May 20, 2002
Tony Award-winning musical director and conductor Paul Gemignani (right), corporate affairs executive Jim Wunderman (lower right) and telecommunications executive Mohan Gyani (lower left) will be inducted into the SFSU Alumni Hall of Fame this year.
This year's inductees, along with Alumnus of the Year Peter Casey and President's Medal recipient Vernon Alley, will be honored at a campus reception this week.
Gemignani, who earned a bachelor's degree in music in 1968, has been the music director for more than 35 shows on Broadway and in London's West End, including "Kiss Me Kate," "Sweeney Todd," "Evita," "Follies," and "Crazy for You." He received the 2001 Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre.
Wunderman, who earned a bachelor's degree in political science in 1984, is senior vice president of corporate affairs for Providian Financial Corp. and chairman-elect of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Wunderman also served as San Francisco Mayor Frank Jordan's chief of staff and San Francisco deputy mayor from 1992 to 1995. He has acted as a consultant for many city campaigns and ballot initiatives through his consulting company, The Wunderman Group.
Gyani, who earned a bachelor's degree in business in 1973 and an MBA in finance in 1978, is president and chief executive officer of AT&T Wireless Mobility Group. Previously, he was head of strategy and corporate development and a member of the Board of Directors for Vodafone AirTouch PLC.
The SFSU Alumni Association selects the Hall of Fame inductees and annual Alumnus of the Year award winner. The Hall of Fame recognizes outstanding alumni who have earned the respect of their peers through professional, cultural and civic achievements. It can be viewed in the lobby of the J. Paul Leonard Library. Past inductees include: Casey, actor Danny Glover, actress Annette Bening, UCLA head football coach Bob Toledo, Oakland schools Superintendent Dennis Chaconas, and author Melba Beals.
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