Alumni: 78,000   Students: 18,000

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

Founder

Bob Johnson Chevrolet

 

Gary Finch ’90

Central New York Center

NY State Assemblyman

123rd 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

 

 

 

Carol Evans ’77

Genesee Valley Center

CEO and Founder

Working Mother Magazine

 

Deborah Gregory ’86

Metro NYC Center

Author

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

Innovacorp

 

Morton Bahr ’83

Center for Labor Studies

President Emeritus

Comm. Workers of America

 

David Faust ’76

Niagara Frontier Center

President

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