Carl E. Kasten ’66 was a student from 1962-1966. While completing a social sciences education degree with a Russian minor cum laude, he was elected and served as Student Senate president. He worked with those seeking the change to Illinois State University during the institution’s historic name debate.

Kasten obtained a law degree cum laude from Northwestern University in 1969, receiving the Wigmore Key for his dedication to service and scholarship. The Carlinville native returned home to practice law, becoming active in his community and profession.

Kasten’s dedication to the University did not stop as an undergraduate. In 1990, he was appointed to the Board of Regents by Gov. James Thompson. Six years later, he was appointed to the University’s inaugural Board of Trustees by Gov. Jim Edgar. Kasten served as board secretary and was elected chair in 2003. He held the position until resigning in 2008. That same year the Carl E. Kasten Alumni Association Board Room was unveiled in the Alumni Center.

His involvement at ISU has included leadership roles with the Alumni Association Board of Directors and serving as a founder and member of ISU’s Attorneys Advisory Council. The pre-law leadership award from the Attorneys Advisory Council bears his name. He has also served as a State Universities Retirement System trustee.

Kasten supports the University financially by attending Athletics events and fine arts performances, through speaking engagements, and annually hosting alumni receptions. He and his wife of 48 years, Donna (Gerber), daughter Heather DeNeve ’93, and son Martin ’95 are all proud graduates.

He received the Distinguished Service Award in 2004 and was inducted into the College of Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame in 2006. He is proud of ISU and remains determined to advance the University, its people and programs.

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