List of Brigham Young University–Idaho alumni

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This list of Brigham Young University alumni includes notable graduates, non-graduate former students, and current students of Brigham Young University–Idaho (also known as BYU–Idaho or BYU–I), a four-year private college owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) located in Rexburg, Idaho, United States that prior to 2001 was a two-year junior college known as Ricks College. As of August 2008, BYU–Idaho/Ricks College has approximately 150,000 alumni.[1] Many of the alumni, in particular those before 2001, graduated with a two-year associate's degree or simply attended two years before moving on to another institution to complete their bachelor's degree.

Business and finance[edit]

Name Class year(s) Degree(s) Notability Reference
Anderson, DallinDallin Anderson 1996 A.A. Chairman & President of Tolero Pharmaceuticals, Inc. [2]
Hanks, Steven G.Steven G. Hanks Former CEO of Washington Group International [3]
VanderSloot, Frank L.Frank L. VanderSloot A.A. Entrepreneur, radio network owner, cattle rancher and founder and CEO of Melaleuca, Inc. [4]

Educators and scholars[edit]

Name Class year(s) Degree(s) Notability Reference
Benedict, JeffJeff Benedict A.A. Author and professor at Southern Virginia University [5]
Katseanes, KoryKory Katseanes A.A. Current director of the School of Music at Brigham Young University [6]
McArthur, PhillipPhillip McArthur A.A. Folklorist and anthropologist with notable work involving the Marshall Islands and elseware in Micronesia [7]

Entertainment and media[edit]

Name Class year(s) Degree(s) Notability Reference
Delgadillo, MelissaMelissa Delgadillo 2000–2004 B.A. An American beauty queen, philanthropist, and socialite most known for winning the Miss Houston International in 2011 [citation needed]
Hess, Jared and JerushaJared and Jerusha Hess (transferred to BYU before graduating) Directors and screenwriters of Napoleon Dynamite (2004) [citation needed]
Gregg Hale 1996, 1998–2000 A.A. Former Guitarist for the Multi-Platinum band Spiritualized [citation needed]
Holst, TimothyTimothy Holst Former ringmaster for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus [8]
Rascon, ArtArt Rascon A.A. Current news anchor for the five o'clock ABC News in Houston, Texas [9]
Tufts, DarynDaryn Tufts A.A. Current writer, director, producer, and actor [10]
Ryan Hamilton A.A. Stand-up comedian and actor [11]

Government, law, and public policy[edit]

Name Class year(s) Degree(s) Notability Reference
Cameron, Dean L.Dean L. Cameron 1984 A.A. Republican member of the Idaho Senate [12]
Luna, TomTom Luna 1981–1982 Current Superintendent of Public Instruction in Idaho [13]
Mortimer, DeanDean Mortimer 1974 A.A. Republican member of the Idaho Senate [14]
Mosman, Michael W.Michael W. Mosman 1979 Judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon [15]
Nyborg, Keith FooteKeith Foote Nyborg B.A. Former United States Ambassador to Finland, 1981–1986 [16][17]


Name Class year(s) Degree(s) Notability Reference
Beesley, JonJon Beesley Chuck Yeager Award winner for nation's top fighter test pilot [18]
Quinton, WayneWayne Quinton Former developer of over thirty medical devices [19]


Note: All positions listed are within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints unless otherwise noted.
Name Class year(s) Degree(s) Notability Reference
Romney, Marion G.Marion G. Romney Former member of the First Presidency [20]


Name Class year(s) Degree(s) Notability Reference
Andersen, GaryGary Andersen 1984 (transferred to University of Utah before graduating) Current head coach for the Wisconsin Badgers football team and former head coach for the Utah State Aggies football team [21]
Buck, JasonJason Buck (transferred to BYU before graduating) Former defensive lineman for the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals and Washington Redskins, winner of Super Bowl XXVI in 1992, winner of the Outland Trophy in 1986 [22]
Cahoon, BenBen Cahoon (transferred to BYU before graduating) Former slotback for the CFL's Montreal Alouettes, 2002 and 2003 CFL Most Outstanding Canadian, winner of 91st Grey Cup (2003 – MVP). Now the receivers coach at BYU. [23][24][25]
Cate, TroyTroy Cate Retired Major League Baseball pitcher who debuted with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2007 [26]
Denney, JohnJohn Denney American football long snapper for the Miami Dolphins in the National Football League [27]
Dunn, MarcMarc Dunn 1999–2000 Former NFL and NFL Europe football player [28]
Gardner, RulonRulon Gardner Two-time Olympic medalist in Greco-Roman wrestling (gold in 2000), 1993 NCJAA Heavyweight National Champion [29]
Graves, KellyKelly Graves 1986 Current head coach for the Oregon Ducks women's basketball team [30]
Lindstrom, MattMatt Lindstrom MLB pitcher for the Florida Marlins [31]
Morrill, StewStew Morrill 1970–1972 Current head coach for the Utah State Aggies men's basketball team [32]
Mulitalo, EdwinEdwin Mulitalo NFL Offensive Lineman for the Baltimore Ravens (19992006) and the Detroit Lions (20072008) [33]

