2009 Distinguished Alumni



Patrick Magoon, Wheeling Class of '71

Mr. Magoon graduated from Wheeling High School in 1971. He graduated from Western Illinois University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and obtained a Masters of Arts and Science in Urban Policy and Planning from the University of Illinois in 1978.

Mr. Magoon is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Children’s Memorial Medical Center in Chicago. Children’s Memorial Medical Center is the parent of the Children’s Memorial Hospital, the pediatric center for Northwest University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. The hospital supports 150 residents and fellows in all pediatric medical and surgical specialties and sub-specialties and has been recognized as one of the top children’s hospitals in the nation, according to an annual physician poll published by U.S News & World Report.

Mr. Magoon presided over the most successful campaign in the medical center’s history, which raised more than $137 million. Mr. Magoon has also been recognized by Western Illinois University with the Alumni Achievement Award.


Mike Nikolich, Wheeling Class of '75

distinguishednikolichMr. Nikolich graduated from Wheeling High School in 1975. He graduated from Northern Illinois University in 1979 with a double major in marketing and journalism.

Mr. Nikolich is president and founder of Tech Image, Chicago’s leading independent high tech public relations firm. In 2007, Tech Image was named one of the country’s most influential public relations firms, according to an independent survey of 300 technology journalists by PR SourceCode. The Holmes Report also named Tech Image "Best Boutique PR Agency to Work for" in 2005 and 2006. Individually, Nikolich was honored by iStreet Magazine as one of Chicago’s top 100 technology professionals in 2002 and was named one of Chicago’s Internet Pioneers by the Chicago Sun-Times.

Nikolich is a resident of Lake Barrington and is married with two college-age daughters. His hobbies include reading, investing, golf, racquetball and listening to music. He also is an active amateur radio operator (call sign N9OVQ) and shortwave radio listener.


distinguishedspencerColonel Michael W. Spencer, USAF Retired, Wheeling Class of '77

Col. Spencer graduated from Wheeling High School in 1977. He obtained a BS in Engineering Mechanics from the United States Air Force Academy, a MA in Business Administration and Human Resources Development from Webster University and a MS in National Resources Strategy from the National Defense University.

Col. Spencer is the Deputy Director and Business Development Manager for the Miniature Air Launched Decoy (MALD) at Raytheon Missile Systems. Prior to assuming this role, Col. Spencer served over 25 years in active duty as a US Air Force Officer where he served as a fighter squadron commander, fighter and training instructor pilot, and operations officer. He also served on the Joint Staff at the Pentagon during the attack on 9/11. He has flown combat missions in the A-10 during Operation Desert Storm and the F-15E during Operations Northern and Southern Watch.

Col. Spencer is married to the former Maureen T. Welch, a Wheeling High School alumna, and they have three children. In his free time Col. Spencer enjoys coaching club soccer and supporting the Tucson community in various capacities.