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:
U.S. Olympian (Wrestling); three-time NCAA champion
Director of M.I.S. for His Majesty King Abdullah II of the Royal Hashemite Court in Amman, Jordan
Secured a spot with the Green Bay Packers. As a Bulldog, he was the Mountain West Conference; Freshman of the Year; and a freshman All-American. He was the MVP of the 2012 Hawaii Bowl, and as a sophomore in 2013 led the nation with 131 receptions for 1,719 yards and 24 touchdowns.
CEO of Speake Consulting Services. Former Presidential appointee (George W. Bush) as Director of the Office of Minority Economic Impact with the Department of Energy.
Author of "In My Father's Name" and "West of the West: Dreamers, Believers, Builders, and Killers in the Golden State;" and co-author of "The King of California: J.G. Boswell and the Making of a Secret American Empire." Former senior writer at "The Los Angeles Times" and now teaches at Fresno State.
Songwriter and creator of the "Alvin and the Chipmunks" as David Seville
Winemaker at Chateau Montelena (Napa Valley), subject of the film "Bottle Shock"
Composer and educator who won the 1966 Pulitzer Prize in Music
California Supreme Court Justice
Passenger aboard United Airlines Flight 93 on 09.11, 2001 who helped overpower terrorists trying to crash land in Washington D.C. Noted for saying "Let's roll!"
A futurist and Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Yale University. In 2005, The World Futures Studies Federation awarded him a Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2008, the Association of Professional Futurists selected Bell's two-volume work "The Foundations of Futures Studies" as one of the 10 most important futures studies books. As a student, served as President of Associated Students.
Played the role of Chakotay, the fearless first officer on Star Trek: Voyager
U.S. Olympian (Softball); Three-time gold medalist
NFL wide reciver who played in 2007 Super Bowl with the Chicago Bears
Ervin Sonny Bishop (1961), a Native American (Sioux) was co-captain of the Fresno State College football team in 1961. He was the anchor of the line on a team that was undefeated and untied, winning the famous Mercy Bowl Championships against Bowling Green University at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Bishop was selected to All-League and All-American teams. He went on to play eight years in the NFL, was named NFL All-League and played in the 1968 Pro Bowl. Sonny played 110 games as a professional in the NFL.
Member of the California State Assembly from 1982 until his resignation in 1993. Prior to serving in the Assembly, he served on the Fresno County Board of Supervisors from 1975 until his election in 1982
Former Mayor of Houston, former Atlanta and New York police commissioner
Former director of Mitsubishi International
Former California Lieutenant Governor
Winemaker, Cafaro Cellars (Napa Valley)
NFL No. 1 draft pick in 2002, now plays for the San Francisco 49ers
Registered Nurse and member of the Fresno County Board of Supervisors
Co-owner of Patagonia outdoor clothing and gear
Emmy Award-winning television set designer
Winemaker, Spring Mountain Vineyard (Napa Valley)
Member of U.S. Congress
Former Chief Strategy Officer, Amazon.com
Senior District Judge of the U.S. District Court in Fresno
Co-founder, CEO and Chairman of the Board, Jenny Craig, Inc., namesake of Craig School of Business
President Emeritus, University of Nevada
Drummer for the Texas Playboys
President, Allied Grape Growers of California
Retired Senior VP for sales at Boeing
University of Illinois psychology professor; world authority on science of happiness and life satisfaction
NFL Analyst for ESPN and 2001 Super Bowl winning quarterback
Former NFL wide receiver for LA Rams, Washington Redskins, and New England Patriots
Oscar winner and Senior Executive Vice President of EFILM
Reporter for the "The New York Times"
Former commander of Joint Warfighting Center
Retired president of Montana State University
University of Texas baseball coach and NCAA winningest coach
Baseball pitcher Milwaukee Brewers; threw a no hitter in 2010
Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist for "The Los Angeles Times"
Group President, Supply Chain, Fluor Corp.
Former two-term governor of Nevada
Photographer, USA Today Sports
Senior Advisor, Patomak Global Partners; Former Commissioner of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission
News Futurist with CNN Worldwide
Presiding Justice of the Fifth District Court of Appeal
Senior Vice President for vineyard operations at Trinchero Family Estates/Sutter Home Winery (Napa Valley)
Former U.S. Congressman for California's 9th district
Mission Commander, Space Shuttle Columbia STS107, 2003
Former Fresno Mayor, Undersecretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development and President of National Housing Conference
Retired CEO, Rockwell International who led the development of the B1 Bomber
Vice President, Intel Labs
5th poet laureate, State of Oregon
Author best known for science fiction and techno thrillers
Former Secretary of State, Californiar
Former MLB pitcher for the New York Mets and San Diego Padres
Actress best known for her role on Glee
Bluetooth developer for Intel Corp.
