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Famous alumni

K-State graduates more than 3,500 students each year. And with more than 41,000 members in Alumni Association, K-State is ranked No. 1 in the Big 12 for percentage of members to graduates.

Our grads have carved out amazing careers in fields ranging from e-commerce to opera:

Business, government, military

  • Gen. Richard Myers, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the highest ranking military official in the nation
  • Carl Ice, president and COO of BNSF Railway Co.
  • Warren Staley, retired chairman and CEO, Cargill Inc., one of the largest privately owned corporations in the U.S.
  • Donald Prigmore, president of GTE-Sprint
  • Bill Porter, founder and chairman emeritus of E-Trade
  • Richard Pearson, former president and COO of TWA and former senior vice president of American Airlines
  • David Denton, executive vice president and chief financial officer at CVS/Caremark
  • Paul Edgerley, managing director of Bain Capital Private Equity
  • Ashraf Aly Al-Arabi, Egyptian Minister of Planning
  • Margaret Grosh, senior economist at World Bank
  • Lynn Markel, executive vice president and CFO for Koch Industries, Inc., one of the largest privately owned corporations in the U.S.
  • John Carlin, former archivist of the United States and former Kansas governor
  • Paul Fisher, president of Fisher Pens, creator of the Space Pen
  • Jerry Wexler, influential producer at Atlantic Records, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987
  • Neil Vander Dussen, president of Sony American
  • Marlin Fitzwater, the only press secretary to serve two U.S. presidents, Ronald Reagan and George Bush
  • Milton Eisenhower, Dwight's brother and former president of K-State
  • John Slaughter, former president of Occidental College and former head of the National Science Foundation
  • Herbert Dimond, inventor of the snooze alarm
  • Sam Brownback, Kansas governor
  • Pat Roberts, U.S. Senator from Kansas
  • John Bilbrey, President and chief executive officer, Hershey Co.
  • Kelly Dubbert, first vice president and chief operating officer, Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank
  • Steven Howe, director of the Center for Space Nuclear Research
  • Michael W. Kramer, chief operating officer, J.C. Penney Co. Inc.
  • Joseph L. Searles III, first African-American floor broker and floor member, New York Stock Exchange
  • Pete Souza, chief White House photographer
  • Scott E. Topping, chief financial officer, Hawaiian Holdings Inc., owner of Hawaiian Airlines
  • Lynn Jenkins, Congresswoman for 2nd district of Kansas

Entertainment

  • Eric Stonestreet, Emmy-winning star of "Modern Family" on ABC
  • Lindsey Springer, head of development for DreamWorks TV
  • Gordon Jump, actor who played the Maytag man and Mr. Carlson on “WKRP in Cincinnati”
  • Erin Brockovich, environmental activist whose story was featured in a recent movie starring Julia Roberts
  • Kirstie Alley, Emmy-winning actress
  • Samuel Ramey, basso cantante with the New York City Opera
  • Velina Houston, award-winning playwright and author
  • Virgil Miller, pioneer of special effects in the early days of Hollywood
  • Tim Izo Orindgreff, band member of The Black Eyed Peas

