Orion High School inducted Class of 1975 graduate Dennis Papini into the Hall of Fame for Distinguished Achievement.

Our Distinguished Achievement inductee this year has quite a resume.

A 1975 graduate of Orion High School, Dennis Papini participated in football, wrestling, and track and was named All-Conference in football and wrestling during his junior and senior year.

He was also very active member of the Journalism Club, where he wrote a number of articles and editorials for the school newspaper now known as the Scarlet Ink.

After graduation, Dennis attended Western Illinois University, where he graduated with honors earning a bachelor of science degree in psychology.

He then attended West Virginia University, obtaining his master’s degree in lifespan developmental psychology.

In the fall of 1983, he was hired as an assistant professor of psychology at Southeast Missouri State University.

In addition to teaching a number of undergraduate and graduate courses, Dennis also completed work on his Ph.D., earning a doctorate of lifespan developmental psychology from West Virginia in 1984.

From 1987 to 1990, Dr. Papini was an associate professor of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.

In 1990, Dr. Papini returned to his alma mater, Western Illinois University, as a professor of psychology, where he chaired and served on numerous master’s thesis committees and also supervised undergraduate research and senior honors projects.

In 2004, Dr. Papini was named professor and chair of the Department of Psychology at Middle Tennessee State University.

Dr. Papini held this position until 2012, when he was named the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and a professor of psychology at South Dakota State University.

Dr. Papini is currently the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost at the University of Illinois-Springfield, a position he accepted last year.

Over the course of Dr. Papini’s 30-year career in education, he has had a number of scholarly articles published and won several awards, including the Frank Fulkerson Outstanding Alumnus Award from Western Illinois University.

Dr. Papini is here tonight with his wife Karen and his three children, Jason, Marie and Natalie Papini.