Notable Alumni


  • Kevin M. Brown '83, (History) Chief Operating Officer, American Red Cross
  • Matthew Cartwright '83 (History) U.S. Representative (PA)
  • Michael N. Castle '61, (Economics) former U.S. Representative; former Governor of Delaware
  • *John W. Dwinelle 1834, As a member of the California State Assembly authored the "Organic Act" that in 1868 created the University of California
  • Michael Fleischer '88, (Government) Executive Director, New York State Thruway Authority
  • Carl Hayden '63, (Asian Studies) Chairman, State University of New York Board of Trustees; former Chancellor, New York State Board of Regents
  • *John H. Hungerford 1856, U.S. Representative (NY)
  • Christina H. Pearson '95, (English Literature) Senior Director of Public Relations, Microsoft Corporation; former Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services
  • William P. Purcell III '76, (Government) Special Advisor on Allston, Harvard University; former Director, The Harvard Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government; former Mayor, City of Nashville; former Director, Vanderbilt University Medical Center; 2006 "Public Official of the Year" by Governing Magazine
  • *James S. Sherman 1878, Vice President of the United States
  • Tom Vilsack '72, (History) U.S. Secretary of Agriculture; former Governor of Iowa; Democratic Candidate for President in 2008
  • Sara Redding Wilson K'72, Director, Virginia Department of Human Resource Management


  • W. Robert Connor '56, (Greek and Latin) President and CEO, The Teagle Foundation; former President and Director, National Humanities Center; appointed by President Clinton to the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities
  • Alicia Davis '97, (Government and Spanish) Director of Marketing and Senior Project Manager, TargetPoint Consulting; former Regional Political Director, Republican National Committee; former Deputy Assistant Secretary for External Affairs and Communications, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Drew S. Days III '63, (English Literature) Professor of Law, Yale University; former U.S. Solicitor General
  • Stephen R. Foley '84, (Creative Writing) Commander, U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron (Blue Angels)
  • Matt McKenna '72, (Philosophy and Speech) Special Advisor to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack '72; former President, Keep America Beautiful; former Senior Vice President of Finance, PepsiCo
  • Mike Meyer '74, (English Literature and Government) Director of Communications and Speechwriting, The United Nations
  • Ralph Oman '62, (History) Professor of Law, George Washington University; former Register of Copyrights of the United States
  • Jonathan Overpeck '79, (Geology) Professor of Geosciences, University of Arizona; co-recipient of the Nobel Prize as one of the lead authors of the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
  • *Elihu Root 1864, U.S. Senator, Secretary of War, Secretary of State and Winner of the 1912 Nobel Peace Prize
  • David K. Smith '79, (Geology) Nuclear Security Coordinator (Forensics), International Atomic Energy Agency


  • Andrew Curran '86, (French), Dean of Arts & Humanities and Professor of French, Wesleyan University
  • Martha Denney '82, (French) Dean of the College, Haverford College
  • Tom Dolan '78, (Psychology and History) Interim President, Nassau Community College
  • Charles L. Flynn, Jr. '74, (History) President, College of Mount St. Vincent
  • David A. Greene '85, (History) President, Colby College
  • Michael A. Keller '67, (Music) University Librarian, Stanford University
  • Brian Levin-Stankevich '72 (History) President, Westminster College
  • Joseph S. Lewis III '75, (Art History) Dean, UC Irvine School of the Arts; former Dean, School of Art and Design at Alfred University
  • Joe Morone '74, (Government) former President, Bentley College; CEO Albany International Corp
  • Alicia Ouellette '88 (Psychology) President and Dean, Albany Law School
  • Richard Pfau '64, (History) former President, Averett University
  • Thomas J. Schwarz '66, (Economics) President, SUNY Purchase
  • *Edward J. Wickson 1869, Horticulturalist and Founder of the California State Horticultural Society and Dean of the College of Agriculture at the University of California
  • Scott Wood '80, (Chemistry and Geology) Dean, University of Idaho College of Science


