Fresno State Centennial

Fresno State Notables

 

Fresno State alumni are setting the pace in education, agriculture, industry and government from our local communities to the state and national levels and, even into space. Our alumni include winners of Oscars, Emmys and Golden Globes in entertainment; space explorers; a U.S. ambassador; a cabinet secretary; university presidents; best-selling authors; top executives for influential corporations; and elected officials. There can be no definitive list, but here are a few Fresno State notables:

Stephen Abas

Stephen Abas

Olympic wrestling silver medalist; three-time NCAA champion

Ghassan F. AbulGhanam

Ghassan F. AbulGhanam

Director of M.I.S. for His Majesty King Abdullah II of the Royal Hasemite Court in Amman, Jordan

Armen A. Alchian

Armen A. Alchian

Professor Emeritus of Economics and founder of the "UCLA Tradition"

Theresa Alvillar-Speake

Theresa Alvillar-Speake

CEO of Speake Consulting Services

Mark Arax

Mark Arax

Author and journalist

Ross Bagdasarian

Ross Bagdasarian

Songwriter and creator of the Alvin and the Chipmunks as David Seville

Bo Barrett

Bo Barrett

Winemaker at Chateau Montelena (Napa Valley), subject of the film Bottle Shock

Leslie Bassett

Leslie Bassett

Composer and educator who won the 1966 Pulitzer Prize in Music

Marvin Baxter

Marvin Baxter

California Supreme Court Justice

Todd Beamer

Todd Beamer

Passenger aboard United Airlines Flight 93 on 09.11, 2001 who helped overpower terrorists trying to crash land in Washington D.C.

Prof. Wendell Bell

Wendell Bell

Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Yale University

Robert Beltran

Robert Beltran

Played the role of Chakotay, the fearless first officer on Star Trek: Voyager

Laura Berg

Laura Berg

Three-time Olympic softball gold medalist

Bernard Berrian

Bernard Berrian

NFL wide reciver who played in 2007 Super Bowl with the Chicago Bears

Bruce Bronzan

Bruce Bronzan

Former state legislator and Health Care Systems executive

Lee P. Brown

Lee P. Brown

Former Mayor of Houston, former Atlanta and New York police commissioner

Jim Brumm

Jim Brumm

Former director of Mitsubishi International

Cruz Bustamante

Cruz Bustamante

Former California Lieutenant Governor

Joe Cafaro

Joe Cafaro

Winemaker, Cafaro Cellars (Napa Valley)

David Carr

David Carr

NFL No. 1 draft pick in 2002, now plays for the San Francisco 49ers

Judy Case

Judy Case

Registered Nurse and member of the Fresno County Board of Supervisors

Malinda Chouinard

Malinda Chouinard

Co-owner of Patagonia outdoor clothing and gear

Roy Christopher

Roy Christopher

Emmy Award-winning television set designer

Jac Cole

Jac Cole

Winemaker, Spring Mountain Vineyard (Napa Valley)

Jim Costa

Jim Costa

Member of U.S. Congress

Joy Covey

Joy Covey

Former Chief Strategy Officer, Amazon.com

Robert E. Coyle

Robert E. Coyle

Senior District Judge of the U.S. District Court in Fresno

Sid Craig

Sid Craig

Co-founder, CEO and Chairman of the Board, Jenny Craig, Inc., namesake of Craig School of Business

Joseph N. Crowley

Joseph N. Crowley

President Emeritus, University of Nevada

Johnny Cuviello

Johnny Cuviello

Drummer for the "Texas Playboys"

Nat DiBuduo

Nat DiBuduo

President, Allied Grape Growers of California

Larry S. Dickenson

Larry S. Dickenson

Retired Senior VP for sales at Boeing

Edward Diener

Edward Diener

University of Illinois psychology professor; world authority on science of happiness and life satisfaction

Trent Dilfer

Trent Dilfer

NFL Analyst for ESPN and 2001 Super Bowl winning quarterback

Henry Ellard

Henry Ellard

Former NFL wide receiver for LA Rams, Washington Redskins, and New England Patriots

Bill Feightner

Bill Feightner

Oscar winner and Senior Executive Vice President of EFILM

Manny Fernandez

Manny Fernandez

Reporter for the New York Times

Marine Major General Jon Gallinetti (Ret.)

