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John Foreman

News-Gazette editor, publisher

2006 Illinois Journalist of Year

Susan Rankaitis

Professor of art

Scripps College

Jeff Johanns

Lecturer of accounting

University of Texas

Larry Samuelson

Professor of economics

Yale University

Mike Gonzalez


Secession Golf Club

June Panagakos Podagrosi

Founder, executive director

Child’s Play Touring Theatre

Warren Stippich


Grant Thornton LLP

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Jim Gaspar


Attune Foods

Petrea Burchard

Actor, author

Audiobook narrator, ACX.com

Bruce Bloom


Cures Within Reach

Bob Cesarone

Asst. program manager

NASA Jet Propulsion Lab

Harley Manning

VP, customer experience

Forrester Research

Russ Mitchell

Automotive tech writer

Los Angeles Times

Jim Solari

Led G&W Electric Co.

Distinguished Alumni Award

Nancy Thies Marshall

1972 Olympic gymnast

Illini Athletics HOF

Ray Lantz


Carpet Advantage, Urbana

Jim Neckopulos

Executive director/banking

Ernst & Young

Saiid Saiidi

Nevada engineering professor

Outstanding Alumni Award

Jim Lundeen


Lundeen Software

Jack Klues

Media executive

Donated $1M in 2015

Michael Van Valkenburgh

Award-winning architect

Hired for Obama library

Brand Fortner

Software visionary

Distinguished Alumni Award

Lynn Price

Social entrepreneur

Alumni Humanitarian Award

Tom Chiola

Former judge

Cook Co. Circuit Court

Rex Miller

Award-winning author

Principal, mindSHIFT