21 Notable alumni of
SUNY Buffalo State

SUNY Buffalo State is 1696th in the world, 597th in North America, and 562nd in the United States by aggregated alumni prominence. Below is the list of 21 notable alumni from SUNY Buffalo State sorted by their wiki pages popularity. The directory includes famous graduates along with research and academic staff.

  1. Cindy Sherman

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    Cindy Sherman
    Born in
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    Years
    1954-.. (age 67)
    Occupations
    photographerfilm directorfeminist
    Biography

    Cynthia Morris Sherman is an American artist whose work consists primarily of photographic self-portraits, depicting herself in many different contexts and as various imagined characters.

  2. Ani Di Franco

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    Ani Di Franco
    Born in
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    Years
    1970-.. (age 51)
    Occupations
    singer-songwritersingerstreet artistcomposerguitarist
    Biography

    Angela Maria "Ani" DiFranco is an American singer-songwriter. She has released more than 20 albums. DiFranco's music has been classified as folk rock and alternative rock, although it has additional influences from punk, funk, hip hop and jazz. She has released all her albums on her own record label, Righteous Babe, giving her significant creative freedom.

  3. Robert Longo

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    Robert Longo
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1953-.. (age 68)
    Occupations
    film directorpaintersculptordrawerphotographer
    Biography

    Robert Longo is a Pictures Generation American artist, filmmaker, photographer and musician. Longo became first well known in the 1980s for his Men in the Cities drawing and print series, which depict sharply dressed men and women writhing in contorted emotion.

  4. Beverly Eckert

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    Beverly Eckert
    Born in
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    Years
    1951-2009 (aged 58)
    Biography

    Beverly Eckert was an activist and advocate for the creation of the 9/11 Commission. She was one of the members of the 9/11 Family Steering Committee for the 9/11 Commission. Eckert's husband, Sean Rooney, died at age 50 in the attacks of September 11, 2001. She pushed for a commission to investigate 9/11 and to establish a memorial.

  5. Brian Higgins

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    Brian Higgins
    Born in
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    Years
    1959-.. (age 62)
    Enrolled in SUNY Buffalo State
    In 1984 graduated with Bachelor of Arts
    In 1985 graduated with Master of Arts
    Occupations
    politicianlecturer
    Biography

    Brian Michael Higgins is the U.S. Representative for New York's 26th congressional district, serving since 2005. The district, numbered as the 27th district from 2005 to 2013, includes Buffalo and Niagara Falls. He is a member of the Democratic Party and is a member of several congressional committees and caucuses. Higgins was born and raised in Buffalo, and graduated from college in Buffalo, later obtaining graduate degrees from Buffalo State College and Harvard University.

  6. Byron Brown

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    Byron Brown
    Born in
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    Years
    1958-.. (age 63)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Byron William Brown II is an American politician who is the 62nd and current mayor of Buffalo, New York, elected on November 8, 2005, and is the City's first African-American mayor. He previously served Western New York as a member of the New York State Senate and Buffalo Common Council. He was the first African-American politician elected to the New York State Senate to represent a district outside New York City and the first member of any minority race to represent a majority white New York State Senate district.

  7. Keith Rothfus

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    Keith Rothfus
    Born in
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    Years
    1962-.. (age 59)
    Occupations
    politicianlawyer
    Biography

    Keith James Rothfus /ˈrɒθfəs/ is an American lawyer and politician who served as the U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania's 12th congressional district from 2013 to 2019. He succeeded Democratic Representative Mark Critz, whom he defeated in the 2012 election. Prior to serving in Congress, he worked as an attorney. After new congressional district maps were released by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in February 2018, Rothfus became a candidate in Pennsylvania's 17th congressional district, where he was defeated for re-election by the incumbent from the 18th district, Democrat Conor Lamb.

  8. Diane English

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    Diane English
    Born in
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    Years
    1948-.. (age 73)
    Occupations
    screenwriterfilm director
    Biography

    Diane English is an American screenwriter, producer and director, best known for creating the television show Murphy Brown and writing and directing the 2008 feature film The Women.

  9. Raven Baxter

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    Raven Baxter
    Occupations
    molecular biologistscience communicator
    Biography

    Raven Baxter is an American science communicator, molecular biologist, and STEM educator. Baxter is the founder of STEMbassy, a science advocacy organization and web series, as well as the founder and lead organizer of Black in Science Communication, an organization created with an emphasis on amplifying voices in the Black community. She is recognized in Fortune magazine's "40 Under 40 in Health" list for 2020.

  10. Gene Cretz

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    Gene Cretz
    Born in
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    Years
    1950-.. (age 71)
    Occupations
    diplomat
    Biography

    Gene Allan Cretz is a career diplomat who retired from the Senior Foreign Service in 2015. Before retiring, he was the U.S. Ambassador to Ghana.

  11. Evelyn S. Lieberman

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    Evelyn S. Lieberman
    Born in
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    Years
    1944-2015 (aged 71)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Evelyn May Simonowitz Lieberman was an American public affairs professional who, during the Clinton administration, became the first woman to serve as White House Deputy Chief of Staff, and was the first United States Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs. From 2002 to 2015, Lieberman worked for the Smithsonian Institution, most recently as Senior Advisor and Assistant to the Secretary for external relations.

  12. Keith Hughes

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    Keith Hughes
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1972-.. (age 49)
    Biography

    Keith Jon Hughes is an American educator and media personality, best known for his YouTube channel HipHughes History. His YouTube channel has seen millions of views since starting in 2008. Hughes has been a featured historian on multiple historical television shows.

  13. Sam Hoyt

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    Sam Hoyt
    Born in
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    Years
    1962-.. (age 59)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    William Ballard "Sam" Hoyt III is an American politician from New York. A Democrat, Hoyt is an economic development professional and was a member of the New York State Assembly from 1992 to 2011. He represented the 144th Assembly district, consisting of part of Buffalo, New York, and all of Grand Island, New York, from 1992 to 2011. Hoyt was first elected to succeed his late father, William Hoyt. He resigned from office in 2011 after a sexual harassment suit and he previously was the subject of an ethics investigation in 2008 concerning a two-year sexual relationship with a 23-year-old assembly intern, named Lori Gradwell.

  14. Susan Bies

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    Susan Bies
    Born in
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    Years
    1947-.. (age 74)
    Occupations
    banker
    Biography

    Susan Schmidt Bies was born in Buffalo, New York, and received a B.S. in education from Buffalo State College in 1967 and an M.A. (1968) and a Ph.D. (1972), both in economics, from Northwestern University, Bies was a member of the board of governors of the Federal Reserve System.

  15. Catherine Pelonero

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    Catherine Pelonero
    Born in
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    Years
    1967-.. (age 54)
    Occupations
    writer
    Biography

    Catherine Pelonero is a New York Times bestselling true crime author, best known for her 2014 book Kitty Genovese: A True Account of a Public Murder and Its Private Consequences.

  16. Patrick B. Burke

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    Patrick B. Burke
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1984-.. (age 37)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Patrick B. Burke is an American politician who serves in the New York State Assembly from the 142nd district, which represents South Buffalo, the City of Lackawanna, and the towns of West Seneca and Orchard Park.

  17. David Franczyk

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    David Franczyk
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    David A. "Dave" Franczyk is a councilmember of the Buffalo Common Council, which is the representative legislative branch of the government of Buffalo, New York. He is also a former Liberal Party and Democratic Party nominee for the United States House of Representatives.

  18. David E. Aldrich

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    David E. Aldrich
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1963-.. (age 58)
    Occupations
    cinematographerblogger
    Biography

    David E. Aldrich, is an American producer, director, cinematographer, editor, and information technology professional. He is best known for his involvement in the development and promotion of new media technology, and for his work in new media production.

  19. Matt Chandler

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    Matt Chandler
    Born in
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    Years
    1972-.. (age 49)
    Occupations
    writer
    Biography

    Matt Chandler is an American author of more than 60 books for young children, including Side-by-Side Baseball Stars: Comparing the Game's Greatest Players, which was selected by the American Society of Journalists and Authors as its 2015 Children's/Young Adult Book of the Year.

  20. Julia Evelyn Ditto Young

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    Julia Evelyn Ditto Young
    Born in
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    Years
    1857-1915 (aged 58)
    Occupations
    writernovelistpoet
    Biography

    Julia Evelyn Ditto Young was an American poet and novelist.

  21. Carl Zimmermann

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    Carl Zimmermann
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1951-.. (age 70)
    Occupations
    politicianeducator
    Biography

    Carl Zimmermann is an American Democratic politician and a former member of the Florida House of Representatives, representing the 65th district for a single term, 2012–2014.