Alumni Spotlight - Doug Ulman '99

Alumni Spotlight - Doug Ulman '99 will feature one former male and female student-athlete each month who has gone on to achieve success in the workplace, as well as exhibit the spirit of Brown University within the community. The monthly installments will provide highlights of the selectees’ athletic careers at Brown and offer a glimpse into their current career paths

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In the midst of a successful era for Brown men’s soccer, Doug Ulman ’99 was part of a Bears program from 1995-98 that made three NCAA Tournament appearances and captured two outright Ivy League titles in that span.  Ulman appeared in 16 games on the backline for the Bears during his career, only appearing in one game his sophomore season after a battle with chondrosarcoma.

Undeterred, Ulman returned to the Bears lineup to compete in 14 contests over the next two seasons, earning the Class of 1937 Trophy as the player contributing the most to his team.  Ulman was recognized for his constant support and team spirit with Brown’s Cliff Stevenson Award at the department’s annual sports banquet in 1998, an award rewarded to an athlete who best exemplifies enthusiasm, indomitable spirit, and devotion to the community.

A three-time cancer survivor, including two bouts with melanoma, Ulman, with assistance from Brown University’s Royce Fellowship, founded the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. He served as Executive Director of the foundation for four years before another notable cancer survivor came calling.

Noted cyclist and cancer survivor, Lance Armstrong, founded the Livestrong Foundation in 1997 but needed a strong leader to build its brand, Doug Ulman was the perfect fit.  Armstrong brought Ulman into the foundation in 2001 as its Director of Survivorship.

Currently serving as President and CEO of the Livestrong Foundation, Ulman has helped transform the organization into the gold standard of providing support, knowledge, and guidance for cancer survivors and their families.  His leadership has been recognized numerous times over the years, including the Austin Business Journal’s Health Care Hero Award and the Non-Profit Times’ Power and Influence Top 50 accolade as a top nonprofit executive.

Ulman also sits on numerous charitable boards, including the Union for International Cancer Control, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, and C-Change.

Alumni and fans are encouraged to participate in the Alumni Spotlight nomination process by submitting nominees to Nominations should include: notable career achievements, current occupation, location, recent photos, and notable contributions to the community.