2013 Distinguished Alumni

Sanford Bressick


B.A. Liberal Studies (Hutchins School), 1985


Who better to inspire students than a successful alum returning to the classroom to share his experiences and knowledge? “Sonoma State changed my life. It's responsible for where I am today,” says Sanford Bressick. A New York Life agent for 29 years, Sanford also teaches in the SSU’s School of Business and Economics. He’s also involved with helping move forward the priorities of the University, including the connection with alumni and seeing the opening of the Green Music Center.

"Sanford teaches a class on Sales Force Management – call him professor Bressick! He has been a donor to the School, and an ambassador connecting students, alums, and community members. He is a mentor to students and an advisor to me,” says Bill Silver, Dean of the School of Business & Economics.

In addition, Sanford has been intimately involved with the fundraising for the Green Music Center, almost from the first day it was imagined. He also was successful as president of Sonoma State University’s Alumni Association, helping connect fellow alums with the University.

When Sanford was attending Sonoma State, he dreamed of making a difference in the classroom. He was inspired by his mother who worked in the care of children which prompted him to create the Joyce H. Bressick Memorial Scholarship in her honor for Hutchins majors who have a child at the Children's School on campus.

He started his work experience at Sonoma on Sundays in the cafeteria, being known as the "omelet guy." It was at SSU’s Career Fair that he met his future manager at New York Life.

“Sanford has truly come full circle in his life. He is not only successful in his profession, but also brings the tools that have made him valuable to his students. The Sales and Marketing course is very hands on, bringing students out of their comfort zones and into the real world,” says Silver.

“Professor Bressick is one of the best teachers I have ever had. I have learned valuable lessons about myself as a future professional from being in his class,” says business student Jordan Brown.

Sanford’s life goal is to touch as many lives as possible whether through volunteer work, personal monetary investment or teaching.

“He has as heartfelt desire to help people in his life—and that includes not only his business clients, but his alma mater and many others,” says Erik Greeny, Interim Vice President for University Development. "We’re very pleased to honor him as a Distinguished Alumni this year.”