Sports

  • Tyrone Adams, NBA
  • Elijah Alexander, NFL
  • David Allen, NFL
  • Dennis Allen, NFL
  • Gerald Alphin, NFL
  • Elden Auker, legendary submarine-style pitcher for the world-champion Detroit Tigers (he once struck out Babe Ruth)
  • Eric Bailey, NFL
  • Thane Baker, Olympic gold medallist
  • Thomas Barnett, NFL
  • Ernie Barrett, NBA
  • Danny Beard, NBA
  • Jonathan Beasley, NFL
  • Monty Beisle, NFL
  • Monte Bennett, NFL
  • Gerald Benton, NFL
  • Greg Best, NFL
  • Keith Best, NFL
  • John A. Billings, MLB
  • Michael Bishop, NFL
  • Rolando Blackman, NBA all-star
  • Joe Blanchard, NFL
  • Bob Boozer, NBA
  • Ray Bradley, NFL
  • Barrett Brooks, NFL
  • Greg Brown, NFL
  • Larry Brown, NFL
  • Ron Brown, NFL
  • Henry Bryant, NFL
  • Josh Buhl, NFL
  • Dralinn Burks, NFL
  • Thomas Bushby, NFL
  • Bill Butler, NFL
  • Jerametrius Butler, NFL
  • Don Calhoun, NFL
  • Bryan Campbell, NFL
  • Russ Campbell, NFL
  • Chris Canty, NFL
  • Dyshod Carter, NFL
  • Rock Cartwright, NFL
  • Brian Casey, NFL
  • Lamar Chapman, NFL
  • Henry Childs, NFL
  • Steve Clark, NFL
  • Paul Coffman, NFL
  • Will Cokeley, NFL
  • Jim Colbert, pro golfer
  • Andre Coleman, NFL
  • Norris Coleman, NBA
  • Tim Colston, NFL
  • Larry Comley, NBA
  • Jarrod Cooper, NFL
  • Ron Coppenbarger, NFL
  • Les Craft, NBA
  • Willis Crenshaw, NFL
  • Tyrone Crews, NFL
  • Henry Cronkite, NFL
  • Willie Cullars, NFL
  • Lawrence Darnell, NFL
  • Daniel Davis, NFL
  • Roy DeWitz, NBA
  • Lynn Dickey, NFL quarterback
  • Jon Doty, NFL
  • Robert Douglass, NFL
  • Marc Dunn, NFL
  • Andy Eby, NFL
  • Maruice Elder, NFL
  • Jack Epps, NFL
  • Jay Dale Evans, NFL
  • Jerome Evans, NFL
  • Mike Evans, NBA
  • Eric Everley, NFL
  • DeMarcus Faggins, NFL
  • Mario Fatafehi, NFL
  • E.E. Feather, NFL
  • Olga Firsova, WNBA
  • Donald Flenthrope, NFL
  • DeShawn Fogle, NFL
  • Wally Frank, NBA
  • Josh Freeman, starting quarterback for the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Scott Fulhage, NFL
  • James Furey, NFL
  • Percell Gaskins, NFL
  • Carl Gerlach, NBA
  • Eugene Goodlow, NFL
  • Brian Goolsby, NFL
  • Ira Gordon, NFL
  • Joe Gordon, NFL
  • Martin Gramatica, NFL
  • Rogerick Green, NFL
  • Steve Grogan, quarterback for the New England Patriots
  • Elmer Hackney, NFL
  • Raymond Hahn, NFL
  • David Hall, NBA
  • Joe Hall, NFL
  • Homer Hanson, NFL
  • Kenny Harrison, Olympic gold medallist
  • Larry Hartshorn, NFL
  • Maruice Henry, NFL
  • Steve Henson, NBA
  • Mack Herron, NFL
  • Bryan Hickman, NFL
  • Thomas Hill, NFL
  • Lew Hitch, NBA
  • Cliff Holloman, NFL
  • Steve Honeycutt, NBA
  • Doug Hoppock, NFK
  • Thomas Houchin, NFL
  • Darren Howard, NFL
  • Kevin Humphrey, NFL
  • Jeff Hurd, NFL
  • Jim Iverson, NBA
  • Pat Jackson, NFL
  • Kendyl Jacox, NFL
  • Clyde Johnson, NFL
  • Damina Johnson, NFL
  • Jason Johnson, NFL
  • Mike Johnson, NFL
  • Alvin Jolley, NFL
  • Askia Jones, NBA
  • David Jones, NFL
  • Willie Jones, NFL
  • Randy Jordan, NFL
  • Tony Jordan, NFL
  • Jason Kazar, NFL
  • Jeff Kelly, NFL
  • Dick Knostman, NBA
  • Laurie Koehn, WNBA
  • Vic Koenning, NFL
  • Lon Kruger, NBA
  • Jerry Krysl, NFL