  • Peter D. Constable '53, former U.S. Ambassador to Zaire
  • John B. Emerson '75, (Government and Philosophy) U.S. Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany
  • *John G. Erhardt 1915, Ambassador to the Union of South Africa
  • *Philip C. Jessup 1918, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large
  • Michael Klosson '71, (History and Public Policy) Chief Policy Officer and Associate Vice President, Save the Children Foundation; former U.S. Ambassador to Cyprus; former U.S. Consul General to Hong Kong and Macau; former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs
  • Edward "Alex" Lee '72, (History), Deputy Assistant Secretary for South America and Cuba
  • *Sol M. Linowitz '35, (German and Philosophy) Ambassador to the Organization of American States; Chairman of the Board of Xerox; Co-Negotiator of the Panama Canal Treaties; Recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • William H. Luers '51, (Chemistry and Mathematics) Professor, Columbia University; Chairman and President, United Nations Association of the USA; former President, Metropolitan Museum of Art; former U.S. Ambassador to Czechoslovakia and Venezuela
  • *Robert G. Miner '34, (English Literature and History) U.S. Ambassador to Sierra Leone and Trinidad & Tobago
  • Robert P. Paganelli '53, (History), former U.S. Ambassador to Qatar and Syria
  • *Arnold L. Raphel '64, (Government) U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan
  • Edward S. Walker, Jr. '62, (Philosophy) Christian A. Johnson Distinguished Professor in Global Political Theory at Hamilton College; former President and CEO, Middle East Institute; former U.S. Ambassador to Israel, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates


