Notable Alumni

Arts

Helen Hardin ’61, (deceased) internationally known Native American Artist, significantly impacted contemporary Native American and American art through stylized use of mimbres and pueblo figures and designs.

Business

Jack Domme ’79, CEO of Hitachi Data Systems, one of Fortune Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For”

Steve Maestas,'81, Principle Maestas and Ward, Albuquerque

Gary Samuel ’85, CEO, Welbourne Investment Management Group, Melbourne, Australia

Clergy

Fr. Michael Demkovich, OP, ‘72 is the Gerald Vann Visiting Lecturer in Catholic Thought and Life at Blackfriars, Oxford, the founding director of the Dominican Ecclesial, and author of Introducing Meister Eckhart (Ligouri, 2006).

Very Reverend Sean Garrity, C.S.B., former rector of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Las Cruces.

Rev. Dr. Ed Roden-Lucero ’73, pastor of San Juan Diego Church, El Paso, and co-founder of Project ARRIBA, the only living wage job-training program in the country that graduates participants for employment that pays a living wage of $10.50 per hour.

Entertainment

Jesse Tyler Ferguson ’94, emmy-nominated actor, star of ABC television’s Emmy-award winning series Modern Family

Mike Judge ’80, creator of the animated television series Beavis and Butt-head, King of the Hill and The Goode Family

Esther Reyes ’85, an Emmy award-winning television director, producer, and writer, produced The Amazing Race in its first Emmy-winning season.

Government

Dr. Dennis Jett ’63, professor in the Penn State School of International Affairs, served as the U.S. ambassador to Mozambique and Peru.

Humanitarianism/Activism

Asha Pillai, M.D., ’86, a researcher in bone marrow transplantation at St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, and founder of Purogati, a foundation to support pediatric cancer treatment and blood banking in India.

Military

Colonel Mike Mullane ’63, astronaut, made three flights into space as a NASA mission specialist.

Scholars and Scientists

Ramon Gutiérrez ’69, the Preston and Sterling Morton Distinguished Service Professor in History at the University of Chicago, is one of the nation’s leading Latino scholars and the recipient of the MacArthur Foundation Prize Fellowship (“genius” grant).

Michael Olivas ’67, the William B. Bates Distinguished Chair in Law at the University of Houston Law Center and Director of the Institute for Higher Education Law and Governance at UH, is a national authority on immigration law.

Rubén Rumbaut ’65, professor of sociology at University of California Irvine, is an internationally known scholar of immigration and refugee movements and a leading expert on immigration in the United States.

Donald C. Wunsch ’79, Ph.D. EE, MBA, PE, FIEEE is the Mary K. Finley Missouri Distinguished Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the Missouri University of Science and Technology,  and was elected IEEE Fellow for “contributions to hardware implementations, reinforcement and unsupervised learning.”

Sports

Michael Murphy ’90, played baseball for 13 years in the minors for eight organizations including the Toronto Blue Jays, Baltimore Orioles and Colorado Rockies and runs the number one baseball and softball academy in Northern California. 

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