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Distinguished Alumni

The global reputation of the College of Applied Health Sciences at Illinois is built, in large part, by countless alumni who have impacted the world in significant ways.

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C. Alvin Bowman

Class of 1979

Ph.D. Speech & Hearing Science
Executive Director
Illinois Board of Higher Education

Dr. Bowman was named the executive director of the IBHE in November 2017. Prior to that, he was president of Illinois State University. Prior to his appointment as a faculty member in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Illinois State University, he was a speech pathologist at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Danville. He concurrently served as department chair for the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and director of the Down Syndrome Speech-Language Clinic at Illinois State University from 1994 until 2002. Under Dr. Bowman’s leadership, the Department earned accreditation by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. In 2003, Dr. Bowman left the chair’s position to serve as Illinois State’s interim president. He was later named the President of Illinois State University in 2004, a position he held until he retired in 2012.

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Ann Cody

Class of 1992

MS Leisure Studies
Program Officer
U.S. State Department

Ms. Cody is a member of the State Department’s International Disability Rights team, which leads Department efforts to encourage and assist foreign governments and civil society organizations to increase their commitment and capacity to protect the rights, and ensure the inclusion and full participation of, persons with disabilities. Prior to joining the State Department in January 2014, Ann was the director of policy and global outreach at BlazeSports America. She also was a vice president at B&D Consulting, focusing on federal affairs related to amateur sports, health, disability, and local government. Within this role, she was responsible for presenting issues before the United States Congress and the Executive Branch. A three-time Paralympian and medalist, her athletic accomplishments include being a former member both of the US Paralympic Track and Field and Basketball teams, and a Paralympic medalist for numerous events, including gold and silver medals in the 1988 and 1992 Paralympic Games. Her love of sport combined with her drive has resulted in her leading a number of advocacy initiatives to increase awareness of the importance of sport and physical activity for people with disabilities. As founder of the Alliance for Disability Sport and Recreation, Ms. Cody brought together representatives of ten organizations to advocate for and restore funding for the recreation program for people with disabilities at the Rehabilitation Services Administration.

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Douglas A. Michels

Class of 1978

BS Public Health Administration
President and Chief Executive Officer
OraSure Technologies, Inc.

Mr. Michels has been OraSure’s President and Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board since June 2004. Prior to that, he served as Group Vice President, Global Marketing of Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics, President of Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics International, and President of Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Systems, Inc. Earlier in his career, he held various sales and marketing positions of increasing responsibility within the Johnson & Johnson family of companies and with the Diagnostics Division of Abbott Laboratories. He recently served on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) and currently serves on the boards of directors of West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. and the Miller-Keystone Blood Center.

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Rainer Martens

Class of 1968

Ph.D. Physical Education
Founder and President
Human Kinetics, Inc.

Prior to founding Human Kinetics, Dr. Martens served as a professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Illinois for 16 years in addition to being a sports psychologist for the United States Ski Team and numerous U.S. Olympic athletes. As president of Human Kinetics, he has been responsible for the publication of countless books, journals, videos, and online courses in the fields of sports, fitness, and physical activity. He is the author of Successful Coaching, the best-selling coaching methods book ever published with over 1 million copies sold. He also founded the American Sport Education Program, the largest coaching education program in the United States with over 1.5 million coaches completing ASEP courses. Widely honored for his professional achievements, he is the recipient of distinguished alumnus awards from Emporia State University, the University of Montana, the University of Illinois Department of Kinesiology, and Hutchinson High School. He is the recipient of the National Association of Sport and Physical Education Hall of Fame Award and was inducted into the National Youth Sports Hall of Fame. He also received the prestigious Citizenship Through Sports Award in 2007, which celebrates athletes and personalities from around the nation who exemplify outstanding sportsmanship, citizenship, ethical conduct, and community service.

