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Alumni of Distinction

Holy Cross alumni have translated their liberal arts education into meaningful careers spanning all fields and industries. These individuals are among our accomplished alumni. 

Bill Abbott '84 - President and CEO of Crown Media Family Networks (Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel)

David P. Anderson '51 - Sports columnist, The New York Times and recipient of Pulitzer Prize in 1981

Doug Baker Jr. '81 - Chairman and CEO of Ecolab Inc.

Michael Barrett '84 - CEO of Rubicon Project, is a leading technology company automating the buying and selling of advertising

Erika Bearman '03 - Former senior vice president for global communications for Oscar de la Renta; strategic consultant in communications and branding

Aimee Bell ’88 - Deputy editor, Vanity Fair magazine

Mary G. Berner '81 - President and CEO of Cumulus Media Inc.

Col. Tyree Blocker '74 - 22nd Commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police

Theresa Bresten '78 - Vice president and treasurer, H.P. Hood

Leigh Ann Brodsky '80 - Executive vice president of Discovery Global Enterprises at Discovery Communications

Hon. Peter Brown '84 - Superior Court Judge, State of Connecticut

Joseph A. Califano Jr. '52 - Founder and chairman, The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse; former U.S. Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare

Hon. Bob Casey '82 - U.S. Senator for Pennsylvania

Brendan J. Cassin '55 - Co-founder of The Drexel Fund, a national fund providing start-up capital for new, high-quality, financially sustainable faith-based and private schools and founder of Cassin Educational Initiative to establish Catholic college-preparatory middle and high schools in economically-challenged communities throughout the country

David J. Castellani '78 - Senior vice president at New York Life Insurance and chairman of board of QV21 Technologies, a cloud-based software firm

Matt Chmura '03 - Vice president of marketing and communications at Boston Bruins

Ashley Codianni '07 - Executive producer for social and emerging media, CNN Worldwide

Billy Collins '63 - Former U.S. Poet Laureate and member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters

James J. Collins '87 - Termeer Professor of Bioengineering at MIT's Department of Biological Engineering and Institute for Medical Engineering & Science who is also affiliated with the Broad Institute and the Wyss Institute; recipient of the MacArthur Fellow in 2003

AnnMaura Connolly '86 - Chief strategy officer and executive vice president of City Year and president of Voices for National Service

Rebecca Connolly '88 - Co-founder and managing partner of Tiger Iron Capital, LLC

Shawn Feddeman Cronin '95 - Vice president of communications for NBCUniversal owned television stations

Bob Cousy '50 - Basketball legend and NBA Hall of Famer; led the Boston Celtics to an unprecedented five straight NBA titles

Michael Daniels '76 - Retired senior vice president and group executive, IBM Global Technology Services

Michael Days '75 - Editor, Philadelphia Daily News

Deanna de Arango '04 - Director, global marketing, The Estee Lauder Companies

Mark DeSaulnier '74 - Member of U.S. House of Representatives, Democrat from California

Ann Dowd '78 – Emmy-award winning actress whose credits include "The Handmaid’s Tale," "The Leftovers," "Compliance" and "Marley & Me" 

Anthony Fauci, M.D., ’62 - Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom

Jon Favreau '03 - Political commentator and the former director of Speechwriting for President Barack Obama

Maria Eugenia Ferré Rangel ’89 - CEO of GFR Media 

Anne Fink '85 - President of PepsiCo Global Foodservice

Francis "Chip" Flaherty '86 - President of Londonderry Films and executive vice president of Londonderry LLC

Jackie McCauley Ford '91 - CFO, America's Test Kitchen

Joanna Geraghty '94 - President and chief operating officer at JetBlue and chairperson of the board of Concern Worldwide

David J. Grain '84 - Founder and managing partner, Grain Management Group

Stanley E. Grayson '72 - Former vice chairman and chief operating officer, M.R. Beal and Company and former deputy mayor for finance and economic development in Mayor Ed Koch administration

Clint Greenleaf '97 - Co-founder and CEO of Moonshot Brands

Jason F. Hall, M.D., MPH '96 - Chief, colon & rectal surgery at Boston Medical Center; co-director, Dempsey Center for Digestive Disorders

Julie A. Halpin '84 - President of marketing strategy company Next Step Strategic Services and founder and former CEO of Geppetto Group, a youth and family creative agency and strategic consultancy

Jack Hanlon '06 – Vice president of analytics,, and co-founder and vice president of product at Kinetic Social

​Robert A. Harrington, M.D. '82 - Chair of Stanford University Department of Medicine and the Arthur L. Bloomfield Professor of Medicine

Pedro Heilbron '79 - CEO of Copa Airlines

Thomas W. Heinsohn '56 - Former Boston Celtics player and coach and the fourth person to be elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of fame as a player and a coach

John J. "Jack" Higgins '76 - Editorial cartoonist for the Chicago Sun-Times; winner of a Pulitzer Prize in 1989

Mark G. Holowesko '82 - Founding partner and CEO of Holowesko Partners, Ltd, an investment firm in The Bahamas; co-sponsor of the Holowesko | Citadel Racing Team registered with USA Cycling as a UCI Continental Team.

Peter Jankowski '86 - Producer, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "Chicago Fire," "Chicago Justice," "Chicago Med," "Chicago P.D."; president and chief operating officer of Wolf Films

Molly Taylor Jolly '88 - Senior vice president of finance and administration for the Los Angeles Angels, a major league baseball team in Anaheim, Calif.

