The Purchase College President’s Award for Distinguished Alumni marks the occasion of a maturing institution and honors distinguished alumni whose demonstrated excellence and significant contributions within their chosen fields reflect on the quality of their educational experience at Purchase College. We are confident that our alumni — poised as they are for roles of major influence and contribution — will continue to emerge worthy of these awards.

Year

Recipient

2019

Ina Mayhew ’81 (Theatre Design)

2018

Jay Olcutt Sanders ’76 (Theatre)

Latrice Monique Walker ’01 (Sociology and Political Science)

2017

Regina Spektor ’01 (Music)
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2016

Kyle Abraham ’00 (Dance) 
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2015

 Stephen Vitiello ’86 (Literature)

2014

Jodi Long ’76 (Theatre Arts)

Peter Powchik ’79 (Chemistry)

2013

Gregory Crewdson ’85 (Culture and Society)

Jessica Hentoff  ’77 (Sociology)

2012

John Ambroseo ’83 (Chemistry)

Ivan Menchell ’83 (Drama Studies)

2011

Susie Essman ’77 (Urban Studies)
Jon Kessler ’80 (Visual Arts)

2010

Terese Capucilli ’78 (Dance)

Michael Powell ’78 (History)

2009

Donald Margulies ’76 (Visual Arts)

Chris Wedge ’81 (Film)

2008

Dwayne Croft ’83 (Music)

Jeremy Gerard ’77 (Literature) 

2007

Doug Varone ’78 (Dance)
Adam Nagourney ’77 (Economics) 

2006

Harvey Wang ’77 (Visual Arts and Anthropology)

2005

Jill Bargonetti-Chavarria ’85 (Biology)

Fred Wilson ’76 (Visual Arts)