Notable Alumni

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Matthew Cartwright '83
(History) U.S. Representative (PA)
Michael N. Castle '61
(Economics) former U.S. Representative; former Governor of Delaware
W. Robert Connor '56
(Greek and Latin) former 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
Drew S. Days III '63
(English Literature) Professor of Law, Yale University; former U.S. Solicitor General
Stephen R. Foley '84
(Creative Writing) former Commander, U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron (Blue Angels)
Carl Hayden '63
(Asian Studies) former Chairman, State University of New York Board of Trustees; former Chancellor, New York State Board of Regents
Matt McKenna '72
(Philosophy and Speech) Adjunct Professor of Law, Fordham University; former 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) founding dean of the Aga Khan University Graduate School of Media and Communications, Nairobi; former Director of Communications and Speechwriting, The United Nations
Ralph Oman '62
(History) Pravel, Hewitt, Kimball and Kreiger Professorial Lecturer in Intellectual Property and Patent Law, George Washington University; former Register of Copyrights of the United States
Jonathan Overpeck '79
(Geology) director of the Institute of the Environment, Thomas R. Brown Distinguished Professor of Science and a Regents' Professor of Geosciences, Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Arizona; co-recipient of the Nobel Prize as one of the lead authors of the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Christina H. Pearson '95
(English Literature) Senior Director of Public Relations, Microsoft Corporation; former Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services
Elihu Root 1864*
U.S. Senator, Secretary of War, Secretary of State and Winner of the 1912 Nobel Peace Prize
James S. Sherman 1878*
Vice President of the United States
David K. Smith '79
(Geology) Nuclear Security Coordinator (Forensics), International Atomic Energy Agency
Gerrit Smith 1818*
Philanthropist and Leading Abolitionist
Tom Vilsack '72
(History) President and CEO, U.S. Dairy Export Council; former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture; former Governor of Iowa; Democratic Candidate for President in 2008
Sara Redding Wilson K'72
(Mathematics) Director, Virginia Department of Human Resource Management
Martha Denney '82
(French) Dean of the College, Haverford 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) Interim Provost and Chief Academic Officer, Xavier University; former President, Westminster College
Joe Morone '74
(Government) former President, Bentley College; CEO Albany International Corp
Alicia Ouellette '88
(Psychology) President and Dean, Albany Law School
Thomas J. Schwarz '66
(Economics) President, SUNY Purchase
Scott Wood '80
(Chemistry and Geology) Dean, University of Idaho College of Science
John B. Emerson '75
(Government and Philosophy) former U.S. Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany
Michael Klosson '71
(History and Public Policy) Vice President of Policy and Humanitarian Response, Save the Children Foundation; former U.S. Ambassador to Cyprus
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
Edward S. Walker, Jr. '62
(Philosophy) former President and CEO, Middle East Institute; former U.S. Ambassador to Israel, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates
Robert Bernstock '72
(History) President and Chief Executive Officer, USCI Company; former 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
Philip R. Ruppel '80
(Art History) President, McGraw-Hill Professional
William M. Bristol 1882*
Co-Founder, Bristol-Myers Co.
Zeena Freeman '89
(History) COO, Shyp; former President, Black Diamond
Amy Owens Goodfriend '82
(French) Founder, Goodfriend Partners; former Partner, Goldman Sachs
Elbert O. Hand '61
(Art) Co-CEO, Alister MacKenzie Apparel; retired Chairman and CEO, Hartmarx Corp
Scott M. Hand '64
(History) Lead Director, Boyd Technologies; Executive Chairman of the Board, Royal Nickel Corp.; former President, Inco Ltd.
David P. Hess '77
(Physics) President and CEO, Seneca Food 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) former President and CEO, Metropolitan Opera; Chairman, Wallace Foundation; Retired General Partner/Managing Director, Goldman Sachs
William A. Kerr '79
(Government and History) former 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) former President and CEO, Procter & Gamble
Jack Levy '75
(History and Government) Partner, Centerview Partners LLC; former Global Head, Mergers & Acquisitions Dept., Goldman Sachs
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) Vice Chairman, GE
Stephen Sadove '73
(Government) Retired Chairman and CEO, Saks Fifth Avenue
Jack Selby '96
(Economics), Managing Director, Thiel Capital; Founder, Grandmaster Capital Management LLC; former CEO, Clarium; Co-founder, PayPal
Leslie L. Shoemaker '79
(Mathematics) President, Infrastructure Group, Tetra Tech
Susan Skerritt K'78
(Economics and Spanish) Chairwoman, CEO and President, Deutsche Bank Trust Corporation
David Solomon '84
(Government) President and Co-COO, 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, Chief Public Affairs and Communications Officer, Coca-Cola Co.
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) Founder, DLJ Direct; former CEO, Formula Investing LLC
Alon Hillel-Tuch '07
(Chinese and Economics), Partner, Dreamit Capital; Founder and former CFO, RocketHub
Leigh Keno '79
(Art) Appraiser, Antiques Roadshow; President, Keno Auctions; recipient of the 2005 National Humanities Medal
William H. Masters '38*
(English Literature) Co-Founder, Masters & Johnson Institute
Michael Mathres '96
(Art and Economics) President, MOOTRAL at Zaluvida; Founder and Director, Climate Capital Network; recipient of the 2004 Millenium Prize for Social Entrepreneurship
Robert S. Morris '76
(Economics) Founder and Managing Partner, Olympus Partners
Marc Randolph '80
(Geology) Co-Founder, Netflix
Mason Ashe '85
