University of Illinois System

Distinguished Service Medallion 1994


First Lady of the University (1979-1995) as spouse of Stanley O. Ikenberry, she served the University in myriad ways. She was a major source of inspiration to Trustees and may other members of the University community. The Medallion was awarded to Mrs. Ikenberry at the University of Illinois Foundation annual meeting on October 14, 1994.


Board of Trustees Minutes
October 14, 1994


The Trustees’ Distinguished Service Medallion Committee recommends as the recipient of the Medallion for 1994 the following individual:

Judith Life Ikenberry, First Lady of the University of Illinois. In addition to her full-time role as president’s wife, Mrs. Ikenberry travels extensively and works constantly with students, alumni, and friends of the University. She often speaks on volunteerism in today’s society. She has contributed to a book on the work of a university president’s wife entitled “Volunteer or Volunteered.”  She has consistently opened her home, the President’s House, to more than 10,000 guests per year for the past fifteen years. Mrs. Ikenberry serves a a director of Busey Bank, Urbana, and as a members of the Illinois Council of the Arts, the Women’s Board of the Field Museum of Chicago, Voices for Illinois Children Board, Champaign-Urbana Community Schools Foundation for Educational Excellence, and as Chair of the Executive Board Partners Council of the Association of American Universities. She was the recipient of the Prairielands Council of the Boy Scouts of America Award for Honorary Distinguished Citizen of the Year in 1988.

On motion of all trustees present, as indicated at the beginning of these minutes, this recommendation was approved.