List of University at Albany people

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This is a list of University of Albany people.

Notable alumni[edit]


Government, law, and public policy[edit]


  • Liz Bishop (1978?), anchor at WRGB; hired while a student at UAlbany
  • Tom Junod (1980), journalist and writer for Esquire magazine since 1997
  • Bob Ryan (1967), lead weatherman, WRC-TV (Channel 4, NBC affiliate in Washington, D.C.)

Literature and drama[edit]


Social sciences[edit]


Television, film, and radio[edit]


  • Arlene Istar Lev (1986), family therapist and author of Transgender Emergence: Therapeutic Guidelines for Working with Gender-Variant People and their Families
  • Philip Markoff (2007), now deceased[1], accused "Craigslist killer"[2]
  • Brandon Mendelson (2008), author of Social Media Is Bullshit
  • Peter Turkson, Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church

Notable faculty[edit]

  • Manuel Alvar (1977–98), head of the Spanish Royal Academy, world renowned for his linguistic atlases of Spain and Spanish South America
  • Gonzalo Torrente Ballester (1966–70), Spanish Novelist (1910–1999); won Cervantes Prize in 1985
  • Ronald A. Bosco (1975–present), Distinguished University Professor of English & American Literature (2004), SUNY Distinguished Service Professor (1992); president, Association for Documentary Editing; General Editor, The Collected Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Harvard; has edited, co-edited (primarily with Joel Myerson), and authored over 20 volumes on Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Michael Wigglesworth, and Cotton Mather
  • Don Byrd (1971–present), poet and literary critic; his works include his poetry collection Technics of Travel, the book-length poems The Great Dimestore Centennial and Aesop's Garden, an analysis of Charles Olson's Maximus, and his masterpiece of literary analysis The Poetics of Common Knowledge
  • Alan S. Chartock, political scientist and radio personality
  • Nancy Denton (1990–present), sociologist, demographer, and educator; co-author of American Apartheid: Segregation and the Making of the Underclass, winner of the 1994 Otis Dudley Duncan Award from the Sociology of Population Section of the American Sociological Association and the 1995 Distinguished Publication Award from the American Sociological Association
  • John F. Dewey (1971–1982), structural geologist widely regarded as an authority on the development and evolution of mountain ranges; Fellow of the Royal Society, Wollaston Medal- and Penrose Medal-recipient, member of the United States National Academy of Sciences
  • Joachim Frank (1976–present), computational biologist, School of Public Health, and investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at New York State’s Wadsworth Center; elected in 2006 to National Academy of Sciences and named a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences
  • Phyllis Galembo (1978–present), Fine Art Photographer, known for photographing African Masquerades
  • Gordon G. Gallup (1975–present), evolutionary psychologist; developed the mirror test
  • Pierre Joris (1992–present) poet, translator, anthologist; renowned translator of Paul Celan
  • Leonard Kastle (1978–89), director of The Honeymoon Killers and notable American opera composer of Deseret, The Pariahs and others
  • William Kennedy (1974–present), 1984 winner of Pulitzer Prize for fiction for novel Ironweed; taught creative writing and journalism as UAlbany instructor from 1974 to 1982, thereafter full professor of creative writing; in 1983, awarded the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, part of which went to UAlbany to create the UAlbany-based New York State Writers Institute
  • Michael J. Malbin (1990–present), political science, and expert on campaign finance; former speech writer to Richard B. Cheney
  • Jon Mandle (1994–present), philosopher (works on issues of political theory and global justice), and author of What's Left of Liberalism? An Interpretation and Defense of Justice as Fairness and Global Justice: An Introduction
  • Ron McClamrock (1992–present), philosopher (works at the intersection of phenomenology and psychology), and author of Existential Cognition: Minds in the World
  • Steven F. Messner (1982–present), sociologist, criminologist, and educator; president of American Society of Criminology starting in 2011 and co-author of Crime and the American Dream
  • Toni Morrison (1985–89), author, Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning author (works include Beloved, The Bluest Eye, and Song of Solomon)
  • Paul Pimsleur (1970–76), linguist, educator and researcher of the language acquisition process, and author of Pimsleur Language Series
  • Vincent Schaefer, founder and longtime director of the Atmospheric Science Research Center (ASRC); discovered the first successful method of cloud seeding, with dry ice
  • Richard E. Stearns,emeritus (1978–2000), Turing award winner for computational complexity theory
  • Bonnie Steinbock (1977–present), philosopher, noted expert on reproductive ethics, and former chair of philosophy department
  • Patrick Thornton (1984–1991), Physics; created Dingo's Theory of Molecular Motion; awarded The Martin Luther King award for accomplishment in Physics
  • Bernard Vonnegut (1967–85), atmospheric scientist renowned for his expertise in the physics of lightning; as a colleague of Vincent Schaefer at General Electric in 1946, discovered silver iodide method of cloud-seeding; older brother of author Kurt Vonnegut
  • David Wills (1998–present), noted translator of Jacques Derrida

University presidents[edit]

Executive Title Term
David Perkins Page Principal 1844–1848
George R. Perkins Principal 1848–1852
Samuel B. Woolworth Principal 1852–1856
David Cochran Principal 1856–1864
Oliver Avery Principal 1864–1867
Samuel B. Woolworth Acting principal 1867
Joseph Alden President 1867–1882
Edward P. Waterbury President 1882–1889
Albert N. Husted Acting president 1889
William J. Milne President 1889–1914
Leonard Blue Acting president 1914–1915
Abram Roy Brubacher President 1915–1939
John M. Sayles President 1939–1947
Milton Nelson Acting president 1947–1949
Evan R. Collins President 1949–1969
Allan A. Kuusisto Acting president 1969–1970
Louis T. Benezet President 1970–1975
Emmett B. Fields President 1975–1977
Vincent O'Leary President 1977–June 30, 1990
Judith A. Ramaley Acting president July 1, 1990–July 31, 1990
H. Patrick Swygert President August 1, 1990–June 30, 1995
Karen R. Hitchcock Acting president
July 1, 1995 – November 7, 1996
November 8, 1996 – January 31, 2004
Carlos E. Santiago Acting president February 1, 2004 – June 30, 2004
John R. Ryan Interim president July 1, 2004 – January 31, 2005
Kermit L. Hall President February 1, 2005 – August 13, 2006
Susan Herbst Acting president August 14, 2006 – October 31, 2007
George M. Philip Interim president
November 1, 2007 – June 16, 2009
June 16, 2009 – December 31, 2012
Robert J. Jones President January 1, 2013 – present