marcus moved with him to Fairborn. As the business prospered, she was mindful of her parents’ advice that “no one can ever take an education from you,” so she transferred to Wright State. Marcus excelled in her academics and soon turned her BSN into a long and varied nursing career, initially working in the ER at Children’s Medical Center, and later working in the outpatient ambulatory center at Greene Memorial Hospital. While her children were young she also volunteered as a nurse in their school.
Marcus has long believed that the pursuit of higher education is of the utmost importance. Her children are evidence of this belief: elder daughter Andrea has a Doctor of Jurisprudence, and younger daughter Lauren has a Master of Business Administration. Marcus strongly feels that the humanities bring the spark that is the essence of a well-lived life. To that end, she is very supportive of Wright State’s College of Liberal Arts, having served on the Dean’s Leadership Board since 2006. Marcus lives with her husband Dan Coughnour and their two cats in Xenia Township, Ohio.