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Alumni-College Connection

Linking the Campus and the World

With such a rich legacy of producing outstanding leaders in all areas of society, the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy has one of the most exceptional and accomplished alumni groups in the nation. It is no surprise that our alumni are also generous in giving back to our students and to the college in a variety of ways.

  • Generous alumni donations support our programs, education-enhancing activities, and individual students.
  • In addition to monetary support, we’re grateful for the connections our alumni make between the college and businesses, government agencies, and nonprofit groups, connecting our students to applied projects, internships, and significant exposure to the world they will enter after getting their degrees.
  • Alumni valuable and practical insight for our students as they prepare for meaningful careers and leadership positions upon graduation. Here are some of the recent visits our alumni have made to campus to engage with students in the college regarding their professional experience, best practices, and specifics that pertain to their field of expertise.


  • International Affairs alums Jordan Raupp (left) and Eric Reading (right), both
    with the global development firm Chemonics (with adjunct faculty member William
    Clay, center) spoke with students in October 2015 about opportunities for graduates
    and key issues of social and economic change that those in the field are working on.


    Josh Mikels (left) met with students in the Applied Economics master's
    program in September 2016.


    In October 2016, James Sweeney (right) talked about his career with members
    of the National Association of Business Economics (pictured) and later the same
    day participated in an alumni panel on careers in economics.


The Alumni-College Connection serves as a vital component of a major goal in the college’s 2010-2015 development campaign: to enhance our students’ opportunities for personal growth and development inside and outside of the classroom. We’re eager to hear from alumni who want to participate in any meaningful way. Please contact us.

Here are some of the distinguished alumni who have been making the connection with the college:

 

Jim Murdaugh

Jim Murdaugh (Ph.D. ’05) spoke at a well-attended Alumni Spotlight event on campus hosted by the Florida State University Public Administration Graduate Association, April 25, 2014. Dr. Murdaugh, president of Tallahassee Community College, spoke with students about his education and career history...

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Deborah Sawyer

During her 20+ years in the executive search field, Deborah Sawyer (International Affairs,’81) has compiled a CV that reflects a career she only dreamt of while pursuing her IA major. She has led several major global client relationships and worked throughout the Asia-Pacific region, including...

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Tom Leahey

During his more than 20-year career in banking, Tom Leahy (Economics,’83) has accomplished a great deal. His resume includes a decade in corporate banking in Florida, Rhode Island, and Georgia. He then became the CFO for the Maxim Group and led the company through its successful IPO and three...

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David Coburn

Following a distinguished three-decade career in the Florida Legislature, David Coburn (B.A. Social Science ’73, Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning, ’77) was awarded one of FSU’s highest honors, the James D. Westcott Medal, presented to those whose service “whose life and work exemplify the...

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Scott Minos

A frequent speaker at the College on a range of issues, Scott Minos (Political Science, ’84) has an extensive resumé that includes his solid experience as strategic communicator. Those skills have been put to use most notably as the Senior Policy and Communications Specialist at the U.S. Department...

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Dirk Mateer

Dirk Mateer earned his Ph.D. in Economics from Florida State University in 1991. He is currently a Senior Lecturer and a Director of the Undergraduate Studies Program in Economics at Penn State University, where he regularly teaches large principles sections. He is the author of Economics in the...

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Jason Altmire

Jason Altmire, a 1990 graduate of the College of Social Sciences, was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2006. During his time in Congress, Jason worked hard to tackle the issues that are important to the hard-working people of western Pennsylvania, including veterans, health care, and...

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