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Graduate School Alumni

Graduate Alumni Advisory Board

The mission of the Graduate Alumni Advisory Board is to promote superior graduate study through philanthropic and alumni programs that advance the mission of graduate education at Eastern Illinois University.

The vision of the Graduate School Alumni Advisory Board is to offer superior graduate alumni programs that achieve the Board’s philanthropy goals resulting in awards that attract the finest graduate scholars to Eastern Illinois University.


  • Jim Acklin, '79, '87, '98
  • Matt Davidson, '82, '84
  • Craig Gatto, Ph.D., '87, '89
  • Marilyn Holt, '88, '94
  • Kendra McClure, '10
  • Nancie King Mertz, '77
  • Mark Kasper, Ed.D., '83, '86
  • Linda Komes, '74
  • David VanVooren, '78, '79

Outstanding Graduate Alumni Awards Programs

Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, EIU graduate programs nominated exceptional alumni candidates for consideration of receiving the Outstanding Alumni Award. Candidates, selected for this honor by the Graduate Alumni Board, represent those individuals who have utilized their graduate education to excel and exceed in their careers and pursuits. To view biographies of past honorees, see the links below. 

2019 2018 2017 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006

50 Years of Graduate Education

Learn more about EIU Graduate School's amazing alumni by watching the videos below:

Nancie King Mertz, '77

Chris Carron, '86

Jeremie Smith, '05, '13

Frankie Flood, '98, '00

Justin Miller, '02, '03

Dan Rogers, '92

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Contact Information

The Graduate School

1201 Blair Hall
Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Avenue Charleston, IL 61920
Fax: 217-581-6020

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