The University of San Diego has graduated 54,000 alumni and is proud of each of them. There are some Torero Alumni that stand out either for their professional accomplishments, contributions to their communities or for being dedicated and enthusiastic ambassadors for the university.
COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
Bill Bavasi '80 (B.A., Psychology)
Special assistant to Cincinnati Reds General Manager Walt Jocketty
Former general manager and vice president of baseball operations for the Seattle Mariners. The son of longtime Major League Baseball executive Buzzie Bavasi and the brother of Peter Bavasi, also a former MLB executive, Bill also spent six full seasons (1994-99) as the general manager of the California Anaheim Angels and four and a half seasons with the Seattle Mariners (2003-2008).
Bernard "Bernie" Bickerstaff Sr. '68 (B.A., Diversified Liberal Arts)
Assistant coach for the NBA's Chicago Bulls. Former head coach and general manager of the Charlotte Bobcats.
Tom Breitling '91 (B.A., Communications)
President, Breitling Ventures, author of "Double or Nothing: How Two Friends Risked It All to Buy One of Las Vegas' Legendary Casinos" and past Owner and Vice Chairman of The Golden Nugget casinos
His Excellence, Mr. Monie Captan '85 (B.A., Political Science) '87 (M.A., International Relations)
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Liberia (1996-2003). Currently Executive Chairman, Comium Liberia
John Carrieri '91 (B.A., History and B.A., Political Science)
Founder, Chairman and CEO, U Inc. Owner of colleges.com and former owner of jobs.com, and jokes.com.
Reverend Monsignor Joseph Carroll '70 (M.A., Secondary Education)
President, St. Vincent de Paul Villages of San Diego
The Most Reverend Salvatore J. Cordileone '78 (B.A., Philosophy) - Past USD Trustee (2006-2009)
Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Oakland, California
He was appointed auxiliary bishop of San Diego by Pope John Paul II on July 5, 2002, was then consecrated bishop on August 21, 2002 and finally, Bishop of Oakland in March of 2009.
Alison Cox '01 (B.A., Communications)
Silver Medalist, Women's Rowing, 2004 Olympics. Currently founder, Ali Cox & Co. (NYC)
Brigitte A. DeMeyer '86 (B.A. International Relations)
Recording singer, songwriter, and musician with three cd's.
Maggie Dixon '99 (B.A., History) - Deceased
Former Head Women's Basketball Coach for the U.S. Army Black Knights. Took the team to the 2006 NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Tournament - the 1st time any Army team has appeared in March Madness. Following her unexpected death at the young age of 28 in 2006, she was buried in West Point Cemetery.
Kenneth C. Koo '83 (B.A. Political Science)
Chairman and CEO of Tai Chong Cheang Group, a ship owning, managing, and leasing corporation; organizer of USD reunions in Asia
Timothy Luberski '73 (B.A., Mathematics, B.A. French)
President, Hidden Villa Ranch
Tim Lynch '95 (B.A. Communications)
Producer, Grammy nominee; producer of five of alternative rock group Green Day's award winning 2004 release American Idiot
Paul T. Majkut '64 (B.A. English)
Fulbright Teaching Fellow and Fulbright Senior Specialist; award winning journalist
Liam E. McGee '76 (B.A., Biology)
Chairman, President, and CEO of The Hartford. Current USD Board of Trustees member, former Chairman of USD's Board of Trustees, and College of Arts & Sciences� Hughes Career Achievement Award recipient
Eric P. Musselman '87 (B.A., Political Science)
Former Head Coach, NBA Sacramento Kings and Golden State Warriors. Eric and his father Bill Musselman are the first father and son to hold the title of head coach.
James (Jim) Peters '84 (B.A., Political Science) - Current USD Trustee (Since 2005)
Peters is a retail pioneer whose executive leadership has aided the success of top retail giants such as Office Depot, Staples and Ross Stores. He is chairman and co-founder of Carve Action Sports, which seeks to be the leading action sports retailer in Northern California. Peters is also a director of Design Within Reach (NASDAQ; DWRI) and a Managing Partner of the Golden Baseball League.
