This is a list of notable current and former faculty members, alumni, and non-graduating attendees of
Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.
Unless otherwise noted, attendees listed graduated with
bachelor's degrees. Names with an asterisk (*) graduated from Peabody College prior to its merger with Vanderbilt.
Notable alumni [ edit ]
Academia [ edit ]
John Arthur, professor of philosophy
Bob Agee, 13th president, Oklahoma Baptist University
Richard A. Batey, New Testament scholar
William Leroy Broun – fourth President of Auburn University
Jesse Lee Cuninggim, Methodist clergyman, moved the Scarritt College to from Kansas City to Nashville as its President.
Merrimon Cuninggim (1911-1995), desegregated the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University and later served as President of Salem College
Antonio Gotto, Dean of Cornell University Weill Medical College
Sheldon Hackney, President, University of Pennsylvania; President, Tulane University; Chairman, National Endowment for the Humanities
David Edwin Harrell, Historian at Auburn University
Alfred Hume, Chancellor of the University of Mississippi from 1924 to 1930, and from 1932 to 1935
Umphrey Lee, Dean of the School of Religion at Vanderbilt; President of Southern Methodist University
Walter M. Lowrey, Historian at Centenary College of Louisiana
J. Bernard Machen, President, University of Utah (1997–2003); Eleventh President, University of Florida (2003–Present) The Rev.
Edward Malloy, 16th President, University of Notre Dame
Glenn McGee, Bioethicist and founding Editor of The American Journal of Bioethics, Associate Director of UPenn Bioethics from 1995-2005
Garnie W. McGinty, Historian at Louisiana Tech University
Edwin Mims (1872-1959), alumni, later served as the Chair of the English Department from 1912 to 1942
Herman Clarence Nixon, Professor, member of the Southern Agrarians
Edwin Richardson, President of Louisiana Tech University from 1936 to 1941
Charles P. Roland, Historian of American Civil War and American South, graduated from Vanderbilt in 1938 at the age of twenty
Kevin M. Ross, President of Lynn University, received a PhD from Peabody College in 2006.
Robert C. Snyder, English professor at Louisiana Tech University from 1947 to 1989, did graduate work at Vanderbilt.
John J. Tigert, Rhodes Scholar; President, Kentucky Wesleyan College (1909–1911); U.S. Commissioner of Education (1921–1928); Third President, University of Florida (1928–1947)
Art and humanities [ edit ]
Alfred Bartles, composer of Music for Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble
Cleanth Brooks, literary critic
Donald Davidson, poet
James Dickey, author and poet, winner of the National Book Award for Poetry, author of the novel Deliverance
Ellen Gilchrist, National Book Award-winning author
Kelsie B. Harder, Leading onomastician
Ross Hassig (M.A. 1974), anthropologist, author and Mesoamerica scholar
Laura Vernon Hamner, Texas-based writer.
Randall Jarrell, United States Poet Laureate
Andrew Nelson Lytle, novelist and professor
Delbert Mann, Academy Award-winning director
Merrill Moore, poet
James Patterson, bestselling contemporary writer of thrillers
John Crowe Ransom, poet, essayist, and social commentator
Tom Schulman, Academy Award-winning screenwriter of the film Dead Poets Society
Allen Tate, United States Poet Laureate
Robert Penn Warren, Pulitzer Prize winner, United States Poet Laureate
Timo Weiland, fashion designer and entrepreneur.
Athletics [ edit ]
Pedro Alvarez, corner infielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates; drafted second overall in the 2008 MLB Draft
Chantelle Anderson, women's basketball player (1999–2003), three-time All-American (2001–03); WNBA San Antonio Silver Stars (2005–current), Sacramento Monarchs (2003–04)
Bob Asher, NFL offensive tackle, Dallas Cowboys, Chicago Bears
Earl Bennett, wide receiver, Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns
Lynn Bomar, linebacker/receiver (1921–24), College Football Hall of Fame (1956); later became warden of Tennessee State Prison and executed several men
Mack Brown, head football coach at University of Texas. Transferred to Florida State University
Watson Brown, quarterback (1969–72); head football coach at Austin Peay (1979–1980), Cincinnati (1983), Rice (1984–1985), Vanderbilt (1986–1990), UAB (1995–2006), Tennessee Tech (2007– )
Derrick Byars, men's basketball player (attended 2004–07, played 2005–07); SEC Player of the Year (2007), professional with several European teams
Corey Chavous, safety (1994–98); St. Louis Rams (2006–present), Minnesota Vikings (2002–05), Arizona Cardinals (1998–2001)
Josh Cody, tackle (1914–1916, 1919), College Football Hall of Fame (1970)
Joey Cora, second baseman, Cleveland Indians (1998), Seattle Mariners (1995-1998/ All-Star in 1997), Chicago White Sox (1991–1994), first-round draft pick (1985, 23rd overall) by the San Diego Padres (1987, 1989–1990), third base coach for the White Sox (2004–current)
Jay Cutler, quarterback (2002–2005); first-round draft pick (11th overall) by the Denver Broncos (2006–2009) Chicago Bears, (2009–Present)
George Doherty, football player and then coach.
Jamie Duncan, linebacker (1995–97), All-American (1997); Atlanta Falcons (2004), St. Louis Rams (2002–03), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1998–2001)
Festus Ezeli, men's basketball player (2008–12); NBA player for the Golden State Warriors
Jeff Fosnes, men's basketball player (1972–1976), First Academic All-American, and only two-time Academic All-American, in Vanderbilt basketball history. Fourth-round draft pick of the Golden State Warriors (1976)
Ewing Y. Freeland, TCU Horned Frogs, Millsaps Majors, SMU Mustangs, and Texas Tech Red Raiders head football coach; TCU Horned Frogs men's basketball head coach, Texas Tech Red Raiders baseball head coach, and Texas Tech Red Raiders athletic director.
Matt Freije, men's basketball player (2000–04), Wooden Award finalist (2003–04); Atlanta Hawks (2006), New Orleans Hornets (2004–05), originally a second-round draft pick of the Miami Heat (2004)
Arthur Guepe, quarterback, football coach at the University of Virginia and Vanderbilt. First commissioner of the Ohio Valley Conference.
Lewie Hardage, football player; Head coach of the Oklahoma Sooners football team. Corey Harris,
safety/kick returner (1988–91); Detroit Lions (2002–03), Baltimore Ravens (1998–2001), Miami Dolphins (1997), Seattle Seahawks (1995–96), Green Bay Packers (1992–94)
Hunter Hillenmeyer, linebacker (1999-02); Chicago Bears (2003–2010)
Carl Hinkle, center (1935–1937), Southeastern Conference MVP (1937), College Football Hall of Fame (1959)
John Jenkins, men's basketball player (2009–12), first-team All-SEC (2011, 2012), member of the USA national team at the 2011 Summer Universiade, NBA player with the Atlanta Hawks
Matt Kata, Major League Baseball player
Roy Kramer, athletics director (1978–1990); Southeastern Conference commissioner (1990–2002), credited with being instrumental in creating the BCS (Division I-A's national championship game); as SEC commissioner, presided over expansion which brought in Arkansas and South Carolina, creating the first collegiate mega-conference
Dan Langhi, men's basketball player (1996–2000); Houston Rockets (2000–02), Phoenix Suns (2002–03), Golden State Warriors (2003), Milwaukee Bucks (2003)
Clyde Lee, men's basketball player (1963–66); SEC Player of the Year (1965–66), All-American (1966); third overall pick of the San Francisco/Golden State Warriors (1966–74); also played for the Atlanta Hawks (1975) and Philadelphia 76ers (1975–76)
Billy McCaffrey, 1991-1993 Men's Basketball player. Two-time All-American. Led Vanderbilt to highest national ranking of number 5. Holds record for most assists in a game at 14. SEC player of the year in 1993.
D. J. Moore, cornerback (2006–08); Chicago Bears (2009–present)
Charles Martin "C. M." Newton, men's basketball coach (1982–89); chairman of the NCAA Rules Committee (1979–1985) during which time the 45-second shot clock, three-point shot and coaches box were implemented; Basketball Hall of Fame (2000), President of USA Basketball (1992–1996) credited with putting together the first Olympic "Dream Team"; chair of first National Invitation Tournament (NIT) Selection Committee (2006)
Josh Paul, catcher; Tampa Bay Devil Rays (2006–current) Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2004–2005), Chicago White Sox (1999–2003)
Will Perdue, four-time NBA champion; Portland Trail Blazers (2000–01), San Antonio Spurs (1995–99), first-round draft pick (1988, 11th overall) of the Chicago Bulls (1988–95)
David Price, first overall draft pick in 2007 Major League Baseball draft by Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
Mark Prior, pitcher (1999; transferred to USC after freshman year); Chicago Cubs (2002–06)
Shelton Quarles, middle linebacker (1990–93); Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1997–current)
Tom Redmond, American football defensive lineman who played for six seasons in the NFL
Bobby Reynolds, tennis player; ranked No. 1 in NCAA and led Vanderbilt to NCAA team finals (2003), won 2006 RCA Championships (doubles) with Andy Roddick
Herb Rich (1928–2008), NFL football player
Sheri Sam, women's basketball player (1992–96); WNBA Charlotte Sting (2005–06), Seattle Storm (2004), Minnesota Lynx (2003), Miami Sol (2000–02), Orlando Miracle (1999)
Henry Russell Sanders, football and baseball player. Football coach at Vanderbilt and UCLA, where he won a national championship.
