Humboldt State University has been recognizing the achievements of alumni since 1960 when it launched its annual Who’s Who Award. Distinguished alumni are individuals recognized as leaders in their fields, and/or outstanding contributors to their community, nation, or Humboldt State University.
2013-14 NOMINATIONS ARE OPEN AND ARE DUE NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14. Click here for the nomination form and information.
Humboldt State University alumni have made contributions to all areas of society and culture. A few stand outs include Monroe Spaght, former president of the Shell Oil Company, Kenneth L. Fisher, author and CEO of Fisher Investments, Martin Wong, a renown artist, Stephen Hillenburg, creator of Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants and more.
2013 Distinguished Alumni
Clifford Allenby (’59, Economics, Psychology)
A high-ranking state appointee across eight California administrations, Allenby has also been a community activist for more than 20 years. In 2011, Allenby was named to his present post, acting director of the California Department of Mental Health. Read more »
Ellie Cachette (’06, Political Science)
Cachette is the first recipient of Humboldt State University’s Recent Distinguished Alumni Award. Cachette is founder and chief executive officer of Consumer Bell, a San Francisco based company that helps businesses and customers track and manage product recalls online. Read more »
Robert Henry (’67, Social Science)
One of California’s foremost education attorneys, Robert Henry evidenced his promising future in his accomplishments at HSU (’67, Social Science). Henry was twice elected HSU student body president, served as president of Tau Kappa Epsilon Social fraternity and was honored as Humboldt State’s Man of the Year in 1967. Read more »
Rick Rosenthal (’67, Zoology)
A multiple Emmy and BAFTA award winning cinematographer who specializes in natural history, Rick Rosenthal has worked with the prestigious BBC/Natural history Unit in Bristol, England since 1984. This was a launching pad for many worldwide assignments that included Blockbuster nature documentaries Planet Earth and Life. Read more »