Notable Alums

Literature

▪ Sandro Corsaro – Author and TV Show Creator

▪ William Faulkner – Nobel Prize-winning author, University of Mississippi

▪ Albert Jay Nock – Author and social critic

▪ Walker Percy – Author, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

 

Music

▪ Jimmy Dunne (Songwriter) – songwriter, recording artist, composer, film and television producer, entrepreneur, and president of Inspire, University of Kentucky

▪ Glen Ballard – veteran songwriter and producer, University of Mississippi

▪ Dierks Bentley – country music singer University of Vermont

▪ Nick Lachey – Singer and former husband of Jessica Simpson, Miami University

▪ George McConnell – Guitarist, formerly of Beanland and Widespread Panic, University of Mississippi

▪ Rudy Vallee – entertainer University of Maine, Yale University

▪ Joshua Radin – acoustic guitarist, singer-songwriter, Northwestern University

▪ Bobby Hatfield – Singer, the Righteous Brothers, California State University Long Beach

▪ Todd Low – Drummer, songwriter for Radagun, California State University Fresno

 

Media

▪ Ed Wilson – President of Tribune Broadcasting (Tribune Company), former President of Fox Television, NBC Enterprises, and CBS Enterprises, University of Arkansas

▪ George Bodenheimer – President of ESPN Inc. and ESPN on ABC

▪ Dave Campbell – ESPN baseball broadcaster, University of Michigan

▪ Jack Edwards – Former ESPN Broadcaster and current NESN play-by-play announcer for the Boston Bruins, University of New Hampshire

▪ Ron Franklin – ESPN college football and basketball broadcaster, University of Mississippi

▪ George Gallup – Creator of Gallup Poll, University of Iowa

▪ Philip Graham – Former publisher of the Washington Post and Newsweek, University of Florida

▪ Ernie Harwell – Former baseball broadcaster for the Detroit Tigers, Emory University

▪ Ed Hinton – ESPN NASCAR columnist, University of Southern Mississippi

▪ Chet Huntley- NBC News Anchor Montana State University

▪ Ernie Pyle – Pulitzer Prize winning World War II journalist, Indiana University

▪ Ryen Russillo – co-host of The Scott Van Pelt Show on ESPN Radio, University of Vermont

▪ Charles Strum – Associate managing editor for the New York Times, Dickinson College

▪ James J. Kilpatrick – Syndicated newspaper columnist, author University of Missouri

▪ Hughes Rudd – CBS News anchor, correspondent University of Missouri

 

Business

▪ Jack Crichton – Oil and gas industrialist in Texas

▪ Scott T. Ford- CEO, Alltel Wireless, University of Arkansas

▪ J.B. Fuqua – Former businessman and philanthropist. The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University is named after him

▪ Steve Lacy – President & CEO, Meredith Corporation, Kansas State University

▪ David S. Lewis, Jr. – Former Chairman & CEO, General Dynamics Corporation, Georgia Tech

▪ William Perez – CEO, Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company

▪ Paul L. Foster – President and CEO of Western Refining, Baylor University

▪ T. Boone Pickens, Jr. – Chairman, Mesa Petroleum, Oklahoma State University

▪ John H. Pinkerton – Chairman and CEO of Range Resources, Texas Christian University

▪ Charles Price II – Chairman and CEO – Price Candy Company University of Missouri

▪ Richard Scruggs – Lawyer, University of Mississippi

▪ Chris Sullivan, founder Outback Steakhouse, University of Kentucky

▪ Ed Wilson – President of Chicago based Tribune Broadcasting, University of Arkansas

▪ Howard Wood – Co-founder, Charter Communications and former President & CEO, Cencom Cable Television, Washington University

▪ William T. Young – Businessman, Founder and former CEO of JIF, University of Kentucky

▪ Kurt Darrow – Businessman, CEO/President of La-Z-Boy, Adrian College

▪ Brian Lamb, C-SPAN’s chairman and CEO(Purdue University)

▪ Carl H. Lindner III – CEO of American Financial Group, University of Cincinnati

▪ S. Craig Lindner – Co-CEO and Co-President of American Financial Group, President of Great American Insurance Company, University of Cincinnati

