John D. Zeglis
Chairman and CEO (Ret.)
Founder and Principal Owner
Fort Wayne Mad Ants, NBA D-League
John D. Zeglis, a member since 2006, is the Founder & Principal Owner of the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA D-League. He also is the retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AT&T Wireless Services. He joined AT&T in 1984 as Corporate Vice President – Law, and was later named Executive Vice President and General Counsel, before becoming President in 1997.
He began his career in law as an associate with Sidley & Austin in 1973. He was valedictorian at the University of Illinois in the College of Commerce and Business Administration, and graduated magna cum laude from the Harvard University School of Law, where he was a senior editor of the Law Review.
A guest lecturer on numerous campuses, he is on the board of trustees of: Culver Educational Foundation; Marshall County Community Foundation; St. Joseph Medical Center; Valparaiso University School of Law Council;Purdue University Libraries Dean’s Advisory Council; and the University of Illinois Center for Professional Responsibility. He is a director of the Helmerich and Payne Corporation, AMX Corporation, State Farm Insurance, and Telstra Corporation Limited (telecommunications) of Australia.
"I serve as a trustee because I believe education is THE answer (to just about everything!), and because Howard is the best in the world at making the highest quality education available to the University's global constituents in a setting that fosters life-long learning, leadership, humanity, and responsible citizenship."