College of LAS « Illinois

Michael P. Malone

Michael P. Malone or Michael P. Malone (AB, '73, political science) recently retired from his job as vice president for university advancement at Northern Illinois University, after a 31-year career leading externally focused efforts in marketing, public/media relations, alumni relations and advocacy, and development. At NIU, Mike successfully led that university's first comprehensive fundraising campaign. His personal experiences include securing a $20 million gift in 2010 (one of the five largest for public higher education that year) and the naming gifts for both the Alumni Center and the school's indoor practice facility. Before embarking on a career in university advancement, Mike taught English at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Mike has been appointed to and is currently serving on the Environment Commission in his hometown of Glen Ellyn, Illinois. Most of Mike's professional life has been spent telling the story of public higher education and its contributions to our state, nation, and world. He is honored to continue to be a forceful advocate for public higher education and the University of Illinois through volunteer service on the LAS Alumni Board. Mike met his wife Anne Frisbie (AB, '73, rhetoric) while both were washing dishes at Illini Tower. They have two daughters and one granddaughter.