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Joseph Bannon

Class of 1958

MS Recreation & Park Administration
Ph.D. Recreation & Park Administration (1971)
Sagamore Publishing

For more than 50 years, Dr. Joseph Bannon has made outstanding contributions to the field of parks and recreation management as a practitioner, an educator, a consultant, and a publisher. After completing a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education at Ithaca College in 1957 and a master’s degree in Recreation and Park Administration at the University of Illinois in 1958, he spent five years with the Borough of Leonia, New Jersey, as superintendent of the recreation commission. He went on to spearhead a robust building and program development effort as the general superintendent of the Topeka, Kansas, Recreation Commission. In 1966, Dr. Bannon returned to Illinois as the director of the Office of Recreation and Park Resources, the service unit of the Department of Recreation and Park Administration. During his tenure as director, he assisted more than 75 Illinois communities in establishing park districts, conducting needs assessments, and preparing long-range plans. He also completed his Ph.D. in recreation and park administration, receiving his degree in 1971. In 1973 he was named the head of the department, a position he held until his retirement in 1992. Under his leadership, the department was renamed the Department of Leisure Studies and began offering an off-campus master’s program to students throughout Illinois.

Dr. Bannon’s contributions as a consultant began in 1974 when he founded Management Learning Laboratories, which completed master plans, feasibility studies, and market analyses for parks and recreation agencies across the United States. He also offered workshops and seminars throughout the world, including Japan, Korea, and China. In 1984 his career switched to publishing when Dr. Bannon founded Sagamore Publishing, Inc., to fill the parks and recreation niche that large publishers considered unprofitable.

A Founding Fellow of the Academy of Leisure Sciences and founding member of the Academy of Park and Recreation Administration, Dr. Bannon was the 2001 recipient of the Pugsley Gold Medal. This prestigious award recognizes outstanding contributions to the promotion and development of public parks and is sponsored by the National Park Foundation and the American Academy of Park and Recreation Administration.

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Tim Romani

Class of 1984

BS Kinesiology

Tim Romani has been a leader in the sports facility development industry for more than 20 years. He has overseen the successful completion of more than $6 billion in stadium and arena projects for teams in each of the major American professional sports leagues and international leagues. Among his many noteworthy projects are the Wrigley Field restoration, Milwaukee Bucks Arena, T-Mobile Arena, and the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin.

After completing his bachelor’s degree, he joined the State of Illinois Capital Development Board as a project manager, supervising the design and construction of 15 public projects totaling more than $95 million. In 1988 he was named the Executive Director of the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority. During his tenure, he managed the $250 million development of Comiskey Park, now known as US Cellular Field. He assumed the presidency of Ascent Arena Company in Denver, Colorado, in 1995 and was responsible for all aspects of the company’s Pepsi Center project, including financing, construction, and operations.

In 2001 he founded the Romani Group, a management/owners representative firm specializing in sports, convention center, and medical facility projects. The Romani Group partnered with AEG, one of the leading sports and entertainment presenters in the world, to form ICON Venue Group in 2004.

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Harold Wimmer

Class of 1977

BS Community Health Education
MS Public Health Administration (1978)
National President and CEO
American Lung Association

Harold Wimmer began his career with the American Lung Association in 1978 and served in key executive positions in the American Lung Association in Illinois and the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest. He has served as national president and CEO since 2013. He is responsible for carrying out the strategic framework and policies established by the National Board of Directors and directs the executive operations of the Association including organizational growth and development, advocacy, public policy, marketing, research, and program services. In his tenure as National President and CEO, he has been a driving force in the launch of the Association’s new LUNG FORCE initiative aimed at building awareness and funding support for lung cancer in women.
Mr. Wimmer served as a member of the National American Lung Association’s Revenue Generation Committee. He was the mastermind behind the national American Lung Association Helpline, which is housed at the office of the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest in Springfield, Illinois. The helpline is staffed by registered nurses, registered respiratory therapists, and tobacco cessation specialists who assist callers from all over the nation with lung health issues. From 2002 to 2008, he served on the College of Applied Health Sciences Alumni Board.

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Dr. Deborah G. Blue

Class of 1974

MA Speech & Hearing Science
Ph.D. Speech & Hearing Science (1978)
Chancellor Emeritus
State Center Community College District

Dr. Deborah G. Blue retired as Chancellor Emerita from the State Center Community College District in July, 2015, after serving as a California Community College CEO and administrator for twenty-five years with responsibility for student learning, success, and leadership development. Dr. Blue’s prior administrative positions included: Vice Chancellor, Districtwide Planning and Educational Services, Contra Costa Community College District; Vice President, Policy and Research, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, WASC; President of Laney College; Vice President/Assistant Superintendent, Educational Programs and Services, Sierra Joint Community College District; Associate Dean of Instruction, Humanities, Fresno City College; and Assistant Dean, Community Education, Contra Costa College. She also served as a K-12 administrator for the Sonoma County Office of Education, an Adjunct Faculty Member in the University of San Francisco School of Education, and an Assistant Professor of Speech Pathology and Audiology at Michigan State University. She is a founding Co-Principal and Chief Operating Officer of Arterberry Blue and Associates, LLC, an executive search and educational consulting firm that specializes in assisting community colleges with executive searches and coaching, and the professional development of boards, faculty, staff, and student leaders.

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Jean Driscoll

Class of 1993

MS Rehabilitation Administration
Executive Director of Development
College of Design
North Carolina State University

Motivational speaker, author, and award-winning athlete Jean Driscoll is an international advocate for people with disabilities. She has traveled to Ghana in West African four times to share the sport of wheelchair track with athletes and coaches. In 2003, she worked with Joni and Friends, Inc., and five Rotary Clubs to bring eight wheelchair athletes and two coaches from Ghana to the United States for training. The athletes were fitted with their first racing chairs during this visit. Because of her commitment, Ghana was able to send its first two athletes to the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece. Ghanian wheelchair athletes have since competed in Paralympic Games in Beijing, London, and Rio de Janeiro.

As an athlete, Ms. Driscoll was the first person in history to win the Boston Marathon eight times. She held the world’s best time in the women’s wheelchair division at Boston for 21 years and established new world records five times. She also won two Olympic and 12 Paralympic medals as a member of Team USA and still holds the world record for the 10,000-meter track event. She has been recognized by Sports Illustrated for Women as one of the top 25 female athletes of the 20th century. In 2012, she was inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame.

After retiring from competition, Ms. Driscoll went on to a career in fundraising, first for the College of Applied Health Sciences, where she played a key role in the College’s successful Brilliant Futures campaign, and then for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She joined North Carolina State in 2017.
She was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Rhode Island in 1997 and an honorary law degree from the Massachusetts School of Law in 2002. The State of Illinois awarded her its highest honor, the Lincoln Academy of Illinois’ Order of Lincoln, in 2012.

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Dr. Mary Ann Carmack

Class of 1973

BS Kinesiology
MS Kinesiology (1978)
Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatrics
Stanford University

After completing her master’s degree, Dr. Carmack taught in junior high, high school, and college settings in Australia and New Zealand before enrolling in the doctoral program in exercise physiology at the University of Oregon. It was there that she decided to combine her interests in health and fitness, clinical medicine, teaching, and research by pursuing a medical degree, which she received from the University of Chicago in 1988. She completed a residency in pediatrics and a postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric infectious diseases at Stanford University. In addition to her medical practice, she is an adjunct member of the clinical faculty in the Department of Pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine. She published several articles on childhood infectious diseases in such journals as Journal of Infectious Diseases, Current Opinion in Pediatrics, Infectious Agents and Disease, and Journal of Pediatrics. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, and the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.

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James R. Gillespie

Class of 1967

BS Recreation & Park Management
MS Recreation & Park Management (1968)
Chairman Emeritus
Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC

After completing his degrees, Mr. Gillespie taught 6th through 8th grades and coached sports programs at grade schools in Ludlow, Illinois, and Memphis, Tennessee. He then joined the YMCA in Spartanburg, South Carolina, as youth director, and went on to a similar position in LaGrange, Illinois, where he also opened a new YMCA branch. In the mid-1970s, he took his commitment to helping others into a new career in real estate, starting as a sales associate with Gallery of Homes. His success quickly led the firm to move him into management, and he drew upon his teaching and coaching experience to become an effective vice president and office manager. He then served in a variety of management positions with Thorsen Realtors, which was acquired by Coldwell Banker. In 1981, Coldwell Banker began its franchise program, and he was one of the original 10 executives chosen to run the residential affiliates. He was the company’s president and chief executive from 2004 until his retirement in 2013.

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Dr. John Seffrin

Class of 1967

MS Health Education
CEO, Retired
American Cancer Society

Dr. John Seffrin was Chief Executive Officer of the American Cancer Society from 1992 to 2015. He is credited with revolutionizing the American Cancer Society by integrating the ideas of prevention and health education into its mission. He spearheaded the creation of the Society’s nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, and is past president of the International Union Against Cancer, based in Geneva, Switzerland. He also served as chairman of the board of Independent Sector, the largest coalition of nonprofit groups, and helped to create the National Center for Tobacco-Free Kids, now called the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. Prior to joining the American Cancer Society, He was a professor of Health Education and chair of the Department of Applied Health Science at Indiana University.

In 2015, Dr. Seffrin joined the faculty of the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington. The following year, he and his wife Carole endowed the John & Carole Seffrin Professor of Population Health. In recognition of more than 30 years of dedicated leadership in the worldwide fight against cancer, Ball State University, Purdue University, Thomas Jefferson University, and Indiana University have awarded him honorary doctoral degrees.

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Dr. Frank Hayden

Class of 1958

MS Physical Education
Ph.D. Physical Education (1962)
Professor Emeritus and Special Olympics Visionary
McMaster University

Dr. Frank Hayden worked with Dr. Thomas Cureton in the Physical Fitness Research Laboratory while completing his degrees at Illinois. He joined the faculty of the University of Toronto’s School of Physical and Health Education. In the early 1960s, it was widely believed that developmental disabilities prevented individuals from developing the physical fitness and skill necessary to participate in sports programs. He demonstrated that while a fitness gap existed between children with developmental disabilities and those without, it could be narrowed significantly with strength and cardiovascular conditioning. He published a book on his findings in 1964 and began advocating in Canada for national games for people with developmental disabilities.

His work caught the attention of Sargent and Eunice Kennedy Shriver at the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation, who convinced Frank to bring his expertise to Washington, DC. In 1968, he coordinated the first Special Olympics, a cooperative venture of the Kennedy Foundation and the Chicago Park District. The games brought together 900 athletes from 26 states, as well as a floor hockey team from the school where Frank had conducted his research. A year later, Canada inaugurated its Special Olympics.

Dr. Hayden served as executive director of Special Olympics from 1968 to 1972, then returned to teaching at the University of Western Ontario. In 1975, he joined McMaster University as director of the School of Physical Education and Athletics. He held the position until 1981, when he took a leave to spearhead the international development of Special Olympics. Retired in 1988, he has received honorary degrees from McMaster University, the University of Calgary, the University of Toronto, and St. Mary’s University. In 2000, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada, his country’s highest honor, and in 2012 was named a member of the Order of Ontario. In 2013, Dr. Frank J. Hayden Secondary School in Burlington, Ontario, was named in his honor, and in 2016, he was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.

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Dr. Laura Kann

Class of 1982

BS School Health and Safety Education
MS Health Education (1983)
School-Based Surveillance Branch, Division of Adolescent and School Health, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Since 1987, Dr. Laura Kann has worked in the Division of Adolescent and School Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where she is currently a Senior Scientist and Chief of the School-Based Surveillance Branch. Her primary area of interest is domestic and international school-based survey research. She manages four large surveillance systems: the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System, which monitors health-risk behaviors and the prevalence of obesity and asthma among youth and young adults; the School Health Policies and Practices Study, a periodic national survey which assesses school health policies and practices at the state, district, school, and classroom levels; School Health Profiles, a biennial survey of middle and high school principals and health education teachers in states, large urban school districts, territories, and tribal governments; and the Global School-based Student Health Survey, which was developed by the World Health Organization to provide data on health behaviors among 13- to 15-year-old students.

Dr. Kann has authored more than 200 peer-reviewed scientific publications. A past president of the American School Health Association, she has received more than three dozen professional awards, including the Division of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service, the Patty Distinguished Alumni Award from Indiana University, the CDC Honor Award, and the Young Professional Award from the American Public Health Association’s Maternal and Child Health Section.

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Dr. Hitoshi Nishino

Class of 1997

Tokai University Fukuoka Junior College

Dr. Nishino’s research has focused on leisure behavior, recreation, and daily activities, especially among adolescents and older adults in Japan. From 1978 to 2010, he was a faculty member and administrator at Tokai University. During that time, he spent a year with what was then the Department of Leisure Studies at the University of Illinois as a visiting professor, from 1981 to 1982, and returned in 1991 to pursue his Ph.D. At Tokai, Hitoshi served on the university evaluation committee and as chair of the university accreditation committee. He has been head of the Department of Sport and Leisure Management, director of Tokai kindergarten within the Tokai Educational System, and dean of the Graduate School of Sports Science.

From 2001 to 2003, he taught a class in leisure and environment to students from all over the world as a lecturer in the World Leisure Organization’s Centre of Excellence in the Netherlands. He developed a program of study for the Department of Sport and Leisure Management at Tokai University that is modeled on the program at the University of Illinois. As part of that effort, he brought more than 100 Tokai University students to the University of Illinois to observe classes and visit research labs and recreational facilities.

In 2010, he was appointed the President of Tokai Fukuoka Junior College and a trustee of the Tokai Educational System. He is a member and regular director of the Japanese Society of Leisure and Recreation Studies.

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Dr. Donald J. Schum

Class of 1982

BS Speech and Hearing Science
Vice President of Audiology
Oticon, Inc.

After completing his Ph.D. in audiology at Louisiana State University in 1988, Dr. Schum joined the Department of Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina as an assistant professor. From there, he moved to the University of Iowa as an assistant professor and director of the Hearing Aid Lab. In 1995, he joined Oticon’s main office in Copenhagen, Denmark, as a senior audiologist, and three years later was promoted to vice president of audiology and professional relations in the company’s Somerset, New Jersey, facility. In this position, he creates and implements training materials, oversees live and distance professional training activities, develops professional support materials and tools, coordinates all contacts with customers, associated professionals, and the public at large, speaks at national and international professional meetings, and coordinates the clinical research program.

He has published research articles in such journals as Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, Hearing Journal, and Journal of the American Academy of Audiology. He is also co-editor of Assistive Devices for the Hearing Impaired, published in 1994 by Allyn & Bacon. He served as an assistant editor of the American Journal of Audiology and was a member of the Executive Board of the American Auditory Society.

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Richard A. Anderson

Class of 1969

BS Community Health
President and CEO
St. Luke’s University Health Network

Richard Anderson has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Luke’s Hospital & Health Network since 1986. As President and CEO, he has overseen St. Luke’s evolution from a single hospital to nine hospitals and more than 300 service sites in Lehigh, Northampton, Carbon, Schuylkill, Bucks, Montgomery, Berks and Monroe counties in Pennsylvania and Warren and Hunterdon counties in New Jersey. During his tenure, St. Luke’s has received more than 130 health care quality awards. He has written about health care reform, not-for-profit challenges, and other issues in the magazine Hospitals and Trustee, and he testified before the Senate subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations during a hearing on Medicare reimbursement. He served on the Board of Directors of the Lehigh Valley Industrial Park, Inc., and is a current member of the Temple University School of Medicine Board of Visitors. He has received a variety of awards from Lehigh University, including the Lehigh University Alumni Association’s Friend of Lehigh Award in 2007.

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Susan Gwyn

Class of 1974

MA Speech-Language Pathology
Former President
SunDance Rehabilitation Corporation

After completing her master’s degree, Susan Gwyn joined the Treatment and Learning Centers in Rockville, Maryland, as a Speech-Language Pathologist. In 1980, she moved into administration and gained extensive experience in strategic planning and managing multiple business platforms, from support services, mergers, and acquisition to sales and product development. In 2007, she became the president of SunDance Rehabilitation Corporation, a national rehabilitation provider of quality, cost-effective rehabilitation services. Prior to joining SunDance, she spent six years at Harborside Healthcare in Boston as senior vice president of rehabilitation services. Under her leadership, the company exceeded all of its financial goals, more than doubled its workforce, and achieved national recognition for customer satisfaction among rehabilitation patients. From 1991-2000, she worked for Prism Rehab Systems, completing her time there as senior vice president of corporate operations. She oversaw two successful mergers and acquisitions there within a 10-month period and was responsible for professional and legal accountability, field operations, customer support functions, product and systems development, contract and proposal management, market research, and business development strategies

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Dr. Frank Lupton

Class of 1958

MS Recreation Administration
Ph.D. Recreation and Leisure Studies (1972)
Wilderness Education Association
Professor Emeritus
Western Illinois University

After completing his master’s degree, Dr. Lupton spent 10 years with the Rockford Park District, where he was Supervisor of Camping and Outdoor Education, and with the Presbyterian Camping Association of Northern Illinois as Executive Director. From his doctoral studies, he went on to a 22-year career at Western Illinois University, where he served as Acting Chairperson and Chairperson of the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration for seven years. In 1976, he developed the Environmental Conservation and Outdoor Education Expedition, a semester-long field studies program to provide students with professional preparation in outdoor leadership through experiential education. The following year, he and three other leaders in wilderness education founded the Wilderness Education Association to train leaders who could teach the public about the appropriate use of wilderness areas. He received numerous honors and awards, including in 2010 the Boy Scouts of America 100th Anniversary National Hall of Leadership Award. Western Illinois University offers two Lupton scholarships, and the Wilderness Education Association named its service award for him.

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Dr. Karl M. Newell

Class of 1970

MS Physical Education
Ph.D. Physical Education (1973)
Department of Kinesiology, University of Georgia

Dr. Newell is a leading scholar in the field of motor behavior. In addition to promoting “kinesiology” as the name of the profession, he is widely credited with expanding the scope of the field from sport to physical activity and re-conceptualizing relationships among theory, practice, and performance. His research focuses on the coordination, control, and skill of normal and abnormal human movement across the lifespan; intellectual disabilities and development of motor skills; and, drug and exercise influences on movement control.

He began his academic career at the University of Illinois, joining the faculty as an assistant professor of Recreation and Park Administration. He joined the faculty of Kinesiology in 1975, rising to the position of Department Head in 1985. In 1992, he joined Pennsylvania State University as a professor in the Department of Kinesiology and the Department of Biobehavioral Health in 1992. He served as head of the Department of Kinesiology and as the Marie Underhill Noll Chair of Human Performance until joining the faculty of the University of Georgia.

Among Dr. Newell’s many honors is the Arnold O. Beckman Research Award from the University of Illinois, the Pauline Schmitt Russell Distinguished Research Center Award from Pennsylvania State University, the Distinguished Scholar Award of the North American Society for Psychology and Sport Activity, the Distinguished Leadership Award from the American Kinesiology Association, and the Alliance Scholar Award from the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. He is a Fellow in the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education.

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Dr. Bryce Rutter

Class of 1987

Ph.D. Kinesiology
Founder and CEO
Metaphase Design Group, Inc.

Dr. Rutter is a renowned specialist in ergonomic product design and is the leading worldwide expert in the design of handheld products. His work ranges from robotic surgical systems, surgical instruments, and devices to smartphones, computer input devices, and wearables. Through his company, Metaphase, he has defined new product categories, rejuvenated sleepy brands, and developed design innovations for several of the world’s most prestigious and influential brands, including Johnson and Johnson, for which it helped design the Reach One Ultimate Clean Toothbrush, and Microsoft, which resulted in the first ergonomic mouse (now a part of the Museum of Modern Art’s Department of Architecture and Design Permanent Collection). Metaphase set a new industry standard in ergonomic surgical instrument design with Medtronic’s M4 Microdebrider for ENT surgeons who operate in twisted sinuses under remote visual guidance. Working with Bayer, the company designed the Microlet lancing device, which enables diabetics to check their blood glucose level with better control and less pain. Business Week named the Microlet lancing device a “Design of the Decade” in 1999, one of only 36 products chosen.

As a thought leader in ergonomic design, Dr. Rutter has been profiled and interviewed by major media including the Wall Street Journal, CNN, CTV, CITYTV, The Chicago Tribune, The Ottawa Citizen, The Toronto Globe & Mail, Lexus Magazine, Appliance Design, Oprah’s O-Magazine, Metropolis, Business 2.0, and Businessweek. Dr. Rutter has received more than 75 international design excellence awards and been awarded more than 100 patents.

A member of the Design Management Institute, the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, and the Industrial Designers Society of America, Dr. Rutter was honored by the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis with the 2009 Inventor of the Year Award. In 2011, he received the AAMI/Becton & Dickinson Professional Achievement Award, which recognizes efforts to develop and improve medical devices, instruments, or systems.

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Dr. Richard J. Schroth

Class of 1973

MS Recreation, Sport and Tourism
Chairman and CEO
Executive Insights, Ltd

Dr. Richard Schroth is considered to be among the world’s most highly innovative thought leaders on corporate technology strategy. He has nearly 40 years of experience as an international business strategist, serving as a confidential advisor to CEOs and their top executives in such major global organizations as Marriott, Pfizer, Exxon-Mobil, Bank of America, and AT&T. In 2008, he was named one of the Top 25 Consultants in the World by Consulting Magazine, and a 2008-2013 U.S. State Department Senior Fulbright Scholar for Information Sciences. Aspatore Press included him on its list of the Top Ten Chief Technology Officers in the World for eight consecutive years.