  • *J. Carter Bacot '55, (Public Policy) Chairman, The Bank of New York
  • Robert Bernstock '72, (History) President, Mailing and Shipping Services, U.S. Postal Service; former President, Campbell Soup Company
  • David W. Blood '81, (Economics and Psychology) Co-Founder and Senior Partner, Generation Investment Management; former CEO of Goldman Sachs Asset Management
  • Wayland F. Blood '53, (English Literature and Public Policy) former Vice President/Treasurer, Ford Motor Credit Co.
  • *William M. Bristol 1882, Co-Founder, Bristol-Myers Co.
  • Thomas R. Crane, Jr. '61, (Economics and Spanish) former President/CEO, Castrol
  • Blake Darcy '78, (Government) CEO, Formula Investing LLC; Founder, DLJ Direct
  • Gerald V. Dirvin '59, (English Literature) former Executive Vice President, Procter & Gamble
  • Dan Ferguson '48, (Economics and History) retired CEO, Newell Rubbermaid Co.
  • James L. Ferguson '49, (English Literature) retired Chairman and CEO, General Foods
  • Sean K. Fitzpatrick '63, (English Literature) retired Vice President/Chief Creative Officer, McCann-Erickson
  • Zeena Freeman '89, (History) President, Black Diamond
  • Amy Owens Goodfriend '82, (French) former Partner, Goldman Sachs
  • Elbert O. Hand '61, (Art) retired Chairman and CEO, Hartmarx Corp.
  • Scott M. Hand '64, (History) Executive Chairman of the Board, Royal Nickel Corp.; President, Inco Ltd.
  • David P. Hess '77, (Physics) President, Pratt & Whitney
  • Joel W. Johnson '65, (Economics and English Literature) retired Chairman, CEO and President, Hormel Foods Corp.
  • Kraig Kayser '82, (Economics) President and CEO, Seneca Food Corp.
  • Silas Keehn '52, (Economics and Government) retired President, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
  • Kevin Kennedy '70, (Art) President and CEO, Metropolitan Opera; Chairman, Wallace Foundation; Retired General Partner/Managing Director, Goldman Sachs; former Chairman, Goldman Sachs Latin America
  • William A. Kerr '79, (Government and History) CAO - Global Operations and Technology, Bank of New York Mellon; former Co-Chair Europe, Bank of New York
  • A.G. Lafley '69, (French and History) Chairman, President and CEO, Procter & Gamble
  • Mark M. Leckie '75, (Economics) Vice President, The Gillette Company; past President of Duracell, H.J. Heinz and Campbell Soups, U.S. Grocery Division
  • Jack Levy '75, (History and Government) Global Head, Mergers & Acquisitions Dept., Goldman Sachs
  • James Logan '74, (Economics) Principal, Logan Enterprises; former CEO, Gotuit Media Corp.; past President, Microtouch Systems, Inc.
  • Arthur J. Massolo '64, (History and German) President/CEO, Straticon, Inc. and Chairman, Innovative Pharmaceutical Concepts
  • Carl B. Menges '51, (Economics and English Literature) retired Vice Chairman of the Board, Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette
  • Adam Miller '92, (Philosophy) Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs, NBCUniversal Media LLC; former President and COO, Abernathy MacGregor Group
  • Dan Nye '88, (Government) President and CEO, Rocketlawyer; former CEO, LinkedIn
  • Ronald Pressman '80, (Biology) Chief Operating Officer, TIAA-CREF; former President and CEO, GE Real Estate
  • John Rice '78, (Economics) President and CEO, GE Infrastructure
  • Richard Roob '53, (Public Policy) retired Board Chairman, Benjamin Moore & Co.
  • Philip Ruppel '80 (Art History), President, McGraw-Hill Professional
  • Stephen Sadove '73, (Government) Retired Chairman and CEO, Saks Fifth Avenue
  • Jack Selby '96 (Economics), Founder and Key Executive, Grandmaster Capital Management LLC; former CEO, Clarium; Founder, PayPal
  • Douglas Sgarro '81, (History) Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, CVS Caremark Corp.
  • Leslie L. Shoemaker '79 (Mathematics) President, Infrastructure Group, Tetra Tech
  • Susan Skerritt K'78, (Economics and Spanish) Managing Director, Deutsche Bank
  • David Solomon '84, (Government) Co-Head of Investment Banking, Goldman Sachs
  • Ian Stewart '83, (Economics) CEO, BNY Mellon Treasury Services, and Chairman, BNY Mellon Pennsylvania
  • Michael Stone '72, (Government) President/CEO, The Beanstalk Group
  • Rachel Tischler '92, (Theatre) Vice President of Entertainment Operations, USO
  • Clyde Tuggle '84, (German) Senior Vice President, Coca-Cola Co.
  • Bill Weaver '65 (Philosophy) former CEO, Puget Sound Energy
  • Jaime Yordan '71, (Foreign Languages) Vice Chair, Citigroup Global Markets, Inc.; former Partner, Goldman Sachs


  • *William M. Bristol 1882, Co-Founder, Bristol-Myers Co.
  • *Harlow Bundy 1877, Founder, The Bundy Time Recording Company (consolidated into one of IBM's forerunners)
  • Blake Darcy '78, (Government) CEO, Formula Investing LLC; Founder, DLJ Direct
  • Alon Hillel-Tuch '07, (Chinese and Economics), Founder and CFO, RocketHub
  • Leigh Keno '79, (Art) Founder, Antiques Road Show, Find!; recipient of the 2005 National Humanities Medal
  • Michael Mathres '96, (Art and Economics) Founder and Director, Climate Capital Network; recipient of the 2004 Millenium Prize for Social Entrepreneurship
  • *William H. Masters '38, (English Literature) Co-Founder, Masters & Johnson Institute
  • Robert S. Morris '76, (Economics) Founder and Managing Partner, Olympus Partners
  • Marc Randolph '80, (Geology) Co-Founder, Netflix


