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Julie Freischlag

CEO, Wake Forest Baptist Health

Dean, Wake Forest School of Medicine

Tricia Taliaferro

Women’s soccer coach, 1999-2001

Coached Illini to 1st 2 NCAA tourney berths

Terri Sullivan

2010 Big Ten softball coach of year

488-369-2 in 16 seasons

Suzanne Bates

Longtime TV anchor

Bates Communications CEO

Lisa Brown

Former majority leader

Washington state Senate

Emily Jaenson

General manager

Reno Aces

Fred Zornig

Brazil-based CEO

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Bryan Terry

Vice chancellor


Lynette Tan

Executive director

Singapore Space/Tech. Assn.

Dave Downey

Big Ten Medal of Honor

Scored 53 vs. Indiana

Dick Butkus

UI retired his No. 50

Pro, College Football HOF

Perdita Felicien

2-time Summer Olympian

Illini Athletics HOF

Martin Eberhard

Co-founder, former CEO

Tesla Motors

Mary Eggers Tendler

Illini Athletics HOF

Volleyball coach, Elon

Colleen Callahan

Pioneering ag reporter

Distinguished Service Award

Yemaya Bordain

Pioneering Ph.D. student

Intel Corp. engineer

Jill Ellis

Team USA soccer coach

Illini coach, 1997-99

Judi Nash

Miss America 1969

Delta Gamma alumna

Kris McMasters

Former CEO


Carol Ross Barney

Pioneering architect

Thomas Jefferson Award

Tonja Buford-Bailey

3-time Olympian

1992 NCAA hurdles champ

Lynn Morley Martin

21st Secretary of Labor

U.S. Rep, 1981-91

Jill Wine-Banks

Watergate prosecutor

Led American Bar Assn.

Tori Haring-Smith

Former president

Washington & Jefferson

Bill Nack

Sports Illustrated legend

Died in April 2018