william baldwin, al roker, and susie essman, each from SUNY alumni commercial video.
Notable Alumni

Notable Alumni

SUNY Alumni number nearly 3 million and hold positions of leadership and influence around the globe. The majority of SUNY alumni reside and pursue careers in New York State contributing to the economic and social vitality of its citizens. In addition, SUNY grads can also be found in every state in the nation and in many foreign nations worldwide.

Al Roker, SUNY Oswego ‘76

Albert Lincoln "Al" Roker, Jr. is best known for helping America rise every weekday morning as the lead weather and feature anchor for the Today Show on NBC and Wake Up With Al on The Weather Channel, as well as a critically-acclaimed author and actor. Roker began his television career following his studies at SUNY Oswego, where he double-majored in graphic design and broadcasting/journalism. Roker has ever since kept close ties to the upstate New York SUNY campus, including contributing to the Al Roker Television Studio—now home to WTOP-10, the College’s award-winning student television organization.

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William “Billy” Baldwin, Binghamton University ’85

William “Billy” Baldwin is best known for his acting roles in more than 25 films, including the award-winning The Squid and The Whale and action drama Backdraft. His appearances on television’s Parenthood and Gossip Girl follow earlier success on ABC series Dirty Sexy Money. Baldwin began his acting career while at Binghamton University, where he earned a degree in political science and has since kept close ties to—ultimately earning the University Medal in 2010.

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Susie Essman, SUNY Purchase College ‘77

Susie Essman is best known for making fellow New Yorkers laugh through her role as Susien Green on Curb Your Enthusiasm, and for her work as an author, television producer, writer, and stand-up comedian. Essman began her performance career following her time at SUNY Purchase College, where she studied Urban Studies. Essman has since kept close ties to the SUNY college, and in 2011 she was named recipient of the Purchase College President's Award for Distinguished Alumni.

