Lucy Flower

Lucy Flower was elected to the Board of Trustees in 1895. She was the first female trustee and consequently, the first elected female official in the state of Illinois. Lucy was influential in gains for women at the University, including the hiring of female faculty, the creation of a Woman’s Department and Woman’s Building, establishing and hiring a Dean of Women, establishing the Department of Household Science, and admittance of female students to the medical school.