  • Mason Ashe '85, (Psychology) Professional Sports Agent, named one of “101 Most Important Minorities in Sports” by Sports Illustrated
  • Mary Bonauto '83, (Comparative Literature and History) leading Civil Rights Attorney (gay marriage amendment)
  • John J. Donohue III '74, (Economics and Mathematics) Professor of Law, Stanford Law School; former Leighton Homer Surbeck Professor of Law, Yale Law School; elected in 2009 to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • *Hugh R. Jones '35, (English Literature and Mathematics) retired Justice, N.Y. State Court of Appeals
  • Percy R. Luney Jr. '70, (Geology) Founding Dean, Florida A&M University Law School; Vice President, Space Florida
  • Audrey Moore '84, (Psychology) Assistant District Attorney, Manhattan District Attorney's Office
  • *David A. Nelson '54, (English Literature and History) Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals
  • Stewart G. Pollock '54, (Philosophy) Retired Associate Justice, New Jersey Supreme Court
  • John Reinstein '65, Legal Director, American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts
  • Roger G. Strand '55, (History) Senior Judge, U.S. District Court


  • Johannes Burlin '87, (Economics) President, Silliker North America; former President and CEO, Advanced BioScience Laboratories, Inc. (working on AIDS vaccine)
  • David P. Faxon '67, (Biology) Chief of Cardiology, University of Chicago; former President, American Heart Association
  • Paul Greengard '48, (Mathematics and Physics) Professor, Rockefeller University; 2000 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
  • Martin S. Hirsch '60, (Biology) Physician and Professor of Medicine, Harvard University Medical School; former Director of AIDS Research, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Hugh A. Sampson Jr. '71, (Biology) President, American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology; Dean for Translational Biomedical Sciences and former Professor of Pediatrics and Chief of the Division of Allergy and Immunology, Department of Pediatrics at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York; Director of the Jaffe Food Allergy Institute
  • Edward C. Taylor '46 (Chemistry), The A. Barton Hepburn Professor of Chemistry Emeritus at Princeton University; research in organic compounds has resulted in the successful tumor-fighting drug Alimta


  • Kevin Burns '77, (English Literature and History) President, Prometheus Entertainment; Emmy Award-Winning Television Producer and Filmmaker
  • Nat Faxon '97, (Theatre) Actor, Screenwriter and 2012 Academy Award recipient for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Descendants
  • David Grubin '65, (English Literature) Independent Film Producer, Director and Writer (FDR, LBJ, Napoleon); recipient of three George Foster Peabody awards, two Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University awards and nine Emmys
  • John Hadity '83, (Sociology) Independent Producer and Financier; former Senior Vice President, Miramax
  • John Hester '69, (Government) Attorney, MGM; former Senior Executive Vice President, Orion Pictures
  • Eric Kuhn '09, (Government) Marketing & Business Development, Layer3 TV
  • Paul Lieberstein '89, (Economics) Writer, Producer and Actor, The Office (2006 Emmy for Best Comedy Series)
  • Jane Mason '89, (Creative Writing) Writer/Editor of Children's Books; former Senior Editor, LucasFilm
  • Sarah Rafferty '93, (English Literature and Theatre) Actress, Suits (USA Network)
  • Ryan Serhant '06, (English Literature and Theatre) Real Estate Broker, Million Dollar Listing New York (Bravo)
  • Thomas Tull '92, (Government) Founder and CEO, Legendary Entertainment


