List of Savannah State University alumni

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This list of Savannah State University alumni includes graduates, non-graduate former students and current students of Georgia State Industrial College for Colored Youth, Georgia State College, Savannah State College, and/or Savannah State University. Notable administration, faculty, and staff are found on the list of Savannah State University faculty.

Savannah State University is a four-year, state-supported, historically black university (HBCU) located in Savannah, Georgia.[1] The first baccalaureate degree was awarded in 1898.[2] In 1928 the college became a full four-year degree-granting institution and removed the high school and normal school programs.[2][3] In 1932 the school became a full member institution of the University System of Georgia.[2][3]


Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
George E. Kent 1941 professor of literature (with a specialism in Afro-American literature) [4]
Dr.Charles Elmore African-American scholar and jazz historian


Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Jerome Miller 1975 Toyota Motor Sales Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion - Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. [5]

Politics and public service[edit]

Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Curtis Cooper Notable Savannah-area civil rights leader.
W. W. Law 1948 A nationally-known civil rights leader and preservationist [6]
Edna P. Jackson member of the National League of Cities board of directors and Mayor Pro-Tem of Savannah, Georgia [7]
Barbara J. Mobley 1969 A former member of the DeKalb County Georgia State Court bench and a former member of the Georgia House of Representatives [8]
Alissa J. Johnson, PhD 1995 Deputy Chief Information Officer of the Executive Office of the President (Obama Administration)

Military service[edit]

Official U.S. Navy photo of Retired U.S. Navy Captain Donnie Cochran
Major General Walter E. Gaskin, United States Marine Corps
Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Donnie Cochran 1976 Retired U.S. Navy Captain who completed two tours with the United States Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels [9]
Walter E. Gaskin 1971 Major General, U.S. Marine Corps - Currently the Vice Director, Joint Staff. In June 2006, Gaskin became the commanding general of Marine Corps Second Division, making him the senior ranking active-duty African-American Marine and first African-American to command a Marine Corps division [10]
James E. Wright flight instructor for the World War II Tuskegee Airmen [11]

Journalist and news media personalities[edit]

Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
JaQuitta Williams 1993 former anchor/reporter for WSB-TV, ABC affiliate in Atlanta, Georgia [12]


Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Steven Aycock 1993 Head football coach at Johnson C. Smith University [13]
Bobby Curtis 1987 former National Football League player with the Washington Redskins and New York Jets [14]
Roy Ellison 1987 National Football League official and umpire during Super Bowl XLIII [15]
Troy Hambrick 2000 former National Football League running back [16]
Matt "Showbiz" Jackson 1983 former member of the Harlem Globetrotters [17]
Jessie Kenlaw 1975 Interim Head Coach of the WNBA's Washington Mystics; former assistant coach with the WNBA Seattle Storm and Washington Mystics [18][19]
John Mathis 1967 former American Basketball Association forward for the New Jersey Americans [20]
Wesley McGriff 1990 current defensive backs coach and defensive recruiting coordinator for the Vanderbilt Commodores. Former defensive backs coach for the Miami Hurricanes and former interim coach and defensive coordinator at Savannah State University. [21][22]
Ernest "The Cat" Miller former professional wrestler [23]
Shannon Sharpe 1991 former National Football League player; three-time Super Bowl champion, and is second to Tony Gonzalez for most receptions (815), receiving yards (10,060), and TD receptions (62) by a tight end in an NFL career. [24][25][26]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "List of HBCUs -- White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities". 2007-08-16. Retrieved 2008-01-03. 
  2. ^ a b c "Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Savannah State University". Retrieved 2007-08-27. 
  3. ^ a b Savannah State University from the New Georgia Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved on 2007-08-30.
  4. ^ Coleman, James W.; Joanne Veal Gabbin (Winter 1983). "The Legacy of George E. Kent". Black American Literature Forum 17 (4). pp. 143–147. Retrieved 2009-10-15. 
  5. ^ "Toyota Motor Sales Appoints New Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion". Hispanic PR Wire. 2005. Retrieved 2007-04-04. 
  6. ^ Charles J. Elmore: W. W. Law (1923-2002) from the New Georgia Encyclopedia Online (2004-01-23). Retrieved on 2008-07-23.
  7. ^ "SSU grad, Savannah mayor pro-tem wins national post". Savannah Morning News and Evening Press. 2008-11-25. Retrieved 2008-11-25. 
  8. ^ "Representative Barbara J. Mobley". Georgia House of Representatives. 2007. Retrieved 2007-04-04. [dead link]
  9. ^ "From SSU to the Blue Angels". Savannah State University. 2004. Retrieved 2007-04-04. 
  10. ^ "Official Biography for Walter E. Gaskin". United States Marine Corps. 2007. Retrieved 2007-04-04. [dead link][dead link]
  11. ^ "Tuskegee airmen instructor dies in Savannah". Savannah Morning News and Evening Press. 2008-09-16. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  12. ^ "JaQuitta Williams: News Reporter and Anchor". WSBTV. 2007. Retrieved 2007-04-04. 
  13. ^ "Sand Gnats make radio deal". Savannah Morning News and Evening Press. 2009-01-28. Retrieved 2009-01-28. 
  14. ^ "Former Tigers sign football contracts". 2007-11-13. Retrieved 2009-02-11. 
  15. ^ "Savannah State Alumnus Officiates Super Bowl XLIII" (PDF). The Savannah Tribune. 2009-02-11. Retrieved 2009-02-11. 
  16. ^ "NFL Players: Troy Hambrick". 2007. Retrieved 2007-04-04. 
  17. ^ "Player Bio". Harlem Globetrotters. 2007. Archived from the original on 2006-10-31. Retrieved 2007-04-04. 
  18. ^ "Jessie Kenlaw Named Mystics Interim Head Coach". 2008-07-20. Retrieved 2008-07-22. [dead link]
  19. ^ "Coach Bio". WNBA. 2007. Retrieved 2007-04-04. 
  20. ^ "NBA/ABA Players who attended Savannah State University". Retrieved 2008-02-06. 
  21. ^ "Sports with Walter Moore". The Savannah Tribune. The Savannah Tribune, Inc. 2011-02-16. Retrieved 2011-02-16. 
  22. ^ "Player Bio:Wesley McGriff". Retrieved 2007-11-22. [dead link]
  23. ^ "The early days of WCW star Ernest Miller". SLAM! Wrestling. Retrieved 2007-11-12. 
  24. ^ " Writers: Shannon Sharpe". 2007. Retrieved 2007-04-04. [dead link]
  25. ^ "Gonzalez gets record, win". The Examiner. 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-15. [dead link]
  26. ^ Barnidge, Noell (2009-10-15). "Shannon Sharpe headed home to SSU". Savannah Morning News and Evening Press. Retrieved 2009-10-15.