Six CSU Alumni: Phillip Boutte Jr., Gerald Freeny, Jeff Huckaby, Erica Lockheimer, Diane G. Miller and Julio Cesar Ortiz.
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Meet Six Industry Leaders ‘Made in the CSU’

Michelle McCarthy

CSU alumni are making a difference in every field throughout California, the nation and the world.

Six CSU Alumni: Phillip Boutte Jr., Gerald Freeny, Jeff Huckaby, Erica Lockheimer, Diane G. Miller and Julio Cesar Ortiz.

​From left: Phillip Boutt​​é Jr., Gerald Freeny, Jeff Huckaby, Erica Lockheimer, Diane G. Miller and Julio Cesar Ortiz. These CSU graduates are leaders in entertainme​nt, management, agriculture, engineering, information security and television reporting.

 

​​​​​Every year, the CSU graduates nearly 126,000 students into California's workforce. In 2019, the system will surpass 3.8 million alumni from its 23 campuses. Our alumni are leading the way in every industry, from agriculture and engineering to hospitality and entertainment. Just as important, these professionals drive the state's economy, making California a leader around the world.

 

Meet some of the CSU's extraordinary alumni:

  • Phillip Boutté Jr. (CSU Long Beach) Concept Costume Artist, Entertainment Industry. Boutté has designed costume concepts for blockbuster films such as “Black Panther" and “A Wrinkle in Time," television shows including “Westworld" and “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and the Broadway musical “Hedwig and the Angry Inch."
  • Gerald Freeny (Cal State LA) 2019 President, Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association. In his role as the 2019 President, Freeny provided leadership for the 130th Rose Parade and the 105th Rose Bowl Game.  
  • Jeff Huckaby (CSU Bakersfield) President, Grimmway Enterprises. Huckaby serves as president of Grimmway Enterprises, the world's largest grower, packer and shipper of carrots and the nation's largest grower of organic vegetables.
  • Erica Lockheimer (San José State) Vice President of Engineering, Learning, LinkedIn. Lockheimer serves as vice president of engineering, LinkedIn Learning, working to empower every member of the global workforce to develop the skills they need to realize economic opportunity and connect organizations and professionals with learning experiences that make them more productive and successful. 
  • Diane G. Miller (Cal Poly Pomona) Director of InfoSec Operations and Cyber Initiatives, Northrop Grumman Corporation. Miller serves as director of InfoSec Operations and Cyber Initiatives and director of Global Cyber Education & Workforce Program, where she is responsible for ensuring effective information security and works to develop the corporation's cybersecurity strategy. 
  • Julio Cesar Ortiz (CSUN), Television News Reporter, Univision Television Group. Ortiz has been awarded 20 Emmys, nine Associated Press Writer of the Year awards and several Edward R. Murrow and Golden Mike awards.

 Meet more outstanding alumni who were "Made in the CSU."​