List of Kent State University alumni

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This list includes people who have graduated from or otherwise attended Kent State University at the main campus in Kent, Ohio or one of its seven regional campuses in northeastern Ohio. Kent State counts approximately 196,000 living alumni as of 2010.[1]

Name Notability Degree (Year) Category
Aggarwal, RajRaj Aggarwal Author and educator in international business M.B.A. Operations Management (1970)
D.B.A. Finance and International Business (1975)[2]
Business
Alhadid, DianaDiana Al-Hadid Contemporary artist B.F.A. Sculpture (2003)

B.A. Art History (2003)[3]

Arts
App, TimothyTimothy App Contemporary painter B.F.A Painting (1970)[4] Arts
Asbury, WillieWillie Asbury Professional football player with the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League 1966-1968 Athletics - Football
Balistreri, JohnJohn Balistreri Ceramic artist M.F.A. Ceramics (1988)[5] Arts
Baker, EugeneEugene Baker Professional football player in the National Football League Athletics - Football
Barbee, JoeJoe Barbee Professional football player in the American Football League Athletics - Football
Batiuk, TomTom Batiuk Comic strip author of Funky Winkerbean and Crankshaft B.F.A. (1969)[6][7] Literary
Baughman, J. RossJ. Ross Baughman 1978 Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist, editor, writer, educator B.A. Journalism (1975)[8] Journalism
Baum, Stephen "Suede"Stephen "Suede" Baum Fashion Designer, contestant on Project Runway and Project Runway: All Stars B.A. Fashion Design (1993)[9] Fashion Design
Bell, BrianBrian Bell Professional football player in the National Football League Athletics - Football
Bertice Berry Sociologist, author, lecturer, comedian, educator, and former talk show host Ph.D. Education
Bob Borden Writer and frequent contributor, Late Show with David Letterman Journalism (1995)[10] Entertainment
Brannon Braga^ Producer and screenwriter for several Star Trek series and films, 24, and Flashforward Transferred[11] Film and television
Regina Brett Columnist with The Plain Dealer Bachelors in Journalism[12] Journalism
Cedric Brown Professional football player in the National Football League 1976-1984 Athletics - Football
Allen Buckley U.S. Senate and gubernatorial candidate from Georgia in the Libertarian Party B.A. (1982)[13] Politics
Emmanuel Burriss Professional baseball player in Major League Baseball as a second baseman [14] Athletics - Baseball
Debra Byrd Backup vocalist for Barry Manilow; vocal coach for American Idol and Canadian Idol[15] Music
Curt Cacioppo Contemporary classical music composer and pianist B.A. Piano Performance[16] Music
Alan Canfora Political activist; one of nine students wounded during the Kent State shootings Politics
John Caparulo Comedian Bachelors (1998)[17] Entertainment
Michael Capellas Current CEO of First Data Corporation; former President/CEO of Hewlett-Packard, WorldCom, Compaq, and Serena Software B.B.A[18] Business
Vincent J. Cardinal Playwright and director Theater
Drew Carey Actor, comedian, host of TV's Price is Right Did not graduate[19] Film and television
Robert Carothers President of the University of Rhode Island since 1991 Ph.D. (1969)[20] Education
Gerald Casale Founding member of Devo Music
Dain Clay Professional baseball player in Major League Baseball [14] Athletics - Baseball
Robert E. Cook Democratic politician who served as a common pleas judge, district court of appeals judge, and in the United States House of Representatives Bachelors (1947)[21] Politics
Jim Corrigall Professional football player in the Canadian Football League as a defensive end, member of Canadian Football Hall of Fame, former KSU head football coach Athletics - Football
Carol Costello Anchor and reporter for CNN B.A. Journalism (2004)[22][23] Journalism
Joshua Cribbs Professional football player in the NFL B.A. Communication Studies (2010)[24] Athletics - Football
Ben Curtis Professional golfer, 2003 British Open champion Athletics - Golf
Jose Davis Professional football player in the NFL and the Arena Football League Athletics - Football
Wayne Dawson Television newscaster at WJW in Cleveland B.A. Journalism (1979)[25] Journalism
Sarah Deal First female Marine selected for Naval aviation training; first female aviator in the Marine Corps B.S. Aerospace Flight Technology (1992)[26] Aeronautics
Bryan DeCorso Canadian professional golfer B.S. Business Administration (1995)[27] Athletics - Golf
John de Lancie Actor B.A. (1971)[19] Film and television
John Dennis Radio talk show personality and television sportscaster Journalism
G. William Domhoff Author and Research Professor in psychology and sociology M.A. Psychology (1959)[28][29] Science
Stephen R. Donaldson Author of The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever series M.A. English (1971)[30] Literary