Writers and artists[edit]

Name Class year(s) Degree(s) Notability Reference
Allen (author), Robert G.Robert G. Allen (author) A.A. Businessman, investor and author; notable works include The One Minute Millionaire: The Enlightened Way to Wealth, Cracking the Millionaire Code, Nothing Down, Creating Wealth, and Multiple Streams of Income [citation needed]
Buswell, BlairBlair Buswell A.A. Sports sculptor [34]
Crane, BrianBrian Crane (transferred to BYU before graduating) Cartoonist, creator of newspaper comic Pickles [35]
Dorman, BrandonBrandon Dorman BA Author and NY Times best selling illustrator; notable works include illustrating book covers for Glenn Beck's Christmas Sweater, Fablehaven, and several Goosebumps [36]
Nieto, SergioSergio Nieto 2005 BS Internet blogger about Mexican History and current topics. [37]
Parson, DelDel Parson Painter most known for his Latter-day Saint themed paintings [38]


  1. ^ "Alumni". BYU-Idaho. Retrieved August 5, 2008. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Program of Activities", Ricks College Business Summit, April 2001.
  4. ^ "Mormons in Business". Retrieved December 19, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Southern Virginia University Welcomes Mormon Business Author as Distinguished Professor". Retrieved December 18, 2012. 
  6. ^ "About Kory Katseanes". BYU. Retrieved January 7, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Dr. Phillip McArthur Profile". BYU-Hawaii. Retrieved January 7, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Timothy J. Holst, Who Filled Circus Big Top With Talent, Dies at 61". New York Times. Retrieved January 7, 2013. 
  9. ^ "LDS reporter finds faith amid despair". Church News. Retrieved December 19, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Daryn Tufts". Retrieved January 7, 2013. 
  11. ^
  12. ^ "Biographical Profile for Dean L. Cameron". Retrieved December 19, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna =". Retrieved January 7, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Senator Dean M. Mortimer's Biography". Retrieved December 19, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Judge Michael W. Mosman's Biography". Retrieved January 7, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Keith Foote Nyborg". Retrieved August 5, 2008. 
  17. ^ "Nominations, July 10, 1981". Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. Retrieved August 5, 2008. 
  18. ^ "Jon Beesley Bio" (PDF). Retrieved December 19, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Wayne Quinton". Retrieved January 7, 2013. 
  20. ^ "New Buildings & New Status". BYU-Idaho. Retrieved August 5, 2008. 
  21. ^ "Gary Andersen Profile". Retrieved December 18, 2012. 
  22. ^ "Celebrating a Century". BYU-Idaho. Retrieved August 5, 2008. 
  23. ^ "Ben Cahoon". Montreal Alouettes. Retrieved May 12, 2008. 
  24. ^ Harmon, Dick (November 2, 2006). "Ricks football era comes to close this fall". Deseret News. Retrieved May 12, 2008. 
  25. ^ "Ben Cahoon Staff Bio". Brigham Young University Sports Information. Retrieved April 4, 2013. 
  26. ^ "Troy Cate Bio". Retrieved December 19, 2012. 
  27. ^ "John Denney Athlete Profile". BYU. Retrieved December 20, 2012. 
  28. ^ "KSU – It's A Dunn Deal". Retrieved January 7, 2013. 
  29. ^ "Gardner bio". BYU-Idaho. Retrieved August 5, 2008. 
  30. ^ "Head Coach Kelly Graves" (PDF). 2012–13 Gonzaga Women's Basketball Media Guide. Gonzaga University Sports Information. Retrieved March 12, 2013. 
  31. ^ "Lindstrom bio". Florida Marlins. Retrieved August 5, 2008. 
  32. ^ "Stew Morrill Profile". Retrieved January 7, 2013. 
  33. ^ "Edwin Mulitalo bio". NFL. Retrieved August 5, 2008. 
  34. ^ "Sculptor of Sports Legends". Retrieved December 19, 2012. 
  35. ^ "The Art of Making Pickles". BYU. Retrieved December 18, 2012. 
  36. ^ "Brandon Dorman Profile". Julie Andrews Collection. Retrieved December 19, 2012. 
  37. ^ "Sergio Nieto". Grupo Astas. Retrieved February 20, 2013. 
  38. ^ "Del Parson Profile". University of Utah. Retrieved December 19, 2012. 


  • Blank cells indicate missing information; em-dashes (—) indicate that the alumnus attended but never graduated from BYU–Idaho

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