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Alumni Spotlight: Robin Garrell

Like so many Rackham alumni, Robin Garrell’s career path evolved into something she never expected. She remembers, “I went to Michigan with the intention to go into industry. It wasn’t until into my fourth year that I thought maybe I’d consider an academic job. This was at a time in history when there were many more faculty jobs than people in analytical chemistry. I interviewed and had offers for both. I had to decide which course to pursue.” She decided well, spending seven years at the University of Pittsburgh before accepting a faculty role at UCLA in 1991 where she’s been since. Robin is currently the Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate Division and a professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UCLA.

Alumni Spotlight: Garrick Hu

Most students never know just how much that first job out of college can influence your career. For Garrick Hu, the University of Michigan played a central role not only in advancing his academic journey but shaping his industry focus with that one first job.

Alumni Spotlight: Roy Hudson

Roy Hudson didn’t start out with aspirations to be a university president. He didn’t consider executive management a potential career option. He figured his options were fairly straightforward, hoping he could extend his GI bill to cover most of a Master’s degree which would lead to a job as a high school teacher or technician.

That all changed the day he got funding. Roy was selected to be a Danforth Foundation Fellow, earning one of 50 highly competitive spots mostly given to students from Ivy League-style schools. That is when this unassuming yet tenacious student (i.e., Honor Roll, class valedictorian, SGA president, college Hall of Fame athlete, radio DJ, etc.) from a very small Christian college in North Carolina found himself able to pursue his dream education.