  • *Stephen Angell '41, (Economics and Public Policy) Co-Founder, Alternatives to Violence
  • Daniel Becker '77, (Public Policy) Director of Environmental Advocacy, Safe Climate Campaign; Director, Global Warming, Sierra Club
  • Richard Burns '77, (English Literature) Interim Executive Director, Stonewall Community Foundation; Chief Operating Officer, Arcus Foundation; former Executive Director, New York Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center
  • Steve Culbertson '79, (English Literature and French) President and CEO, Youth Service America
  • Curtis Decker '66, (History) Executive Director, National Disability Rights Network
  • Katherine Ertsgaard '83, (Economics) Executive Director, Rochester City Ballet/Draper Center for Dance
  • Cynthia Sherwood Evans '82, (Government) Chief Financial Officer, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
  • John Hewko '79, (Government and Russian Studies) CEO and General Secretary, Rotary International; Vice President, Millennium Challenge Corp.
  • Kimberley Intino '91, (Psychobiology) Director of Animal Sheltering Issues, Humane Society of the U.S.
  • Linda Johnson '80, (American Studies) President and CEO, Brooklyn Public Library
  • David Kunselman '66, CEO, Development of World Orphan Care, World Orphan Network
  • Henry Little '65, (History) former Vice President, The Nature Conservancy
  • Joel MacCollam '68, (German) President, World Emergency Relief
  • David Morse '74, (History) Vice President of Communications, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Robert Moses '56, (Philosophy) Leader of the Civil Rights Movement; Founder, Executive Director and President, The Algebra Project
  • Haskell Rhett '58, (English Literature) President Emeritus, Woodrow Wilson Foundation
  • Nancy Roob '87, (Comparative Literature) President, Edna McConnell Clark Foundation
  • Vincent Strully '69, (Government), Founder, Executive Director and President, The New England Center for Children
  • David Weiss '75, (Government) President and CEO, CHF International (international development and humanitarian assistance organization)
  • John Kellogg Werner '92, (Government) Founding Campus Director and Managing Director, Citizen Schools


  • *Samuel Hopkins Adams 1891, Author
  • Terry Brooks '66, (English Literature) Fantasy Author, Shannara series, also author of the novelization of Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace
  • Peter Cameron '82, (English Literature) Andorra, The Weekend, The City of Your Final Destination, Coral Glynn
  • *Carl Carmer 1914, Stars Fell on Alabama
  • William C. Henderson '67 (English Literature) Author and Founder/Publisher, Pushcart Press
  • Chris Holm '99 (Biology) Author, The Killing Kind
  • Sarah J. Maas '08, (Creative Writing) Author, Throne of Glass series
  • Jane Mason '89, (Creative Writing) Writer/Editor, Flashlight Books; former Senior Editor, LucasFilm Ltd.
  • Peter Meinke '55, (English Literature) Poet and Fiction Writer; Poet Laureate of Florida; past Director of the Eckerd College Writing Workshop; recipient of the 1986 Flannery O'Connor Award and a PEN Syndicated Fiction Award
  • John Nichols '62, (English Literature) Author, The Sterile Cuckoo
  • *Ezra Pound 1905, Poet
  • Preeta Samarasan '98, (History and Music) Author, Evening is the Whole Day
  • Kamila Shamsie '94, (Creative Writing) Author, Salt and Saffron, Kartography
  • Mark Sullivan '80, (English Literature) Author, The Purification Ceremony, the PRIVATE series (with James Patterson)
  • *Charles Dudley Warner 1851, Author, The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today (with Mark Twain)
  • Christopher Whitcomb '81, (History and English Literature) Author, Cold Zero and Black; former Special Agent, FBI


  • Stephanie Abarbanel '73, (Literature) former Senior Articles Editor, Woman's Day
  • Henry Allen '63, (English Literature) former Writer, The Washington Post; recipient of the 2000 Pulitzer Prize
  • Ellen Archer '84, (French) President, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Trade Publishing
  • Lisa Reifenberg Daniels '94, (Mathematics and History) former Reporter, NBC Nightly News and the Today Show
  • Marjory Abrams Edelston '85, (English Literature and Psychology) Publisher, Boardroom Inc.
  • Deborah Forte K'75, (English Literature and Sociology) President, Scholastic Media
  • Fabio Freyre '83, (Psychology) Vice President of Advertising, Facebook; former Group Vice President, Corporate Sales and Marketing, Time Inc.; former Publisher, Sports Illustrated
  • Margot Gilman '81, (Literature), Executive Editor, Prevention Magazine
  • Peter C. Haeffner '88, (Government) Publisher, TV Guide
  • Joanna Langfield K'76, (Communications) Syndicated Radio Personality, Film Critic, Author and Television Commentator
  • Christine Laine '83, (Biology and Creative Writing) Editor, Annals of Internal Medicine (youngest in the journal's history)
  • Stryker J. McGuire '69, (Spanish) Editor, International Quarterly and Contributing Editor for Newsweek; former London Bureau Chief, Newsweek
  • Andrew Metz '91, (History) Producer, CBS 60 Minutes
  • Sara Noble '76, (Asian Studies) Publishing Consultant, Noble & Associates; former Managing Editor, Inc. Magazine
  • Neal Pilson '60, (History) President, Pilson Communications, Inc.; former Senior Vice President, CBS Broadcast Group; former President, CBS Sports
  • Philip R. Ruppel '80, (Art History) President, McGraw-Hill Professional
  • Barry Seaman '67, (Literature) former Special Projects Editor and former White House Correspondent, TIME Magazine
  • Evan Smith '87, (Public Policy) Editorial Chief and CEO, Texas Tribune
  • Richard W. Stanton '61, (French) Chief Operations Officer, Los Angeles Times
  • James P. Willse '67, (English Literature) former Editor, Newark Star-Ledger (2005 Pulitzer Prize for local reporting of breaking news)
  • *Alexander Woollcott 1909, Drama Critic, The New York Times
  • Linda Woolley K'75, (Government) Executive Vice President of Government Affairs, Direct Marketing Association
  • Steve Wulf '72, (English Literature) Founding Executive Editor, ESPN Magazine


