Distinguished Alumni

College of Liberal Arts graduates exhibit many fascinating paths to success. Each year we celebrate the accomplishments of our alumni at an Outstanding Alumni Awards Ceremony.


Brian Jettinghoff (2015 Recipient)

BA, Social Science Education; MEd, Adolescent Young Adult; MEd, Educational Leadership

Brian Jettinghoff graduated magna cum laude from Wright State University’s Social Science Education Program (SSE) in 2006 and stayed in the local area after graduation as a teacher and leader in Fairborn schools. There he oversees special education, looking out for the needs of Fairborn’s special-needs children. Jettinghoff’s leadership brings to Fairborn schools the qualities encouraged in SSE: a holistic approach to the people of the world, integrating studies of world history, political science, geography, philosophy, and sociology. 

Since graduating with his BA in SSE, Jettinghoff has maintained his relationship with Wright State University, returning to complete two different MA degrees with perfect GPAs in the College of Education and Human Services. The second of those, an MA in Educational Leadership in 2011, prepared him for his current role as Special Education Supervisor at Fairborn. Believing that education is a lifelong process, Jettinghoff is now studying for his Superintendent License.

Tom Alig (2009 Recipient)

'06 B.A. Social Science Education

Tom Alig graduated from Wright State University in 2006.

He currently teaches 8th grade social studies and reading and 6th grade religion at St. Albert the Great School in Kettering. He is also the defensive coordinator for the Archbishop Alter High School football team, which in 2008 won the Division 4 State Championship.

Prior to entering WSU, he was a chef and a stay-at-home father. Born and reared in Dayton, Tom attended St. Albert the Great School and graduated in 1988 from Archbishop Alter High School. He is married to Laura, and they are the parents of three boys: Thomas, 12; Robert, 10; and Michael, 8. He is proud to be a Raider and looks forward to coaching football someday for Wright State!


We are currently launching an Alumni Association and would love to hear from anyone who graduated from the Social Science Education Program. Please send your contact information to: Noeleen.mcilvenna@wright.edu.