Jan Dowling Head women's golf coach at the University of Florida, former Canadian professional golfer B.S. Leisure Studies (2002)[31] Athletics - Golf
Joyce Dyer Writer Ph.D.[32] Literary
Joe Ebanks Professional poker player in the World Series of Poker Dropped out[33] Entertainment
Julian Edelman Professional football player in the NFL Business Management Athletics - Football
John Edwards Professional basketball player in the NBA and NBDL Athletics - Basketball
Abram Elam Professional football player in the NFL Athletics - Football
Donald Erb Composer B.S. Composition (1950)[34][35] Music
John Ferguson Organist, composer, and teacher M.M.[36] Music
Colin Ferrell Professional football player in the NFL Athletics - Football
John Filo Pulitzer Prize-winning Photographer Arts
Al Fisher 2008 Mid-American Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year Athletics - Basketball
Quinton Flynn Voice actor Film and television
Angela Funovits mentalist/illusionist, star of NBC's Phenomenon Film and television
Dae Gak
(Robert Genthner)
Zen master Ph.D. Clinical psychology (1973) Science
Nari Gandhi Indian architect in organic architecture Architecture
Gates, AntonioAntonio Gates Professional football player in the NFL as a tight end Athletics - Football
Michael Glaser Poet Laureate of Maryland 2004-2009 M.A.
Ph.D.[37]
Literary
Dick Goddard TV meteorologist at WJW in Cleveland, author, and cartoonist B.F.A. (1960)[38] Journalism
Dan Goodspeed Professional football player in the NFL, XFL, and Canadian Football League Athletics - Football
Anthony Gregorc Educational theorist; developer of the Mind Styles Model M.S., Ph.D.[39] Education
Matt Guerrier Professional baseball player in Major League Baseball as a pitcher [14] Athletics - Baseball
Mike Gulan Former professional baseball in Major League Baseball as a third-baseman [14] Athletics - Baseball
Michael M. Gunter Educator and scholar on the Kurdish people Ph.D. International Relations (1972)[40] Education
Alaina Reed Hall Television and film actress on Sesame Street and 227[41] Film and television
Hall, ArsenioArsenio Hall Talk show host B.A. Speech (1977)[19] Film and television
Bob Hallen Former professional football player in the NFL[42] Athletics - Football
Ken Hammond Former leader of SDS, activist in the 1960s and 70s during the Kent State shootings B.A. (1985)[43] Politics
Wayne Alan Harold Filmmaker B.A. Telecommunications (1988) Film and television
James Harrison Professional football player in the NFL as a linebacker Athletics - Football
Steve Harvey Television personality; host of The Steve Harvey Morning Show and Family Feud[44] Entertainment
Dirk Hayhurst Professional baseball player in Major League Baseball, currently for the Toronto Blue Jays as a pitcher Communications (did not graduate)[45] Athletics - Baseball
Robert Hemenway Former chancellor at the University of Kentucky and the University of Kansas Ph.D. English (1966)[46] Education
Anne Hendershott Author and sociologist Ph.D. Sociology[47] Politics, Literary
Dustin Hermanson Professional baseball player in Major League Baseball as a pitcher[14] Athletics - Baseball
Rick Hilles Poet and educator B.A.
M.L.S.[48]
Literary
Keno Hills Professional football player in the NFL Athletics - Football
Dave Holmes Winner of ESPN's Dream Job Journalism
Nancy Hollister Former Ohio state representative, Lieutenant Governor, and briefly served as Ohio's first female governor[49] Politics
Holtz, LouLou Holtz College football coach, television sportscaster B.S. History (1959)[50] Athletics - Football
Mike Hovancsek Instrumentalist, founder of multicultural experimental music group Pointless Orchestra B.S. Psychology Music
Chrissie Hynde Lead singer for The Pretenders Did not graduate[19] Music
Van Jakes Professional football player in the NFL Athletics - Football
Daniel Johnston Singer-songwriter Music
Michael Keaton Actor Dropped out[19] Film and television
Don King Boxing promoter Dropped out[19] Entertainment
Allison Krause One of the four students killed during the Kent State shootings in 1970 Was studying art history[51] Politics
Allen Kukovich State representative in Pennsylvania from the Democratic Party Bachelors (1969) Politics
Jack Lambert Professional football player in the NFL as a linebacker and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Athletics - Football
Mike Lebowitz Attorney, pioneer in military free speech, military law Journalism (1999)[52] Law
Jack Lengyel Software executive, former American football coach, lacrosse coach, and college athletics administrator. Head football coach at College of Wooster (1966-1970) and at Marshall University (1971-1974)where he took over the Thundering Herd football program after a plane crash killed nearly the entire team in 1970. Masters (1962) Athletics - Football
Bob Lewis Founding member of Devo