▪ Ed Fuller – President of Marriott International

▪ David J. West – Director, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Hershey Company Bucknell University

▪ David Einhorn – President, Greenlight Capital Cornell University

▪ Doug Burgum – Senior Vice President, Microsoft Business Solutions North Dakota State University

▪ Louis Wood – Business Development Director Jupiter Asset Management

▪ John Thompson Dorrance – Founder Campbell’s Soup, MIT

 

Education

▪ James M. Farr – President of the University of Florida

▪ Bruce Grube – President of Georgia Southern University

▪ Ralph Cooper Hutchinson – President of Washington & Jefferson College

▪ Stephen G. Jennings – President of the University of Evansville

▪ Luis Proenza- President of University of Akron

▪ Don C. Davis- President Emeritus of Cameron University

▪ Gary Ransdell – President of Western Kentucky University

▪ Terry S. Maness- Dean of the Hankamer School of Business at Baylor University

▪ Jason T. Rowland- Award Winning Educator- Instructor Emeritus of Social Sciences CCSD

 

Government

President

▪ William McKinley – Twenty-fifth President of the United States (R), Mount Union College

U.S. Senate

▪ Max Baucus – U.S. Senator from Montana (D), Stanford University

▪ J.C.W. Beckham – Former U.S. Senator from Kentucky (D); youngest Governor of Kentucky; namesake of Beckham County, Oklahoma, Centre College

▪ Jim DeMint – U.S. Senator from South Carolina (R), University of Tennessee

▪ Pete Domenici – Former U.S. Senator from New Mexico (R), University of New Mexico

▪ Peter Fitzgerald – Former U.S. Senator from Illinois (R), Dartmouth College

▪ John J. Hickey – Former Wyoming governor and U.S. Senator (D), University of Wyoming

▪ Johnny Isakson – U.S. Senator from Georgia (R), University of Georgia

▪ Connie Mack III – Former Florida U.S. Senator (R), University of Florida

▪ Larry Pressler – Former South Dakota U.S. Senator (R), University of South Dakota

▪ David Pryor – Former Arkansas Governor and U.S. Senator (D), University of Arkansas

▪ Mark Pryor – U.S. Senator from Arkansas (D), University of Arkansas

▪ George Smathers- Former U.S. Senator and Congressman from Florida (D), philanthropist, University of Florida

▪ Dennis Chavez – Former U.S. Senator from New Mexico University of New Mexico

▪ Richard Russell – Former US Senator from Georgia University of Georgia

U.S. House of Representatives

▪ William Reynolds Archer, Jr. – Former U.S. Representative (R), Chairman -House Ways and Means Committee, University of Texas

▪ Allen Boyd – Former US Representative from Florida (D), Florida State University

▪ Jay Dickey – Former US Representative from Arkansas (R), University of Arkansas

▪ David Drier – US Representative from California (R), University of La Verne

▪ Thomas W. Ewing – Former US Representative from Illinois (R), Millikin University

▪ Paul Gillmor – Former US Representative from Ohio (R), Ohio Wesleyan University

▪ Ralph Regula – Former US Congressman from Ohio (R), Mount Union College

▪ John Shadegg – Former US Congressman from Arizona (R), University of Arizona

▪ Charles Walter “Charlie” Stenholm – Former US Congressman from Texas (D), Texas Tech University

Governors

▪ Haley Barbour – Current Governor of Mississippi (R); former chairman of the Republican National Committee, University of Mississippi

▪ Joe Foss – Former South Dakota Governor (R); Medal of Honor recipient; leading USMC ace pilot, 1st Commissioner of the AFL, former NRA President, University of South Dakota

▪ William L. Guy – Former North Dakota Governor (D), North Dakota State University

▪ Gary Johnson – Former Governor of New Mexico (R), University of New Mexico

▪ Paul B. Johnson, Jr. – Former Governor of Mississippi (D), University of Mississippi

▪ John Lynch – Current Governor of New Hampshire (D), University of New Hampshire

▪ Sidney S. McMath – Former Governor of Arkansas (D), Marine General & Renowned Trial Lawyer, University of Arkansas

