College of Business & Technology
Over 30,000 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
Western News: Winter 2015
- Students gain valuable lessons from internships
- Alumnus, Jan Junker MBA '06, puts MBA to good use to create his own company
- IBHE approves new graduate program in Applied Statistics and Decision Analytics
- ADM announces donation to WIU Supply Chain Management Program
- 'Ag Day' celebrated WIU football season opener
- CBT Professional Development Series 2015
- 2015 Ferguson Lecture
- CBT Celebrating 50 years of success! Save the date - September 2016 will mark fifty years since the School of Business officially opened its doors in 1966.
- WIU Farm Manager, Livestock Judging Coach Bruce Engnell passes away
- Economics chair and office manager work together for 30 years
- Faculty members receive 2015 Teaching Innovation Award Honney Zimmerman '02 MBA '04
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
Alfred D. Boyer
Edward J. McManus
Robert L. Nardelli
David F. Hodnik
Paul A. Bobzin
Michael J. Litwin
John C. Bower
Lawrence L. Grypp
William J. Lucky
Michael P. Kelly
David J. Vogel
Nancy C. Pechloff