B.A. Anthropology (1970)

Music
Robert Longhurst Sculptor Arts
Liam Lynch Musician, director, writer Performing arts
Hal McCoy Cincinnati Reds beat writer, Baseball Hall of Fame member Journalism
Ben McDaniels Assistant coach in the NFL Athletics - Football
Mike "Scooter" McGruder Professional football player in the NFL, 1989-1997 Athletics - Football
Nigel McGuinness
(Steven Haworth)
Professional wrestler, currently with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling Sports/entertainment
Joe McKeown Women's college basketball coach Athletics - Basketball
Jay McNeil Former professional football player in the CFL 1994-2007 Athletics - Football
Peter Makuck Author, poet, and critic Ph.D. American literature[53] Literary
Tony Martino Professional football player in the CFL, 1988-2002 Athletics - Football
John Matsko Coach in the National Football League Athletics - Football
Betty-Jean Maycock U.S. Olympian gymnast in 1960 B.A. (1964)[54] Athletics - Gymnastics
Gene Michael Professional baseball player, manager, and scout in Major League Baseball [14][55] Athletics - Baseball
Earl K. Miller Systems/cognitive neuroscientist B.A. Psychology (1985)[56] Science
Travis Miller Professional baseball player in Major League Baseball as a pitcher Athletics - Baseball
Jeffrey Miller One of the four students killed in the Kent State shootings in 1970; subject of famous photograph Was studying psychology[51] Politics
Jon Mills Canadian professional golfer Athletics - Golf
Dan Moldea Author and investigative reporter specializing in the reporting of organized crime and political corruption Post-graduate work in History[57] Politics
Carl Monday Investigative reporter for WOIO in Cleveland Bachelor's (1973) Journalism
Mark Mothersbaugh Founding member of Devo Did not graduate[19] Music
Thurman Munson Professional baseball player in Major League Baseball with the New York Yankees, Rookie of the Year, and MVP winner [14] Athletics - Baseball
Daniel Muir Professional football player in the NFL Athletics - Football
Rico Murray Professional football player in the NFL Athletics - Football
Myers, RichardRichard Myers Filmmaker, artist B.F.A. (1959); M.A. (1961)[58] Film and television
Nehlen, DonDon Nehlen Former head football coach at Bowling Green State University and West Virginia University; member of College Football Hall of Fame. M.A. (1966)[59] Athletics - Football
Nottingham, DonDon Nottingham Professional football player in the NFL B.S. Marketing (1971)[60] Athletics - Football
Terrence O'Donnell Justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio B.S. Political Science (1968)[61] Politics
Carl Oglesby Political activist; president of Students for a Democratic Society 1965-1966 Dropped out[62] Politics
Mwatabu S. Okantah Poet B.A. English, African Studies (1976)[63] Literary
Luke Owens Professional football player in the NFL, 1957-1965 Athletics - Football
Augustus Parrish Professional football player in the NFL Athletics - Football
Rick Peckham Play-by-play announcer for the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League B.A. Telecommunications (1977)[64] Journalism
George Petak Wisconsin politician Politics
Dan Peters College basketball head and assistant coach B.S. Social Studies (1976)[65] Athletics - Basketball
Petruny, LyndsayLyndsay Petruny Sports anchor, sideline reporter, sports producer, and television host Broadcast Journalism (2008)[66] Entertainment, media
Phelps, JeffJeff Phelps Sportscaster and radio host Bachelor's (1982)[67] Entertainment, media
Dav Pilkey Children's author best known for Captain Underpants Literary
Charles J. Pilliod, Jr. Former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico; former CEO of Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company Dropped out (1941) Business, Politics
Gary Pinkel Head football coach at the University of Missouri Athletics - Football
C.J. Prentiss Former Minority Leader and member of the Ohio State Senate in the Democratic Party Post-graduate certificate in Administration[68] Politics
Bill Randle Disc-jockey, lawyer, and university professor Masters in Journalism Radio
Nate Reinking Professional basketball player in the British Basketball League, 1996–2012; member of the Great Britain national basketball team from 2005–12 Graduated (1997)[69] Athletics - Basketball
James Renner Film producer, reporter Film and television, Journalism
Jeff Richmond Composer and producer; currently writes music for 30 Rock and previously wrote for Saturday Night Live Graduated[70] Film and television
Alice Ripley Tony Award-winning actress and singer (1986)[70] Theater
Robert Risko Caricature artist[71] Arts
Rich Rollins Former professional baseball third-baseman in Major League Baseball 1961-1970 [14] Athletics - Baseball
Cynthia Rylant Award-winning children's author M.L.S.[72] Literary
