View of Fell Hall from the quad.

Founders Day

Founders Day 2018 will be held February 15, 2018

2018 Schedule of Events

Wednesday, February 14

11:30 a.m.
Employee Recognition Private Luncheon
Brown Ballroom, Bone Student Center

10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40 years of service employees. Log into My.IllinoisState.edu to register by February 6.

Thursday, February 15

8—10 a.m.
Loyalty Circle Coffee
Prairie Room, Bone Student Center

Loyalty Circle donors are invited to enjoy a reception with light refreshments prior to the Bell Ringing Ceremony.

10 a.m.
Founders Day Bell Ringing Ceremony
Brown Ballroom, Bone Student Center

Nominate a Bell Ringer by January 12.

9 a.m.—4:30 p.m.
STATE Showcase
Brown Ballroom, Bone Student Center

Sign up to participate in the STATE showcase by February 2.

1:30 p.m.
Processional Line-up
Faculty—Circus Room
Platform—Old Main Room
Team Excellence and Students—Spotlight Room
Distinguished Professor—Circus Room
Retirees—Circus Room

Registration is now available online for faculty to march in Convocation. Please register by January 19.

2 p.m.
Founders Day Convocation
Brown Ballroom, Bone Student Center
Join us for presentations of some the highest awards bestowed from Illinois State University.

3:30 p.m.
Founders Day Convocation Reception
Brown Ballroom, Bone Student Center

Reception immediately following the Founders Day Convocation.

6 p.m.
Alumni Awards Dinner
Alumni Center

Honorary Degree Recipient

Craig T. Bouchard

Craig T. Bouchard portrait.

Craig Bouchard '77, M.S. '79 will receive an honorary doctoral degree at Illinois State University's Founders Day Convocation on February 15.

Craig is the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Braidy Industries, Inc.

Craig is a New York Times Best Selling author. “The Caterpillar Way. Lessons in Leadership, Growth and Shareholder Value” was released in October of 2013, reaching #1 on the Barnes & Noble Best Seller List, and #8 on the New York Times Best Seller list in the business category. James V. Koch was once again Craig’s co-author.

Craig holds a Bachelor's degree from Illinois State University (1975), a Master’s Degree in Economics from Illinois State University (1977), and an MBA from the University of Chicago (1981). He is a member of the Board of Directors of New York REIT, Inc. Craig has been a member of the Board of Trustees of Boston University and the Foundation of the University of Montana. He is currently a member of the leadership board of the Department of Athletics, Duke University. Craig is an alumnus of Leadership Greater Chicago, and was a finalist for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award (Illinois) in 2005.

Craig was elected to the Hall of Fame of the Illinois State University College of Arts and Sciences in 2008. He is a member of the Hall of Fame of Hinsdale Central Township High School. Craig holds United States Patent 4,212,168, Power Producing Dry-Type Cooling Systems.

He is married to Melissa N. Bouchard and is the proud father of six children. Craig and his daughter Shale are ranked #3 in the 2016 US Tennis Association national rankings of Senior Father/Daughter Mixed Doubles.