Notable Alumni

Max Abramovitz

Max Abramovitz

Architect/Assembly Hall (deceased)

John B. Anderson

John B. Anderson

1980 Presidential candidate

Mark Andreessen

Mark Andreessen

Programmer of Netscape internet browser

Nelson Algren

Nelson Algren

Chicago Writer (deceased)

Scott Altman

Scott Altman

Astronaut

Michael Arrington

President and CEO, Recon Management Services

Albert Babb

Albert Babb

Pioneer in hemodialysis

Barbara Bain

Barbara Bain

Actress

Arnold Beckman

Arnold Beckman

Founder/chairman emeritus of Beckman Instruments (now SmithKline Beckman) (deceased)

Lou Boudreau

Lou Boudreau

Professional Baseball Hall of Famer (deceased)

Charles Bowsher

Charles Bowsher

Former U.S. Comptroller General (1981-1996)

James Brady

James Brady

Press secretary during Reagan Administration; wounded during Reagan assassination attempt; namesake of The Brady Bill on handgun control

Dee Dee Bridgewater

Dee Dee Bridgewater

Grammy nominated jazz vocalist

Nancy Brinker

Nancy Brinker

Breast Cancer Foundation

Dee Brown

Dee Brown

Author of "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee" (deceased)

Avery Brundage

Avery Brundage

Former president of the International Olympic Committee (deceased)

Hal Bruno Jr.

Hal Bruno Jr.

Retired director of political coverage for ABC News

Tonja Buford-Bailey

Tonja Buford-Bailey

Three-time Olympic track and field athlete, 400m hurdles bronze medalist 1996 (Atlanta)

Dick Butkus

Dick Butkus

College Football and NFL Hall of Famer

James Cantalupo

James Cantalupo

Former Chairman and CEO of McDonald's Corp. International (deceased)

John Chancellor

John Chancellor

Political analyst and newscaster for "NBC Nightly News" (deceased)

George Chandler

George Chandler

Actor, played Uncle Petrie on "Lassie" (deceased)

Dr. Shou-Po Chao

Former General Secretary of Taiwan

Steven Chen

Steven Chen

Computer designer

Doris Christopher

Doris Kelley Christopher

Founder of The Pampered Chef

Jerry Colangelo

Jerry Colangelo

Director of USA Basketball; Former president of the Phoenix Suns and Arizona Diamondbacks

John Coleman

John Coleman

Founder of the Weather Channel

Michael Colgrass Jr.

Michael Colgrass Jr.

Composer; 1978 Pulitzer Prize winner in Music

Rafael Correa

Rafael Correa

President of Ecuador

Godfrey Danchimah

Godfrey Danchimah

Comedian

John Darling

Former Chancellor, Louisiana State University

Andrew Davis

Andrew Davis

Film director/producer ("The Fugitive," "Under Siege")

Andrew Davis

Ollie Watts Davis

Opera Singer

Andrew Davis

Dorothy Day

Founder of the Catholic Worker Movement (deceased)

Jean Driscoll

Jean Driscoll

Wheelchair athlete; Eight-time winner of the Boston Marathon

Alan Dysert

Alan Dysert

Actor, played Sean Cudahy on "All My Children"

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Film Critic

Dike Eddleman

Dwight "Dike" Eddleman

Olympic high jumper and Final Four and Rose Bowl participant (deceased)

Andrea Evans

Andrea Evans

Soap Opera actress

Lee Falk

Lee Falk

Cartoonist (The Phantom, Mandrake the Magician) (deceased)

Perdita Felicien

Perdita Felicien

World Champion and Olympic hurdler

Michael Filerman

TV producer

George Fisher

George M.C. Fisher

CEO of Eastman Kodak

Dan Fogelberg

Dan Fogelberg

(Attended) Composer and recording artist (deceased)

Rich Frank

Rich Frank

Former President of Disney Studios

Steve Friedman

TV producer, director

Dale Gardner

Dale Gardner

Astronaut

Bill Geist

Bill Geist

Journalist on "CBS Sunday Morning"

Rick George

Rick George

President of the PGA Champions Tour

John Georges

CEO of International Paper Co.

Thornton Gilchrest

President, National Safety Council (deceased)

S. Malcolm Gillis

S. Malcolm Gillis

Former President, Rice University

Red Grange

Harold "Red" Grange

College Football and NFL Hall of Famer (deceased)

Richard Greenberg

Film maker

Jerry Hadley

Jerry Hadley

Opera star (deceased)

George Halas

George Halas

Founder of the Chicago Bears (deceased)

Erika Harold

Erika Harold

Miss America 2003

Hugh Hefner

Leanne Harvey

Former General Manager, New Orleans Zephyrs

Eric Halverson

Former opera star, bass

Hugh Hefner

Hugh Hefner

Founder of Playboy Magazine

Sharon Hedrick

Wheelchair track Olympian (1984, 1988)

Beth Henley

Beth Henley

1981 Pulitzer Prize Award winner for "Crimes of the Heart"

Nicole Hollander

Nicole Hollander

Cartoonist (Sylvia)

Mike Hopkins

Mike Hopkins

NASA Astronaut

Sue Ann Huseman

Former President, Monmouth College (1994-97)

Billy Morrow Jackson

Billy Morrow Jackson

Painter

Jesse Jackson Jr.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

(Attended) Politician

Mannie Jackson

Mannie Jackson

Former Pro Basketball player, Former Owner of Harlem Globetrotters

Donald Johanson

Donald Johanson

Anthropologist, discoverer of oldest known hominid, "Lucy"

Arte Johnson

Arte Johnson

"Laugh-In" television personality

Robert Johnson

Robert Johnson

Owner of the Charlotte Bobcats NBA franchise; 2003 Sports Illustrated's Most Influential Minority in Sport; Former CEO of Black Entertainment Television

Sheila Johnson

Sheila Johnson

CEO Salamander Hospitality, President, Managing Partner, and Governor of WNBA Washington Mystics

Jawed Karim

Jawed Karim

Co-founder of YouTube

Katherine Kendall

Retired United Nations Social Affairs Director

Charla Krupp

Charla Krupp

Former Editor, Glamour magazine

Ang Lee

Ang Lee

Film Director ("Brokeback Mountain," "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," and "The Hulk")

Annette Lu

Annette Lu

Former Vice President, Taiwan

Naomi Lynn

Former Chancellor, University of Illinois-Springfield (1991-2001); First Hispanic woman president of an American public university.

Jack Mabley

Jack Mabley

Newspaper columnist (deceased)

Carol Marin

Carol Marin

Television journalist/anchor

Prentice Marshall

Prentice Marshall

Federal Judge (deceased)

Lynn Martin

Lynn Martin

Secretary of Labor during the Bush Administration

Fred Marx

Co-director and editor of "Hoop Dreams"

Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

Actress

Tim McCarthy

Secret service agent during President Ronald Reagan Administration (wounded during 1981 assassination attempt)

Jim McNeely

Jim McNeely

Grammy nominated jazz pianist

Donna Mills

Donna Mills

Movie and television actress

Erie Mills

Erie Mills

Opera star

Bobby Mitchell

Bobby Mitchell

Professional Football Hall of Famer

Jacob Morowitz

Owner, USA Trading Company

Tom Murphy

Tom Murphy

Retired chairman of General Motors (deceased)

Scott Mutter

Scott Mutter

Artist/Photographer (deceased)

Steve Nagel

Steve Nagel

Retired astronaut

Malden Nesheim

Malden Nesheim

Emeritus Professor, Provost Emeritus, Cornell University

Ray Nitschke

Ray Nitschke

Professional Football Hall of Famer (deceased)

Robert Novak

Robert Novak

Columnist and CNN political commentator (deceased)

Jerry Orbach

Jerry Orbach

Actor (deceased)

Suze Orman

Suze Orman

Financial advisor and author

Ray Ozzie

Ray Ozzie

Microsoft Chief Software Architecht

Peter Palmer

Peter Palmer

Actor, singer (Broadway)