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Arts, Media & Entertainment

 Campus  Name  Occupation
Adirondack CC Scott Valentine Actor
Univeristy at Albany Monte & Avery Lipman Presidents, Universal Republic Records
College at Brockport Wayne Cilento Choreographer / Musical Director
Buffalo State Tom Calderone General Manager, VH1
Buffalo State Deborah Oppenheimer Television / Film Producer
Buffalo State Robert Longo Visual Artist
Buffalo State Diane English Television Writer / Producer
Buffalo State Tom Fontana Television Writer / Executive Producer
Univeristy at Buffalo Brad Grey CEO, Paramount Pictures
Univeristy at Buffalo Terry R. Gross Host, “Fresh Air” National Public Radio
Univeristy at Buffalo Chana A. Gazit Filmmaker
Univeristy at Buffalo David J. Steward Filmmaker
Univeristy at Buffalo Shep E. Gordon Filmmaker/Entrepreneur
Univeristy at Buffalo James V. Foley Filmmaker
Univeristy at Buffalo Wolf I. Blitzer Journalist / Broadcaster
Univeristy at Buffalo Robert M. Lieberman Director / Producer
Univeristy at Buffalo Harvey Weinstein Co-Chair, Board of Directors, Miramax Films
SUNY Cortland Edward "Ted" Demme Television Director (deceased)
SUNY Delhi, SUNY Oneonta Bill Pullman Actor
Dutchess CC William "Bill" Duke Actor, Writer, Director
Dutchess CC Kelly Cass Meteorologist
Dutchess CC Kenneth Topolsky Television Producer
Dutchess CC Brian Williams Owner, Brian Williams Television
Empire State College Bob Herbert Op-Ed Columnist, NY Times
Empire State College Carol Evans CEO, Working Mother Magazine
Empire State College Deborah Gregory Author, Cheetah Girls Book Series
Empire State College Kenny Barron International Jazz Musician
Empire State College Alan Rachins Actor
Empire State College Richard Johnson Page Six Editor
Empire State College Walter Dean Myers Author, Newberry Award Winner
Empire State College Lisa Brescia Theater Actress
Empire State College Wendy Perron Editor, Dance Magazine
Empire State College Bill Zimmerman Former ABC News Bureau Chief, CNN Anchor
Empire State College Melba Tolliver Former Anchor, WABC in NYC
Empire State College Laurel Masse Founding Member, Manhattan Transfer
Empire State College Barbara Smaller Cartoonist, New York Magazine
Empire State College Herb Trimpe Comic Book Artist
SUNY Fredonia Mary E. McDonnell Actress
SUNY Geneseo Glenn Gordon Caron Producer/Director/Writer, Picturemaker Productions 
SUNY Geneseo Ysaye Barnwell  Singer, Composer
SUNY Geneseo Bruce Jordan President, Cranberry Productions
SUNY Geneseo Norma Holland Anchor, WOKR-TV Channel 13 News
SUNY Geneseo Brian Hossenlopp-Dakota Stuntman, Actor, Producer
Jamestown CC Natalie Merchant Singer
Mohawk Valley CC Doug Carroll Journalist
SUNY New Paltz Ali Barone Scenographer
SUNY New Paltz Denise Kennedy-Shane Broadcast Coordinator, Mediacom
SUNY New Paltz Ed Carroll President, Rainbow Entertainment Services
SUNY New Paltz James Dolan CEO, Cablevision
SUNY New Paltz John Tuturro Actor
SUNY New Paltz Michael C. Williams Actor
Old Westbury John McTiernan, Jr. Writer, Director, Producer
Old Westbury Maryann DeLeo Documentarian
SUNY Oswego Al Roker Today Show, NBC
SUNY Oswego Ken Auletta Reporter, Author
SUNY Oswego Wesley Brown  Author
SUNY Oswego Richard Jay-Alexander  Actor, Director, Producer
SUNY Oswego Hermes Knauer  Conservator, New York Metropolitan Museum of Art
SUNY Oswego Alice McDermott  Author
SUNY Oswego Robert O’Connor  Author
SUNY Plattsburgh Dave Annable  Actor
SUNY Plattsburgh Dawn Fratangelo  Correspondent, Dateline NBC
SUNY Plattsburgh Edie Huggins  Correspondent, NBC 10
SUNY Potsdam Dr. T.C. Boyle  Author
Purchase College Terese Capucilli  Dancer
Purchase College Brian MacDevitt  Lighting Designer
Purchase College Chris Wedge  Filmmaker
Purchase College Fred Wilson  Artist
Purchase College Wesley Snipes  Actor
Purchase College Edie Falco  Actress
Purchase College Stanley Tucci  Actor / Director / Producer / Screenwriter
Purchase College Donald Margulies  Playwright
Purchase College Adam Nagourney  Political Journalist, NY Times
Purchase College Michael Bernardi  Actor
Rockland CC Lawrence Saint-Victor  Actor
Stony Brook University Cheryl Mintz  Stage Manager
Stony Brook University Christine Goerke  Soprano
Stony Brook University Peniel E. Joseph  Author, Historian
Ulster CC & SUNY Oswego Edward T. Feldmann  Comedy Writer
Westchester CC Walter Anderson  CEO and Publisher, Parade Magazine

