Notable NIU Alumni

  • Marilyn Stromborg: A Force of Change

    Marilyn Stromborg receives the 2018 Alumni Achievement in the Sciences Award for changing lives as a nurse, a professor and chair of the School of Nursing, an author, an assistant state's attorney and a drug court coordinator.

  • Michael DeGiorgio and Erek Benz

    Michael DeGiorgio and Erek Benz have grown Commercial Real Estate Exchange Inc. into an online multimillion-dollar business.

  • Ned Colletti

    Senior adviser to the President, Los Angeles Dodgers

  • Allan Cox

    We caught up with NIU Foundation Board member, Bill Taylor this past summer to get his thoughts on what makes an NIU education so powerful. He told us about...

  • Scott Kluth

    Founder of CouponCabin

  • Alex Cummings

    Chairman, Coca-Cola Africa Foundation

  • Jim Wong

    Founder and CEO, Brilliant

  • Kurt Sutter

    Screenwriter, director, producer and actor

  • Paul Kahan

    Influential Chef, Restauranteur

  • Hon. Melissa M. Olivero

    Administrative Law Judge, National Labor Relations Board, Division of Judges

  • Amy King

    President, DeVry University Addison Metro campuses

  • Anies Baswedan

    Minister of Culture and Primary & Secondary Education, Indonesia

  • Jaymie Simmon

    Award-Winning Novelist

  • Thomas R. Karl

    Director, NOAA’s National Climate Data Center and Climate Services Lead

  • Larry E. English Jr.

    Former NFL Linebacker; Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board, The Larry English L.E.A.D. Foundation

  • Joan Allen

    Three-time Academy Award nominated actress

  • Frank Drendel

    Chairman of the Board and Founder of CommScope Inc.

  • Morgan Kolkmeyer

    Meteorologist, WGN Morning News

  • Jeff Semenchuk

    CEO of Zest Health

  • Michael Roper

    President & CEO, Taco Bueno

  • Richard Irvin

    59th Mayor of Aurora

  • Andrew Traver

    NCIS Director