Discover the notable alumni of Catholic University. The list includes people like Thea Bowman, John Slattery, Angela Santomero, Fr. Peter M. Donohue, O.S.A., Maureen Dowd, and Mitch Landrieu.

Catholic University alumni have risen to the top of their fields, be it media, entertainment, politics, education, religion, or business.

* Deceased

Architecture

  • Leo A. Daly, III, FAIA, B.Arch. 1967 — Chairman and CEO of Leo A. Daly Company
  • Benjamin T. Rome, M.Arch. 1934* — Former CEO of Clark Construction

Arts and Entertainment

  • Harolyn Blackwell, B.M. 1977, M.M. 1980 — world-renowned lyric soprano
  • Walter Bobbie, M.A. 1985 — Tony Award-winning theater 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* — actor, the voice of Ursula in Disney's Little Mermaid
  • Rose Hemingway, B.M. 2005 — Broadway actress
  • Jane Henson, Class of 1959* — puppeteer and former co-owner of The Jim Henson Company
  • Siobhan Fallon Hogan, M.F.A. 1985 — Hollywood actor
  • John Lescault, B.A. 1980 — Hollywood actor
  • John Carroll Lynch, B.F.A. 1986 — Hollywood actor
  • Laurence Luckinbill, M.F.A. 1958 — Hollywood actor
  • Ed McMahon, B.A. 1949* — comedian
  • Jason Miller, 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 actor
  • Donald Shirley, B.M. 1953* — classical and jazz pianist, subject of Oscar Award-winning film Green Book
  • John Slattery, B.F.A. 1984 — Hollywood actor
  • W. Gresham Striegel, B.A. 1990 — Executive Producer, NBC News
  • 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 actor and comedian
  • Audrey Wasilewski, B.A. 1989 — Hollywood actor
  • Colleen Zenk, Class of 1973 — Broadway actor

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
  • Frank Coonelly, J.D. 1986 – Former President of MLB's Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Martin Hurney, B.A. 1993 — Executive Vice President of Football/Player Personnel, Washington Football Team
  • Ryan Hyland, B.A. 2011, M.S.B.A. 2014, — Head Men's Basketball Coach, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, NY
  • Walter "Wally" Pipp, Class of 1913* — Former MLB player for the New York Yankees
  • Rocco Pirro, B.A. 1940* — Former NFL player for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Buffalo Bills

Business

  • Robert Comstock, Esq., B.A. 1958, J.D., J.C.L. 1964 — Former Chairman and CEO of the National Capital Bank of Washington
  • Robert Craves, B.A. 1965* — Co-founder of Costco Wholesale, Inc.
  • James Dinegar, B.A. 1982 — Director of the Center for Business in the Capital, Kogod School of Business at American University
  • 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 — President and National Director of Public Affairs at Qorvis MSLGroup
  • 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* — Former Chairman of Sheehy Auto Stores, Inc.
  • Suzanne Strassburger Reidy, B.A. 1989 — CEO of Strassburger Meats
  • Joseph A. Unanue, 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 — Senior Consultant at Hyatt-Fennell
  • Rev. Dennis Dease, J.C.L. 1978 — Former 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 Emeritus of World Resources Institute
  • Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, C.M., S.T.D. 1977 — President Emeritus of Niagara University (NY)
  • Br. F. Edward Coughlin, O.F.M., M.A. 1973, Ph.D. 1976* — Former President of Siena College (NY)
  • Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C., S.T.L. 1944, S.T.D. 1945* — Former President of the University Notre Dame (IN)
  • Sr. Anne Munley, I.H.M., M.A. 1973 — Former President of Marywood University (PA)
  • Barbara Murphy, B.A. 1969 — Former President of Johnson State College (VT)
  • Rev. Bernard F. O'Connor, O.S.F.S., B.A. 1969, M.A. 1972, Ph.D. 1986 — Former President of DeSales University (PA)
  • J. Michael Pressimone, B.F.A. 1981 — President of Notre Dame College (OH)
  • Rev. Stephen J. Privett, S.J., M.A. 1982, Ph.D. 1985 — Former President of the University of San Francisco (CA)
  • Rev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P., Ph.L. 1985 — President of St. John’s University (NY)
  • 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 — Former President of Franciscan University (OH)
  • Raymond A. Yannuzzi, Ph.D. 1996 — Former President of Camden County College (NJ)
  • P. Michael Timpane, B.S. 1956, M.A. 1964 — Retired president of Teacher's College, Columbia University

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 — Former Assistant Attorney General for the U.S. Department of Justice
  • The Hon. Richard E. Jordan, J.D. 1977 — Associate Judge for the Montgomery County Circuit Court in Maryland
  • The Hon. Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, B.A. 1965, J.D. 1968 — Justice for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • The Hon. John T. Noonan, Jr., M.A. 1949, Ph.D. 1951* — Former Senior Circuit Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • The Hon. Peggy A. Quince, J.D. 1975 — Justice for the Florida Supreme Court

Media

  • Kathryn Jean Lopez, B.A. 1997 — editor-at-large for the National Review
  • Richard Diefenbach, Jr., B.A. 1984 — Former President of RPD Associates, LLC
  • J. Peter Donald, B.A. 2010 — Senior Vice President at Reevemark
  • 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 "On the Record" on WYPR
  • Joshua McElwee, B.A. 2009 — Vatican 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 Scripps Television
  • 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 MSNBC

Nursing

  • Brigadier General William T. Bester, M.S.N. 1985 — Retired 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 College of Nursing*
  • Dorothy Fontaine, R.N., F.A.A.N., Ph.D. 1987 — Dean Emerita 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 School of Nursing at the University of California San Francisco
  • Brigadier General Anna Mae V. McCabe Hays, M.S.N. 1968* — Chief, U.S. Army Nurse Corps, First female general in the U.S. armed forces
  • 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 Chamberlain University College of Nursing
  • Patricia Watts Kelley, R.N., F.N.P., G.N.P., F.A.A.N.P., Ph.D. 2000, — Former Health Sciences Officer for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Politics and 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 — Former U.S. Senator from Iowa
  • Mitchell J. Landrieu, B.A. 1982 — Former mayor of New Orleans
  • Terence R. McAuliffe, B.A. 1979 — Former Governor of Virginia
  • John J. McCarthy, Jr., B.A. 1974 — Montgomery County Maryland State Attorney
  • The Honorable Thomas P. Melady, M.A. 1952, Ph.D. 1955* — Former Ambassador to the Vatican, Burundi, and Uganda
  • Samuel Mok, M.A. 1982 — Former CFO for the U.S. Department of Labor
  • David Mao, M.S.L.S. 1999 — Law Librarian of Congress
  • J. Paul Molloy, J.D. 1965 — Co-founder and CEO of Oxford House
  • Martin O'Malley, B.A. 1985 — Former Governor of Maryland
  • Kevin Ryan, B.A. 1989 — President and CEO of Covenant House
  • Timothy Shriver, M.A. 1988 — CEO of Special Olympics
  • Tommy Wells, J.D. 1991 — Director of the District Department of Energy & Environment

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 — Auxiliary Bishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles
  • 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 — Former Archbishop of Manila, Philippines

Science and 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, B.A.E. 1940* — founder of Kaman Aerospace Corporation and Fender
  • Hugh Everett, B.S. Chem. E. 1953* — physicist who proposed Many-Worlds Interpretation of quantum physics
  • Andrew Youniss, B.S. 1983, President and CEO, Rocket Software

Alumni on the Road to Sainthood

  • Sr. Thea Bowman, FSPA, M.A. 1970, Ph.D. 1973* — educator and evangelist for African Americans, Servant of God
  • Cardinal Terence Cooke, M.S.W. 1949* — former cardinal of the Archdiocese of New York, Servant of God
  • Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, J.C.B. 1920* — host of "Life is Worth Living", Venerable
  • Rev. Emil Kapaun, M.A. 1948* — Medal of Honor Recipient, Servant of God