Most Distinguished, Outstanding and Loyal Alumni to be Honored at Homecoming
Sept. 3, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Illinois Wesleyan University will honor the 2013 recipients of
its annual alumni awards at the Alumni Awards Lunch at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, October
12 at the Shirk Center Performance Gym (309 Emerson St., Bloomington). The program
will feature a live performance from IWU’s co-ed a capella group, Silence Interrupted.
Bob Page, Class of 1979, will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award, Chad Maxwell,
Class of 2002, the Robert M. Montgomery Outstanding Young Alumnus Award and Alice
(Fairchild) Heath, Class of 1952, the Loyalty Award.
Illinois Wesleyan presents the Distinguished Alumni Award to an alumnus/a who has made a distinguished contribution to society, has achieved
professional distinction or has demonstrated civic leadership. From his rise to administration
in 2007, president and chief executive officer of the University of Kansas Hospital,
Page has played an integral role in gaining the facility Magnet recognition. Under
his leadership, the hospital has been named to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals list for the past seven years. It ranks number three in quality and
accountability among academic medical centers by the University Health System Consortium
and 10 of its specialties ranked among the nation’s top 50.
Page used his accounting degree from IWU to become a certified public accountant for
Pricewaterhouse (now PricewaterhouseCoopers). From public accounting, Page moved into
internal auditing for Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo., and Page has remained the
health care field ever since.
In gratitude to his mother for supporting his studies at Illinois Wesleyan, Page has
recently endowed a scholarship in accounting.
As part of the Homecoming festivities, he will teach a Back to College class titled,
“How to Transform an Under Performing Culture” on Friday, October 11 at 4 p.m. on
the lower level of The Ames Library in Beckman Auditorium (1 Ames Plaza, Bloomington).
The Robert M. Montgomery Outstanding Young Alumnus Award is named for 1968 alumnus and former IWU alumni director in recognition of alumni
who display outstanding professional achievement within 15 years of their graduation.
After 11 years, Maxwell earned the title of Starcom’s senior vice president of the
Integrated Insights, Human Experience Intelligence Group. At Starcom, an agency that
develops communication strategies Maxwell and his team develop research strategies
to understand changing consumer behavior and attitudes.
Prior to Starcom, Maxwell led Razorfish’s Research practice, a digital design and
marketing consultancy. During his tenure, he directed user research where he increased
research revenue over 500 percent. Before Razorfish, he led Q-Squared Research, a
boutique ethnographic consultancy practice.
While at IWU, Maxwell studied Spanish and cultural anthropology and was initiated
into the national collegiate Hispanic honor society, Sigma Delta Pi in 2001. His writing
appeared in IWU’s “Undergrad Review Journal,” and he performed in the Illinois Wesleyan Wind Ensemble and Civic Orchestra. Maxwell,
who earned a master’s degree in applied anthropology from the University of Florida,
continues to devote himself to encouraging other IWU students through his involvement
with the Hart Career Center and the anthropology department.
Maxwell will also teach a Back to College course “Ones and Zeros Cultural Considerations
in the Era of Big Data and Analytics” on Friday, October 11 at 2 p.m. in Beckman Auditorium.
On the closing day of Homecoming, Sunday, October 13 he will give a lecture titled
“Curing ‘less than’: Sharing Your Authentic Self in Micromoments to Create Change”
at the Pride Alumni Communications (PAC) brunch held in the Memorial Center Turfler
Room at 11 a.m. (104 E. University Ave., Bloomington).
The Loyalty Award is reserved for alumni and friends who have benefited IWU through their service to
the University or strong financial support. Heath is deeply devoted to community involvement
and has been a consistent donor to the Wesleyan Fund for over 15 consecutive years.
As a chair of her 60th class reunion, last year she reached out to every member of
her class to encourage them to attend Homecoming and acted as mistress of ceremonies
for the Golden Titans Reunion Dinner.
Attending Illinois Wesleyan has been a Fairchild family tradition for generations.
Heath joined three of her uncles, her mother and her sister as part of IWU where she
studied sociology and psychology. While attending the University, she met her late
husband, Bob Heath, Class of 1949. Like 13 of her relatives, Heath was an active member
of IWU’s chapter of the social sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma (KKG). She served as president
of the Rockford KKG Alumni Chapter for two years.
Heath received certification as volunteer administrator through the National Association
of Volunteer Administrators, and served on the Steering Committee for Rock Valley
College Curriculum Development Human Services Department. In addition, she is past
president of the Northern Illinois Southern Wisconsin Association of Volunteer Administrators
and she was named Volunteer Coordinator of the year by Northern Illinois Southern
Wisconsin Association of Volunteer Coordinators.
She was president of the Rockford Chapter Lyric Opera Chicago and is the deputy voter
registrar for the League of Women Voters and president of the Winnebago/Boone Counties
Genealogical Society. Heath received the ATHENA Award in 1994 and was honored as Senior
Citizen of the Year by the Rockford Area Council on Aging. She continually promotes
Illinois Wesleyan to young people she encounters through her numerous volunteer activities.
For more information on the award winners or Homecoming events, link to the Homecoming
webpage at http://www.titanpride.org/homecoming13. For certain events, toll-free reservations are accepted at 1-888-498-2586.