Brandt Snedeker, PGA golfer, (2007 PGA Rookie of the Year)
Jeremy Sowers, pitcher (2002–04), college All-American (2004); first-round pick (sixth overall) in 2004 draft of the Cleveland Indians (2006–current)
Bill Spears, quarterback (1925–27), College Football Hall of Fame (1925–1927)
Matt Stewart, linebacker (1997–2000); Cleveland Browns (2005–current), Atlanta Falcons (2001–2004) Bill Wade, quarterback (1949–51), Southeastern Conference MVP (1951); first-round draft pick of the
Los Angeles Rams (1954–60), Chicago Bears (1961–66)
Jeffery Taylor, men's basketball player (2008–12); NBA player for the Charlotte Bobcats
Sir Henry Worth Thornton, the highest-ranking American born officer in the British Army during World War I and President of the Canadian National Railways, was Vanderbilt's football coach during the 1894 season (7–1). He is the only American football coach to receive a knighthood.
Pat Toomay, NFL defensive end and author.
Perry Wallace, first African American basketball player in the Southeastern Conference; law professor at American University
Chris Williams, offensive tackle (2005-2007); Chicago Bears (2008–present)
Jimmy Williams, defensive back (1997–2000); Seattle Seahawks (2005–current), San Francisco 49ers (2001–2004)
Jamie Winborn, linebacker (1998–2000); Denver Broncos (2007–Current), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2006–2007), Jacksonville Jaguars (2005–2006), San Francisco 49ers (2001–2005)
Will Wolford, offensive lineman; (1983–1985); Pittsburgh Steelers (1996–1998), Indianapolis Colts (1993–1996), Buffalo Bills (1986–1993); voted to 3 Pro Bowls
Todd Yoder, tight end (1996–99); Washington Redskins (2006–current), Jacksonville Jaguars (2004–2005), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2000–2003)
Business and economics [ edit ]
John D. Arnold, founder of Centaurus Energy, youngest self-made billionaire in Texas
Bill Bain, founder of Bain & Company
Michael Bickford, co-founder of Round Hill Capital, a real estate assets management firm, and polo player.
Bruce Henderson, founder of the Boston Consulting Group
Doug Parker, Chairman, President, and CEO of US Airways
Michael Burry, M.D., founder of the Scion Capital LLC hedge fund
Monroe J. Carell, Jr., former Chairman and CEO of Central Parking Corporation
Mark Dalton – attorney, CEO of the Tudor Investment Corporation, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Vanderbilt.
Joe C. Davis, Jr., CEO of Davis Coals, Inc., played tennis for Vanderbilt.
David Farr, Chairman and CEO of Emerson Electric
Sam M. Fleming (1908-2000), President and Chairman of the Third National Bank of Nashville, and Chairman of the Vanderbilt Board of Trust from 1975 to 1981. Adena Friedman, CFO of
Matthew J. Hart, former Chairman and COO of Hilton Hotels Corporation
Allan Hubbard, Director of the National Economic Council Will Barnin, Co-founder of Affinity labs and CEO of KIXEYE
J. Hicks Lanier, Chairman and CEO of Oxford Industries, Vanderbilt trustee.
David B. Ingram, Chairmand and President of Ingram Entertainment.
John R. Ingram, Chairman and CEO of the Ingram Content Group.
Orrin H. Ingram II, CEO of Ingram Industries, Vanderbilt trustee. Mark Lazarus, Chairman
NBC Sports Group, NBCUniversal
Mark P. Mays, President and CEO of Clear Channel Communications
Derek Minno, Partner at private equity firm Exigen Capital
Chong Moon Lee, founder of Diamond Multimedia
Ann S. Moore, Chairman/CEO of Time, Inc.