  • James Caraher '73, (Music) Artistic Director/Conductor, Indianapolis Opera
  • William Gaden '84, (Mathematics) Chief Operating Officer, Imagem Music Group; former Senior Vice President and General Manager, Rogers and Hammerstein Organization
  • Bill Harley '77, (Religion) Storyteller/Musician/Author for Children; 2007 Grammy for "Best Spoken Word for Children"
  • Alexandra Alevizatos Kirtley '93 (Art History) Montgomery-Garvan Curator of American Decorative Arts, Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • *Harry Kondoleon '77, (English Literature) Obie Award-Winning Playwright and Novelist
  • Thomas Meehan '51, (English Literature) Playwright, Ain't Broadway Grand, Annie, Space Balls, Rocky the Musical; 2001 Tony Award for The Producers and 2003 Tony for Hairspray
  • Ben Moore '82, (Art) Educator and Composer, Guggenheim Museum
  • Richard Nelson '72, (Religion) Playwright, Some Americans Abroad
  • Cameron "Kip" Paine '94, (History) Vocalist with Chanticleer; recipient of 2000 Best Small Ensemble Grammy for Colors of Love
  • Jay Reise '72, (English Literature) Robert Weiss-Professor of Music, University of Pennsylvania; Composer
  • Michael Shapiro '72, (Art and History) Director, High Museum of Art
  • Josh Simpson '72, world- renowned glass sculptor
  • *Michael G. Sundell '56, (English Literature) former President, Yaddo Artists' Community
  • Melinda Wagner '79, (Music) Composer; 1999 Pulitzer Prize in Music Composition


  • *Francis F. Baker '36, (Science) Reserve Goalie, 1936 U.S. Olympic Bronze
    Medal Hockey Team
  • Guy Hebert '89, (Art) former Goalie, Anaheim Mighty Ducks; 1998 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team
  • William E. Smith '80, (French) Senior Vice President/General Manager, Minnesota Twins
  • Gillian Zucker '90, (Creative Writing and Religion) President of Business Operations, Los Angeles Clippers; former President, Auto Club Speedway of Southern California


  • *Richard W. Couper '44, (History) former President, The New York Public Library; former President, The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
  • *Laurentine Hamilton 1850, Minister and Educator; Mount Hamilton in California's Diablo Range, the tallest mountain overlooking Silicon Valley, named for him
  • Sir David Hayes '81, (French) Owner, The Argian Press; Chevalier of the National Order of Merit by decree of the President of France
  • *B.F. Skinner '26, (English Literature) Behavioral Psychologist
  • *Gerrit Smith 1818, Philanthropist and Leading Abolitionist

Note: The major did not exist until well into the 20th century; most graduates simply received the A.B. degree

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