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Bob Martinez

Florida governor, 1987-91

U.S. Drug Czar, 1991-93

Julia Gouw

Retired banking COO

California’s East West Bank

Betty Mohlenbrock

President, Reading Legacies

Alumni Humanitarian Award

Brad Pavone

Executive producer, OWN

On Team Oprah since ’05

Sima Dahl

International speaker

Personal branding specialist

Ken Paulson

Journalist

Former USA Today editor

Dan O’Connor

Video coordinator, International Player Development

New York Yankees

Summer Xia

Manager, global partnerships

Cleveland Cavaliers

Kieran Kelliher

Head of finannce, Chicago Bulls

Adjunct lecturer, Northwestern University School of Professional Studies

John Sapora

Attorney

VP, First Tee

Sheldon Siegel

Author

2012 Illini Comeback Award

Bill Geist

Author, columnist, humorist

Won Emmys in 1992, 2005

Chuck Pelletier

TV/film veteran

Director, Princess Cruises

Ang Lee

Movie maker

3 Oscar wins with 3 movies

Roxanne Decyk

Former oil industry executive

Held top posts at Shell, Amoco

Timothy Carhart

Actor

‘Thelma & Louise,’ ‘Witness’

Mary Doria Russell

Science fiction author

2-time Pulitzer nominee

Alan Ruck

Actor

Ferris Bueller’s pal

Henry Petroski

Civil engineering professor

Distinguished Alumni Award

Cheryl Berman

Award-winning ad exec

Past chairman, Leo Burnett

Jacquelyn Mitchard

Author

‘The Deep End of the Ocean’

Lee Archambault

NASA astronaut

Flew 2 shuttle missions

Jack Welch

Former CEO, General Electric

Died in 2020 at age 84

John McDonald

U.S. ambassador

Died in May 2019