Distinguished Service Award

The Distinguished Service Award was established in 1972 to recognize alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the University of Illinois who have consistently demonstrated extraordinary commitment, dedication and service for the advancement of the institution. The first year of the award at UIS was 2004.

2014 Recipients

Julie and William Kellner Whether through their own generosity and volunteer work or by generating community and corporate support, Julie Agee Kellner ’86 cbm and William Kellner ’73 (ui) have made invaluable, decades-long contributions to the University of Illinois Springfield and the region.

“Serving the populations that are most in need is what we like to do,” Julie says.

For their selfless devotion to others, the Kellners are being honored with the 2014 University of Illinois Distinguished Service Award.

The Kellners are Presidents Council and UI Foundation members, as well as generous annual contributing members of the University of Illinois Alumni Association. At UIS, they give regularly to the visual and performing arts programs and have endowed the Kellner Family Scholarship Fund, a needs-based scholarship. They are also major benefactors of Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, Ill.

Julie serves as executive director of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois. William is the third-generation owner (with Julie as co-owner) of M.J. Kellner Co., a wholesale food distributor, and a director of National City Bank.

“It’s rewarding helping others,” Julie says. “That’s why we’ve been put on Earth.”

Previous Recipients

Randall F. Witter MPA ’82

Ray Schroeder, ’72 (UI)

Judith E. Everson

Helen Jane Dunn
, ma ’72 ehs

Shelley J. Hoffman
’82 CBM

Karen Hasara
’72 EHS, MA ’92 PAA

Cullom Davis, MA '61 LAS, PHD '69 LAS

Mary Rechner '98 CBM

Pamela L. McClelland '90, MA '95 CBM


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