Edward P. Jones '72 - Author who was recognized with the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his book "The Known World," recipient a MacArthur Fellowship in 2004

Thomas P. Joyce ​​Jr. '82 - President and CEO of Danaher Corporation

Carol Donovan Juel '95 - Executive vice president and chief information officer, Synchrony Financial

Helen E. Jurado '98 - Senior director of content sales for Latin America, A&E Television

Susan Jurevics '89 - President of Bare Escentuals Beauty and former CEO and board director of J.K. Rowling's Pottermore 

Brian Kelley '83 - Partner at investment firm Lindsay Goldberg and former CEO of Keurig Green Mountain coffee

Capt. Thomas G. Kelley, USN (ret.) '60 - Recipient of the Medal of Honor in 1970 from President Richard Nixon for his actions during the Vietnam War and president of the Medal of Honor Society

Capt. Joseph P. Kerwin, M.D. USN (ret.) '53 - Physician and former NASA astronaut who was the first physician to be selected for astronaut training and served as science-pilot for the Skylab 2 mission in 1973

​James W. Keyes '77 - Chairman of Wild Oats, former CEO of Blockbuster and 7-Eleven; founder of Education is Freedom Foundation

Marc S. Lampkin '86 - Shareholder, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

Deirdre Latour '95 - Chief communications officer, GE

Paul O. LeClerc '63 - Director of Columbia Global Centers in Paris and former president and CEO of The New York Public Library

Pete Lescoe ’99 – CEO of Plant Snacks; founder of Food Should Taste Good

Edward J. Ludwig '73 - Former chairman of the board and CEO of Becton, Dickinson and Company (global medical technology company)

Victor Luis '88 - CEO of Tapestry

Meg Maggio '82 - Director, Pékin Fine Arts contemporary art gallery

Burke Magnus '88 - Executive vice president of programming and scheduling at ESPN

Cheryl A. Martin '84 - Member of the managing board of the World Economic Forum

Chris Matthews '67 - Journalist and host of MSNBC's "Hardball With Chris Matthews”

Mary Cahoon McGinnity '77 - Executive director, The Ignatian Volunteer Corps

​Ann McElaney-Johnson '79 - President of Mount Saint Mary's University, Los Angeles 

Joseph E. Murray, M.D. '40 - Awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1990 for the first successful kidney transplant. Elected to the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine and was a member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, which advises the Vatican on science issues.

Kevin O'Connor '90 - Host, "This Old House" and "Ask This Old House;" co-host of DIY Network’s "This New House"

Sean O'Scannlain '86 - CEO of Fortune Fish and Gourmet

Joyce O'Shaughnessy, M.D. '78 - Medical oncologist at Texas Oncology-Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center

Hon. Rupal Shah-Palanki '95 - Superior Court Judge, State of Connecticut

George Paletta, M.D.'84 - Head orthopedic physician, St. Louis Cardinals

James David “J.D.” Power III '53 - Founder of J.D. Power and Associates

Carolyn Risoli '86 - Former president, Marc by Marc Jacobs; currently fashion industry consultant

Francine Rosado-Cruz ’94 - Practice management director, global diversity and inclusion at Microsoft

Paola Rovelo '04 - Partner, Mindshare (WPP advertising agency)

Daniel E. Shaughnessy '75 - Sports columnist, The Boston Globe; author of "The Curse of the Bambino"

Bartlett Sher '81 - Theatre and opera director who won the Tony Award in 2008 for Best Direction of a Musical for his Lincoln Center production of "South Pacific"

Mark Shriver '86 - President of Save the Children Action Network

Bill Simmons '92 - Sports columnist, analyst, author and host of The Ringer, a sports and pop culture website and podcast network

Jim Speltz '97 - President, Luxury Brand Holdings, parent company of Ross-Simons and Sidney Thomas jewelry brands

Steven J. Stack ’94 - Emergency physician and president of the American Medical Association (AMA)

Kieran Suckling '88 - Founder and executive director, Center for Biological Diversity

Kerry Sullivan '78 - President, Bank of America Charitable Foundation

K.C. Sullivan '00 - President and managing director of CNBC International at NBCUniversal Inc.

Justice Clarence Thomas '71 - Associate justice of the Supreme Court

Amb. Harry K. Thomas Jr. '78 - U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Zimbabwe

Lt. Gen. Bernard E. Trainor, USMC '51 - Marine lieutenant general who served in Korea and Vietnam; military analyst for NBC

Hon. Peter Welch '69 - Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Democrat from Vermont

Theodore V. Wells Jr. '72 - Partner and co-chair of Litigation, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, New York

Hon. Gary J. White '76 - Superior Court Judge, State of Connecticut

Maggie Wilderotter '77 - Telecommunications executive; former CEO and executive chairman of Frontier Communications

Robert C. Wright '65 - Founder and Chairman of The Suzanne Wright Foundation, founded in memory of his wife Suzanne to accelerate pancreatic cancer research through awareness and co-founder of Autism Speaks with Suzanne Wright. Bob is the retired vice chairman of the General Electric Company and was chairman and CEO of NBC Universal from 1986 to 2007

Tina Ziemek '03 - Founder of Last of Five Game Company