(Psychology) CEO, Ashe Sports and Entertainment Consulting; 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
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
Roger G. Strand '55
(History) Senior Judge, U.S. District Court
Johannes Burlin '87
(Economics) Managing Partner, Linden Life Science; former President, Silliker North America; former President and CEO, Advanced BioScience Laboratories, Inc. (working on AIDS vaccine)
David P. Faxon '67
(Biology) Associate Chief, Cardiovascular Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital; former 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
Christine Laine '83
(Biology and Creative Writing) Editor, Annals of Internal Medicine (youngest in the journal's history)
Hugh A. Sampson Jr. '71
(Biology) Professor of Pediatrics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai; Director of the Jaffe Food Allergy Institute and the Director and PI of the NIH-sponsored CTSA program, Conduits; former President, American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
B.F. Skinner '26*
(English Literature) Behavioral Psychologist
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, Director and 2012 Academy Award recipient for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Descendants
Deborah Forte K'75
(English Literature and Sociology) President, Silvertongue Films; former President, Scholastic Media
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; President and CEO of Hadity & Associates, Inc.; former Senior Vice President, Miramax
John Hester '69
(Government) Senior Advisor, 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, Legendary Entertainment
Daniel Becker '77
(Public Policy) Director, Safe Climate Campaign; former Director, Global Warming, Sierra Club; appointed to the Presidential Advisory Committee on Personal Motor Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Reductions (Clinton)
Richard W. Couper '44*
(History) former President, The New York Public Library; former President, The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
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.
Linda Johnson '80
(American Studies) President and CEO, Brooklyn Public Library
David Kunselman '66
CEO, World Development Teams; former CEO, Development of World Orphan Care, World Orphan Network
Joel MacCollam '68
(German) President, World Emergency Relief; former CEO, A Child's Hope Fund
David Morse '74
(History) Chief Communications Officer, The Atlantic Philanthropies; former Vice President of Communications, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Robert Moses '56
(Philosophy) Leader of the Civil Rights Movement; Founder and President, The Algebra Project
Nancy Roob '87
(Comparative Literature) President, Edna McConnell Clark Foundation
Vincent Strully '69
(Government) Chief Executive Officer and Founder, The New England Center for Children
David Weiss '75
(Government) President and CEO, Global Communities (international development and humanitarian assistance organization)
John Kellogg Werner '92
(Government) Vice President, Meta (augmented reality software); Founding Campus Director and former Managing Director, Citizen Schools
Samuel Hopkins Adams 1891*
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) Author, Andorra, The Weekend, The City of Your Final Destination, Coral Glynn
William C. Henderson '67
(English Literature) Author and Founder/Publisher, Pushcart Press
Chris Holm '99
(Biology) Author, The Killing Kind, Red Right Hand
Sarah J. Maas '08
(Creative Writing) Author, Throne of Glass series
Jane Mason '89
(Creative Writing) Writer/Editor of Children's Books; former Senior Editor, LucasFilm
Peter Meinke '55
(English Literature) 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*
Preeta Samarasan '98
(History and Music) Author, Evening is the Whole Day
Kamila Shamsie '94
(Creative Writing) Author, Salt and Saffron, Kartography, Broken Verses, Burnt Shadows
Mark Sullivan '80
(English Literature) Author, The Purification Ceremony, the PRIVATE series (with James Patterson)
Christopher Whitcomb '81
(History and English Literature) Author, Cold Zero and Black; former Special Agent, FBI
Stephanie Abarbanel '73
(Literature) Independent Writing and Editing Professional; 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
Marjory Abrams Edelston '85
(English Literature and Psychology) EVP and Chief Content Officer, Boardroom Inc. and Bottom Line Publications
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), Money Editor, Consumer Reports, former Executive Editor, Prevention Magazine
Sir David Hayes '81
(French) Owner, The Argian Press; Chevalier of the National Order of Merit by decree of the President of France
Christine Laine '83
(Biology and Creative Writing) Editor, Annals of Internal Medicine (youngest in the journal's history)
Stryker J. McGuire '69
(Spanish) Senior Editor, Bloomberg Markets; former Editor, International Quarterly and Contributing Editor for Newsweek; former London Bureau Chief, Newsweek
Andrew Metz '91
(History) Managing Editor, PBS FRONTLINE; former Producer, CBS 60 Minutes
Neal Pilson '60
(History) President, Pilson Communications, Inc.; former Senior Vice President, CBS Broadcast Group; former President, CBS Sports
Evan Smith '87
(Public Policy) CEO and Co-founder, Texas Tribune
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
Steve Wulf '72
(English Literature) Founding Executive Editor, ESPN Magazine
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
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 Emeritus, High Museum of Art
Josh Simpson '72
world-renowned glass sculptor
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) former 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

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

Career Paths
Young Alumni

Career Paths

These 10 graduates left College Hill less than 10 years ago. They reveal their career paths and how Hamilton prepared them for life after college.

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