Distinguished Alumni

 

Susan B. Anderson: Fresno City College, 1983

Susan B. Anderson came to Fresno City College in 1973 and graduated from San Joaquin College of Law in 1987 with a juris doctorate degree. She served as President of the Student Association and Alumni Association. Anderson served as the elected County Clerk/Registrar of Voters for Fresno County from 1991 to 2001. She is very active in community service as a member of the Rotary Club of Fresno, the National Women’s Political Caucus and the League of Women Voters. She is currently serving on the Fresno County Board of Supervisors for District 2.

Carmen Eanni: Fresno City College, 1953

Carmen Anthony Eanni, attorney at law, is the second Fresno City College Wall of Fame Cornerstone inductee who is also a former FCC football player. Eanni played FCC football for Hans Wiedenhoefer’s 1952 and 1953 teams. After that, Eanni spent 38 months in the US Army, one year in the 77th Special Forces and two years in the famed 82nd Airborne Division. Eanni returned to civilian life and eventually earned an FCC associate degree in 1959. He received a bachelor’s degree from CSU, San Francisco and a juris doctorate degree in 1963 from the University of California’s prestigious Hastings College of Law. For the past 37 years, he has been a managing partner with Miles, Sears, and Eanni, a firm that specializes in civil trials.

Tom Flores: Fresno City College, 1955

Tom Flores came to Fresno City College from Sanger High as a 155-pound quarterback. During his two seasons at FCC, the Rams were 11-7-1, he was Associated Men Students president and won an academic scholarship to College (now University) of the Pacific. While in college, he lettered in football and baseball and earned a bachelor’s degree in education. He caught the attention of professional football scouts and had a distinguished career as a professional quarterback in the NFL and AFL with the Oakland Raiders, Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs. He later also coached for the Oakland Raiders. Flores holds an honorary doctorate from Pepperdine University for humanitarian service. Currently, he is the color analyst for the Oakland Raiders radio network.

Kenny Guinn: Fresno City College, 1956

The current Governor of the State of Nevada played football for one year at Fresno City College after transferring from the University of Southern California. Guinn transferred to Fresno State, where he earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in physical education. He received a doctorate in education from Utah State University. Moving to Las Vegas, Guinn joined Clark County School District as a planning specialist. Within five years, he was Superintendent of Schools, a position he held with distinction until 1978. After serving as vice president and chairman of the board for Nevada Savings and Loan, he became president of Southwest Gas Corporation, and eventually, chairman of the board of directors in 1993. The next year he was recruited by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Board of Regents to serve as interim university president. He was elected Governor of Nevada in 1998.

Pete Mehas: Fresno City College, 1959

Dr. Pete Mehas attended Fresno City College from 1957-59, where he was an All-American linebacker and center for the FCC Rams football team. He has had a long and successful career in education as a teacher, coach, principal and as Fresno County’s Superintendent of Schools since 1990. He retired from that post in 2006. Dr. Mehas has also served as Secretary of Education to Governor George Deukmejian, was a member of the California State Board of Education and Board of Governors for California Community Colleges.

Maurice Morris: Fresno City College, 1999

Maurice Morris was Fresno City College’s national record-setting tailback. Morris was a two-time JC Grid-Wire First Team All-American, who set career national community college records over the 1998 and 1999 seasons. He also shattered just about every rushing and scoring record in FCC’s great football history. He was highly recruited by various universities, and transferred to the University of Oregon. In 2002, he was drafted in Round Two of the National Football League player draft by the Seattle Seahawks. He has been in the NFL ever since and played in the Super Bowl for the Seahawks this past February.

P. James Nugent, M.D.: Fresno City College, 1977

P. James Nugent came to Fresno City College in 1974 where he developed a passion for the sciences. After transferring to UCLA in 1977, he went on to complete his bachelor’s degree in biology in 1979 with the distinctions of Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa and completed medical school at UCLA in 1983. After completing an internship and residency in General Surgery, also at UCLA, he went on to receive a research fellowship in joint replacement at UCLA Medical Center and Sepulveda Veterans Administration Medical Center. After completing a residence in orthopedic surgery at UCLA Medical Center and completing a fellowship in spine surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1992, he returned to Fresno to establish his practice. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and is a member of numerous medical societies and professional organizations. He has also published numerous articles and made presentations on topics in his field. He received the Distinguished Alumnus Award at the Fresno City College Commencement Exercises in May 2006.

