The Catholic University of America

Alumni Relations

You will find prominent CUA alumni making their mark in a variety of fields including the arts, media, business, public service, science, engineering and more. Below is a list of some of the alumni that have distinguished themselves.

Architecture

Leo A. Daly, III, FAIA, B.Arch. 1967 -- Chairman and CEO of Leo A. Daly Company
Benjamin T. Rome (Deceased), M.Arch. 1934 -- Former CEO of George Hyman Construction (now Clark Construction)


Arts & Entertainment

Harolyn Blackwell, B.M. 1977, M.M. 1980 -- world-renown lyric soprano
Walter Bobbie, M.A. 1985 -- Tony Award-winning theatre director and choreographer
Philip Bosco, B.A. 1957 -- Broadway actor
Brian Cali, B.M. 2005 -- Broadway actor
Patrick Carfizzi, B.M. 1996 -- notable bass-baritone
Patricia A. Carroll, B.A. 1949 -- Known as the voice of Ursula in Disney's Little Mermaid

Rose Hemingway, B.M. 2005 -- Broadway actress
Jane Henson (Deceased), Class of 1959 -- puppeteer and former co-owner of The Jim Henson Company

Siobhan Fallon Hogan, M.F.A. 1985 -- Hollywood actress

John Lescault, B.A. 1980 -- Hollywood actor
Kathryn Jean Lopez, B.A. 1997 -- editor for the National Review
John Carroll Lynch, B.F.A. 1986 -- Hollywood actor
Laurence Luckinbill, M.F.A. 1958 -- Hollywood actor
Ed McMahon (Deceased), B.A. 1949 -- comedian
Jason Miller (Deceased), M.A. 1964 -- Pulitzer-prize winning playwright and actor
George Motz, B.A 1990 -- documentary filmmaker and foodie
Alex Nesmith, B.E.E. 1990 -- record producer
David Paterson, B.A. 1989 -- Hollywood screenwriter, actor, and producer
Martin Puryear, B.A. 1963 -- notable sculptor
Christopher Sarandon, Jr., M.F.A. 1967 -- Hollywood actor
Susan Sarandon, B.A. 1968 -- Hollywood actress
John Slattery, B.F.A. 1984 -- Hollywood actor
W. Gresham Striegel, B.A. 1990 -- Senior Producer for the Fox News Channel
Brandie Sutton, M.M. 2009 -- lyric soprano
Paula A. Vogel, B.A. 1974 -- Pulitzer-prize winning playwright
Jon Voight, B.A. 1960 -- Hollywood actor
Lisa Ann Walter, B.F.A. 1983 -- Hollywood actress and comedienne
Audrey Wasilewski, B.A. 1989 -- Hollywood actress
Colleen Zenk, Class of 1973 -- Broadway actress


Athletics

John Becker, B.A. 1990 -- Head Men's Basketball Coach, University of Vermont
Michael J. Bidwill, J.D. 1991 -- President of the NFL's Arizona Cardinals
Brian M. Cashman, B.A. 1989 -- General Manager of MLB's New York Yankees
Tim Connelly, B.A. 1999 -- General Manager of the NBA's Denver Nuggets
Steve Howes, B.A. 1996 -- Head Men's Basketball Coach, The Catholic University of America, DC
Martin Hurney, B.A. 1993 -- Former General Manager of the NFL's Carolina Panthers
Ryan Hyland, B.A. 2011, M.S.B.A. 2014, -- Head Men's Basketball Coach, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, NY
Michael Lonergan, B.A. 1988 -- Head Men's Basketball Coach, The George Washington University, DC
James Patsos, B.A. 1989 -- Head Men's Basketball Coach, Siena College, NY
Walter "Wally" Pipp, (Deceased), Class of 1913 -- Former MLB player for the New York Yankees


Business 

Robert Comstock, Esq., B.A. 1958, J.D., J.C.L. 1964 -- Chairman and CEO of the National Capital Bank of Washington
Robert Craves, B.A. 1965 (Deceased) -- Co-founder of Costco Wholesale, Inc.
James Dinegar, B.A. 1982 -- President and CEO of Greater Washington Board of Trade
John Carl Erickson, M.A. 1968 -- Founder of Erickson Retirement Communities
Nessa Feddis, J.D. 1983 -- Senior Vice President, American Bankers Association
Edward Liddy, B.A. 1968 -- Former CEO of AIG, Allstate Insurance
Carol Nacy, B.A. 1970, M.S. 1975, Ph.D. 1977  -- CEO of Sequella, Inc.
Michael Petruzello, B.A. 1982 -- CEO of Qorvis Communications
Timothy Scheve, B.A. 1980 -- CEO of Janney Montgomery Scott, LLC
Andy Shallal, B.S. 1975 -- owner of Busboys & Poets Restaurants
Vincent Sheehy, B.A. 1951 -- Chairman of Sheehy Auto Stores, Inc.
Suzanne Strassburger, B.A. 1989 -- CEO of Strassburger Meats
Joseph A. Unanue, (Deceased), B.M.E. 1950 -- Former chair and CEO of Goya Foods, Inc.

