Student Luncheons with University Trustees

Campus and Student Life and Student Government are pleased to share two (2) opportunities for undergraduate students to have lunch with members of the Board of Trustees. These events are an opportunity for students to engage with a member of the Board of Trustees -- the governing body that provides oversight and input regarding the University's large-scale programmatic goals and its financial and physical resources, and that advocates for the University locally, nationally, and throughout the world.

Opportunity #1

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch will be served.
Hyde Park campus

Paula Wolff (AM69, PhD72)
Paula Wolff is Director of the Illinois Justice Project, which engages in criminal justice reform efforts promoting policies that will make our communities safer and reduce recidivism among youths and adults. Ms. Wolff also served as Chair of the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority and as Chair for the City Colleges of Chicago. She has been a Trustee of the University of Chicago since 1997. Ms. Wolff received a BA from Smith College in 1967. From the University of Chicago, she received an AM in 1969 and a PhD in 1972.

Opportunity #2

Friday, May 26, 2017
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch will be served.
Hyde Park campus
Note: This event will be open to undergraduate and graduate students

Mary Louise Gorno (MBA76)
Mary Louise Gorno is Managing Director of Ingenuity International, and leads the CEO and Board practice for Fortune 500, mid-cap, and privately owned companies. As a board advisor, she specializes in organizational governance, succession planning, and leadership issues. Ms. Gorno joined the executive search profession with more than two decades of experience in marketing, media, and strategic planning. Ms. Gorno earned a BA from Saint Mary’s College in 1972, an MS in journalism from Northwestern University in 1974, and an MBA from the University of Chicago in 1976. She was elected a Trustee in 2004.

John W. Rogers, Jr. (LAB76)
John W. Rogers, Jr. is Chairman and CEO of Ariel Investments, a firm offering no-load mutual funds for individual investors as well as separately managed accounts for institutions and high net worth individuals. Beyond Ariel, Mr. Rogers serves as a board member of Exelon Corporation and McDonald’s Corporation. Additionally, he is a director of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Following the election of President Barack Obama, he served as co-chair for the Presidential Inaugural Committee 2009, and more recently, he joined the Barack Obama Foundation’s Board of Directors. From 2009 to 2015, he served as Chair of the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools Board, and has served as a Trustee of the University of Chicago since 2000. Mr. Rogers earned his AB from Princeton University and in 2008 was awarded Princeton’s highest honor, the Woodrow Wilson Award.

To indicate your interest in attending a luncheon(s), please complete the below form by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 3. 

Please note that due to capacity considerations, not everyone who is interested in attending will be invited to attend. The event is off-the-record and closed to the media, and is limited to 30 students to create an intimate atmosphere and to allow for an open dialogue with the Trustee.  Attendees are selected to provide broad representation across the schools and divisions, and to take into consideration those students who have not had an opportunity to attend a previous event with a Trustee(s).

Selected attendees will receive an email confirmation with full event details by Monday, May 15.

If you are interested in learning more about Student Government or have questions about this event, please feel free to reach out to Kenzo Esquivel, Undergraduate Liaison. More information can also be found at

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