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Star Studded

The Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni celebrates graduates who have influenced our world in extraordinary ways.


James CusumanoJames Cusumano RC’64, GSNB’68
A technology, hospitality, and entertainment entrepreneur, Cusumano has achieved success by following his dreams. A doo-wop musician turned R&D executive at Exxon and later founder of the multifaceted Catalytica, Cusumano has pursued a career that continues to expand in new directions. He created Chateau Wally Films and is working with Chateau Mcely, a hotel and executive retreat center near Prague, Czech Republic.

Mark FieldsMark Fields RC’83
The executive vice president of Ford Motor Company and president of The Americas, Fields is a respected visionary in the auto industry. Experts often credit him with saving Ford, a testament to his recent restructuring plan that allowed the company to avoid taking government bailout funds and to reap success in a difficult economic climate.

Jules Plangere Jr.Jules Plangere Jr. RC’44
A preeminent figure in New Jersey’s media landscape, Plangere is the former publisher and board chair of the Asbury Park Press. Under his leadership, the Press expanded operations and won several honors including the Selden Ring Award for Investigative Reporting and the Associated Press Managing Editors’ Award for Public Service.

Joan SnyderJoan Snyder DC’62, MGSA’66
Celebrated for her vibrant expressionist paintings and her leading role in feminist art, Snyder, a 2007 MacArthur Fellow, has produced award-winning art that is represented in museum collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston; the Jewish Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Museum of Modern Art in New York; and the National Museum of Women in the Arts and the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C.

Terry StewartTerry Stewart ENG’69
For more than a decade, Stewart has been president and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio, which entertains and educates visitors about the social significance of rock and roll. A noted collector, Stewart was president, chief operating officer, and vice chair of Marvel Entertainment Group.