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

List of famous alumni from Salem State University, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Salem State University include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Salem State University alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Salem State University 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 Salem State University.

Items include everything from Earl Monroe to Julie McNiven.

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

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John F. Tierney is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Salem State University Alumni
John F. Tierney Politician, Attorney at law John F. Tierney is an American politician who served as a U.S. Representative from Massachusetts from January 3, 1997 to January 3, 2015. He is a Democrat who represented the state's 6th ...more

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Paul C. Julian is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Salem State University Alumni
Paul C. Julian Paul C. Julian is Executive Vice President and Group President of McKesson Corporation.

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Brian Lees is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Salem State University Alumni
Brian Lees Brian Patrick Lees is a Massachusetts politician, who served as the Clerk of Courts for Hampden County. Until 2007, he had been the State Senator from the First Hampden and Hampshire District ...more

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Tom Thibodeau is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Salem State University Alumni
Tom Thibodeau Basketball Coach Thomas Joseph "Tom" Thibodeau, Jr. is an American basketball coach who is currently the head coach of the Chicago Bulls. As a defensive coach, he helped the Houston Rockets rank among ...more

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Michael A. Costello is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Salem State University Alumni
Michael A. Costello Michael A. Costello is a former State Representative for the Massachusetts House of Representatives, who represented the first district of Essex County, Massachusetts. Costello graduated from ...more

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Tom Sexton is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Salem State University Alumni
Tom Sexton Writer Tom Sexton is an Alaskan poet and scholar who became the state's Poet Laureate in 1995

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Julie McNiven is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Salem State University Alumni
Julie McNiven Actor Julie McNiven is an American actress and singer. McNiven was born in Amherst, Massachusetts, and got her start in local community theatre productions. She is best known for her recurring roles ...more

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Bradford Hill is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Salem State University Alumni
Bradford Hill Politician Bradford R. "Brad" Hill is an American politician who represents the 4th Essex district in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. He is the current Second Assistant Minority ...more

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Frances F. Alexander is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Salem State University Alumni
Frances F. Alexander Frances F. Alexander was an American businesswoman, and politician who served on the School Committee, and as a member and President of the Beverly, Massachusetts Board of Aldermen, and in the ...more

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Siobhan Magnus is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Salem State University Alumni
Siobhan Magnus Musician, Singer-songwriter, Singer Siobhan Evelyn Magnus is an American singer-songwriter who was the sixth place finalist on the ninth season of American Idol.

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Thomas Walsh is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Salem State University Alumni
Thomas Walsh Thomas P. Walsh was an American politician who represented the 12th Essex district in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1987–1995 and served as a City Councilor in Peabody, ...more

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Heather Connell is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Salem State University Alumni
Heather Connell Film Director Heather E. Connell is an American film director. She is best known for directing the award winning feature documentaries Small Voices: The Stories of Cambodia's Children and Forget Us Not.

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Donna Cuomo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Salem State University Alumni
Donna Cuomo Donna Fournier Cuomo is an American politician who represented the 14th Essex district in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1993–1999. She later served as the deputy director of ...more

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Arthur Broadhurst is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Salem State University Alumni
Arthur Broadhurst Arthur J. Broadhurst is an American politician who represented the 15th Essex district in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1993–2007. He was a candidate for Essex County Register ...more

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Robert Fennell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Salem State University Alumni
Robert Fennell Robert F. Fennell is an American restauranteur and politician who owns the Capitol Diner and represents the 10th Essex district in the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

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Sharon Pollard is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Salem State University Alumni
Sharon Pollard Sharon M. Pollard is an American politician who represented the Third Essex District in the Massachusetts Senate from 1977 to 1983, served as Massachusetts Secretary of Energy from 1983 to 1989, ...more