Leading Lincoln Historian, Wayne C. Temple

J’Tia Hart on Women in STEM

Harold Holzer, Speaks on ALPL Foundation

Harold Holzer is a 2009 Lincoln Laureate. The 3rd annual ALPL Foundation and ALPLM will feature a zoom conversation with Mr. Holzer, a Lincoln scholar and author. The gala will benefit a campaign to secure a permanent home for the Lincolniana collection.

Tickets are $25 to $500.

For information call the ALPLM at 217-557-5589 or visit www.ALPLM.org.

Special Invitation to Student Laureates

Dear Student Laureate,

Attached is your invitation to attend the 56th Convocation ceremony, Academy-hosted cocktail reception, and elegant three-course dinner. Because your involvement as a Student Laureate is important to the Lincoln Academy, we are happy to invite you and a guest at a discounted per-guest rate of $50 per person. Simply print the attached pdf, complete, and return it with your check to the Academy. Please make a note on the response card which year you were a Student Laureate.

Student Laureates in attendance are asked to wear their medallion as they will be recognized during the ceremony. During the evening, Student Laureates and their guest will be introduced to the Chancellor of the Lincoln Academy and the Class of 2020 Laureates.

As hard as we try, we do sometimes lose track of past Student Laureates. Will you help us by sharing this invitation with all past Student Laureates you know from your year or other years?


Governor’s Announcement

2020 Laureates Announced by Gov. Pritzker


Office of the Governor
JB Pritzker

Friday, Nov. 15, 2019


Gov. Pritzker Announces 2020 Recipients of the Order of Lincoln

Paul Collins, Robert Fraley, Donald McHenry to Receiver Order of Lincoln

Governor JB Pritzker announced the 2020 recipients of the Order of Lincoln, which is the state’s highest honor for professional achievement and public service. This year’s Lincoln Laureates are Scott Altman, Paul Collins, Robert Fraley, Donald McHenry, Joanne Smith, and Mavis Staples.

“With their achievements in science, medicine, public service, the arts, agriculture and athletics, these distinguished Illinoisans have made our state proud,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “They have worked tirelessly to improve the lives of the people of Illinois and I’m so proud to award them with our state’s highest honor.”

On Saturday, Saturday, June 19, 2021, The Lincoln Academy of Illinois will host its 56th annual Convocation on the campus of Illinois State University. President and Mrs. Larry and Marlene Dietz are the co-chairs of the 2020 Convocation Civic Committee.

At the convocation, members of the Academy will honor these outstanding Illinoisans with the Order of Lincoln at a formal ceremony and gala reception. These Laureates will join a cohort of 354 distinguished Illinois citizens so honored over the past 56 years.

Paul (Doug) Collins is an American basketball executive, former player, coach, and television analyst, originally from Benton, Ill. He was the first overall pick of the 1973 NBA draft and a four-time NBA All-Star. He represented the United States at the 1972 Summer Olympics. He coached the Chicago Bulls, Detroit Pistons, Washington Wizards, and Philadelphia 76ers. Both the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame and NBA Hall of Fame have inducted Collins. He has served as an analyst for various NBA-related broadcast shows on CBS, NBC, TNT, and TBS. The basketball court at Illinois State University bears his name.

Dr. Robert (Robb) Fraley is the former executive vice president and chief technology officer at Monsanto Company. A World Food Prize Laureate, he is recognized as the father of agricultural biotechnology for developing the first genetically modified crops as a solution for farmers battling damaging pests and weeds. Raised on a farm outside Hoopeston, Ill., Fraley decided early on that he wanted to use science to develop better technology for farmers. He earned a Ph.D. in microbiology and biochemistry the University of Illinois and authored more than 100 ag-related publications and patent applications throughout his career. He has become a leading voice for innovation in agriculture, passionately working to reset the public conversation about science.

Donald F. McHenry grew up in East St. Louis, Ill. and served as Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations from 1979 to 1981. He was also a Cabinet member for President Jimmy Carter. Prior to these roles, he was the United States Deputy Representative to the United Nations Security Council. McHenry was distinguished professor in the practice of diplomacy at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University from 1981 to 2014.  He also taught at Southern Illinois University, Howard, American University and Georgetown University.

“The Lincoln Academy is honored to award the Order of Lincoln to these remarkable individuals,” said Frank Clark, chancellor of the Academy. “Abraham Lincoln exemplified what is great about our state, and the achievements and contributions of these honorees continues to illustrate the vibrancy and richness of Illinois.”

For attendance and further information, contact Executive Director Julie Kellner at 217-785-5030 or visit www.thelincolnacademyofillinois.org. Connect with The Lincoln Academy of Illinois on Facebook and LinkedIn.


Stephanie Pace Marshall WCEV Radio Interview

Mosaic Interview of Stephanie Pace Marshall by Lucyna Migala

Stephanie Pace Marshall, Chancellor, 2016 – 2019

From our Archives, 2016: Internationally recognized educator Stephanie Pace Marshall installed as the first woman to lead the prestigious Lincoln Academy of Illinois

Stephanie Pace MarshallSPRINGFIELD – Internationally recognized educator Dr. Stephanie Pace Marshall has been installed as the Chancellor of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois, the organization that annually bestows the state’s highest honor, The Order of Lincoln. Marshall, a past recipient of the honor, becomes the first woman to lead the Lincoln Academy in its 52-year history.

