Syracuse University

Notable Alumni

Notable Alumni

Each of our alumni makes a mark on the world in his or her own way. From the beginning, SU has been educating students who go on to gain national and international acclaim for their accomplishments in such areas as the arts, entertainment, journalism, business, law, and human services. It is not uncommon to see the following successful alums on campus, sharing their experiences and insights with students.

  • Brad Anderson ’51*, creator of syndicated comic panel, Marmaduke
  • Robb Armstrong ’85, creator of Jump Start syndicated comic strip, children's author
  • Emme Aronson ’85, supermodel, television host, best-selling author, clothing designer
  • Charles Baquet G’75, director, Center for Intercultural and International Programs at Xavier University
  • Joseph Biden G’68, Vice President of the United States
  • David Bing ’66, H’06, former mayor of Detroit, former NBA player, Basketball Hall of Fame
  • Molly Corbett Broad ’62, former president, University of North Carolina
  • James Brown ’57, actor and NFL running back, Letterwinner at SU in basketball, football and lacrosse, inducted to the Football Hall of Fame in 1971 and also inducted into the Lacrosse Hall of Fame. Holds numerous NFL records and is included in the top 100 players of all time, ranked second
  • Diane Camper ’68, assistant editorial page editor, Baltimore Sun
  • Dick Clark ’51*, television icon and producer who hosted American Bandstand for decades
  • Col. Eileen Collins ’78, first female space shuttle commander
  • Bob Costas ’74, sports announcer, NBC, HBO
  • Denise Cramsey ’90, producer, House Wars; former executive producer, Trading Spaces, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
  • Ernie Davis, ’61*, SU football running back and the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy
  • Taye Diggs ’93, stage, screen, and television actor, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Rent, Will and Grace
  • Cissy Elm ’94, director, HIV/AIDS Program of the American Indian Community House in New York City and Syracuse
  • Thom Filicia ’93, interior design expert, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy
  • Bruce Fowle ’60, founding principal, Fox & Fowle Architects
  • Louis Giuliano ’68, former president and CEO, ITT Industries; senior advisor, The Carlyle Group
  • Adam Gross ’79, principal, Ayers/Saint/Gross Architects
  • Bronagh Mullan Hanley ’90, director of consumer public relations, Netflix
  • Richard Hayden ’60, principal and chairman, Swanke Hayden and Connell architectural firm
  • Peter Hebert ’99, co-founder and CEO, Lux Research; co-founder and managing partner, Lux Capital
  • Betsey Johnson ’64, fashion designer
  • Warren Kimble ’57, internationally known Vermont-based contemporary folk artist
  • Ted Koppel ’60, former anchor of ABC News Nightline; managing editor, Discovery Channel; contributing columnist, The New York Times
  • Hilton J. Kramer ’50, H’76, former New York Times art critic; Art News editor; founder, editor, and publisher of The New Criterion
  • Steve Kroft ’67, co-editor and news correspondent, CBS, 60 Minutes
  • Marvin Lender ’63, former president, Lender’s Bagels
  • L. Ross Love ’68, president and CEO, Blue Chip Enterprises
  • John Mandyck ’89, G’92, vice president of government and international relations, Carrier Corp.
  • Donovan McNabb ’98, former professional football player, quarterbacked the Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, and Minnestoa Vikings
  • Jim Morin ’75, Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist, the Miami Herald
  • Eric Mower ’66, G’68, chairman and CEO, Eric Mower and Associates, the largest advertising agency in the state outside of New York City
  • Joyce Carol Oates ’60, author, We Were the Mulvaneys, Faithless: Tales of Transgression, Them
  • Elliot Portnoy ’86, chairman, Sonnenschien Nath & Rosenthal Law Firm
  • Elsa Reichmanis ’72, G’75, director of materials research, Lucent Bell Labs
  • Steven Rothman G’74, member of Congress
  • Tom Everett Scott ’92, actor, Saved, That Thing You Do!, An American Werewolf in Paris, One True Thing, NBC’s ER
  • Donna Shalala G’70, H’87, former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, former president of the University of Miami, member of the Institute of Medicine
  • Jennifer Spaulding ’98, buyer (youngest ever), Macy's East Herald Square
  • Aaron Sorkin ’83, creator, NBC’s The West Wing, playwright and screenwriter, A Few Good Men, The American President
  • Jerry Stiller ’50, stage, screen, and television actor, most recently on King of Queens, CBS
  • Charles J. “C.J.” Strock ’00, agent, Podell Talent Agency (clients include The Allman Brothers Band, Peter Gabriel, Van Halen, and Gavin DeGraw)
  • His Royal Highness Prince Sultan bin Salman Al Saud G’99, youngest person to fly on the space shuttle, first member of a royal family in space, first Muslim in space
  • John Sykes ’77, president of network development, MTV Network
  • Arielle Tepper Madover ’94, theatrical and film producer, recent productions: Monty Python's Spamalot, Frost/Nixon
  • Mike Tirico ’88, sportscaster, ESPN/ABC
  • Robin Toner ’76*, front page political reporter, The New York Times
  • Bill Viola ’73, internationally recognized video artist
  • Vanessa L. Williams ’86, national recording artist and actress
  • Gianfranco Zaccai ’70, design strategist, president, and CEO of Design Continuum Inc.

*Deceased