Saban, NickNick Saban College football and NFL head coach (1973)[73] Athletics - Football
Abdul Salaam
(Larry Faulk)
Professional football player in the NFL, 1976-1983 Athletics - Football
O. J. Santiago Professional football player in the NFL Athletics - Football
David Sedaris Author, humorist Dropped out (1977)[74] Literary
Sandra Scheuer One of the four students killed during the Kent State shootings in 1970; she was walking to class at the time Was studying speech therapy[51] Politics
William Knox Schroeder One of the four students killed during the Kent State shootings in 1970; he was walking to class at the time Was studying psychology[51] Politics
Connie Schultz Columnist for The Plain Dealer, 2005 Pulitzer Prize winner Journalism (1979)[52] Journalism
Wayne Shaw Professional football player in the CFL Athletics - Football
Andy Sonnanstine Professional baseball player in Major League Baseball as a pitcher [14] Athletics - Baseball
Timothy Starks Professional football player in the NFL Athletics - Football
Paul Steigerwald Sports announcer for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League Journalism
Steve Stone Professional baseball player in Major League Baseball as a pitcher, winner of the Cy Young Award, sportscaster Athletics - Baseball
Scott Stricklin Professional baseball player, head coach for the Kent State baseball team from 2005–2013 B.A. Marketing (1995)[75] Athletics - Baseball
Larry Sudbrook College baseball coach at St. Bonaventure B.A. (1978) Athletics - Baseball
Betty Sutton Congresswoman for Ohio's 13th congressional district Politics
Dean Sylvester Professional ice hockey player in the National Hockey League 1995-2001 Athletics - Ice Hockey
Jeff Tabaka Professional baseball player in Major League Baseball as a pitcher, 1994-2001 [14] Athletics - Baseball
Jeff Timmons Singer, producer, founding member of pop group 98 Degrees B.S. Psychology (Dropped out)[76] Music
Gerald Tinker Member of gold-medal 4 x 100 meter relay team in 1972 Summer Olympics; professional football player in the NFL, 1974-1975 Athletics - Olympics, Football
Arnulfo Trejo Founder of REFORMA, an organization to promote library services to Latinos and Spanish-speaking individuals in the United States M.A. Library Science (1953)[77] Education
Tyler Turkle Filmmaker and artist Studied cinematography[78] Film and television, Arts
Bonnie Turner Writer/creator, 3rd Rock from the Sun and That '70s Show Film and television
John Van Benschoten Professional baseball player in Major League Baseball as a pitcher Athletics - Baseball
Thrity Umrigar Indian-American writer Ph.D. English (1997)[79] Literary
Chris Vrenna Former drummer for Nine Inch Nails, The Smashing Pumpkins, and Marilyn Manson Dropped out[80] Music
Crista Nicole Wagner Swimsuit model, Playboy Playmate Entertainment
Joe Walsh Rock and roll guitarist with the Eagles Did not graduate
Honorary doctorate (2001)[19]
Music
Ken Walter Professional football player in the NFL, 1997-2006 Athletics - Football
Carl E. Walz Astronaut B.S. Physics (1977)[81] Science
Paul Warfield Professional football player in the NFL and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame M.A. Telecommunications[82] (1977) Athletics - Football
Brad Warner Author, documentarian, and punk rock bass guitarist Literary, Performing arts
Henry Waszczuk Professional football player in the CFL, 1975-1984 Athletics - Football
Fred Weber Original vocalist for the band Devo B.A. Sociology (1970) Music
Bert Weidner Professional football player in the NFL, 1990-1995 Athletics - Football
Jack Williams Professional football player in the NFL Athletics - Football
De'Angelo Wilson Actor Performing arts
Windhorst, BrianBrian Windhorst Sportswriter for ESPN.com B.S. Journalism (2000) Journalism
Winters, BrianBrian Winters Professional football player in the NFL Athletics - Football
Ray Wise Film and television actor in Twin Peaks and RoboCop B.F.A. (1969)[41] Film and television
Yip, RyanRyan Yip Canadian professional golfer B.S. (2005)[83] Athletics - Golf
Young, UsamaUsama Young Professional football player in the NFL for the Cleveland Browns Athletics - Football
Zahursky, SteveSteve Zahursky Professional football player in the NFL, 1998-2001 Athletics - Football
Ziggler, DolphDolph Ziggler (Nick Nemeth) Professional wrestler in WWE Sports/entertainment
Zimmer, PaulPaul Zimmer Author and poet B.A.S. (1968)[84] Literary
Zoet, JimJim Zoet Professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association, 1982-1983 Athletics - Basketball
Zumock, ChadChad Zumock Comedian and radio personality B.G.S. (2001)[85] Entertainment, media

^ attended classes only at the Stark Campus

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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