Marine Major General Jon Gallinetti (Ret.)

Former commander of Joint Warfighting Center

Geoffrey Gamble

Geoffrey Gamble

Retired president of Montana State University

Augie Garrido

Augie Garrido

University of Texas baseball coach and NCAA winningest coach

Matt Garza

Matt Garza

Major league baseball pitcher; threw a no hitter in 2010

Robert Gauthier

Robert Gauthier

Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist for the Los Angeles Times

Kirk D. Grimes

Kirk D. Grimes

Group President, Global Services, Fluor Corp.

Kenny Guinn

Kenny Guinn

Former two-term governor of Nevada

Robert Hanashiro

Robert Hanashiro

Photographer, USA Today

Fredrick W. Hatfield

Fredrick W. Hatfield

Director of Intercontinental Exchange

Victor Hernandez

Victor Hernandez

Broadcast news executive with CNN

Brad Hill

Brad Hill

Presiding Justice of the Fifth District Court of Appeal

Hal Huffsmith

Hal Huffsmith

Senior Vice President for vineyard operations at Trinchero Family Estates/Sutter Home Winery (Napa Valley)

Allan Oakley Hunter

Allan Oakley Hunter

Former U.S. Congressman for California's 9th district

Colonel Rick Douglas Husband

Colonel Rick Douglas Husband

Mission Commander, Space Shuttle Columbia STS107, 2003

Floyd Hyde

Floyd Hyde

Former Fresno Mayor, Undersecretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development and President of National Housing Conference

Sam Iacobellis

Sam Iacobellis

Retired CEO, Rockwell International who led the development of the B1 Bomber

Vida Ilderem

Vice President, Intel Labs

Lawson Inada

Lawson Inada

Former Oregon poet laureate

Dean Ing

Dean Ing

Author best known for science fiction and techno thrillers

Bill Jones

Bill Jones

Former California Secretary of State and legislator

Bobby Jones

Bobby Jones

former MLB pitcher for the Mets and Padres

 
Dot Marie Jones

Dot Jones

Actress best known for her role on Glee

Jim Kardach

Jim Kardach

Bluetooth developer for Intel Corp.

 

Aram Keith

Aram Keith

Cofounder of The Keith Companies and Director Stantec, Inc.

 

Lane Kiffin

Lane Kiffin

Head Football Coach, University of Southern California

 

Emily Kuroda

Emily Kuroda

Award-winning actress

Larry Levis

Larry Levis

Award-winning poet

 

Brad Lewis

Brad Lewis

Academy Award, Golden Globes-winning producer of Pixar's "Ratatouille"

 

John Loiacono

John Loiacono

Executive at Adobe

 

Kenneth L. Maddy

Kenneth L. Maddy

Former state legislator; namesake of the Maddy Institute at Fresno State

Manny Mashouf

Manny Mashouf

Chairman and CEO, Bebe Fashions

 

Ryan Mathews

Ryan Mathews

First round 2010 NFL pick of the San Diego Chargers

 

Tomas McGurn

Tomas McGurn

Executive at BMW

 

Diana Meehan

Diana Meehan

Documentary filmmaker; founder of the Archer School for Girls in Los Angeles

 

Peter Mehas

Peter Mehas

California State University Trustee and former California Secretary of Education

 

Dennis Morgigno

Dennis Morgigno

Station Manager, Channel 4, San Diego

 

Colonel Steven Nagel

Colonel Steven Nagel

NASA astronaut

 

The Hon. Robert Oliver

Robert Oliver

Fresno County Superior Court judge

 

Paul H. O'Neill

Paul H. O'Neill

Former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, CEO of Alcoa Corporation

 

Joan Otomo-Corgel

Joan Otomo-Corgel

Former California State University Trustee, Periodontal professor at UCLA

 

Brian Panish

Brian Panish

Personal injury attorney who won $4.9 billion for clients suing General Motors

 

Sam Peckinpah

Sam Peckinpah

Academy Award nominee as director of The Wild Bunch

 

Arnold Peter

Arnold Peter

Entertainment attorney; former Vice President of Universal Studios

 

Norval Pohl

Norval Pohl

Former President, University of North Texas

 

Charles Poochigian

Charles Poochigian

Associate justice of the California Court of Appeal and former legislator

 

