Alumni Honorees

Manuel 'Manny' SanchezManuel “Manny” Sanchez

B.A. Political Science, 1970


Mr. Sanchez is the quintessential alumnus of NIU, known for his passion, ambition, intellect, and extraordinary devotion to his alma mater.

After receiving his undergraduate degree, he completed his formal education at the University of Pennsylvania, earning his Juris Doctor degree in 1974.

Thirteen years later, he founded the firm of Sanchez & Daniels, quickly developing a national reputation as a civil defense litigator representing many of the country’s largest corporations. Under his leadership as managing partner, Sanchez Daniels & Hoffman has become the second largest certified minority-owned law firm in the U.S. Sanchez also is a founding member of the Mexican American Lawyers Association and the Latin American Bar Association.

Sanchez is widely known for his activism on many fronts. He served on candidate (now President) Barack Obama’s national finance committee and currently serves on the Chicago 2016 Olympic Committee. His service to others is well-documented through numerous additional board appointments, awards, and honors.

What most sets Sanchez apart, however, is his energetic, enthusiastic, and unrelenting commitment to Northern. In 1995, he was appointed to the Board of Trustees and subsequently re-appointed in 2001, shortly thereafter becoming Chairman. Today he is Vice Chair, Finance, Facilities and Operations Committee, and member of the Legislation, Audit and External Affairs Committee. His ongoing contributions to the development of the Center for Latino and Latin American Studies are especially noteworthy.