Steve Poltz '85 (B.A., Political Science)
San Diego-based musician; singer, songwriter, and guitarist, coauthored several of Jewel's songs including "Who Will Save Your Soul." In 2004 he collaborated as a songwriter with A.J. Croce on Croce's 2004 album Adrian James Croce.
James D. Power IV '85 (B.A., History)
Power Family Enterprises and Former Executive VP at JD Power and Associates
David Reiling '89 (B.A. English) '89 (B.B.A. in Economics)
CEO, University National Bank
Juan Vargas '83 (B.A., Political Science)
Vice President of External Relations for California Safeco
Former member, California State Assembly and San Diego City Council
Michael J. Whitmarsh '86 (B.S. Political Science)
Silver Medalist, Men's Beach Volleyball, 1996 Summer Olympics.
SCHOOL OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
Ali Reza Arabnia '87 (M.B.A.)
President and CEO, GECOFIN S.p.A.
Robert Bilbray '69 (B.S. Accounting) '72 (J.D.)
Owner and President of Bilbray Industries. Owns much of the land in and around Laughlin, NV.
Mike Brown '93, (B.B.A.)
Head coach, Los Angeles Lakers basketball team
Brady W. Clark '96 (B.B.A.)
MLB player - Cincinnati Reds, New York Mets, Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Dodgers
Lorenzo Fertitta '91 (B.B.A.)
Chairman and CEO, Zuffa LLC, which owns Ultimate Fighting Championship and World Extreme Cagefighting.
Andrew Firestone '98 (B.B.A.)
Former star of ABC's "The Bachelor" and is in retail management, sales and marketing related activities at Firestone Vineyard in Paso Robles
Dan J. Giese '06 (B.B.A.)
Major League Baseball relief pitcher for the New York Yankees
William Jones '80 (B.A., Economics)
President, CEO and owner of CityLink Investment Corporation, a real estate investment, development and management firm.
John Kontopuls '03 (M.S.E.L.)
President & CEO of Elite Show Services
Dave Long '84 (B.B.A.)
Founder, ScreenLife LLC makers of Scene It
Michael Magerman '92 (M.B.A.)
President and CEO of Quickie Manufacturing; former Senior Director of Centre Partners
Anita Mahaffey '80 (B.B.A.)
President of Funika U.S., Inc. and founder of Cool Jams, a moisture wicking sleepwear
Matthew Maslowski '71 (B.B.A.)
President & CEO of Mangia, Inc.
Lowell McAdam '83 (M.B.A.)
President & COO, Verizon Wireless
Georgina N. Miranda '03 (B.B.A.)
Founder of Climb Take Action campaign which raises money for women in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo by climbing the seven summits. Miranda completed Mt. Elbrus in July of 2008.
Betsy Myers '82 (B.B.A.)
Chief Operating Officer, Barack Obama's 2008 Presidential Campaign
John Redmond '80 (B.B.A., Accounting) - Current USD Trustee (Since 2007)
Former President and CEO, MGM Grand Resorts LLC (2001-2007). Current director of Allegiant Travel Company, Vail Resorts Inc., and MGM Grand Detroit LLC.
Garry Ridge '01 (M.S.E.L.)
President and CEO, WD-40 Company
Frederick B. Ruiz '03 (M.S.E.L.)
President & COO of Ruiz Foods (El Monterey Frozen Mexican Foods)
Joseph J. Schmidt III '80 (B.B.A.)
Co-founder, past President & CEO, Schmidt-Cannon International and Aspen Marketing
John Shaw '73 (B.S., Accounting)
Former President, St. Louis Rams Football Team
Ken Zampese '89 (B.B.A.)
Football Coach, Cincinnati Bengals
SCHOOL OF LEADERSHIP AND EDUCATION SCIENCES
George Cameron '84 (Ed.D.)
Superintendent, National City School District
Kevin '87 (Ed.D.) & Jackie '94 (Ed.D.)Freiberg
Best-selling authors of GUTS! Companies that Blow the Doors Off Business-as-Usual.
Adolfo Gonzales '96 (Ed.D.)
Chief of Police, National City
Sr. Miriam Kaeser '87 (Ed.D.)
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum Development, Archdiocese of Cincinnati
Santos Nacu '90 (M.A), '98 (E.D.D.)
Educator of Heritage & Tagalog, UCSD
Anthony Smith '87 (Ed.D.)
Co-Founder and Managing Director, Leadership Research Institute
Tony Young '93 (Credential/Certificate)
San Diego City Councilman
SCHOOL OF LAW
Steven R. Altman '86 (J.D.)
President, Qualcomm Inc.
Leonard Armato '78 (J.D.)
Commissioner, Association of Volleyball Professionals Inc.
Thomas J. Barrack, Jr. '72 (J.D.)
Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Colony Capital LLC
Shelley Berkley, '76 (J.D.)
U.S. Congresswoman, Nevada
David Casey, Jr. '74 (J.D.)
Senior Partner, Casey, Gerry, Reed & Schenk, LLP
The Honorable Federico Fred Castro '71 (J.D.)
Judge, San Diego County Superior Court
Theo Epstein '00 (J.D.)
President of Baseball Operations, Chicago Cubs
Sally M. Furay, R.S.C.J. '72 (J.D.)
Retired Vice-President & Provost, University of San Diego
The Honorable Joseph Ghougassian '77 (M.A., International Relations) '80 (J.D.)
Chief of Party, Alternative Development Program - North West Afghanistan; Chairman of Arabian Gulf Consultants. Former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq and Qatar.
The Honorable Napoleon Jones, Jr. '71 (J.D.)
Judge, United States District Court, Southern District of California, San Diego
Michael Kaplan '72 (J.D.) - USD Trustee Emeritus (1988-2002)
Kaplan is co-owner of the family business, ARKA Properties Group ARKA is an industrial, commercial, and residential property management and development company that operates in some 16 states and 20 cities in the U.S.
The Honorable Judith Keep '70 (J.D.) (deceased)
Judge, U.S. District Court, Southern California District
Katherine Nakamura '87 (J.D.)
Board Member, San Diego Unified School District
Nancy Ely-Raphel '68 (J.D.)
Was recently appointed to the board of directors of UNDP-USA (United States Committee for the United Nations Development Program). Former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Slovenia
The Honorable Lynn Schenk '70 (J.D.)
Sits on the board of directors at: Sempra Energy, Scripps Research Institute, and Biogen IDEC, Incorporated. She is an attorney and senior corporate advisor. Schenk is a member of the California High-Speed Rail Authority. Former chief of staff, California Governor Gray Davis
Susanne Stanford '75 (J.D.)
She was the first female partner at Luce Forward Hamilton & Scripps. Stanford was the chair of the Family Law Practice Group. She retired as a partner of the firm in 2002, but continues as "Of Counsel" for selected cases.
Michael Thorsnes '68 (J.D.)
Founding Partner, Thorsnes, Bartolotta, McGuire & Padilla
Frances Fragos Townsend '84 (J.D.)
Former White House Homeland Security Adviser to President George W. Bush (2004-2007)
SCHOOL OF NURSING
Captain Sandra C. Garmon Bibb '83 (B.S.N.), '91 (M.S.N.), '99 (D.N.Sc.)
Director, Population Health Services, Camp Pendleton Naval Hospital
Felicitas A. de la Cruz, R.N. '91 (D.N.Sc.)
Director, Family Nurse Practitioners and Graduate Nursing Research, Azusa Pacific University
Dian Kotarba Doyle '83 (B.S.N.) '88 (M.S.N.)
Director, Women & Child Health Services, Kaiser Permanente
Ruth Grendell '81 (M.S.N.), '91 (D.N.Sc.)
Nurse educator, volunteer and global healer
Dr. Daniel Gross '97 (D.N.Sc.)
Executive Vice President, Sharp Healthcare. Former CEO, Sharp Memorial Hospitals
Rear Admiral Kathleen Martin '92 (M.S.N.)
Director, Navy Nurse Corps and Commander, National Naval Medical Center
Mary B. Middleton '80 (B.S.N.) '83 (M.S.N.)
Retired Director of Patient Care Services, UCSD Medical Center
Julie C. Novak '89 (D.N.Sc)
Associate Dean, School of Pharmacy, Nursing and Health Science, Purdue University
Linda D. Urden '89 (D.N.Sc.)
Executive Director, Nursing Quality, Education and Research at Palomar Pomerado Health
SCHOOL OF PEACE STUDIES