President Dietz Alumni Magazine Cover

Raising up Redbirds: President leaves legacy of excellence

President Larry Dietz has pursued his passion to strengthen higher education programs and empower students on their professional path for 50 years. His will retire this year, leaving Illinois State strong and stable.

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Collage photo of the sources in the

Change begins with a conversation. Let’s get started.

An ewe and her sheep inside a barn.

Illinois State’s Department of Agriculture used to attract students from family farms who grew up baling hay and showing cattle.

Sandy Shelton, regional manager for Barnes & Noble College.

Sandy Shelton would seem to have reason to worry. The 1990 Family and Consumer Sciences graduate has built her career in retail operations, gaining expertise in marketing, profit and loss management, and operations while overseeing millions in merchandise for some of the nation’s most successful retail chains.

Dave Colee portrait on the Redbird basketball court

With the outcome of the game clear in hand, then Illinois State head women’s basketball coach Robin Pingeton sent star guard Kristi Cirone ’09 back to the scorer’s table.