Foundation Board of Director, Darrel Burnett has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the University of Illinois. The recipient is selected by a national University of Illinois panel based on the accomplishments and character of the individual. Alumni may not apply for or campaign for this award as it can only be received by being selected.
“I was very humbled, and frankly shocked, to receive the University of Illinois Alumni Achievement Award. I was totally unaware that I was under consideration until I was contacted by the Vice Chancellor informing me that I had been selected. Upon learning of this honor I elected to draw attention to the wonderful teachers and mentors who truly deserved this award.
During the course of my remarks at the Gala, I stated that I am most proud of what we have accomplished in Brian’s name through the Brian LaViolette Foundation. The response regarding the great work of Brian’s Foundation has been heartwarming and inspires me to continue the great works we started 24 years ago. The applause Renee and Doug received that evening as I acknowledged them will stay with me for the rest of my life and made me proud to be associated with such a wonderful cause.”
Darrel graduated from the University of Illinois in 1978 had a long-standing career in broadcasting before successfully spearheading and operating many business ventures. He currently is CEO of KSI International.
Congratulations Darrel! You deserve it.