Notable Alumni

Since our founding in 1965, UCCS has graduated over 56,000 alumni. Personal and professional lives have led our graduates in a variety of directions, and we are proud to highlight just a few of our success stories below. If you'd like to share your success story with us, please contact us at alumni@uccs.edu.

Looking for success stories from more recent graduates? Visit our Communique website.

Scott Oki, '74, '75
BS Accounting, MBA
Owner, Oki Developments, Inc.;
Former Senior Vice President,
Microsoft; Recipient,
Alumni & Friends Award

Margot Lane, '82
BA History
Former Owner, Culebra Properties;
Former President, John E. Lane and
Margaret L. Lane Foundation

Yusef Komunyakaa, '75
BA Distributed Studies
Pulitzer Prize Winning Poet;
Professor, Princeton University;
Recipient, Alumni & Friends Award

Jim Gallogly, '74
BA Psychology
Director, E. I. DuPont de
Nemours & Company

Mary Lou Makepeace, '79
Master of Public Administration
Executive Director, Gay & Lesbian Fund; First Female Mayor
of Colorado Springs

John Herrington, '83
BS Mathematics
First Native American Astronaut;
Ambassador, Chickasaw Nation

Becky Medved, '87
Chief Operating Officer, RCSPros;
Co-Recipient, 2015 Lifetime Entrepreneurship Award; Recipient, Alumni & Friends Award

Charles Greer, '71, '76
BA English, MA Psychology
Professor of Neurosurgery and of Neuroscience, Yale University

Robb Harleston, '83
BA Distributed Studies
Talk-Show Host, Assignment Editor, C-SPAN

Laura McGuire, '82
BA Distributed Studies
Founder and CEO, VineaGroup

Mike Fryt, '77
BA Accounting
Corporate Vice President of Tax,
FedEx; Recipient, Alumni &
Friends Award

Kathy Blake Carey, '97
Senior Vice President,
Senior Equity Analyst,
Robert W. Baird & Company

Tamrin Apaydin, '87
BS Accounting
CFO, Rocky Mountain
Health Care Services

Tom Saponas, '72
BS Computer Science & Electrical Engineering
Former Senior Vice President
and Chief Technology Officer,
Agilent Technologies; Former Vice President and General Manager,

Susan Edmondson, '03
Master of Public Administration
President and CEO, Colorado
Springs Downtown Partnership

Mark Hawkins, '86
Chief Financial Officer, Salesforce.com

Pam McManus, '00
President and CEO, Peak Vista Community Health Centers

Steve Bach, '68
BS Marketing
Former Mayor of Colorado Springs;
Recipient, Alumni & Friends Award

Ted Sundquist, 92
Master of Public Administration
President and CEO, Sports Virtual Training Systems

Kent Fortune, 89
BS Human Resources
Vice President/General Manager, USAA

Brenda Smith, '78
BS Accounting
Co-Founder, College of
Business Alumni Association;
Owner, Garden of the Gods Club;
Former Partner, BKP, LLP

Linda Hogan, '73
BA Psychology
Faculty at Indian Arts Institute;
Former Writer in Residence for the Chichasaw Nation;
Professor Emerita CU Boulder