2017 Honored Alumni Ted Emrick

Ted Emrick

Attended Cuesta: 1981-1984, 1987, 1992, 1993

A well-known contemporary multi-media painter and sculptor, Ted holds three associate degrees from Cuesta College (general studies, two-dimensional art, and three-dimensional art) as well as a Bachelor’s in Fine Art Degree from San Francisco’s Art Institute. Today, Ted resides in Los Osos and runs his own art studio, Emrick Studios.


2017 Honored Alumni Jim Gregory


Jim Gregory

Attended Cuesta: 1971-1973

Jim taught American literature, modern world literature, cultural anthropology, U.S. history, and European history for 30 years at Mission College Preparatory and Arroyo Grande High School. Since his retirement, Jim has written two books on South County History; World War II Arroyo Grande and Patriot Graves: Discovering a California Town’s Civil War Heritage.



2017 Honored Alumni Frank MechamFrank Mecham

Attended Cuesta: 1965, 1990

Frank began working in the public sector in 1996 as a Planning Commissioner for the City of Paso Robles, was elected to the City of Paso Robles as a Council Member in 1998, and then as the first elected mayor for the City of Paso Robles in 2000. He served as mayor for eight years. Frank then represented District One on the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors from 2009 to 2016.