Bernard Shaw, 1966
Former chief anchor at CNN
Carol Moseley Braun, 1969
The first African-American woman elected to the U.S. Senate. Candidate for Mayor of Chicago, 2011.
Gery Chico, 1979
Former president of the Chicago Board of Education. Candidate for Mayor of Chicago, 2011.
Ellis Cose, 1972
Author, columnist and contributing editor, Newsweek Magazine
Michael Gross, 1970
Movie and television actor best known for playing Steven Keaton on “Family Ties”
Pulling from her own history, alumna Nnedi Okarafor ‘07 writes what she calls “plant and creature-inhabited literary science fiction and fantasy,” a feat for which she was recognized with a Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa, considered Africa’s Nobel Prize.
Leonard Roberts, 1971
Executive Chairman of Radio Shack Corporation
Bobby L. Rush, 1994
Member of U.S. House of Representatives
Billy Branch, 1974
Grammy award nominee for “Billy Branch and his Sons of Blues Band.”
Bill Lamar, 1973
Director of Operations and Assistant Vice President of Marketing, McDonald’s Corporation
Winner of the Silver Medal Lifetime Achievement Award, American Advertising Federation, 2007
Tony Podesta, 1967
Founding President of People for the American Way
Former aide to President Bill Clinton
Alumnus Andy Shaw’s ’71 dogged pursuit of the truth once provided staple viewing on the local news, but now inspires the Better Government Association to search for and stamp out waste, fraud and corruption across Chicago.
Rose Economou, 1968
Independent filmmaker and documentarian for ABC, PBS and CBS
Winner of seven Emmy Awards, and four Chicago International Film Festival Awards
Jean Bogner, 1973
Member of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore
Barbara Schaal, 1969
First woman elected vice president of the National Academy of Sciences
Named by President Barack Obama to the U.S. Council of Advisors on Science and Technology
Carlos Tortolero, 1975
Founder and president of the National Museum of Mexican Art
Howard Kaufman, 1982
Director of the Rush Cancer Center and Associate Dean, Rush University Medical Center
James Compton, 1978, MA 1983
Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer, United Airlines
National Science Association fellow and alumnus George Crabtree PhD ’74 returned to his alma mater home in 2010 as UIC’s newest distinguished professor of physics and the campus’ special advisor on energy.
Vice President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
Charles Connor, 1972
Senior Vice President of Communications and Marketing for the American Red Cross
President and Chief Executive Officer American Lung Association
President, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania
Cheney University is known as "America's Oldest Historically Black Institution of Higher Education."
Alumna Rina Dukor ’86, ’87, ‘91 became so engrossed in her work as an undergraduate that she stayed for nine years, eventually going on to develop a vibrational circular dichroism spectrometer for BioTools, a company she co-founded.
Donald Johanson, 1966
Anthropologist, Arizona State University, Institute of Human Origins
Famous for the co-discovery of the most complete partial hominid skeleton, Lucy, in Ethiopia.
Michael Nawrocki, 1992
Writer and Director, Big Idea Productions
Voice of Larry the Cucumber on “Veggie Tales”