Lori BilbreyLori Bilbrey 1990, 1996, 2008

I love WIU so much I have graduated three times: 1990 Bachelor of Science in Special Education, 1996 Master of Science in Special Education and 2008 Master of Science in Educational Leadership.

Business Information:  Program administrator for ROYALS alternative education program for Regional Office of Education #26/serving students and families in 19 school districts in West Central Illinois. 

Advice for Freshmen:
Show up! Go to every class, every day no matter what! You'll quickly see that this separates you from those who don't show up. Get involved with student activities---there is something for every one on campus. The skills (organization, networking, problem solving, leading etc.) you gain in these organizations are very beneficial in life after college. I have been in many professional meetings over the years, you can always tell who honed their skills early.

Favorite WIU Memory: Being involved on campus. I loved being part of UUB and Greek Life--ASA all the way! Both provided great opportunity for fun, friendships and leadership development.  A funny: Once I parked my car in the circle drive (10 minute parking) in front of the union as I ran in to grab something from the UUB office. I got distracted and forgot my car there, went to class, and went to some meetings. I came back 6-7 hours later---Thank you parking services---No ticket!

Family Information/Special Interests and Hobbies: I grew up in Rockford and came to WIU in 1986.  I have been married to Curt Bilbrey '90 '93, since 1991 (we met at an AGR get together). We live in sunny Macomb and enjoy traveling, boating and spending time at Lake of the Ozarks. I've been a St. Jude Runner since 2000.