Royal P. Mortenson
Director, Illinois Fire Service Institute
Director of the Illinois Fire Service Institute, University of Illinois- Urbana/Champaign, and a retired colonel in the United States Marine Corps. He assumed his current duties as the director in September 2012. He lectures nationally and internationally on leadership development, strategic planning, operational decision making, and training design. He is a consultant for Corps Leadership LLC, a leadership training and development company. He is on the Board of the North American Fire Training Directors and is on the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign Chez Veterans Center Board of Advisors. He is a member of the Illinois Terrorism Task Force and the chair of its Fire Service Committee. His military awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with two gold stars in lieu of third award, the Bronze Star with (Valor device), Meritorious Service Medal with gold star, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon.