University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

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A Few of UWM's Noted Alumni
Luis Arreaga ('77 MS, '81 PhD.) U.S. Ambassador to Iceland. Read transcripts of a recent interview about Arreaga's accomplishments.

Ralf-Reinhard Boer ('71 BA Political Science), chairman and CEO of Milwaukee-based Foley & Lardner, the world's 34th-largest law firm.

Mike Reinfeldt ('75 BA Business), NFL All Pro Defensive Back, GM of Tennessee Titans

Steven Burd ('73 MA), Chairman, President, and CEO of Safeway, Inc.

Frank Caliendo ('96 BA Mass Communications), noted stand-up comedian famous for his roles on Mad TV and FOX NFL Sunday.

Bill Carollo ('74 BBA Industrial Relations), retired NFL referee; quarterback at UWM from 1970-73; has worked five NFL conference championship games and officiated Super Bowls XXX and XXXVII.

Sasho Cirovski ('85 BBA, '89 MBA), former MLS soccer player played for the Milwaukee Panthers from 1981-1984; current University of Maryland head men's soccer coach, winners of the 2005 NCAA soccer tournament.

Milton Coleman ('68 BFA), deputy managing editor of The Washington Post.

Robert Curry ('74 BA Letters and Science), Vietnam veteran and founder of Dryhootch. Read a recent press release from The White House.

Hanna Jubran ('80 BFA Sculpture/Ceramics, '83 MFA Sculpture), internationally recognized sculptor.

Gale E. Klappa ('72 BBA Communication, '11 honorary PhD), chairman, president and CEO of Wisconsin Energy Corporation.

Dennis J. Kuester ('66 BBA, '96 honorary PhD), chairman and CEO of Marshall & Ilsley Corporation; member of the Federal Reserve Advisory Council.

Alan Kulwicki ('77 BS Mechanical Engineering), 1992 Winston Cup champion, first NASCAR Cup champion to hold a college degree. Died April 1, 1993, in a plane crash at age 38.

Golda Meir ('17, Education), a founder of the State of Israel and fourth Prime Minister of Israel.

Satya Nadella ('90 MS Computer Science), CEO of Microsoft. Read a recent press release from UWM.


Allison Pottinger ('98 MBA Marketing), 2003 gold medalist and 2006 silver medalist at the World Curling Championships.

Raquel Rutledge ('90 BA Journalism and Mass Communication), reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and winner of a 2010 Pulitzer Prize for her series of articles revealing fraud in Wisconsin’s child-care subsidy program.

Jim Rygiel ('77 BFA), three-time Oscar winner for digital effects for the Lord of the Rings films.

Harris Turer ('88 BA Business), owner of the Milwaukee Admirals hockey franchise and member of the ownership group of the Milwaukee Brewers; president of Hometown Property Management, Inc.

Bruce Weber ('78 BA Education), Kansas State University's men's basketball coach.

Frank P. Zeidler ('58 PhD), Milwaukee mayor 1948-1960 and one-time Socialist Party USA chair; first person to receive an honorary doctorate at UWM.

James L. Ziemer ('86 BBA), Former president and CEO of Harley-Davidson, Inc.

Edward J. Zore ('68 BS Economics, '70 MS Economics), Former president and CEO of Northwestern Mutual.