Maxie Parks: Fresno City College, 1971

Maxie Parks was a part of the legendary glory years of Fresno area track and field. His greatest athletic fame came on the world stage when he anchored the USA’s mile relay team to a gold medal victory in the 1976 Olympics at Montreal. Parks and three other former Rams still hold the No. 3 slot in FCC’s all-time mile relay standings. He was the 1971 state champion in the 440-yard run. His mark, converted to 400 meters, is still No. 2 on FCC’s all-time list. In football, he was a deep threat as a wide receiver and he didn’t disappoint quarterbacks or FCC fans. He transferred to UCLA where he continued his track and field successes on an NCAA championship relay team. In 1997, he was voted into the California Community College Track and Field Hall of Fame. Parks is employed as a foreman for Bruno’s Iron & Scrap Recycling.

Sarah Reyes: Fresno City College, 1982

Sarah Reyes is the first Latina and only the second woman from the San Joaquin Valley to serve in the California State Assembly. Reyes represented the 31st Assembly District for six years from 1998 to 2004. Prior to being elected to the Legislature, Ms. Reyes served as the Assistant to the Chancellor for the State Center Community College District and was a television news reporter. Today, Reyes is the President/Executive Director for the non-profit organization, Community Food Bank. Sarah Reyes is highly regarded for her remarkable work in the community, having served on several boards and commissions representing a diverse and charitable group of organizations.

Tom Seaver: Fresno City College, 1964

Tom Seaver came to Fresno City College after six months of active duty in the US Marine Corps Reserves. In his only season at FCC, the right-hander posted an 11-2 record in 1964 and the Rams came within one game of reaching the state championships for a fourth consecutive year. He played his sophomore season at the University of Southern California and was signed by the New York Mets in 1966. The rest is major league baseball history: “Tom Terrific” pitched magnificently for the “Miracle Mets” in the World Series Championship of 1969. He won three Cy Young Awards in 1969, 1973 and 1975. Seaver was inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1992. Seaver married the former Nancy McIntyre, a FCC song leader from McLane High. Currently, he is the color analyst on New York Yankees broadcasts.

David Sloan: Fresno City College, 1992

David Sloan came to Fresno City College in the fall of 1990 to play basketball. For two seasons, he pounded the lane for rebounds and blocked shots. Then, after bulking up to 235 pounds, he decided to give FCC football a shot with encouragement from head coach John Volek and head basketball coach Steve Cleveland. David played the 1992 season at FCC catching 13 passes for 254 yards and one touchdown. Then, he received a full scholarship from the University of New Mexico. He enjoyed a productive nine-year career with the NFL’s Detroit Lions and New Orleans Saints and received All-Pro honors in 1999 after catching 47 passes for 591 yards and 4 touchdowns. He earned an associate degree from FCC and a bachelor’s degree in economics from UNM. Today, Sloan sells residential real estate in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Gary Soto: Fresno City College, 1972

Gary Soto was born and raised in Fresno and attended Fresno City College and CSU Fresno as an English major. He is the author of ten poetry collections for adults, most notably New And Selected Poems, a 1995 finalist for both the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the National Book Award. His poems have appeared in many literary magazines including The Nation, Plouqhshares, The Iowa Review, Ontario Review and most frequently Poetry, which has honored him with the Bess Hokin Prize and the Levinson Award and by featuring him in Poets in Person. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts (twice), and the California Arts Council. In 1999 he received the Literature Award from the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, the Author-Illustrator Civil Rights Award from the National Education Association, and the PEN Center West Book Award for Petty Crimes. He serves as Young People’s Ambassador for the California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA) and the United Farm Workers of America (UFW). He lives in Berkeley, CA.

Carolyn Webster: Fresno City College, 1968

Carolyn Webster received her nursing education from Fresno City College in the late 1960s. Webster is chief executive officer at Fresno’s Heart Hospital. Webster’s experience is in nursing and patient care management, as well as customer service and facilities design. She is chief nursing officer for Community Medical Centers and previously held positions with Health Pacific International and the Fresno Surgery Center.

Joe Williams: Fresno City College, 1960

Joe Williams played football on the 1959 and 1960 Fresno City College football teams. His football skill earned him a scholarship to Fresno State. In 1977, he became the first African American to be elected to the Fresno City Council, where he served two terms. He is also the former executive director of the Fresno County Economic Opportunities Commission, where he is credited with building the commission into a large and highly effective organization. Williams is President of Richard Heath and Associates, a national project management and consulting firm.

 
 
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