Jackson W. Moore, former Executive Chairman of Union Planters Bank and Regions Financial Corporation
H. Ross Perot, Jr., Chairman of Perot Systems, real estate investor
Charles Plosser, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia
Mark Reuss, President of General Motors North America
Russ Robinson, CEO of Global Steel Dust; Board member of Academi.
Charlie Soong, missionary, businessman, father of the Soong sisters
Hall W. Thompson, businessman, golf course developer, Vanderbilt trustee. Cal Turner, CEO of
William S. Vaughn, former President and Chairman of Eastman Kodak and former Chairman of the Vanderbilt Board of Trust.
David K. Wilson (1919–2007), co-founder and President of the Cherokee Equity Corporation, and Chairman of the Vanderbilt Board of Trust from 1981 to 1991.
Muhammad Yunus, Ph.D., founder of Grameen Bank, pioneer of microcredit, 2006 winner of Nobel Prize in peace, winner of the 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom
Jasbina Ahluwalia, Founder and CEO, Intersections Match
Entertainment and fashion [ edit ]
Dierks Bentley, country musician
Joe Bob Briggs, B-movie critic
Randy Brooks, songwriter ("Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer")
Paula Cale, actress, transferred to DePaul University
Rosanne Cash, singer and songwriter
George Ducas, country music artist
Amy Grant, contemporary Christian music artist (dropped out to pursue music career)
Jill King, country music artist
Lance Kinsey, actor
Richard Kyanka, creator of humor website Something Awful
Bettie Page*, model
Amy Ray, singer/songwriter/member of the Indigo Girls (eventually transferred to Emory University)
Dinah Shore, singer, actress, and television host
Scott Siman, artist manager, former chairman of the Academy of Country Music
Molly Sims, model, actress (dropped out to pursue modeling)
Brooklyn Sudano, model, actress, and singer
Chris Mann, singer; fourth place in season 2 of The Voice
Mikey Wax, singer/songwriter
William Gray Espy, actor, The Young and The Restless
Government, politics, and activism [ edit ]
Greg Abbott, Attorney General of Texas
Bill Alexander, United States Representative from Arkansas (1969–1993)
Lamar Alexander, Governor of Tennessee (1979–1987), United States Secretary of Education (1991–1993), United States Senator from Tennessee (2003- )
Abdiweli Mohamed Ali, President of Puntland; former Prime Minister of Somalia (2011-2012), AFGRAD Fellow of Economics; first Vanderbilt graduate to become a head of government
Jim Bacchus, former U.S. Representative from the 11th and 15th districts of Florida, former Chairman of the Appellate Body of the World Trade Organization
Theodore Bilbo, U.S. Senator and Governor, Mississippi. Attended Peabody College and Law School but did not graduate from either.
David Boaz, Executive Vice-President, Cato Institute, leading libertarian thinker.
Richard Walker Bolling, U.S. Representative from Missouri, attended graduate school 1939–1940
Bill Boner, former Mayor of Nashville, Tennessee
Dick Brewbaker, member of the Alabama Senate, former member of the Alabama House of Representatives.
Beverly Briley, former Mayor of Nashville
Bill Campbell, former Mayor of Atlanta, Georgia
Brian Carlson, Ambassador to Latvia (2001–2004)
Frank G. Clement, former Governor of Tennessee
William Prentice Cooper, former Governor of Tennessee and Ambassador to Peru
Robert W. Cobb, Inspector General of NASA, (2002–present)
Brad Courtney, Chairman of the Republican Party of Wisconsin
Yeda Crusius, Governor of the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul, (2007–present)
Riley Darnell, Tennessee Secretary of State
Karl Dean, Mayor of Nashville
K. Terry Dornbush, former Ambassador to the Netherlands
James Oliver Eastland, former U.S. Senator
Hiram Wesley Evans, Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.
