Jane Hayes Rader graduated from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in 1954 and eventually became a member of the Board of Trustees in 1973. As a student, she was heavily involved in university proceedings and student government. She was a member of the sorority Pi Beta Phi and often participated in the student organization Star Course. She volunteered with the “Foster Daughter” program. As an alum, she was a member of the UI Foundation, the Alumni Association, and the Athletic Association and always used her positions within these organizations to advocate for female students. Jane was the first woman to receive the Distinguished Service Award at UI in 1986.
Women featured in our weekly series are part of the 150 for 150 website Celebrating the Accomplishments of Women at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The website was created by the Gender Equity Council and the University Library to highlight women who have made significant achievements during their time at the University either as students, staff, faculty, or alumni.