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Daniel Press, Ph.D., professor of environmental studies and sciences



2022/23: 3,089 Undergraduate, 65 Graduate



2022/23: 373 Full-time, 122 Part-time


Degrees Awarded

2021/22: 803 Bachelor's, 15 Master's


Notable College of Arts and Sciences Alumni

Andy Ackerman '78 - TV producer and director, Seinfeld, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Frasier, Two and a Half Men, Whitney; co-producer, Cheers; producer, The Ellen Show; director, Perfect Couples, The Conners; winner, three prime time Emmys (was the youngest person to win an Emmy for technical achievement in editing at the age of 24); winner, Golden Globe; winner, two Directors Guild Awards

Resa Aslan '95 - author, No god But God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, How to Win a Cosmic War, Tablet and Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East; consulting producer, HBO's The Leftovers; executive producer, Rough Draft with Reza Asland, CNN's Believer

Brandi Chastain '91 - former professional soccer player, FC Gold Pride, San Jose Cyber Rays, U.S. women's national soccer team; 1996 Olympic gold medalist, 2000 Olympic silver medalist, two-time World Cup gold medalist (1991, 1999); author, It's Not About the Bra; broadcaster, ABC/ESPN; member, National Soccer Hall of Fame

David C. Drummond '85 - former Senior vice president of Corporate Development and chief legal officer, Google, Inc.

Brenden Eich '83 - JavaScript creator

Geoff Fox '62 - founder and chairman, Fox Racing; member, Motorcycle Hall of Fame

Khaled Hosseini '88 - author, The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns, And the Mountains Echoed, Sea Prayer; founder, The Khaled Hosseini Foundation (nonprofit to provide humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan); U.S. goodwill envoy to the UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency

Francisco Jiménez '66 - author, Taking Hold, The Circuit, Breaking Through, Reaching Out; professor, 2002 U.S. Professor of the Year, CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education); winner, David Logothetti Award for Teaching in Excellence from Santa Clara University

Brent M. Jones '85 - former professional football player and pro bowler, San Francisco 49ers; three-time All-Pro award winner, four-time Pro Bowler; former NFL analyst, The NFL Today and CBS; board member, San Jose Sports & Entertainment Enterprises (owner of the San Jose Sharks)

Sharon Kugler '81 - first female chaplain, Yale University; lecturer, Yale Divinity School

Jack Lazar '87 - former chief financial officer, GoPro; board member, Silicon Labs, Resideo, Mellanox Technologies, thredUP

Zoe Lofgren '75 - Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, California's 19th district (Silicon Valley, San Jose, Morgan Hill, Gilroy)

Noelle Lopez '09 - recipient, Rhodes Scholarship; first female SCU Rhodes Scholar

Dee Dee Myers '83 - former White House press secretary, Clinton Administration (first woman to ever hold that position); executive vice president of corporate communications, Warner Bros.; author, New York Times' Bestseller Why Women Should Rule the World; political analyst and commentator, CNBC; contributing editor, Vanity Fair; managing director of public affairs, The Glover Park Group

Janet Napolitano '79 - former president, University of California system; former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, Obama Administration; former governor of Arizona

Steve Nash '96 - former professional basketball player, Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks, 8-time NBA all-star and two-time NBA MVP; general manager and former captain, Canadian Men's National Basketball Team; co-owner, Vancouver Whitecaps FC; member, Basketball Hall of Fame

Daniel Nava '05 - former professional baseball player, Pittsburg Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies, Los Angeles Angels, Tampa Bay Rays, Boston Red Sox, and the Kansas City Royals (fourth player in MLB history to hit a grand slam in his first major league at bat)

Gavin Newsom '89 - governor, California; former lieutenant governor, California; former mayor, San Francisco

Edward A. Panelli ’53 J.D. ’55 - former associate justice, California Supreme Court

Leon Panetta '60, J.D. '63 - former U.S. Secretary of Defense; former director of the CIA, Obama Administration; former White House chief of staff, Clinton Administration; representative, U.S. Congress, California

Mary Ann Peters ’72 - CEO, Carter Center; former provost, Naval War College; member, Council on Foreign Relations and Women in International Security; former U.S. ambassador to Bangladesh; previously served on the National Security Council; council member, Council on Foreign Relations, Women in International Security

Kurt Rambis '80 - analyst, ESPN; former head coach, Minnesota Timberwolves; former assistant coach, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers; former professional basketball player, Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns and Charlotte Hornets; winner, four NBA championships

Steve Sordello '92, MBA '01 - chief financial officer, LinkedIn

Adam Zotovitch '97 - Broadway producer, The Color Purple, The Addams Family, A View From the Bridge, Driving Miss Daisy, Of Mice and Men, Legally Blonde (musical), Dear Evan Hansen, and An Act of God; performer, Contact, Fiddler on the Roof, Chicago, and The Wedding Singer.