Greg Fischer, Mayor of Louisville, Kentucky (2011–present); also entrepreneur and co-inventor of the SerVend automated ice/beverage dispenser
Vince Foster, former Deputy White House Chief of Staff
John Nance Garner, former Vice President and Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
Bill Gibbons, Memphis District Attorney
Al Gore, 45th Vice President of the United States, former U.S. Senator, former U.S. Representative, environmental activist, Nobel laureate (did not graduate)
Tipper Gore*, activist, former Second Lady of the United States
Douglas Henry, member of the Tennessee Senate representing the 21st district
John Jay Hooker, political figure
Gus Hunt, Chief Technology Officer at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
Mickey Kantor, United States Trade Representative and Secretary of Commerce in the Clinton Administration
Ric Keller, former U.S. Representative
John Neely Kennedy, Louisiana State Treasurer
Robert L. King, former Monroe County, New York executive, former chancellor of the State University of New York
Bill Lacy, political operative, business executive, and Director of the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics
Leonard Lance, U.S. Representative from New Jersey
Fritz G. Lanham, U.S. Representative from Texas
James Lawson, Civil Rights pioneer
William James Livsey, American four-star general and military commander
Hill McAlister, 34th Governor of Tennessee from 1933 to 1937 [1 ]
Marshall Fletcher McCallie, former United States Ambassador to Namibia
Harlan Mathews, former U.S. Senator
Roy Neel, Campaign Manager for Howard Dean, Deputy Chief of Staff for former President Bill Clinton and Chief of Staff for Al Gore
Seth Walker Norman, Judge of Division IV of the Criminal Court for Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee; former Tennessee Legislator
W. Robert Pearson, former Ambassador to Turkey, President of IREX
Bill Purcell, Mayor of Nashville
Arthur F. Raper, sociologist
Woodall Rodgers, Mayor of Dallas, Texas
James Sasser, former U.S. Senator and Ambassador to China
Nancy Soderberg, American foreign policy adviser
John R. Steelman, White House Chief of Staff under President Harry Truman
Joe Straus, Speaker of Texas State House
Jim Summerville, Tennessee Senator
Fred Dalton Thompson, former U.S. Senator, actor
Jack Watson, Chief of Staff under President Jimmy Carter
Don West, Civil Rights activist, labor organizer, poet, educator
James Clark McReynolds, Former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (1914–1941)
Hans von Spakovsky, Federal Election Commission commissioner, appointed by recess, withdrew own nomination after controversy
Volney F. Warner, Commander-in-Chief, United States Readiness Command
Jeff Davis (Arkansas governor), Democratic United States Senator from Arkansas and the 20th Governor of the U.S. state of Arkansas [2 ]
Journalism and media [ edit ]
Skip Bayless, ESPN personality and nationally syndicated columnist
Roy Blount, Jr., humorist, sportswriter, and author
David Brinkley, broadcast journalist
Eric Etheridge, first managing editor of George magazine
Willie Geist, humorist and MSNBC host
Alex Heard, editorial director of Outside magazine and an author
Molly Henneberg, correspondent, Fox News
Henry Blue Kline, member of the Southern Agrarians.
Ralph McGill, former editor and publisher (did not graduate due to suspension related to an article he wrote) Atlanta Constitution
Buster Olney, ESPN baseball writer, former sportswriter for The New York Times
Richard Quest, reporter for CNN International
Grantland Rice, celebrated sportswriter
Wendell Rawls, Jr., journalist, Pulitzer Prize winner.
Fred Russell, celebrated sportswriter
Christine Sadler, Peabody graduate and pioneer female newspaper journalist
Jeffrey D. Sadow, political scientist, columnist
Bill Steltemeier, founding President of the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) [3 ]
E. Thomas Wood, author and Nashville journalist
Cornelia Clark, Justice on the Tennessee Supreme Court (2005–current)
Marci Hamilton, lawyer, won Boerne v. Flores (1997), Constitutional law scholar, professor at Cardozo School of Law
Jack Kershaw (1913–2010), attorney and sculptor who represented James Earl Ray. [4 ]
James Clark McReynolds, Supreme Court Justice (1914–1941), Assistant Attorney General (1903–1907)
Eugene Siler, Federal Circuit Court Judge, 6th Circuit
Mike Spivey, law school admissions expert and former Assistant Dean at Vanderbilt, Washington University, and Colorado law schools
Fred Thompson, Vanderbilt Law School, former U.S. Senator, actor on NBC's Law & Order (2002–2007)
Jack Thompson, Vanderbilt Law School, disbarred attorney and activist against obscenity and violence in media and entertainment
Ministry and religion [ edit ]
William S. Hatcher was a mathematician, philosopher, and educator. He went on to serve on several National Spiritual Assemblies and wrote several books on the Bahá'í Faith after his 1957 conversion while at Vanderbilt University.
Walter Russell Lambuth, M.D., recipient of Theology and Medical degrees from Vanderbilt. Methodist missionary to China, Japan and Africa; later Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.
James Lawson, civil rights pioneer and student at the Divinity School. Kicked out of Vanderbilt for his involvement in organizing civil rights protests in Nashville; later returned to Vanderbilt and is currently a faculty member.
W. Winfred Moore, Baptist preacher from Texas.
Mark A. Noll, progressive evangelical scholar, historian at the University of Notre Dame.
Thomas B. Warren was an American Restorationist Philosopher and Theologian.
Science and medicine [ edit ]
Edward Emerson Barnard, astronomer who discovered Barnard's star, Jupiter's fifth moon, nearly a dozen comets, and nebulous emissions in supernovae.
William H. Dobelle, biomedical researcher and artificial vision pioneer
Michael L. Gernhardt, NASA astronaut
Louis Lowenstein, researcher in hematology and immunology
Stanford Moore, protein chemist, inventor of a method for sequencing proteins, winner of the 1972 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
George G. Robertson, senior researcher, Visualization and Interaction (VIBE) Research Group, Microsoft Research.
Norman Shumway, performed with his associates the first heart transplant done in the United States
Mildred Stahlman, Vanderbilt professor and neonatologist
John Ridley Stroop, psychologist known internationally for discovering the Stroop effect, a psychological process related to word recognition, color and interference
Notable faculty and staff [ edit ]
Virginia Abernethy, Professor emerita of psychiatry and anthropology, noted population expert and immigration reduction advocate
Camilla Benbow, Dean of Peabody College at Vanderbilt University, noted scholar on education of gifted youth
John Keith Benton (1896-1956), Dean of the Vanderbilt University Divinity School from 1939 to 1956.
Alfred Blalock, Professor of Surgery, in the 1930s did pioneering research on traumatic shock, saving countless lives during World War II.
George Arthur Buttrick, Christian scholar.
Kenneth C. Catania, neurobiologist, MacArthur Fellows Program award winner
Stanley Cohen, biochemist, discoverer of cellular growth factors, winner of the 1986 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
Alain Connes, mathematician, Fields Medal Winner (1982)
Margaret Cuninggim, served as the Dean of Women from 1966 to 1973. The Margaret Cuninggim Women's Center on campus is named in her honor.
Richard L. Daft, sociologist.
Max Delbrück, pioneering molecular biologist, winner of the 1969 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
Arthur Demarest, Ingram Professor of Anthropology, Mesoamerican scholar
Tony Earley, Noted American novelist
Charlotte Froese Fischer, prominent chemist and mathematician responsible for the development of the multi-configurational self-consistent field of computational chemistry
Edward F. Fischer, Professor of Anthropology
Jim Foglesong, Member of the Country Music Hall of Fame
Harold Ford, Jr., Former U.S. Congressman, candidate for Senate
Bill Frist, Majority Leader (2002–2007), U.S. Senate (1995–2007), former transplant surgeon
Ellen Goldring, education scholar
Ernest William Goodpasture, pioneering virologist, invented the method of growing viruses in fertile chickens' eggs.
Alexander Little Page Green (1806-1874), Methodist minister and one of the founders of Vanderbilt University; his portrait hangs in the Board of Trust lounge of Kirkland Hall on the Vanderbilt campus.
F. Peter Guengerich, Director of the Center in Molecular Toxicology
Elijah Embree Hoss, Chair of Ecclesiastical History, Church Polity and Pastoral Theology (1885–90), later a Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.
Milton W. Humphreys (1844-1928), served as the first Professor of Latin and Greek at Vanderbilt University and later at the University of Texas at Austin, also taught at the University of Virginia and served as the President of the American Philological Association in 1882-1883, also married Chancellor Garland's daughter.
Bill Ivey, Director of the National Endowment for the Arts during the Clinton Administration, director of the Curb Center at Vanderbilt
Mark Jarman, American poet and critic often identified with the New Narrative branch of New Formalism
Edward Southey Joynes (1834-1917), first Professor of Modern Languages at Vanderbilt.
John Lachs, noted philosopher and pragmatist
David Lubinski, psychology professor known for his work in applied research, psychometrics, and individual differences
Nathaniel Thomas Lupton (1830-1893), Professor of Chemistry at Vanderbilt in 1875.
Richard C. McCarty, professor of psychology and provost of Vanderbilt University
Roy Neel, