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UIS 50th Anniversary Celebration
Join us as we celebrate the University's 50th year and honor our distinguished award recipients. Register early to receive a limited edition goodie box mailed to you (one box per household).

Apr 22, 2021 07:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Dr. Naomi B. Lynn, Chancellor Emerita
2021 University of Illinois Distinguished Service Award Recipient
Naomi exemplifies distinguished service to the University of Illinois. The depth, consistency and continuum of Naomi’s leadership as a university administrator, trailblazer, community leader and volunteer has significantly impacted the welfare and advancement of the institutional mission. She is a champion of women’s rights, and leader and mentor for women and minorities in academia and the larger community. As president of Sangamon State University, Naomi became the first Hispanic president or chancellor of a public state university in Illinois and the first female president of SSU. “It was important to break barriers,” Naomi said. “I live for the day when no woman will have to be introduced as the first.” Naomi skillfully led the transition of SSU to UIS, positioning the university for growth in enrollment, on-campus residential life, infrastructure, online education and international academic agreements. Naomi retired as Chancellor in 2001.
Robert Moore, '80, MPA '85 PAA
2021 University of Illinois Alumni Achievement Award Recipient
Robert has achieved outstanding success and national distinction in his profession and life’s work. Over a career spanning nearly 50 years, he has become a distinguished and nationally recognized leader in law enforcement, facilitator of community policing initiatives and historical research of African Americans in law enforcement. He played a pivotal role in diversifying the Illinois State Police to include more minorities and females. Robert was later appointed by President William Jefferson Clinton as U.S. Marshal for the central district of Illinois. He also served as deputy chief of police for Savannah, GA, and chief of police for Jackson, MS. Robert authored the book The Presidents’ Men: Black United States Marshals in America, which led to a traveling exhibit that tours colleges throughout the U.S. “I don’t allow myself to get frustrated,” Robert said. “I can’t afford to get bogged down in what has not happened. I focus on what I have been able to do to bring things forward.