Making a Difference

Franklin & Marshall's alumni base includes renowned individuals who have made their mark in politics and public policy, in their professions and in the world. Below is just a sampling of the prominent F&M alumni who have made tremendous impacts in our communities through their individual passions, talents and accomplishments. We encourage you to explore the short alumni spotlight documentary series and the names of other notable Franklin & Marshall College alumni, below.

Ryan Stull ’17: Biology Internship at Walt Disney World

Recent F&M grad Ryan Stull '17 gives us a brief glimpse into his research internship at a greenhouse in Walt Disney World's Land pavilion.

Video by F&M Office of Communications

Alumni Spotlight: David Lasky '94

This short documentary takes you into the life of a horse farrier in Colorado. David Lasky used his liberal arts education from F&M to carve out his own unique path in life.

Video produced by Alexander Monelli, Office of Communications 

Alumni Spotlight: David Sitler '79
Follow actor David Sitler as he performs in a new play in New Jersey, goes to auditions in New York City, and reminisces about his journey from F&M to becoming a professional actor.

Video produced by Alexander Monelli, Office of Communications 
Alumni Spotlight: Sarah Waybright '06
Watch Sarah Waybright, a 2006 graduate of Franklin & Marshall College, and how her health food and dinner party business, "Why Food Works," entertains and enlightens guests about eating and living healthy.

Video produced by Alexander Monelli, Office of Communications 
Alumni Spotlight: Liz Watson '98

Follow Liz Watson, a 1998 graduate of Franklin & Marshall College and physical therapist at Magee Rehabilitation in Philadelphia, in this short Alumni Spotlight documentary.

Video produced by Alexander Monelli, Office of Communications. Copyright 2013. 

F&M Alumni Spotlight: David Godin '10

F&M alum David Godin '10 discusses his passion for filmmaking, how F&M helped him get there, and his latest film, "Seed."

Music by Rafael Rosa (from the short film Seed). Video produced by Alexander Monelli, Office of Communications 

Alumni Documentary: Jason Cone ’99

Jason Cone ’99 is the Executive Director of Doctors Without Borders in the United States and uses his F&M education to make a real impact in communities all over the world.

Video produced by Alexander Monelli, Office of Communications

Alumni Documentary: Todd Westphal ’99

Photographer Todd Westphal '99, who shoots everything from celebrities to portraits to weddings, shares his life story and the philosophical beliefs that guide him. 

Video by Alexander Monelli, Office of Communications

Alumni Spotlight: Mary Kate Salko '01

See how 2001 graduate Mary Kate Salko (or Coach Boland) puts her F&M experience to use as the head coach of the Diplomats women's volleyball team.

Video produced by Alexander Monelli, Office of Communications 

Alumni Spotlight: Aaron Bass '01
This short documentary chronicles how F&M graduate Aaron Bass is making a positive impact in education as principal of Philadelphia's KIPP DuBois Collegiate Academy.

Video produced by Alexander Monelli, Office of Communications 
Alumni Spotlight: Umer Piracha '07
Follow F&M graduate Umer Piracha '07 as he balances careers in music and business in Philadelphia.

Video produced by Alexander Monelli, Office of Communications 
Alumni Spotlight: Paige Morabito '02
Paige Morabito '02 discusses her work as a naturalist at ZooAmerica in Hershey, Pa.—and how her F&M degree in biological foundations of behavior (animal behavior) helped her pursue a passion.

Video Produced by Alexander Monelli, Office of Communications 


  • Wanda Pompey Austin, Ph.D., '75

    Former President and CEO of the Aerospace Corporation

  • Stanley M. Brand '70

    Senior Counsel, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, and Vice President of Minor League Baseball

  • Jo Comerford '85

    Former executive director of National Priorities Project and current campaign director for MoveOn.org

  • Denis Cortese, M.D., '66

    Former President and CEO of the Mayo Clinic 

  • Mike Dee '85

    President of Sports at Entercom Communications Corp.; former CEO of the San Diego Padres and Miami Dolphins

  • Kenneth M. Duberstein '65

    Former Chief of Staff to President Ronald Reagan 

  • Stanley J. Dudrick, M.D. '57, P'88, G'10, G'19

    Internationally renowned physician 

  • William H. Gray III '63

    Former President and CEO of the United Negro College Fund and former Majority Whip of the U.S. House of Representatives
    Deceased

  • Patricia E. Harris '77

    Chief Executive Officer of Bloomberg Philanthropies 

  • James Lapine '71

    Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award- winning theatrical producer and director 

  • Ken Mehlman '88

    Member & Global Head of Public Affairs at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts; Chairman of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Policy Advisory Board
    Served as 62nd Chairman of the Republican National Committee and Campaign Manager of President Bush's 2004 re-election campaign

  • Richard Plepler '81

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     Chairman and CEO of HBO Inc. 

  • Mary L. Schapiro '77

    Bloomberg L.P.’s Vice Chair for Global Public Policy and Special Advisor to the Founder and Chairman; former Chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)

  • Treat Williams '73

    Broadway, film and television actor 

  • Richard D. Winters '41

    American hero of World War II
    Deceased