College of Business & Technology

CBT Alumni

Over 27,000 CBT alumni are making an impact worldwide! They are teachers, managers, directors, entrepreneurs, financiers, analysts, executives, vice presidents, strategists, presidents, and CEO's (just to name a few).

CBT Alumni in the News

Read about each of these alums in the Summer 2015 Issue of Western News.

  • Amy Ford '01 M.Acct '02
  • Rafael Obregon '91
  • John Distefano '80
  • Lori T. Chesser '84

Alumni featured in past Western News Issues

Distinguished Alumni Award History

In 1987, Dean Robert Jefferson developed a vision for an award of excellence that would recognize the commendable efforts of WIU business alumni. Since that time, the College of Business and Technology has honored numerous business alumni who have demonstrated exemplary leadership and outstanding career success.

In addition to their stellar success after leaving the university, they’ve remained loyal and cherished friends of WIU and the College of Business and Technology. We’re truly honored by their dedication!

John Distefano - 2015 Distinguished Alumni

John Distefano, managing partner for Ernst and Young's (EY) Advisory Services, has been named the Western Illinois University College of Business and Technology's Distinguished Alumnus for 2015. Distefano graduated from Western with a bachelor of business administration degree in quantitative and information science in 1980; he earned his master of information management degree from Washington University in 1990.

While on campus Wednesday-Thursday, March 4-5, Distefano will speak to students and faculty. He will give a keynote speech, which is open free to the public, at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday in Stipes Hall, room 121. View the full news release.

Past Distinguished Alumni

2013

Holly Deem

Holly Deem

1999

Alfred D. Boyer

Alfred D. Boyer

1998

Edward J. McManus

Edward J. McManus

1997

Robert L. Nardelli

Robert L. Nardelli

1996

David F. Hodnik

David F. Hodnik

1995

Paul A. Bobzin

Paul A. Bobzin

1994

Michael J. Litwin

Michael J. Litwin

1993

John C. Bower

John C. Bower

1992

Lawrence L. Grypp

Lawrence L. Grypp

1991

William J. Lucky

William J. Lucky

1990

Michael P. Kelly

Michael P. Kelly

1989

William O'Toole

William O'Toole

1988

Lorraine Epperson

Lorraine Epperson

1987

David J. Vogel

David J. Vogel

1987

Nancy C. Pechloff

Nancy C. Pechloff