Debbie Poochigian

Debbie Poochigian

Member of the Fresno County Board of Supervisors

 

Al Radka

Al Radka

Fresno radio and television personality

 

Frank Ramos

Frank Ramos

Retired Director, Small Business Programs, Office of the Secretary of Defense

 

Bob Ritter

Bob Ritter

Pulitzer Prize winning newspaper editor

 

Armando O. Rodriguez

Armando O. Rodriguez

Former Fresno County Superior Court Judge

 

Aggie Guerard Rogers

Aggie Guerard Rogers

Cinematic costume designer

 

Burt Rutan

Burt Rutan

Designer of the Voyager and SpaceShipOne aircraft

 

Phillip V. Sanchez

Phillip V. Sanchez

Former U.S. Ambassador to Colombia and Honduras

 

Tammy Savage

Tammy Savage

Manager of Business Development at Microsoft, Corp.

 

Ed Sbragia

Ed Sbragia

Founder, winemaker Sbragia Family Vineyards (Sonoma County)

Steve Schmidt

Steve Schmidt

Director NASA Dryden Aircraft Operations at Edwards Air Force Base

 

Barbara Sellers

Barbara Sellers Young

Author and scholar specializing in dance, theater and performance

 

Bill Shaughnessy

Bill Shaughnessy

Senior Vice President of Product Management, Yahoo!

 

Daniel Silva

Daniel Silva

Best-selling author of Gabriel Allon thrillers

 

Alan Simpson

Alan Simpson

Fresno County Superior Court Judge

 

Earl Smittcamp

Earl Smittcamp

Founder of Wawona Frozen Foods

 

Gary Soto

Gary Soto

Acclaimed poet, essayist and fiction writer

 

Roberta Spear

Roberta Spear

Award-winning poet

 

Ashley Swearengin

Ashley Swearengin

Mayor of Fresno

 

Jerry Tarkanian

Jerry Tarkanian

Men's basketball coach whose UNLV team won the 1990 NCAA Championship

 

Roger Tatarian

Roger Tatarian

Former Vice President and Editor in Chief of United Press International

 

Jeff Tedford

Jeff Tedford

Head football coach, University of California, Berkeley

 

Navy Lt. Cmdr. Otis Vincent Tolbert

Navy Lt. Cmdr. Otis Vincent Tolbert

Killed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the Pentagon

Brian Turner

Brian Turner

award winning poet and New York Times online contributor

 

Robert Vartabedian

Robert Vartabedian

Author and President of Missouri Western State University

 

Cornelius "Dutch" Warmerdam

Cornelius "Dutch" Warmerdam

World record setting pole vaulter and longtime Bulldogs track and field coach

Nick Watney

Nick Watney

Professional Golf Association Tour player

 

Jacqueline West

Jacqueline West

Fashion and costume designer

 

Bob Westenberg

Bob Westenberg

Tony Award nominated musical theatre actor and acting teacher

 

Sherley Anne Williams

Sherley Anne Williams

Author, National Book Award nominee and Emmy Award winner

Thomas L. Williams

Thomas L. Williams

Chairman and CEO, Universal Parks & Resorts

 

Dennis Wilson

Dennis Wilson

Intellectual property attorney best known as the "internet sheriff"

 

Dennis Woods

Dennis Woods

President, Chairman and CEO, United Security Bank

 

Jan Yanehiro

Jan Yanehiro

Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Memories

  • Being there when everyone gave Steve Coupland – probably the greatest water polo player in Fresno State history – a standing ovation at the end of his last game as a Bulldog.

    Dan Waterhouse, B.S. Business 1978
  • My fondest memory is the time I was introduced to the girl that would later become my wife. Thank goodness for my graduating from Fresno State and to have met my wife and partner.

    Steven Schleikorn, B.S. Business 1985
  • As a child, my mother used to take me out to visit the animals and picnic at O'Neill Park. I remember thinking what a magical thing it was to have a farm right in the middle of the city… and it still is!

    Tracy Newel, M.B.A. '11 • Staff '07 - present
  • My mother, Amelia Hansen, earned a teaching credential from Fresno Normal School in 1921. She went on to teach at the two-room American Colony elementary school. She earned $1,200 - per year!

    Shirley Kirkpatrick
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