2019 Illini Comeback Guests
Doris Derby, MA ’75 LAS, PHD, ’80 LAS, an activist and photographer,came to prominence in the 1960–70s for her work documenting the diverse roles and many faces of black men, women and children during the civil rights struggle. As a student at Illinois, she was affiliated with the University’s African Studies Department, the African American Studies Center, the African American Culture Center, the Dance Department, the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts and the World Heritage Museum (now the Spurlock Museum). Derby served 22 years as the founding director of African American Student Services and Programs at Georgia State University and as an adjunct associate professor of cultural anthropology, as well as the minority advising program officer for the University System of Georgia.
Leslie Geissler Munger, ’78 ACES, served as Illinois State Comptroller from 2015-2018. She managed state finances during the nearly two-year period Illinois went without a budget—working to reduce the backlog of unpaid bills—and was a strong advocate for balanced budgets and prudent tax-dollar management. In addition, Munger has served as deputy governor and acting director of the Illinois Dept. of Commerce & Economic Opportunity. She oversaw the expansion of Intersect Illinois, the state’s economic development organization, and guided the Illinois Bicentennial Commission. Munger also worked closely with University of Illinois System leadership to advance the Discovery Partners Institute initiative.