Business & Finance

 Campus  Name  Occupation
University at Albany  Thomas E. Clarke  President, Nike, Inc.
University at Albany  Catherine Bertini  CEO, World Food Programme
Binghamton University  Geraldine MacDonald  America Online, Inc.
Binghamton University  Matt Ouimet  President, Starwood Hotels & Resorts 
 Former President, Disneyland Resort, CA
Binghamton University  Steward J. Paperin  Soros Foundation
Buffalo State  Susan Schmidt Bies  Federal Reserve System (ret)
University at Buffalo  Millard “Mickey” S. Drexler  CEO, J. Crew Group, Inc.
 Former President, Gap, Inc.
University at Buffalo  Mark Pulver  CEO, Syracuse Castings
University at Buffalo  John R. "Jack" Davis  CEO, I Squared R
University at Buffalo  Michael C. Banks  Partner, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy
Corning CC  Lawrence R. Johnston  CEO, Albertsons, Inc.
Corning CC & University at Albany  Joan Dugan Wilson  MOAC Marine Insurance
SUNY Delhi  John Caparella  Executive President, Gaylord Hotels
SUNY Delhi  Carl Petronio  Allied Builders, Inc.
SUNY Delhi  Kevin Zraly  Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group
Dutchess CC  Michael Patti  Chair / CEO, Young & Rubicam Advertising
Empire State College  Carol Evans  CEO, Working Mother Magazine
Empire State College  Morton Bahr  President Emeritus, Communication Workers of America
Empire State College  Clifford Gross  Founder, Retired CEO of UTEK
Empire State College  Denis Hughes  President, AFL-CIO
 Chairman of the Board, Federal Reserve Bank of NY
Empire State College  Bob Johnson  Owner, Bob Johnson Chevrolet
Empire State College  Brenda Copeland  President, CEO, Stueben Trust
Empire State College  John Mancino  Retired President, CEO, Roslyn Savings Bank
Empire State College  Barbara O'Connell  Senior VP, Northern Trust Company 
FIT  Norma Kamali  President, OMO Norma Kamali
FIT  Calvin Klein  President, Calvin Klein Industries
SUNY Geneseo  Edward Pettinella  CEO, Home Properties, Inc.
SUNY Geneseo  Charles J. Kleman  COO/CFO, Chico’s FAS, Inc. (ret)
Jamestown CC, Buffalo State  Roger H. Lexell  VP of Operations, McDonalds (ret)
SUNY New Paltz  Kenneth D. Pasternak  Co-Founder & CEO, Knight Trading Group (ret)
SUNY New Paltz  Chauncey Shey  CEO, Softbank China Holding
SUNY Old Westbury  Clifford Ejikeme  VP of Finance, Lifetime Television
SUNY Old Westbury  Robert G. Allen  CEO, Teachers Federal Credit Union
SUNY Oswego  Dr. Harold Morse  Founder, The Learning Channel
Purchase College  Dr. John Ambroseo  CEO, Coherent, Inc.
Schenectady CC  Bruce M. Beaudette  CEO, Sunmark Federal Credit Union
SUNY Polytechnic Institute (formerly SUNYIT)  J. Douglas Robinson  CEO, Utica LIFE
SUNY Polytechnic Institute (formerly SUNYIT)  Michael Evke  CEO, Eversan, Inc.
Ulster CC & SUNY New Paltz  Kevin Zraly  Founder and CEO, Wine Services International

