Syracuse University

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, 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 

Lt. 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 Felicia '92, 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, 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)

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, currently starring in Ugly Betty

Gianfranco Zaccai '70, design strategist, president, and CEO of Design Continuum Inc.

* deceased