James T. Vanderslice, Ph.D. 1966 -- Former CEO of Dell, Inc.
Michael Warsaw, B.A. 1986 -- CEO of EWTN


Education Administration

Jack P. Calareso, J.D. 1998 -- President of St. Joseph's College (NY)
Rev. Dennis Dease, J.C.L. 1978 -- President of University of Thomas (MN)
Rev. Peter M. Donohue, O.S.A., M.A. 1983 -- President of Villanova University (PA)
Vice Adm. Paul Gaffney II, U.S.N., M.S. 1970, D.Ed. 2003 -- President of Monmouth University (NJ)
Mark A. Heckler, M.F.A. 1979 -- President of Valparaiso University (IN)
Joseph Jabbra, Ph.D. 1971 -- President of Lebanese American University (Lebanon)
Jonathan Lash, M.A. 1972, J.D. 1974 -- President of Hampshire College (MA)
Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, C.M., S.T.D. 1977 -- President of Niagara University (NY)
Br. F. Edward Coughlin, O.F.M., M.A. 1973, Ph.D. 1976 -- President of Siena College (NY)
Sr. Anne Munley, I.H.M., M.A. 1973 -- President of Marywood University (PA)
Barbara Murphy, B.A. 1969 -- President of Johnson State College (VT)
Rev. Bernard F. O'Connor, O.S.F.S., B.A. 1969, M.A. 1972, Ph.D. 1986 -- President of DeSales University (PA)
J. Michael Pressimone, B.F.A. 1981 -- President of Fontbonne University (MO)
Rev. Stephen J. Privett, S.J., M.A. 1982, Ph.D. 1985 -- President of the University of San Francisco (CA)
Rev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P., Ph.L. 1985 -- President of Providence College (RI)
Rev. James Patrick Shea, Ph.B. 1997, Ph.L. 1998 -- President of the University of Mary (ND)
Rev. Sean O. Sheridan, T.O.R., J.C.L. 2007, J.C.D. 2009 -- President of Franciscan University (OH)
Raymond A. Yannuzzi, Ph.D. 1996 -- President of Camden County College (NJ)

Fashion

Nina Caccioppoli O'Neil, B.A. 2004 -- founder of Ciao Nina
Nicholas D'Aurizio, B.S. Arch. 2005 -- founder of Nico Lena
Julia Farr Connolly, J.D. 1993  -- founder of Julia Farr DC
Betsy Garcete, B.A. 2008, M.S.M. 2015 -- founder of Zophia

Law

Alice S. Fisher, J.D. 1992 -- Assistant Attorney General for the U.S. Department of Justice
The Honorable Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, B.A. 1965, J.D. 1968 -- Justice for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
The Honorable John T. Noonan, Jr., M.A. 1949, Ph.D. 1951 -- Senior Circuit Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the
Ninth Circuit
The Honorable Peggy A. Quince, J.D. 1975 -- Justice for the Florida Supreme Court

Media

Richard Diefenbach, Jr., B.A. 1984 -- President of RPD Associates, LLC
J. Peter Donald, B.A. 2010 -- spokesperson for FBI's NYC Office
Maureen Dowd, B.A. 1973 -- writer for the New York Times Company
Mary Alice Dwyer-Dobbin, M.F.A. 1967 -- retired CEO of Procter and Gamble Productions
Julie Nixon Eisenhower, M.A. 1972 -- writer and former Assistant Managing Editor for the Saturday Evening Post
Alfred Gough, III, B.A. 1989 -- co-creator of "Smallville," Hollywood film producer
Sheilah Kast, B.A. 1971 -- anchor for Monday Morning on WYPR
Joshua McElwee, B.A. 2009 -- national correspondent for the National Catholic Review
Alberto R. Ortiz, B.A. 1973 -- executive producer for CBS News
Tara Petrolino, B.A. 2003 -- ESPN sportscaster
Marguerite Pohlmann, B.A. 2005 -- editor, The Meredith Vieira Show
Ryan Reilly, B.A. 2009 -- reporter for The Huffington Post
Angela Santomero, B.A. 1990 -- creator of "Blues Clues"
Rosanna Scotto, B.F.A. 1980 -- TV co-anchor for Good Day New York
Joseph St. George, B.A. 2011 -- TV reporter for Richmond, Va.'s CBS 6
Josie Swantek, B.A. 2000 -- documentary filmmaker, founder of Run Riot Films
Dennis Wholey, B.A. 1959 -- writer and interviewer for This is America with Dennis Wholey on PBS
Brian Williams, Class of 1980 -- anchor for NBC's Nightly News

Nursing

Brigadier General William T. Bester, M.S.N. 1985 -- Chief, U.S. Army Nurse Corps, Commanding General, U.S. Army
Center for
Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine
Dr. M. Louise Fitzpatrick, R.N., F.A.A.N., B.S.N. 1966 -- former Dean of the Villanova University School of Nursing
Dorothy Fontaine, R.N., F.A.A.N., Ph.D. 1987 -- Dean of the University of Virginia School of Nursing
Amy Freeman, B.S.N. 1981 -- President and CEO, Providence Hospital, Washington, DC
Dr. Catherine Gilliss, M.S.N. 1974 -- Dean of the Duke University School of Nursing
Colonel Mary Lou Keener, USAF (Ret.), B.S.N. 1966, J.D. 1982 -- General Counsel of the Department of Veterans Affairs
James McCann, Ph.D. 1982 -- Dean of the University of North Carolina Wilmington School of Nursing
Patricia Watts Kelley, R.N., F.N.P., G.N.P., F.A.A.N.P.,  Ph.D. 2000, -- health sciences officer for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Politics & Public Service

Robert P. Casey, Jr., J.D. 1988 -- U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania
Thomas Donilon, B.A. 1977 -- Former National Security Advisor to President Barack Obama
Edward W. Gillespie, B.A. 1983 -- Former Chairman of the Republican National Committee
Thomas R. Harkin, J.D. 1972 -- U.S. Senator from Iowa
Mitchell J. Landrieu, B.A. 1982 -- Mayor of New Orleans
Terence R. McAuliffe, B.A. 1979 -- Governor of Virginia
John J. McCarthy, Jr., B.A. 1974 -- Montgomery County (MD) State's Attorney
The Honorable Thomas P. Melady, M.A. 1952, Ph.D. 1955 (Deceased) -- Former Ambassador to the Vatican, Burundi, and Uganda
Samuel Mok, M.A. 1982 -- Former CFO for the U.S. Department of Labor
Martin O'Malley, B.A. 1985 -- Governor of Maryland
Timothy Shriver, M.A. 1988 -- CEO of Special Olympics
Tommy Wells, J.D. 1991 -- Member of the Council of the District of Columbia

Religious Life

Raymond L. Cardinal Burke, D.D., J.C.D. 1970 -- Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura at the Vatican
Most Rev. Robert J. Carlson, Licentiate 1979 -- Archbishop of St. Louis, Mo.
Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, D.D. 1971 -- Archbishop of Galveston-Houston, Tex.
Timothy M. Cardinal Dolan, M.A. 1981, Ph.D. 1985 -- Archbishop of New York, N.Y.
Francis Cardinal George, M.A. 1966 -- Archbishop of Chicago, Ill.
Roger Cardinal Mahony, M.S.W. 1964 -- Archbishop of Los Angeles, Calif.
Most Rev. David O'Connell, C.M., J.C.L. 1987, J.C.D. 1990 -- Bishop of Trenton, N.J.
Sean Patrick Cardinal O'Malley, O.F.M. Cap., Ph.D. 1978 -- Archbishop of Boston, Mass.
Most Rev. Orlando Quevedo, O.M.I., S.T.B. 1964 -- Archbishop of Cotabato, Philippines
Justin Cardinal Rigali, S.T.B. 1961 -- retired Archbishop of Philadelphia, Pa.
Luis A. Cardinal Tagle, S.T.L. 1987, S.T.D. 1992 -- Archbishop of Manila, Philippines
Donald W. Cardinal Wuerl, B.A. 1962, M.A. 1963 -- Archbishop of Washington, D.C.

Science & Engineering

Joseph Carlini, B.M.E. 1984 -- CEO of McKean Defense Group, LLC
Michael D. Griffin, M.S.E. 1974 -- Former Administrator of NASA
Charles H. Kaman (Deceased), B.A.E. 1940 -- founder of Kaman Aerospace Corporation and Kaman Music
Corporation (now Fender Music)
Hugh Everett (Deceased), B.S. Chem. E. 1953 -- physicist who proposed Many-Worlds Interpretation of quantum physics

Service

J. Paul Molloy, J.D. 1965 -- co-founder and CEO of Oxford House
Kevin Ryan, B.A. 1989 -- President and CEO, Covenant House

Alumni on the Road to Sainthood

Cardinal Terence Cooke, (Deceased), M.S.W. 1949 -- former cardinal of the Archdiocese of New York, Servant of God
Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, (Deceased), J.C.B. 1920 -- host of "Life is Worth Living", Venerable
Rev. Emil Kapaun, (Deceased), M.A. 1948 -- Medal of Honor Recipient, Servant of God

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