Government & Public Service

Campus  Name    Office
University at Albany Carl Andrews   *NYS Senate
University at Albany Richard C. Wesley   US Court of Appeals
University at Albany Amy Paulin   NYS Assembly
University at Albany David I. Weprin   NYS Assembly
University at Albany Mark Weprin   NYC Council
Binghamton University Eric Schwartz   *Special Asst. to President Clinton
Binghamton University John Liu   NYC Council
Binghamton University Michele R. Titus   NYS Assembly
Binghamton University Kathleen Cardone   Federal Judge, Texas
Binghamton University Donna Lupardo   NYS Assembly
College at Brockport Joseph Robach   NYS Senate
SUNY Broome CC Thomas Libous   NYS Senate
Buffalo State Byron W. Brown   *NYS Senate
Buffalo State Crystal D. Peoples   NYS Assembly
Buffalo State Mary Lou Rath   NYS Senate
Buffalo State Paul A. Tokasz   *NYS Assembly
Buffalo State Francine DelMonte   NYS Assembly
Buffalo State Brian Higgins   US House of Representatives
Buffalo State William “Sam” Hoyt III   NYS Assembly
Buffalo State Daniel Burling   NYS Assembly
Buffalo State Joe Giglio   NYS Assembly
Buffalo State Sam Hoyt   NYS Assembly
Buffalo State Betty Jean Grant   Erie County Legislature
Buffalo State Barbara Miller-Williams   Erie County Legislature
Buffalo State Robert B. Reynolds Jr.   Erie County Legislature
Buffalo State Timothy M. Wroblewski   Erie County Legislature
Buffalo State President David A. Franczyk   Buffalo Common Council
Buffalo State Majority Leader Richard A. Fontana   Buffalo Common Council
Buffalo State Joseph Golombek   Buffalo Common Council
Univeristy at Buffalo Chaturon Chaisang   Deputy Prime Minister, Thailand
Univeristy at Buffalo Ihechukwu C. Madubuike   *Minister of Health, Nigeria
Univeristy at Buffalo Zhou Ji   Minister of Education, China
Univeristy at Buffalo Joan Ohl   US Dept. of Health & Human Services
Univeristy at Buffalo Jack Quinn   *US Congress, NYS Assembly
Univeristy at Buffalo Stephen Saland   NYS Senate
Univeristy at Buffalo Dale Volker   NYS Senate
Cornell - Agriculture Clifford Crouch   NYS Assembly
Cornell - Agriculture Daniel Hooker   *NYS Assembly 
Cornell - Agriculture Bill Magee   NYS Assembly 
Cornell - Agriculture Michael F. Nozzolio   NYS Senate
Cornell - Labor Relations Stephen Adler   National Labor Court of Israel
SUNY Cortland Nathan L. Miller   *NYS Governor (1868-1953)
SUNY Cortland Duane Cheney   *Indiana House of Representatives
SUNY Cortland Major Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody   US Army
SUNY Cortland Hon. Theodore McKee   Federal Judge Third Circuit Court of Appeals
Dutchess CC Marc Molinaro   Dutchess County Legislator
Dutchess CC William R. Steinhaus   Dutchess County Executive
Empire State College Mark J.F. Schroeder   NYS Assembly
Empire State College Robert J. Castelli   NYS Assembly
Empire State College Kathleen Jimino   Rensselaer County Executive
Empire State College Virginia Browne-Waite   U.S. Congress
Empire State College Brian McLaughlin   *NYS Assembly
Empire State College Gary D. Finch   NYS Assembly
SUNY Fredonia James B. Foley   US Ambassador to Croatia
SUNY Geneseo Joseph Morelle   NYS Assembly
SUNY Geneseo Barbara Lifton   NYS Assembly
Jamestown CC William Parment   NYS Assembly
Maritime Leroy J. Alexanderson   *Captain, S.S. US/SS America
Mohawk-Valley CC Hugh T. Farley   NYS Senate
SUNY New Paltz Maurice Hinchey   US House of Representatives
SUNY New Paltz Andrew Raia   NYS Assembly
SUNY New Paltz Kevin A. Cahill   NYS Assembly
Niagara CC George D. Maziarz   NYS Senate
Old Westbury Luis M. Diaz   NYS Assembly
SUNY Oswego Heraldo Muñoz   Ambassador of Chile
SUNY Oswego James W. Wright   *NYS Senate
Stony Brook University Jim Conte   NYS Assembly
Tompkins-Cortland CC Peter Meskill   Tompkins County Sheriff
* indicates that this individual no longer holds the office

Sports

Campus  Name  Occupation
College at Brockport  Andrew Greer  NBA Coach
College at Brockport  Dan Lunetta  Minor League Administration 
College at Brockport  Robert Casullo  NFL Coach
College at Brockport  Frank Famiano  Olympic Wrestler
SUNY Cortland  George T. Breen Olympic Swimmer
SUNY Cortland  C.B. Bucknor  Major League Baseball Umpire
Empire State College  Robert Jose Watson  Major League Baseball
Empire State College  Bob Watson  Former New York Yankee
 VP of Onfield Operations, Major League Baseball
Empire State College  Tony Benshoof  2010 Olympic Luge Competitor
Empire State College  Reggie Witherspoon  Basketball Coach, UB
Erie Community College  Joe Mesi  Professional Boxer
SUNY ESF  Tom O'Connell  Fisheries Service Director, Maryland DNR
SUNY Maritime College  Gary Jobson  America's Cup Sailor

Education

Campus  Name  Occupation
University at Albany  William Thomas  Teacher
Binghamton University  Carol Harter  Former President, Univ. of Nevada
 Former President, SUNY Geneseo
Binghamton University  Ronald Ehrenberg  Professor, Cornell University
Binghamton University  Deborah Tannen  Professor, Georgetown University
College at Brockport  Robert Brigham  Asst. Professor, Vassar College
College at Brockport  David Gnage  Exec. Officer, Penn State Mont Alto
College at Brockport  Larry Gostin  Professor, Georgetown Univ. Law Center
College at Brockport  Margaret Robinson-Preska  Former Pres, Mankato State Univ.
College at Brockport  Eugene Spafford  Professor, Purdue University
SUNY Broome CC  Claire Ligeikis-Clayton  Chairperson, Broome Nursing
Cayuga CC  Richard Majors III., Ph.D.  Founder/Deputy Editor, Journal of 
 African-American Men
 Advisor to British Govt, Education policy
SUNY Cobleskill  Mary Collins  Professor, Univ. of Florida Gainesville
SUNY Cobleskill  Peter Melera  Professor, University of Maryland
Corning CC  John H. Zeller  Former Executive Director, John Hopkins Medicine
Corning CC  Cassandra R Runyon, Ph.D.  Associate Professor, College of Charleston
Corning CC  Gary A. Griffin Ph.D.  Director, Independent Studies Program, 
 Univ. of Waterloo, Canada
Dutchess CC  James R. Campion  President, Columbia-Greene CC
Empire State College  David Faust  President, Cincinnati Christian University
Empire State College  Alice Fulton  Professor, Cornell University
 MacArthur Foundation Genius Award Winner
Empire State College  David Yamada  Professor, Suffolk University Law School
FIT  Yoko Ohara  President, Institute for the Fashion Industries, Tokyo
SUNY Fredonia  Michael A. Marletta, Ph.D.  Professor, UC Berkeley
SUNY Geneseo  Leo Lambert  President, Elon University
SUNY New Paltz  Denis Simon  Provost, Levin Graduate Institute
SUNY New Paltz  Dr. Roseann O'Reilly Runte President, Carleton University
Former President, Old Dominion
Niagara CC  Dr. Floyd Amann  President, Corning Community College
SUNY Old Westbury  Dolores M. Fernández  President, Eugenio María de Hostos CC
SUNY Oneonta  Antonio Perez  President, Borough of Manhattan CC
SUNY Oswego  Joseph F. Coughlin  Founder & Director, AgeLab, MIT
Stony Brook University  John L Hennessy  President, Stanford University

Medicine & Health

Campus  Name  Occupation
SUNY Cortland  William Thomas, MD  Long-Term Care
Empire State College  Dr. Richard Boehler  VP for Medical Affairs, St. Joseph's Medical Center
Empire State College  Susan H. Turben  Philanthropist, President, Turben Developmental Services
SUNY ESF  Dr. Ronald Eby  Researcher
SUNY News Paltz  Jane L. Delgado  CEO, National Alliance for Hispanic Health
College of Optometry  Frank S. Siringo  Optometrist, U.S. Army
SUNY Oswego  Ban-An Khaw  Heart Disease Researcher
Ulster CC  Dr. Margo Wootan  Healthier Eating Advocate

Science & Technology

Campus Name  Occupation 
University at Albany  Frances Allen  Computer Programmer, IBM
Binghamton University  Gary Kunis  Chief Science Officer, Cisco Systems (retired)
University at Buffalo  Ellen Shulman Baker  Astronaut
University at Buffalo  Robin Li  Founder of Baidu, Inc.
University at Buffalo  Michael Kurdziel  Information Security Specialist, Harris Corp.
Cornell Human Ecology  Dr. Joyce Brothers  Psychologist
Corning CC  Colonel Eileen Collins  Astronaut
Empire State College  Dorothy Childers  Alaskan Conservationist
 2007 Pew Fellows Award
SUNY Fredonia  Dr. Michael Marletta  Berkley Professor
SUNY Maritime College  Scott Kelly  Astronaut
Mohawk-Valley CC  Dr. Marshall Jones  GE Global Research
Mohawk-Valley CC  Dr. Michael C. Wicks  Scientist
SUNY New Paltz  Hassan Basagic  Scientist / Geographer
Purchase College  Dr. Jill Bargonetti-Chavarria  Scientist
Purchase College  Dr. Carl Safina  Scientist
Stony Brook University  Rich Gelfond  Chairman, CEO, IMAX Corporation
Stony Brook University  Dr. Carolyn Porco  Voyager Imaging Team;
 CEO of Diamond Sky Productions
Stony Brook University  Jef Raskin  Co-Creater MacIntosh Computer;
 Author, The Human Interface

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