For over 200 years, Hartwick has produced engaged, active, successful alumni, and that tradition continues with each graduating class. Today, the alumni body numbers more than 17,000 in all corners of the globe.
Our alumni are entrepreneurs, leaders, scientists, artists, and philanthropists, just to name a few fields where they excel.
Below you will find a sampling of Hartwick’s prominent alumni. You can also visit the “Alumni at the Forefront” display located on the fourth floor lobby of Yager Hall here on campus.
Psychology major Former Mayor of Saratoga Spring, New York
“I use my psychology degree from Hartwick every single day. You cannot survive in the political world without understanding the psychology of politics. My senior thesis was on consumer behavior. I did informational interviews with whomever would take me and I decided that public relations was the way I wanted to apply my degree with my portfolio in photography and my study abroad in Italy.”
“I co-founded Sustainable Saratoga, now a fully independent 501c3 organization dedicated to deploying education and advocacy initiatives to take action on natural resources protection and the establishment of sustainable practice. As Mayor, my administration secured “$3.5M in federal and state grants toward creating the Saratoga Greenbelt Trail, a 24-mile recreational trail network, which is contributing to making the city more pedestrian and bike friendly.”
Attorney, Segar & Sciortino, Rochester, New York New York State Senate Candidate 55th District
Political Science, Philosophy majors JD, Boston University Law School
“I was looking for a school with highly rated faculty and I certainly found it at Hartwick. I had a number of close mentors at Hartwick that I still keep in touch with today. Professor of Philosophy Steff Rocknak was one of my closest mentors. I benefited greatly from her high standards– she always forced me to reach a little bit further. Majoring in philosophy has paid dividends many times over for me. Philosophy equipped me with critical thinking and rhetorical skills that I literally use every single day.”
“I didn’t have any interest in law school until the end of my freshman year when an uncle of mine suggested I would make a good litigator. My time at Hartwick gave me the leadership skills and experience I needed to find an amazing job right out of college in a big, international law firm. From there, I made the decision to go to law school. Hartwick also helped me find my first job in politics, as an intern in then-Senator Hillary Clinton’s office. Honestly, I got that job because I happened to be sitting with a counselor in the career center when the fax came advertising the internship. It hadn’t even occurred to me to look into internships in the office of an elected official, and then suddenly I was spending J Term with Hillary Clinton.”
“I’ve always been interested in policy, but actually being the elected official seemed like something other people did. But then, in 2016, that suddenly became an asset rather than a liability. My friends and family started encouraging me to run and eventually I ended up talking with the Chairwoman of the county democrats who talked me into a run for State Senate. The average woman needs to be asked to run for office 7 times– I had to be asked around 70 times. But here I am, and I am very glad I made the decision.”
Simon Baker ’93 Founder and CEO of Baker Avenue Asset Management. President and Partner of Great Gable Partners
Brad Black ’85 Co-Founder of EO Products
Elizabeth Gillett ’83 Founder, COO, and Senior Designer for Elizabeth Gillett Ltd.
Keith Granet ’79 Founder of Granet & Associates, consultant to celebrity interior designers, and author of The Business of Design
Lisa Mayer ’05 Founder and CEO of My Social Canvas
Frank Perrella ’50, H ’93 Founder of JBF Industries Inc, and later President of Geo Golf Corp. in Florida. A trustee emeritus of Hartwick College.
Scott Adams ’79 Creator of Dilbert, Syndicated Cartoonist
Stephen L. Green ’59, H ’15, PM ’05 Chairman, S.L. Green Realty Corporation, New York City, NY
David Long ’83 President and CEO of Liberty Mutual Group
Cyrus Mehri ’83 Nationally renowned civil rights attorney, Mehri & Skalet, PLLC, Washington, DC
Rory Read ’83 Chief Operating Officer at Dell EMC
Kim Tingler ’00 Vice President of Human Resources for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment’s Lifestyle Networks group.
“Working closely and effectively alongside classmates from all over the world gave me, and now Liberty Mutual, a competitive advantage.”
David Long ’83, Chairman & CEO of Liberty Mutual
Gail Brown ’72 Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Telik, Inc.
Dr. Andrea Feller ’04 Clinical Scientist for Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR)
Dr. Gilbert Smith ’59, H ’11 Senior Investigator and Head of the Section for Mammary Stem Cell Biology and Tumorigenesis Laboratory. 2008 finalist for the Nobel Prize in Medicine.
Dorothy Wicker ’65 Retired Principal Systems Engineer at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. Retired F-35 Risk Manager for Global Sustainment design.
Ed Droesch ’82 Managing Director in the Municipal Bond Department at Goldman Sachs. Vice Chairman of the Municipal Executive Committee of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA).
Evelyn Moore ’83 Managing Director of Credit Lyonnais Securities Asia (CLSA) Americas LLC.
Nancy Morris ’74, H ’06 Formerly the first woman Secretary of U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission; Retired Chief Compliance Officer at Wellington Management.
Rob Rowe ’81 Head of US Fixed Income Strategy and Managing Director at Citigroup.
“I think Hartwick College’s education is more relevant today than ever.”
Rory Read ’83 P’09, CIO of Dell Inc.
Government and Non-Profit
George Bruno ’64 Retired U.S. Ambassador to the Central American nation of Belize
Bob Dandrew ’83 Director of the Local Economies Project for The New World Foundation
The Honorable James Seward ’73 New York State Senator
Daniel Weinberg ’71 President and Co-Founder of the Montana Innocence Project. State Senator of Montana 2005-2009.
Anjali Limbu ’15 Project Manager at Children and Youth First
Aliria Muñoz ’07 RN, MSN, ATCN, CCRN Clinical assistant professor of nursing at Arizona State University, director of the VA Nursing Academic Partnership at the ASU College of Nursing & Health Innovation, director of the ASU study abroad program for nursing in Peru, and Intensive Care Unit nurse.
Ryan Smith ’06 Presbyterian Representative to the United Nations
Isaac Newton Arnold, HS 1831-1832 Congressman, U.S. House of Representatives, Illinois Abolitionist who joined with Abraham Lincoln to introduce a resolution in 1864 calling for a constitutional amendment ending slavery throughout the United States.
John Johnstone Jr. ’54, H ’90 Retired CEO, President, and Chairman of the Board of Olin Corporation, a Fortune 200 company.
Otto Kroeger ’56, H ’00 Internationally recognized organizational consultant specializing in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Assessment. Founder of Otto Kroeger Associates (OKA).
Fred Mills ’57, H ’88 Trumpeter with the Canadian Brass. 1992 Grammy Award nominee.
Glenn Myernick ’77 Assistant Coach, U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team
George Miller Sternberg, HS 1853 Brigadier General & Surgeon General of the U.S. Army