Larry Parks

Larry Parks

Actor, "The Al Jolson Story" (deceased)

Penny Patterson

Francine "Penny" Patterson

Taught Koko the gorilla to communicate through Sign Language

Gregg Philbin

Gregg Philbin

Founding Member of the band REO Speedwagon

Irna Phillips

Irna Phillips

Creator of the Soap Opera (deceased)

Ron Popeil

Ron Popeil

Ronco Inventions

Richard Powers

Richard Powers

Author, National Book Award winner

Fidel Ramos

Fidel Ramos

Former President of the Philippines

James Reston

James "Scotty" Reston

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist (deceased)

Bobby Richards

Bob Richards

Olympic pole vaulter

Alan Ruck

Alan Ruck

Actor, "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," "Spin City"

Stephen Sample

Stephen Sample

President, USC (1991-2010)

E. Roger Sayers

Former President, University of Alabama (1988-96)

Gerald Shoenfeld

Gerald Schoenfeld

Shubert Organization (deceased)

Gene Shalit

Gene Shalit

"NBC Today Show" film critic

Albert Shanker

Albert Shanker

American Federation of Teachers (deceased)

Allan Sherman

Allan Sherman

Comedian, co-developer of TV game show "I've Got a Secret" (deceased)

Thomas Siebel

Thomas Siebel

Founder of Siebel Systems

Shel Silverstein

Shel Silverstein

(Attended) Author and songwriter (deceased)

Roger Simon

Roger Simon

Chief Political Columnist, Politico.com; New York Times Best Selling author

Sam Skinner

Sam Skinner

Secretary of Transportation; Chief of Staff during the George Bush Sr. Administration

Ralph Snodsmith

Ralph Snodsmith

TV gardening guide (deceased)

Godfrey Sperling Jr.

Godfrey Sperling Jr.

Syndicated columnist for the Christian Science Monitor

Justin Spring

Justin Spring

2008 Olympic Bronze Medalist, Men's Gymnastics

Mark Steinberg

Mark Steinberg

Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Golf, IMG

John Strohm

John Strohm

Founded World Wildlife Fund (deceased)

Dennis Swanson

Dennis Swanson

Chief Operating Officer, Viacom Television

Joe Tanner

Joe Tanner

Astronaut

Barbara Ann Teer

Barbara Ann Teer

Founder & CEO of National Black Theater (deceased)

Nancy Thies

Nancy Thies

Olympic gymnast, sportscaster

Lynne Thigpen

Lynne Thigpen

Tony Award-winning actress, "An American Daughter" (deceased)

Craig Virgin

Craig Virgin

Olympic runner

Marvin Wachman

Marvin Wachman

Former President, Temple University (1973-1982); Author, "The Education of a University President " (deceased)

Arnold Weber

Arnold Weber

Former President, Northwestern University (1985-95)

William Wegman

William Wegman

Artist

Jack Welch

Jack Welch

Former CEO of General Electric (1981-2001)

Cheryl West

Cheryl West

Playwright

Deron Williams

Deron Williams

Olympic Men's Basketball Team, Gold Medal 2008 (Beijing)

Craig Virgin

Tug Wilson

Former Big Ten Commissioner; Olympian (deceased)

Leslie B. Worthington

President of U.S. Steel Corp. (deceased)

Rosalyn Yalow

Rosalyn Yalow

1978 Nobel Prize-winner in physiology & medicine

Timothy Zahn

Timothy Zahn

Writer

Champaign-Urbana

2013 Public University Rankings

  1. University of California
  2. UCLA University of Virginia
  3. University of Michigan
  4. University of N. Carolina
  5. College of William & Mary
  6. Georgia Tech
  7. Penn State University
  8. University of California-Davis University of California-San Diego
  9. University of Illinois University of California-Santa Barbara University of Wisconsin-Madison
  10. University of California-Irvine University of Florida

Source: 2013 U.S. News and World Report

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