Dr. Schroth is the author of How Companies Lie: Why Enron Is Just the Tip of the Iceberg and Inside the Minds: The Board of the 21st Century. He is also active in business education, having served as an Executive Scholar at the Carey Business School of Johns Hopkins University, a Dean’s Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School, Distinguished Visiting Professor in the School of Law, Business and Public Policy within the University of Ireland, and Executive-in-Residence at American University.

Dr. Schroth has received outstanding alumni honors from Indiana University, where he completed his Ph.D., and from Western Illinois University, where he completed his undergraduate degree. He also has received a Governor’s Citation from the State of Maryland. In addition to Executive Insights, Ltd., he is a founding partner of Eternal F.A.N.S., LLC, a Maryland-based start-up company.

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Dr. John Greenleaf

Class of 1955

BS Physical Education
Scientific Consultant
Former Research Physiologist
NASA Ames Research Center

After completing his bachelor’s degree in physical education at the University of Illinois, Dr. Greenleaf enrolled in the physical education master’s program at New Mexico Highlands University. He served as director of recreation for the town of Las Vegas, New Mexico, until returning to the University of Illinois to pursue his Ph.D. in physiology. He found ideal the combination of his interest in human movement research, developed during his physical education degree programs, and the biological emphasis of physiology, and it shaped his career.

Dr. Greenleaf joined the NASA Ames Research Center (ARC) in 1963 and established the Laboratory for Human Environmental Physiology in the Life Sciences Division. His earliest work documented the phenomenon of involuntary dehydration, the insufficient and delayed drinking response to exercise and environmentally induced dehydration in humans. Just two years after joining ARC, he conducted the first NASA-funded study using women as subjects. Believing that women would follow men into space, his study explored how dehydration impacted orthostatic and exercise performance of exercise-trained women. Dr. Greenleaf established and directed the Laboratory for Human Environmental Physiology in the Life Sciences Division of ARC. Over his 40-year career, he has published more than 400 research articles, abstracts, books and book chapters, and technical papers.

In addition to studies of dehydration, Dr. Greenleaf excelled at running ARC’s bedrest studies. Bedrest emerged as the method of choice to simulate existence in weightlessness. In 1970, ARC constructed the Human Research Facility, an ideal bedrest research facility conceptualized and designed by Dr. Greenleaf. During his tenure with Ames, he also invented a the water-electrolyte rehydration beverage to alleviate the effects of dehydration that astronauts experience as a result of spaceflight. Dubbed “AstroAide” by Dr. Greenleaf, the formula was licensed by Wellness Brands, Inc, of Boulder, Colorado, in 2009, and is marketed as “The Right Stuff.” In 2013, he received the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer—Far West Region’s award for Outstanding Commercialization Success.

An Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Dr. Greenleaf also has received the American Physiology Society’s Senior Physiologists Award, the International Cannes and Nestlé Water Institute Prize on Water and Medicine, and the American Physiological Society Section of Environmental and Exercise Physiology Honor Award.

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Tom Scotty

Class of 1986

BS Kinesiology
MS Kinesiology (1988)
Chief Operating Officer

After completing his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Kinesiology, Tom Scotty pursued his dream of being a swimming coach at the collegiate level. For eight years, he led teams at University of California campuses in Los Angeles and San Diego to several championships while earning “Coach of the Year” honors himself. As colleges across the country, including UCLA, discontinued their swimming and diving programs in the 1980s and ’90s, Mr. Scotty looked for another career.

He and his family returned to Illinois, where he joined Macmillan, a top five higher education publishing company, as a Publisher’s Sales Representative in Chicago. During the next 10 years, he rose through the ranks to Central Regional Sales Manager, National Sales Manager, Vice President of Sales, and President of Sales and Operations. He held this final position for six years before being named Co-President of Macmillan in 2012. He successfully took on the responsibility of driving growth in revenue and profits in North America while accelerating the company’s transition from print to digital content, tools, and services for instructors and students. During this time, Mr. Scotty also served on the Board of Directors of CourseSmart, a leading digital content services company.

In 2014, he joined RedShelf as Chief Operating Officer. A leading provider of eTextbooks, RedShelf offers an affordable and reliable platform to accelerate the transition to digital in ways that support publishers, institutions, bookstores, faculty, and students.