“A society is often judged by what and who it chooses to honor. Through the Lincoln Academy, Illinois has chosen to honor those whose life’s work has made us all better and moved humanity forward,” Marshall said. “I am deeply honored to serve as the Academy’s next Chancellor.”

Marshall was named to the uncompensated post by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner. She succeeds outgoing Chancellor William Bennett. The Chancellor sets direction for the Lincoln Academy, oversees the nomination of individuals to receive The Order of Lincoln Award, and hosts the annual Laureate and Student Laureate Convocations.

Marshall is recognized internationally as a pioneering educational leader, speaker and writer. She is the Founding President and President Emerita of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy; the Founding President of the National Consortium of Specialized Secondary Schools of Mathematics, Science and Technology; and past president of the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, International. She has held leadership positions at every level of education, has written more than 40 journal articles, and is the author of the award-winning book, The Power to Transform: Leadership that Brings Learning and Schooling to Life.

Marshall was invited to become a member of the Illinois Hall of Fame; the Clinton Global Initiative; the State of the World Forum; and the Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures and Commerce in London. She serves as a Trustee of the Society for Science and the Public in Washington, DC and is a director of the Fry Foundation in Chicago. She is a member of the Commercial Club, the Economic Club, the Executive Club, and the Chicago Network. Marshall holds a BA from Queens College of New York, an MA from the University of Chicago and a PH.D from Loyola University of Chicago.

As a result of her achievements, Marshall was awarded The Order of Lincoln by the Lincoln Academy of Illinois in 2005, the state’s highest award for achievement for those who were either born or reside in the state. She was appointed as a trustee of the Lincoln Academy in 2012 and as Vice Chancellor in 2015. In 2016, Dr. Marshall was appointed by Governor Bruce Rauner to the Illinois Bicentennial Commission. Additional biographical information can be found at www.stephaniepacemarshall.com.

Since 1964 the Lincoln Academy of Illinois, a not-for-profit, non-partisan organization, has honored the outstanding contributions of living Illinois citizens who by birth or residence have advanced the social, cultural and technological progress of mankind. Chaired by the incumbent Illinois Governor, the Academy also annually recognizes young Illinois leaders and names them Student Laureates of the Academy, one senior from each of the state’s four-year, degree-granting public and private colleges and universities and one representing the state’s community colleges.

2015 Student Laureate Ceremony Speech

Student Laureate Speech Accepting on Behalf of the 2015 Laureate Cohort

Old State Capitol Building, House of Representatives
November 7, 2015

Good Afternoon,

I will begin my speech with two quotes from President Lincoln, both of which I’ve selected for their unforgettable language and inspiration.

President Lincoln once said, “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” He also said, “Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.”

If there’s one point I hope you remember from those two quotes, it is this: for President Lincoln, trees were a source of profound inspiration.

But what do I mean by this?

Well, let’s just say President Lincoln knew how to captivate an audience, and this was in part due to his unique mastery with words. There are so many metaphors you can associate with trees: “family tree,” “root of the problem,” “sap momentum”, even “hedge funds”. But as someone interested in the sciences, my personal favorite stems from a well-known phrase, the “tree of life.”

Trees are strong, start from a mere seed and grow to become enormous, complex structures that often endure four seasons of harsh weather. Here in Illinois, they must be especially tough to survive the long winter! Trees wither, die, and yet are somehow re-born again each year. Clearly, trees are good metaphors for hopeful, positive inspiration.

But I think our President was far more clever than this. I believe he chose to use “trees” as a metaphor for an even more obvious reason: you see them every day! Think about a day in your life when you didn’t see a tree. I certainly can’t recall such a time, and I’m from the city.

President Lincoln managed to find inspiration in things he encountered each and every day, which is an insight we should learn from and implement in our own lives.

Student Laureates…in the spirit of President Lincoln, I too encourage you to think about that something or perhaps that someone who has inspired you. Because whether or not you believe leaders are born, or that leaders are made, here I suggest that leadership needs to be sustained. For instance, without the day-to-day support of teachers, friends, family, and mentors, I certainly would not be standing here before you giving a speech about motivational trees and preparing myself to receive this truly outstanding award. I am here today because of my hard work, but also because so many others believed in my potential as an individual, and as a leader.

And so, on behalf of the entire two thousand and fifteen Student Laureate Cohort, I would like to express our appreciation and extend a sincere thank you to all members affiliated with the Lincoln Academy of Illinois. Your recognition will no doubt encourage us to continue making outstanding contributions in our local, national, and global communities.

To conclude, I would like to say that it is truly an honor to be amongst such talent here today. To the members of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois, thank you again for supporting the next generation of leaders. And to my fellow Student Laureates, I would like to congratulate you once more on your achievements.

Oh! And before I forget…the next time you look at a tree, I hope you will find comfort and inspiration in what you can, and most certainly WILL, achieve.

Thank you.

Cynthia J. Avila

The University of Chicago ‘16