Cofounder of The Keith Companies and Director Stantec, Inc.
Football coach at University of Alabama, Former coach at USC
Best-known for her role as Mrs. Kim on TV's "Gilmore Girls," but she has had a long carer on stage and screen and is a veteran of East West Players, Los Angeles' premier Asian American theater group.
He won the United States Award from the International Poetry Forum for his first book of poems, "Wrecking Crew" (1972), which included publications by the University of Pittsburgh Press. The American Academy of Poets named his second book, "The Afterlife" (1976) as Lamont Poetry Selection. His book "The Dollmaker's Ghost" was a winner of the Open Competition of the National Poetry Series.
American film producer, animation director and local politician. He produced DreamWorks' "Antz," and for Pixar, the Oscar-winning "Ratatouille." He also co-directed Disney Pixar's "Cars 2." He is a former mayor of the city of San Carlos, California.
Vice President, Commercial Activities at Midcoast Energy Partners, L.P. Former executive at Adobe Systems, and Sun Microsystems.
Former state legislator; namesake of the Maddy Institute at Fresno State
First round 2010 NFL pick of the San Diego Chargers
Founded the Rainbow Delegation in 2010 and distributed more than 100,000 rainbow bracelets worldwide in less than one year.
Nationally-recognized activist; spearheaded Meet in the Middle (California) and co-director of National Equality March (Washington, D.C.) in 2009; co-founded GetEqual the following year.
Retired corporate executive. His Career included more than 30 years corporate affairs responsibilities with BMW of North America, LLC.
Documentary filmmaker; founder of the Archer School for Girls in Los Angeles
California State University Trustee and former California Secretary of Education
Former Station Manager, Channel 4, San Diego
Col. USAF Ret.;; Former NASA Astronaut
Fresno County Superior Court judge
Former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, CEO of Alcoa Corporation
Former California State University Trustee, Periodontal professor at UCLA
Personal injury attorney who won $4.9 billion for clients suing General Motors
Academy Award nominee as director of "The Wild Bunch"
Prime Minister of Guinea-Bissau, a country in West Africa.
Entertainment attorney; former Vice President of Universal Studios
Former President, University of North Texas
Associate justice of the California Court of Appeal and former legislator
Member of the Fresno County Board of Supervisors
Fresno radio and television personality
U.S. Olympian (Boxing). No. 1 ranked amateur boxer at Lightweight in the United States.
Retired Director, Small Business Programs, Office of the Secretary of Defense
Pulitzer Prize winning newspaper editor
Former Fresno County Superior Court Judge; Former Fresno County Supervisor
Known for her work on "Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi," "The Fugitive" and "Beetlejuice"
Former U.S. Ambassador to Colombia and Honduras
Manager of Business Development at Microsoft, Corp.
Founder, winemaker Sbragia Family Vineyards (Sonoma County)
Assistant Director for Strategic Implementation at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center, Edwards, CA. He leads efforts to analyze and recommend the appropriate action for the effective integration or transformation of strategy, policy, and planning functions within the Center
Former Senior Vice President of Product Management, Yahoo!
Best-selling American author of 17 thriller and espionage novels
Fresno County Superior Court Judge
Founder of Wawona Frozen Foods
Acclaimed poet, essayist and fiction writer
Mayor of Fresno
Men's basketball coach whose UNLV team won the 1990 NCAA Championship; Former Fresno State Basketball Coach
Former Vice President and Editor in Chief of United Press International
Offensive Coordinator for Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Former Head football coach, University of California, Berkeley
Killed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the Pentagon
Award winning poet and New York Times online contributor
Author and President of Missouri Western State University
World record setting pole vaulter and longtime Bulldogs track and field coach
Professional Golf Association Tour player
Fashion and costume designer; Academy Award nominee
Tony Award nominated musical theatre actor and acting teacher
Chancellor, The California State University
Author, National Book Award nominee and Emmy Award winner
Chairman and CEO, Universal Parks & Resorts
Wine Buyer of King King Hollywood; Intellectual property attorney best known as the "internet sheriff"
President, Chairman and CEO, United Security Bank
Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist