Wife, Peg Smith Luy, and son, Brett.
Chairman for the Exercise Science and Sport Department at Millikin University. I direct curriculum, advising and learning activities for approximately 185 department majors and four learning areas - physical education, athletic training, health-fitness-recreation, and sport management. I also serve as the president of the Decatur Park District Board.
What you like best about working or living in the community:
The Decatur area offers great opportunities and strong values to families.
Why did you become so involved in the community:
My professional interests match the mission of the park district. I believe we engage education not only to receive professional benefits but also to contribute to our community.
What has been the greatest benefit you've realized from your community involvement:
Every event and every group in which I am involved with is a wonderful learning experience. I learn new perspectives and new ideas. I've learned we have many talented people in this community and each brings unique gifts that can benefit our community.
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What would you tell others - especially young people - to encourage their involvement in community groups/activities?
We need you. Why not seize the opportunity to shape this community in the form you can embrace?
The person who has had the biggest influence on you and why:
Peg Luy. Every day she is a shining example that a person with commitment, compassion, passion, integrity and toughness can truly touch people and change lives. Her community involvement is immense.
What you still hope to accomplish:
Finish the planning and begin implementation of the lake development project. While some people in Decatur have doubts, I join many more people in the Decatur area who are ready for this community-changing project to begin. At Millikin, I want to continue developing our Exercise Science and Sport Department into one of the premier programs in exercise science and sport among small, private Midwest colleges.
Your favorite stress reliever:
Movies at the Avon Theatre
Quote to live by:
"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved."