Binghamton alumni are prominent in their communities and professions. They are also loyal to their alma mater, actively supporting it with donations of time, knowledge and funds.
Today, approximately 63,000 Binghamton University alumni live and work in the state of New York, playing leading roles in business, medicine, law, education and politics and generating more than $100 million in income and sales taxes each year.
Binghamton alumni are standouts. Included among them are: (for a more complete list click here or here)
Leaders in medicine
Dr. Joseph Eron ’80, pioneered the “cocktail” therapy combination of drugs that gave hope and extended life to thousands of AIDS patients.
Dr. Andrew Siedman ’81, a breast cancer physician, teacher and researcher at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, has been honored for his work to advance treatment, compassionate care and communications about breast cancer.
Christina Gerardi ’85, is chief executive officer of the New York State Nurses Association, the largest union for registered nurses in the Northeast, serving more than 34,000 members. Gerardi’s work gives nurses a collective voice in the legislature and state regulatory agencies; she also focuses on advocating standards of care for patients.
Dr. Adam Fox '92, is a real-life trauma surgeon and one of several medical professionals from University Hospital in Newark, N.J., featured on "NY Med," an eight-episode docu-drama that aired on ABC. "NY Med," which debuted in July 2012, followed medical patients and staff at two hospitals in the New York metro area: the posh New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York City and the gritty University Hospital.
Leaders in business
Ronald Lieberman '87, executive vice president, The Trump Organization. Ron manages many of Donald Trump's businesses, including golf courses, recreational facilities, a modeling agency and real-estate holdings. He is involved in acquisitions, budgets and overseeing operations. Lieberman's signature project is the new Ferry Point Golf Course in the Bronx.
Scott Krug '96, CFO and vice president of financial operations for the New York Yankees.
Maureen Kelly '92, founder and CEO of tarte cosmetics a leader in healthy, eco-chic beauty products, offering cruelty-free cosmetics infused with ingredients like plant extracts, vitamins, minerals, essential oils and other naturally-derived ingredients.
David Penski '97, CEO of Zenith Optimedia, a leading global media services network with 250 offices in 74 countries. The School of Management awarded David its Alumni of the Year award at the Spring 2014 Commencement ceremony.
Mark S. Newman '71, is board chair, president and chief executive officer of DRS Technologies Inc. in Parsippany, N.J., a defense technology company named one of America's best-managed companies by Forbes in 2006.
David Gdovin ’77, CEO of Diamond Visionics, partners with Binghamton University on business solutions and employs Binghamton engineering graduates to build a successful high-technology business that creates innovative aircraft simulators for the military, Lockheed Martin, BAE and others.
Anthony Kendall ’83, MBA ’85 is CEO of Mitchell & Titus LLP, the most successful minority-owned accounting firm in the United States. Kendall is on the board of Project Renewal Inc., which helps homeless people overcome drug and alcohol addiction so they can re-enter the workforce. He is also president of the board of directors of the University’s Alumni Association.
After 18 years with Goldman Sachs, Mark Zurack ’78, retired as managing director and now serves as an adjunct professor at Columbia Business School and Cornell University. A strong Binghamton supporter, Zurack endowed our first joint distinguished professorship and helped establish the Binghamton University Equity Fund and Trading Room, a hands-on program where students function as real investment analysts.
Cathleen Laporte ’94, president of Athletes for Charity, brings professional athletes to children’s services agencies in New York City to provide children positive role models. Co-founded by Laporte and pro football player Carlos Emmons, the organization helps athletes establish charities and participate in other philanthropic efforts. Laporte also serves as case manager for Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossman LLP, a New York securities litigation firm.
Leaders in law and government
Hakeem Jeffries '92, a New York state assemblyman from Brooklyn, was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. When he was sworn in, early 2013, he became the first Binghamton University graduate to serve in Congress. Jeffries represents the newly formed 8th Congressional district, which includes portions of Brooklyn and Queens City.
John Liu ’88, made history in 2001 when he became the first Asian American to win election to a major New York City office, NY Comptroller. He unsuccessfully campaigned for mayor of New York City and is currently a candidate for the New York State Senate.
Eric Schwartz '79, served as the U.N. Secretary-General's Deputy Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery and also was the executive director of ConnectUS, an organization that works to enhance U.S. engagement in world affairs. He is currently the dean of the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.
Two alumni currently serve as representatives in the New York State Assembly: Michele R. Titus '90 (D-31), since 2002; Donna Lupardo '83 (D-126), since 2004.
Sunny Hostin, '90, a former federal prosecutor is now an anchor and legal analyst for CNN.
William Groner '77, devoted much of his legal career toward obtaining settlements for 9/11 first responders. He is currently the Senior/Managing Partner at Worby Groner Edelman, LLP.
Lawyer Owen Pell ’80, a partner in the Manhattan office of White & Case LLP, specializes in public international law and as a volunteer has helped recover priceless art looted during the Holocaust.