A New Addition to Admissions: Garry Cooke

In the midst of recruiting season we have been feverishly spreading the news about all the great things happening at
UIC Liautaud. This fall has been full of information sessions, graduate fairs, and webinars. Leading the charge will be Garry Cooke, UIC Liautaud's newest addition. In October, Garry joined the Admissions team as Director of Admissions.  As the newest member to the Liautaud community, I wanted to learn more about Garry and his new role at UIC Liautaud. See what I found out!
Fun Facts
Favorite Chicago Activities/ Places: I am a huge Chicago White Sox and Chicago Bears fan and I look for ways to attend as many games as possible.

Favorite Chicago Restaurants: There are so many places to eat in Chicago it is impossible to have a favorite. However, I am always looking for new sushi and pizza places to try.

Favorite Part of the Day: My morning walk from the train always energizes me.

Hometown: New Lenox, IL


Tell us a little about your personal/professional background?

I have been working professionally in higher education for the past ten years. Initially I wanted to be a social sciences teacher in order to make a difference in the lives of students. However, I found that working in higher education can be just as awarding and allow me to focus on leadership development with college students. I began my career as an Admissions counselor at Eastern Illinois University, while obtaining my Master of Science degree in College Student Affairs. From there, I have worked for various universities while continuing to progress in my career. I decided to stay in higher education  because I really enjoy helping and empowering others. Education is the key to success and by creating relationships and partnerships I am able to help others reach their goals. This is the most rewarding aspect of my profession. 

How did you end up working at UIC?

When I began looking to take the next step in my career, I wanted to make sure I was moving to an incredible university where I felt that I could make a difference. I felt that UIC Liautaud was a perfect match of both.

What are you most excited to do as the Director of Admissions and Student Enrollment?

UIC Liautaud is a top notch university with amazing faculty and student services. I look forward to spreading the word about a business school that has been a best kept secret in Chicago.

What critical information should students know about?

I would like students to know that I always have their best interests in mind when we meet and I look to work with them on finding the best educational path for their future. Students should feel free to contact me directly at any time.