The White House recently appointed Dr. Anjali Forber-Pratt as Director of the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research. Forber-Pratt has a B.S., M.A., and PhD from U of I, and is also a paralympian in wheelchair racing.
From the College of Education website:
“I am extremely honored and humbled by this appointment as well as the opportunity to serve our country,” says Forber-Pratt. “From my U of I days, I distinctly remember being explicitly taught that we had an obligation as alums to make the world a better place and to be ambassadors, especially for the broader disability community. Dr. Timothy Nugent taught us that, and my coach Adam Bleakney and others reinforced it every day–it was always more than just our athletic journey or just our academic journey.”
Top photo from College of Education website.