  • Mike Kuhn, NFL
  • Ernie Kusnyer, NBA
  • Lynn Larson, NFL
  • Mo Latimore, NFL
  • Ben Leber, NLF
  • Nick Leckey, NFL
  • Leonard LeGault, NFL
  • Ryan Lilja, NFL
  • Ricky Lloyd, NFL
  • Aaron Lockett, NFL
  • Kevin Lockett, NFL
  • George Lyon, NFL
  • George Maddox, NFL
  • L.E. Madison, NFL
  • Megan Mahoney, WNBA draft pick
  • Dan Manucci, NFL
  • Ron Marciniak, NFL
  • Matt Martin, NFL
  • William Matan, NFL
  • Don Matuzsak, NBA
  • Chad May, NFL
  • Derrick McBride, NFL
  • Jerry McCloud, NFL
  • Darnell McDonald, NFL
  • Kenny McEntyre, NFL
  • Harry McGee, NFL
  • James McGill, NFL
  • Jon McGraw, NFL
  • Damion McIntosh, NFL
  • Pat McKenzie, NBA
  • Shad Meier, NFL
  • Steve Mitchell, NBA
  • Justin Montgomery, NFL
  • Mike Montgomery, NFL
  • Quincy, Morgan, NFL
  • Jim Bob Morris, NFL
  • Dennis Morrison, NFL
  • Lyle Munn, NFL
  • Frank Murphy, NFL
  • Willie Murrell, NBA
  • Ed Nealy, NBA
  • Gerald Neasman, NFL
  • Jordy Nelson, professional football wide receiver for the 2011 NFL Super Bowl champions, the Green Bay Packers
  • Ron Nery, NFL
  • Quentin Neujahr, NFL
  • Terence Newman, NFL
  • Ralph Nichols, NFL
  • Nicole Ohlde, WNBA
  • Chris Oltmanns, NFL
  • Mike Osborn, NFL
  • Jack Parr, NBA
  • Madison Pearson, NFL
  • Ralph Pfeifer, NFL
  • Terry Pierce, NFL
  • Nick Pino, NBA
  • Ted Power, MLB
  • Rollin Prather, NFL
  • Norbert Raemer, NFL
  • Bobby Randall, MLB
  • Horace Randels, NFL
  • Thomas Randolph, NFL
  • Randy Reed, NBA
  • Tank Reese, NFL
  • Andy Replogle, MLB
  • Jamie Rheem, NFL
  • Joe Rheem, NFL
  • Mitch Richmond, NBA all-star
  • Ell Roberson, NFL
  • Raymond Romero, NFL
  • Fred Rothwell, NFL
  • Mitch Running, NFL
  • Dougal Russell, NFL
  • Kevin Saunders, world-champion wheelchair athlete
  • Josh Scobey, NFL
  • Clarence Scott, NFL
  • Richard Sears, NFL
  • Earl Seyfert, NBA
  • Leland Shaffer, NFL
  • Howie Shannon, NBA
  • Andrew Shull, NFL
  • Mike Simeta, NFL
  • Mark Simoneau, NFL
  • Reggie Singletary, NFL
  • J.J. Smith, NFL
  • Mario Smith, NFL
  • Michael Smith, NFL
  • Roy Smith, NBA
  • Sean Snyder, NFL
  • Gary Spani, NFL
  • Darren Sproles, NFL
  • Milford Stephenson, NFL
  • Shanele Stires, WNBA
  • Art Strozier, NFL
  • John Stucky, NFL
  • Roger Suttner, NBA
  • Justin Swift, NFL
  • Marvin Switzer, NFL
  • Veryl Switzer, NFL
  • Charles Tackwell, NFL
  • Cecil Taylor, NFL
  • James Terry, NFL
  • Daniel Thomas, NFL's Miami Dolphins
  • Bobby Thompson, NFL
  • Jerry Togiai, NFL
  • John Tuttle, NFL
  • Jerry Venable, NBA
  • Bobby Walker, NFL
  • James Walker, NFL
  • Taco Wallace, NFL
  • Rashad Washington, NFL
  • Jeff Webb, NBA
  • Howard Webber, NFL
  • Kendra Wecker, WNBA
  • Bernard Weiner, NFL
  • Todd Weiner, NFL
  • John Welch, NFL
  • Cedrick Williams, NFL
  • Chuckie Williams, NBA
  • George Williams, NFL
  • Larry Williams, NBA
  • Melvin Williams, NFL
  • Craig Wilson, MLB
  • Travis Wilson, NFL
  • Nyle Wiren, NFL
  • Earl Woods, father of golfer Tiger Woods and one of the first blacks to play on a college sports team
  • Mike Wroblewski, NBA
  • Ron Yankowski, NFL
  • Paul Yniquez, NFL
  • Ryan Young, NFL
  • Charles Zickefoose, NFL