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Wildcats are global citizens with the knowledge, skills, and desire to engage in a global society. Engaged leaders who design and lead the future of their communities and their world. Fulfilled individuals who engage in productive lives and personally satisfying work — and all of whom embody competitive excellence.

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  • Media
    Nancy Cleeland is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist with extensive background in labor, immigration and international trade. She left the newspaper business in the summer of 2007, and now writes for the Washington D.C.-based Economic Policy Institute, a nonpartisan think tank that researches the impact of economic trends and policies on working people in the United States and around the world. During a decade at the Los Angeles Times, Cleeland covered major labor disputes, including a port shutdown and several regional strikes, and exposed harsh conditions faced by immigrant workers.
  • Film/TV
    Joan Ganz Cooney is an American television producer. She is one of the founders of the Children's Television Network (CTW), the organization famous for the creation of the children's television show Sesame Street, which was also co-created by her.
  • Public Service
    Dennis DeConcini is a former Democratic U.S. Senator from Arizona. The son of former Arizona Supreme Court Judge Evo Anton DeConcini, he represented Arizona in the United States Senate from 1977 until 1995.
  • Arts
    Ted DeGrazia (1909-82) was an American impressionist, painter, sculptor, composer, actor, director, designer, architect, jeweler, and lithographer. He has also been described as "the world’s most reproduced artist."
  • Public Service
    David Dewhurst is a politician, businessman, and attorney who served as the 41st lieutenant governor of Texas from 2003 to 2015.
  • Business
    Robert A. Eckert (born 1954) is an American businessman, chairman and CEO of Mattel from 2000 to 2011, CEO of Kraft Foods from 1997 to 2000, and an operating partner with the private equity firm Friedman Fleischer & Lowe.  He is currently a non-executive director of Levi Strauss, McDonald's since 2003, and Amgen since 2012.
  • Music
    Travis Edmonson (1932-2009) was an American folk singer, who performed both as a soloist and in the group Bud and Travis.
  • Business
    In 1962, Karl Eller purchased the Arizona operations of New York-based billboard advertising company Foster and Kleiser and built it into a major regional business. As a result of the influence garnered by his leadership of this firm, Eller became one of the founding investors of the NBA's Phoenix Suns in 1968, and it was Eller's ownership group that hired future Suns owner Jerry Colangelo as its inaugural general manager.
  • Sports/Olympics
    Bob Elliott was a three-time academic and athletic All-American at the University of Arizona, leading his team to a Western Athletic Conference championship and two NCAA tournament appearances. He was a 1977 Third Team All American, a 1975, 1976 and 1977 Third Team All-WAC conference honoree, and a 1975, 1976, and 1977 Academic All American. Elliott received a bachelor of science in accounting, and later, an MBA from the University of Arizona as well. He is a past chairman of the Retired NBA Players Association.
  • Sports/Olympics
    Sean Elliott is a two-time All-American winner of the 1989 John R. Wooden Award from the University of Arizona. This led him to be the No. 3 pick of the 1989 NBA draft, where he was a two-time NBA All-Star, and earned an NBA championship in 1999 for the San Antonio Spurs.
  • Sports/Olympics
    Scott Erickson is a former Major League Baseball pitcher. He became the third Twins pitcher to throw a no-hitter on April 27, 1994, against the Milwaukee Brewers. It was the first no-hitter in the Metrodome.
  • Media
    Virginia Escalante is an educator and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist for the Los Angeles Times.