Adelphi alumni success.
A hallmark of recent University leadership has been a commitment to cultivating and igniting a network of alumni and reconnecting graduates with the institution. For too long, the strength of the alumni—now over 90,000 strong and growing—was an underleveraged and undervalued asset. Over the last decade, spurred by active outreach efforts, Adelphi alumni have invested in annual giving, offered philanthropic and leadership service in support of strategic priorities, mentored students and volunteered as academic and presidential advisory board members. This increased support signals a reawakened confidence in the University and an increased willingness to advance its mission.
Signature programs including Count on Alumni for Career Help (C.O.A.C.H.), Inside the Teacher’s Classroom, the annual Black History Month celebration in partnership with Intercollegiate Athletics, and the Leadership Certificate program have been established to reconnect alumni with each other, the University and students.
- Thomas J. Donohue, M.B.A. ’65, president and CEO of the United States Chamber of Commerce, oversees the world’s largest business federation representing three million companies, associations, state and local chambers and American chambers of commerce abroad. In 2006, he gave Adelphi’s annual Hagedorn Lecture on Corporate Social Responsibility.
- Alice Hoffman ’73, ’02 (Hon.), one of our country’s most popular novelists, has published 23 novels—many of them best-sellers—as well as three books of short fiction and eight books for children and young adults. Ms. Hoffman remains closely connected to her alma mater, giving presentations at Adelphi’s annual Alice Hoffman Young Writers Retreat. She was the University’s Commencement speaker in 2002.
- Robert Kavner ’65 held several senior executive positions at AT&T, including chief financial officer, from 1984 to 1994. An independent venture capital investor, he is a director of online radio giant Pandora Media, Inc. and has helped incubate and operate other technology ventures, such as CitySearch, EarthLink and Picasa.
- Jonathan D. Larson ’82 composed and wrote the lyrics for the smash hit musical Rent. For his groundbreaking work, he posthumously garnered the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and three Tony awards.
- Brian D. McAuley ’61, ’06 (Hon.) co-founded Nextel Communications, Inc., the wireless service operator that is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Sprint Corporation. He held senior executive positions with the company from 1987 to 1996 and has since held leadership positions in start-up technology and manufacturing companies. He co-chaired the successful Campaign for Adelphi University and is a member of Adelphi’s Million Dollar Round Table.
- Carmen M. Oritz ’78, ’12 (Hon.), U.S. attorney for the District of Massachusetts, is the first Hispanic and the first woman to serve as the chief federal law enforcement officer of Massachusetts. Her office is spearheading the prosecution of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect and led the prosecution of James (Whitey) Bulger, the notorious Boston gangster. She was the University’s Commencement speaker in 2012.
- John J. Phelan Jr., M.B.A. ’70, ’87 (Hon.), oversaw the New York Stock Exchange during the 1980s, as its president from 1980 to 1984 and as its chairman and CEO from 1984 to 1990. He served as the first alumnus chairman of the University’s Board of Trustees. In recognition of his service, he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree in 1987 and was made Trustee Emeritus.
- Dorothy (Dot) Richardson, M.S. ’88, hit the final home run that sealed the 1996 U.S. Olympic gold medal in softball. Today, as an orthopedic surgeon, she serves as director and medical director of the National Training Center.
- Carlton Ridenhour ’84, ’13 (Hon.), better known as Chuck D, is the leader of the groundbreaking hip-hop band Public Enemy. In 2013, he and his fellow band members were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
- Al Trautwig ’78 is one of sports television’s busiest and most respected announcers—a fixture on NBC’s Olympics coverage and on New York Knicks and Rangers telecasts on Madison Square Garden Network.
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