The CSU has 2 million alumni, outnumbering the population of every city in California except Los Angeles. More than 200 alumni, including 46 legislators, work in the state capitol. Nationally, the CSU has several CEOs among the Fortune 500 companies.

CSU alumni are the engine of the state's productivity and key to the state's vitality. One in 10 members of California's workforce is a CSU graduate, and the majority of the state's teachers are CSU alumni. About half of the California State Teacher of the Year award recipients, since the award was first given in 1972, are CSU graduates.

CSU graduates have distinguished themselves in every field, including arts and entertainment, business, education, journalism, public administration, the sciences, sports, and agriculture. CSU graduates are the core of California in virtually every field of endeavor.

Among noted CSU alumni are director Steven Spielberg, novelist Anne Rice, actor Richard Dreyfuss, Astronaut Robert "Hoot" Gibson, astronomer and comet discoverer Carolyn Shoemaker, tennis great Billie Jean King, novelist Joseph Wambaugh, Hawaii's Governor Linda Lingle, California Supreme Court Justice Marvin Baxter, and former Olympic Games organizing committee president Peter Ueberroth.

CSU Alumni Council
Every campus has an active alumni association with members who provide valuable services, programs and resources for the campuses. They help to raise funds, maintain relationships with legislators and business leaders, and heighten awareness of the value of the CSU.

The campus alumni associations are represented at the state level by the CSU Alumni Council, which is comprised of the alumni director and an alumni volunteer from each of the CSU's 23 institutions.

The Alumni Council works on two levels: to enhance the ability of each campus alumni association to actively engage its alumni to support campus priorities; and to utilize the combined resources of the 23 institutions' alumni organizations to advocate for and advance the mission of the CSU.

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Last Updated: June 8, 2004