Alumni: 81,000   Students: 17,500

Notable Alumni

SUNY Empire State College alumni have excelled across the full spectrum of career fields. Below are listed some of our most notable alumni and their current profession.

Empire State College Alumni Who’s Who

Bob Herbert ’88

Metro NYC Center

Former Op-Ed Columnist

NY Times


Bob Watson ’99

Long Island Center

Former Player

NY Yankees


Susan H. Turben ’72

Northeast Center

Philanthropist – Turban

Developmental Services


Denis Hughes ’93 ’99

Center for Labor Studies

Chairman of the Board

Federal Reserve Bank of NY


Bob Johnson ’96

Genesee Valley Center


Bob Johnson Chevrolet


Gary Finch ’90

Central New York Center

NY State Assemblyman

126th Assembly District


Herb Trimpe ’97

Hudson Valley Center

Comic Book artist known for

drawing the “Incredible Hulk”


William H. Parker ’85

Metro NYC Center

Tara Jayde

Capital Partners, LLC


Brian Curran ’80

Genesee Valley Center

Harvard Law School Graduate

Legislative Director – PEF


Walter Dean Myers ’84

Metro NYC Center

Newberry Award Winner

Author of Young Adult Fiction


Dorothy Childers ’79

Hudson Valley Center

Alaskan Conservationist

2007 Pew Fellows Award




Arthur Moats III ’17

School for Graduate Studies

Outside Linebacker

National Football League – Pittsburgh Steelers


Carol Evans ’77

Genesee Valley Center

CEO and Founder

Working Mother Magazine


Deborah Gregory ’86

Metro NYC Center


Cheetah Girls Book Series


Kenny Barron ’78

Metro NYC Center

Bedford Stuyvesant Unit

International Jazz Musician


Reggie Witherspoon ’00

Niagara Frontier Center

Head Basketball Coach

University of Buffalo


Melba Tolliver ’98

Long Island Center

Noted reporter and anchor for

WABC News in NYC


Mark Schroeder ’82

Niagara Frontier Center

NY State Assemblyman

145th Assembly District


Wendy Perron ’01

Metro NYC Center

Editor in Chief

Dance Magazine


David Yamada ’99

Center for Graduate Studies

Professor of Law

Suffolk University Law School


Alice Fulton ’78

Northeast Center

MacArthur Foundation award

winner, Professor of English


Lisa Brescia ’08

Center for Distance Learning

Theatre Actress in Broadway production of “Wicked”


Barbara Bethea ’97, ’99

Verizon Corporate College

First African American woman

to be licensed poetry therapist




Virginia Brown-Waite  ’76

Northeast Center

U.S. Congresswoman

Florida 5th District


Clifford Gross ’79

Long Island Center

President / CEO



Morton Bahr ’83

Center for Labor Studies

President Emeritus

Comm. Workers of America


David Faust ’76

Niagara Frontier Center


Cincinnati Christian University


Alan Rachins ’74

Metro NYC Center

Actor on “LA Law” and

“Dharma and Greg”


Caroline Kava ’91

Metro NYC Center

Actress in “Born on 4th of July” and “Little Nikita”



Laurel Masse ’04

Hudson Valley Center

Founding Member

Manhattan Transfer


Richard Johnson ’77

Metro NYC Center

Page 6 Founder

NY Post


Dorothy Brunson ’78

Metro NYC Center

First African American woman to own a radio station


Stephen Keep Mills ’89

Hudson Valley Center

Writer, Actor, Film Producer

Treskelion Entertainment


Jaleh Ruhe ’97

International Programs

Latin American

Literary Award Winner