Alumni: 95,000   Students: 16,000

Notable Alumni

SUNY Empire State College alumni have excelled across the full spectrum of career fields. Here are some of our accomplished alumni.

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Genius Fellows
Alice Fulton B.A. ’78, DHL ’94 Poet and professor of English at Cornell University
Dawoud Bey B.A. ’90, Photographer and educator

Bob Herbert B.S. ’88, DHL ’95
Retired Op-Ed Columnist for the New York Times

Bob Watson B.S. ’99*
Former MLB player and retired VP for on-field operations for Major League Baseball

Susan H. Turben ’72, DHL ’05
Philanthropist – Turban Developmental Services

Denis Hughes A.A. ’93, BS ’99
Former Chairman of the Board Federal Reserve Bank of NY and NYS President, AFL-CIO and Senior Partner at Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners

Bob Johnson ’96
Founder of Bob Johnson Chevrolet

Gary Finch B.S. ’90
NY State Assemblyman, 126th Assembly District

Herb Trimpe ’97*
Comic Book artist known for drawing the “Incredible Hulk”

William H. Parker ’85
Tara Jayde, Capital Partners, LLC

Brian Curran ’80
Harvard Law School Graduate and Council for the City of Rochester

Walter Dean Myers B.A. ’84*
Newberry Award Winner Author of Young Adult Fiction

Tomas Kubica B.S. ’07
Principal at KKR and Co. Investment Firm in San Francisco

Robert Roach B.S. ’96
Retired general secretary-treasurer, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers and current president of the Alliance for Retired Americans

Charles Saliba B.S. ’10
General manager, Crown Plaza, Dubai, UAE and finalist for Middle East Hotel Manager of the Year

Patrick Paul B.S. ’94
Executive Director and CEO, Anderson Center for Autism

David Theobald BSN ’13, MSN ’17
Owner and CEO, Statstaff Professionals

Zuzana Stepanovska B.S. ’10
Former Vice Miss Czech Republic and Czech representative for the Miss Earth contest

Catherine Roberts B.S. ’16
Senior Vice President for the Community Action Organization of Western New York

*Denotes deceased 

Arthur Moats III M.A. ’17
9 Year NFL Veteran; Played Outside Linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Buffalo Bills and Arizona Cardinals

Carol Evans B.A. ’77
Founder and now former CEO of Working Mother Media

Deborah Gregory B.A. ’86
Author of the “Cheetah Girls” Book series

Kenny Barron B.A. ’78, DM ’13
International Jazz Musician and professor at Julliard

Melba Tolliver B.S. ’98
First African-American network news anchor, WABC News

Mark Schroeder ’82
NYS Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles and former NY State Assemblyman, 145th Assembly District

Wendy Perron ’01
Editor in Chief Dance Magazine

David Yamada ’99
Professor of Law Suffolk University Law School

Lisa Brescia B.A. ’08
Theater actress, starred in Broadway production of “Wicked”

Jason Torreano M.A. ’14
Executive Director, Global Youth Connect

Bill Zimmerman B.S. ’96
Former ABC News bureau chief and first prime time anchor for CNN

Elaine Houston M.A. ’09
On air anchor, WNYT Albany

Sam Roberts B.S. ’12
Commissioner of NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance and former NYS assemblyman and commissioner

Linda Kevins B.S. ’93
Supreme Court Judge, Long Island 10th District

Kathleen Jimino M.A. ’04
Retired Rensselaer County Executive

Jack Mosley B.S. ’07, MAT ’11
CEO at H2 Development Corp, single source project solution for energy projects for Green Hydrogen production

Virginia Brown-Waite  B.S. ’76
Former U.S. Congresswoman, Florida 5th District

Morton Bahr A.A. ’83, BS ’83, DHL ’95*
President Emeritus, Communication Workers of America

Alan Rachins B.A. ’74
TV and movie celebrity known for his role on “Dharma and Greg” and “LA Law”

Caroline Kava ’91
Actress in “Born on 4th of July” and “Little Nikita”

Laurel Masse B.A. ’05
Singer and founding member of “Manhattan Transfer”

Richard Johnson B.S. ’77
New York Post columnist, former editor of “Page Six”

Stephen Keep Mills B.S. ’89
Actor, writer, producer and CEO of Treskelion Entertainment

Timothy Shaughnessy A.S. ’06
President and CEO at Rapid Cure Technologies

Donald Brown B.S. ’94
CEO and Owner of River Front Services providing space systems hardware, software, system engineering and cyber security to the U.S. Intelligence Community

Gary Maio B.S. ’06
COO and partner at DVG, a creative technology company developing web and mobile applications for businesses

Erin Hamlin A.A. ’11
Four-time Olympian in Luge

Tony Benshoof B.S. ’08
Three-time Olympian in Luge

Ashley Caldwell B.S. ’14
Three-time Olympian in Free Style Skiing

Doug Miller B.S. ’05
New Orleans Saints Executive Director of Football Communications

Marcy McGinnis B.S. ’09
Former CBS News Executive, Emmy Award Winner

Barbara Dury B.S. ’16
Producer at Retro Report. Award-winning producer at CBS News, producing stories for 60 minutes