New College alumni lead uncommon lives.

Novo Collegians have followed career paths as diverse and rewarding as one can imagine. They are inventors, musicians, politicians, doctors and entrepreneurs. New College graduates make big contributions in the fields of business, education, medicine, entertainment and human services. You can read about many of them by visiting Life After New College.

Take a look at just a few of the outstanding alumnae/i who have done amazing things with their liberal arts degree from New College of Florida:

Esther Barazzone, Ph.D. ’64 is president of Chatham University and one of our first Fulbright scholars.

Thomas Bell, Ph.D. ’64, is a scientist at the Goddard Space Flight Center at NASA and a senior meteorologist in the Laboratory for Atmospheres.

John Lentini ’69 is one of the country’s pre-eminent fire investigators.

William Dudley ’71 is president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He holds a doctorate in economics from the University of California at Berkeley.

Lincoln Diaz-Balart ’72 built a distinguished career in American government, serving in the Florida house and senate and in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was the first Hispanic named to the House’s powerful Rules Committee.

Sam Patterson ’74 created the KL Grip Shift system for road and mountain bikes.

Susan Burns ’76 is the founding editor of BIZ(941), an award-winning monthly business magazine. She is a founding board member of the Sarasota School of Arts and Sciences.

Carol Flint ’76 is a Hollywood scriptwriter and producer for such acclaimed shows as China Beach, L.A. Law, The West Wing and ER, for which she won an Emmy.

Gregory Dubois-Felsmann ’77, a Rhodes Scholar, is regarded as one of the world’s leading experts in the field of experimental particle physics.

Nancy McEldowney ’77 is responsible for all training for the U.S. Department of State as director of the Foreign Service Institute. She is a former U.S. Ambassador to Bulgaria and also served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs and at the White House as Director of European Affairs on the National Security Council staff.

Sharon Matola ’78 is often referred to as “the Jane Goodall of Central America.” She is founder of the Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center.

Felice Schulaner ’78 held management positions for Jordan Marsh, Macy’s and American Express before becoming senior vice president of human resources for Coach Inc., where she helped lead one of the most successful initial public offerings of the decade.

Elaine Hall ’79 created The Miracle Project, the first theater arts program for children with autism spectrum disorders. Her documentary/musical on the subject won an Emmy.

Michael Lepore ’85 is a vascular surgeon and serves as the medical director of peripheral vascular surgery for Sarasota Memorial Hospital Heart & Vascular Institute.

Jennifer Granick ’86 is a nationally recognized expert in Internet law and is the Civil Liberties Director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Cheryl Horner Sirulnick ’87 is owner, founder and executive producer of Gigantic! Productions and has won two Prism Awards and a Daytime Emmy. She has been a creative director for networks from Bucharest to Sydney and has produced a string of lauded programs for MTV.

Jack Collins '88 is a former chief of staff at Sarasota Memorial Hospital and a family physician at MedPeds Associates of Sarasota.

Eben Kirksey ‘96 is a cultural anthropologist at the CUNY Graduate Center, which studies the political dimensions of imagination as well as the interplay of natural and cultural history. His first book, Freedom in Entangled Worlds, is about an indigenous political movement in West Papua, the half of New Guinea under Indonesian control.

Ian Thomas ’99 is a senior web developer at Epic Games. At New College, he studied psychology and computer science.

Laura Navarro ’01 is enrolled at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University, where she has a full tuition scholarship. She hopes to practice Pediatric Hematology/Oncology.

Emily Vasile ’03 is a user operations specialist at Facebook. A former program analyst at the U.S. Department of Transportation, she holds a masters degree in public affairs, state and local government from the University of Texas at Austin’s LBJ School of Public Affairs.

The New College Fund Needs You


Data for Dollars


Jessica Rogers
Associate VP of Advancement
Associate Director, New College Foundation
(941) 487-4900

Glen van der Molen
Assistant Director, New College Alumnae/i Association
(941) 487-4676

New College Alumnae/i Association
The Keating Center
5800 Bay Shore Road
Sarasota, FL 34243

Phone: (941) 487-4900