▪ Robert D. Ray – Former Governor of Iowa (R), Drake University

▪ Robert D. Blue – Former Governor of Iowa, Drake University

▪ Brian Sandoval – Current Governor of Nevada University of Nevada

Mayors

▪ Ivan Allen Jr. – Former Mayor of Atlanta (D), Georgia Tech

▪ Jerry Sanders – Current Mayor of San Diego (R), San Diego State University

Other Notable Government Officials

▪ Henry M. Paulson – Former U.S. Treasury Secretary, Former CEO of Goldman Sachs Group, Dartmouth College

▪ Don Evans – Former US Commerce Secretary (R), University of Texas

▪ Michael Geppi – Former Harford County Councilman (R), Towson University

▪ L.Q.C. Lamar – Statesman (D), Justice of US Supreme Court, University of Mississippi

▪ Wilson Livingood – Sergeant at Arms of the United States House of Representatives, Michigan State University

▪ Richard Myers – Former Chairman, Joint Chief of Staff, Kansas State University

▪ Eliot Ness – Prohibition agent, University of Chicago

▪ Charles Price II – Former Ambassador to the United Kingdom University of Missouri

▪ Richard Riley – Former US Secretary of Education, Former Governor of South Carolina (D), Furman University

▪ Pat Robertson – Christian leader, 1988 Presidential Candidate (R), Washington and Lee University

▪ Kenneth Schissler – Former Maryland State Delegate (R), Salisbury State University

▪ Mark Taylor – Former Georgia State Senator representing the 12th District, Former Lieutenant Governor of Georgia, Emory University

▪ Louis R. Tobacco- New York State Assemblyman representing Staten Island’s 62nd District (R), University at Albany

▪ GEN Charles C. Campbell, USA (Ret.) – US Army General (Retired), former FORSCOM commander, and last continuously serving Army officer with Vietnam experience,Louisiana State University

▪ Edmund Kirby Smith – General, Confederate States of America, The University of the South

▪ Steven D. Johnson – Former Commander Bartlett, Tennessee Police Department, University of Tennessee – Martin

▪ MajGen William G. “Bill” Bowdon, USMC (Ret.) – United States Marine Corps Combat Aviator, Louisiana State University

▪ Mark Fletcher Taylor- 10th Lieutenant Governor of Georgia, Emory University

▪ Bruce L. Castor, Jr. – Former District Attorney and current Commissioner of Montgomery County, PA; noted trial lawyer, Lafayette College

Science

▪ Robert Ballard – Oceanographer, Explorer, discovered the wreckage of the RMS Titanic in 1985,”German Battleship Bismarck” in 1989, and the Roman trading ship “Isis”,University of California, Santa Barbara

▪ Steve Fossett – aviator and adventurer, Stanford University

▪ Robert H. Goddard – Father of modern controlled rocketry, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

▪ William Oefelein – NASA Astronaut, Oregon State University

▪ William B. Lenoir – NASA Astronaut, MIT

Sports

Baseball

▪ Harry Agganis – Boston University football All American, Boston Red Sox 1B, “The Golden Greek”, Boston University

▪ Scott Boras – Pro baseball agent, University of the Pacific

▪ Ken Caminiti – Former professional baseball player, San Jose State University

▪ Jason Castro – #10 Pick in 2008 MLB Draft Stanford UniversityHouston Astros

▪ David Freese – St. Louis Cardinals third baseman and 2011 NLCS MVP, University of Missouri[1]

▪ John Gall – Florida Marlins minor league outfielder Stanford University

▪ Ryan Garko – San Francisco Giants first baseman, Stanford University

▪ Mike Gosling – Toronto Blue Jays minor league pitcher, Stanford University

▪ Mark Lamping – Former president of the St. Louis Cardinals and CEO of the Meadowlands Stadium Company, Rockhurst University

▪ Kevin McClatchy – Current CEO and former majority owner of the Pittsburgh Pirates, University of California, Santa Barbara

▪ Graig Nettles – Former Major League Baseball player, San Diego State University

▪ Greg Reynolds – Colorado Rockies pitcher, Stanford University

▪ Walt Terrell – Former professional baseball player, Morehead State University

▪ Clint Robinson- Kansas City Royals minor league first baseman Troy University

Basketball

▪ Mike Gminski – Professional basketball player, Duke University

▪ Jud Heathcote – Former Michigan State University Basketball Coach, Washington State University

▪ Phil Jackson – Professional basketball coach, University of North Dakota

▪ “Pistol Pete” Maravich – Professional basketball player, Louisiana State University

▪ Jack Twyman – Professional basketball player, University of Cincinnati

▪ Kevin Grevey – Professional basketball player, University of Kentucky

Football

▪ Troy Aikman – Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl MVP Quarterback and Hall of Famer

▪ Chris Ault – University of Nevada-Reno football coach, University of Nevada

▪ Tony Boselli – Professional football player, University of Southern California

▪ Doug Brien – Former NFL place-kicker, University of California, Berkeley

▪ Mack Brown – University of Texas football coach, Florida State University

▪ Pete Carroll – Seattle Seahawks football coach, University of the Pacific

▪ Greg McElroy – University of Alabama QB 2009 National Champions, NFL QB for the New York Jets

▪ Kyle Cook – Current Center for Cincinnati Bengals, Michigan State University

▪ Doug Dickey – Football coach at University of Tennessee and University of Florida

▪ Paul Dietzel – Football coach at Louisiana State University, Miami University

▪ Francis A. “Mother” Dunn, Former halfback for the Canton Bulldogs, Dickinson College

▪ Dennis Erickson – football coach, Montana State University

▪ Ed McCaffrey – Professional football player, Stanford University

▪ Don Nehlen – Former head football coach at West Virginia University, Bowling Green State University

▪ John Offerdahl – Former NFL linebacker, Western Michigan University

▪ Todd Peterson – Former NFL place-kicker, University of Georgia

▪ Matt Prater – NFL Kicker for the Denver Broncos, University of Central Florida

▪ Peter Pund – Captain and Center for the 1928 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football team, member of the College Football Hall of Fame.

▪ Bo Schembechler – Former University of Michigan football coach, Miami University

▪ Adam Seward – Linebacker for the Carolina Panthers, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

▪ Dennis K. “Dutch” Stanley – Football coach at University of Florida

▪ Drew Stanton – Detroit Lions quarterback, Michigan State University

▪ Everett Strupper – College Football Hall of Fame halfback, Georgia Institute of Technology

▪ Barry Switzer – (Honorary) former football coach University of Oklahoma and Dallas Cowboys, University of Oklahoma

▪ Fran Tarkenton- Quarterback of Minnesota Vikings and New York Giants, University of Georgia

▪ David Treadwell – Former NFL kicker, Clemson University

▪ Carson Palmer – Quarterback of Oakland Raiders, University of Southern California

▪ Darryl McCray- Wide Receiver, Sprinter of Alma College

▪ Denny Thum – President of the Kansas City Chiefs Rockhurst University

▪ Lloyd Yoder – College Football Hall of Fame tackle, Carnegie Mellon University

▪ Richard Brehaut – University of California, Los Angeles Quarterback

Golf

▪ Andy Bean – Golf announcer, player on the PGA Champions Tour, University of Florida

▪ Bob Gilder – Golfer, PGA Champions Tour, Arizona State University

▪ Bobby Jones – Famous amateur golfer/lawyer, Founder of Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Tournament. Georgia Tech

▪ Gary Koch – Golfer, sportscaster, course designer, University of Florida

▪ Tom Purtzer – Golfer, PGA Champions Tour, Arizona State University

▪ Steve Melnyk, University of Florida

Tennis

▪ Bob Bryan – Tennis player, Stanford University

▪ Mike Bryan – Tennis player, Stanford University

▪ Patrick McEnroe – Tennis professional, Stanford University

Other Sports

▪ Bob Baffert – Kentucky Derby Winner, University of Arizona

▪ Andy Douglas – Professional wrestler, Morehead State University

▪ Joey Gilbert – Professional Boxer, University of Nevada

▪ Peter Howard – Former world champion snooker player, Stanford University

▪ Ron Mason – Former college hockey coach and current athletics director at Michigan State University

▪ Chris Pontius – Forward for D.C. United, University of California, Santa Barbara

▪ Dave Shondell – Head Volleyball Coach at Purdue University, Ball State