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Notable Alumni


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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
(Mathematics) 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
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
Joe Morone '74
(Government) former President, Bentley College; CEO Albany International Corp
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) 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.
Philip R. Ruppel '80
(Art History) President, McGraw-Hill Professional
William M. Bristol 1882*
Co-Founder, Bristol-Myers Co.
Thomas R. Crane, Jr. '61
(Economics and Spanish) former President/CEO, Castrol
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
William H. Masters '38*
(English Literature) Co-Founder, Masters & Johnson Institute
Michael Mathres '96
(Art and Economics) 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) 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)
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
*Deceased

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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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