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Suzanne Beauvoir Jackson

Class of 1997

BS Community Health
Chief Executive Officer
John Randolph Medical Center

A passionate healthcare executive who focuses on execution, operational excellence, and building relationships, Suzanne Jackson has been the CEO of John Randolph Medical Center since 2013. The center is a member of the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) network, for which Suzanne has worked for 14 years. She began her career as a healthcare consultant with Ernst & Young in Chicago. During her tenure with HCA, she served as associate administrators at the Westside Regional Medical Center in Plantation, FL, and the Aventura Hospital Medical Center in Aventura, FL; as Chief Operating Officer at Palms West Hospital in Loxahatchee, FL; and Chief Executive Officer at Dominion Hospital in Falls Church, VA. During her tenure at Dominion, revenues quadrupled. She also established the Reflections Eating Disorders Treatment Center, the first and only program in Northern Virginia to provide non-punitive interventions in therapeutically and medically appropriate inpatient and partial hospitalization programs, as well as access to outpatient care.

Ms. Jackson was recognized as one of Success South Florida’s Top 25 Influential Black Women of 2006 and in Who’s Who in Black South Florida in 2007. A Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, she received the Distinguished Female Healthcare Leader Award in 2015 from the Washington Metropolitan Area chapter of the National Association of Health Services Executives. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Institute for Diversity and Health Equity.

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Dr. Brad Hedrick

Class of 1984

Ph.D. Leisure Studies
Director Emeritus
Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

A longtime professional in the areas of vocational rehabilitation and postsecondary disability support services, Dr. Brad Hedrick retired from the Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services after 33 years, 19 of them as director. From 1981 to 1995, he served as head coach of the University of Illinois’ varsity athletic teams for students with disabilities, as well as an administrator, researcher, and educator within DRES.

During his 40 years of experience, Dr. Hedrick gained extensive expertise in the administration of adapted sports and recreation for persons with disabilities. He has coached at the collegiate and international levels, and has authored books and book chapters, monographs, more than 50 articles, and instructional videotapes on a broad range of scientific and applied topics related to disability, rehabilitation, and adapted sports and recreation.

In 2005, he was inducted into the National Wheelchair Basketball Association Hall of Fame for his contributions to the development of wheelchair basketball. He received academic professional excellence awards from both the College of Applied Health Sciences and the University of Illinois in 2006, and in 2008 was honored with the Charles K. Brightbill Alumni Award by the Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism. He also has received the Paralyzed Veterans of America Jack Gerhardt Award.

Dr. Hedrick has been a member of the Disability Access Committee of the Illinois Board of Higher Education and the Illinois State Advisory Committee on the Education of Children with Disabilities.

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Mannie Jackson

Class of 1960

BS Physical Education
Chairman and Managing Partner
Boxcar Holdings LLC
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer

Mannie Jackson’s accomplishments span athletics, business, and philanthropy. He and teammate Govoner Vaughn were the first African Americans to earn varsity letters in basketball at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Mannie twice received All-Big Ten Honors and was the first African American captain of the Fighting Illini. He went on to play professionally for three years with the Harlem Globetrotters before joining General Motors.

From GM, he went on to Honeywell, where he started the telecommunications division. He retired as senior vice president after more than 20 years and bought the then-struggling Globetrotters, becoming the first African American to own a major sports franchise. Within three years, he took the Globetrotters from the edge of bankruptcy to renewed international fame.

Under his leadership, the Globetrotters became a force in charitable giving. Philanthropy has always been important to Mr. Jackson. He is the co-founder of the Mannie L. Jackson Illinois Academic Enrichment and Leadership Program in the College of Applied Health Sciences. This critical initiative helps first-generation and underrepresented college students achieve academic success through mentoring, tutoring, and skills development programs, and fosters a sense of community and belonging. He also is director and president of the Mannie Jackson Center for the Humanities Foundation. The center, located at Lewis and Clark Community College in Edwardsville, works to promote understanding and respect among people of different cultures, ethnicities, and religions while influencing positive social change.

Mr. Jackson has earned many accolades in his life, including Laureate status from the Lincoln Academy of Illinois, the State’s’ highest honor. The National Collegiate Athletic Association awarded him its highest honor, the Theodore Roosevelt Award, in 2015. This year, he was named to both the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame