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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Buffalo State College and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Buffalo State College, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Buffalo State College include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Buffalo State College alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Buffalo State College are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Buffalo State College.

This list contains graduates like John Rzeznik and Tom Fontana.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Buffalo State College?” and “Which celebrities are Buffalo State College alumni?”

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Brian Higgins is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Buffalo State College Alumni
Politician, Official Brian 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 ...more

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Byron Brown is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Buffalo State College Alumni
Politician Byron William Brown II 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 ...more

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Cindy Sherman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Buffalo State College Alumni
Artist, Film Director, Photographer Cynthia "Cindy" Morris Sherman is an American photographer and film director, best known for her conceptual portraits. In 1995, she was the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship.

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Tom Fontana is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Buffalo State College Alumni
Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter Tom Fontana is an American writer and producer.

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Randy Smith is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Buffalo State College Alumni
Basketball player, Coach Randolph "Randy" Smith was an American professional basketball player who set the NBA record for consecutive games played. From 1972-1982, Smith played in every regular season game, en ...more

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John Rzeznik is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Buffalo State College Alumni
Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter John Joseph Theodore "Johnny" Rzeznik is an American musician, singer-songwriter, and producer. He is best known as the guitarist and frontman of the rock band the Goo Goo Dolls, of ...more

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Diane English is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Buffalo State College Alumni
Television producer, Screenwriter, Film Director 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.

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Robert Longo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Buffalo State College Alumni
Artist, Film Director Robert Longo is an American painter and sculptor. Longo became a rising star in the 1980s for his "Men in the Cities" series, which depicted sharply dressed men and women writhing in ...more

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Ralph Raico is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Buffalo State College Alumni
Historian, Economist Ralph Raico is an American libertarian historian of European liberalism. He was formerly a professor of history at Buffalo State College.

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Bobby Gonzalez is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Buffalo State College Alumni
Basketball Coach, Coach Bobby Gonzalez is the former head coach of the Seton Hall University Pirates men's basketball team. Gonzalez was previously the head coach at Manhattan College and was well known for leading the ...more

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Beverly Eckert is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Buffalo State College Alumni
Beverly Eckert 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, ...more

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Susan Gibney is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Buffalo State College Alumni
Actor, Teacher Susan Gibney is an American actress. She moved to Webster, New York at a young age, returned to California to live several times, returning to Webster in 2004. She graduated from Buffalo State ...more

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T. J. Cottrell is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Buffalo State College Alumni
American football player Theodore John Cottrell "T. J." Cottrell, Jr. is a former American football tight end. He was signed by the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent in 2004. He played college ...more

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Les Krims is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Buffalo State College Alumni
Les Krims Photographer Leslie Robert Krims is a conceptualist photographer living in Buffalo, New York. He is noted for his carefully arranged fabricated photographs, various candid series, a satirical edge, dark ...more

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Sam Hoyt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Buffalo State College Alumni
Sam Hoyt Politician William B. "Sam" Hoyt III is a Democratic politician and economic development professional from New York State. Hoyt was a member of the New York State Assembly. He represented the ...more

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Gene Cretz is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Buffalo State College Alumni
Diplomat Gene Allan Cretz is a career diplomat, who is the U.S. Ambassador to Ghana, after being confirmed by the U.S. Senate in August 2012. Before this, he was the first U.S. Ambassador to Libya since ...more

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Evelyn S. Lieberman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Buffalo State College Alumni
Evelyn S. Lieberman Evelyn S. Lieberman is an American public affairs professional who, during the Clinton administration, became the first woman to serve as White House Deputy Chief of Staff and the first United ...more

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David Franczyk is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Buffalo State College Alumni
David Franczyk David A. "Dave" Franczyk is the President and a councilmember of the Buffalo Common Council, which is the representative legislative branch of the government of Buffalo, New York. He ...more

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Francine DelMonte is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Buffalo State College Alumni
Francine DelMonte Francine DelMonte is a former member of the New York State Assembly who represented the 145th Assembly District in New York State. She lost the Democratic primary to former Niagara Falls City ...more

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Robert E. Wright is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Buffalo State College Alumni
Robert E. Wright Robert E. Wright is a business, economic, financial, and monetary historian and the inaugural Rudy and Marilyn Nef Family Chair of Political Economy at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South ...more

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Kevin Smardz is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Buffalo State College Alumni
Kevin Smardz Politician Kevin S. Smardz is an American Republican politician. In 2010, he was elected to an open seat in the New York State Assembly for the 146th district in southern Erie County, New York, which ...more

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Jeanette Steiner is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Buffalo State College Alumni
Jeanette Steiner Actor Jeanette Steiner is a film actress.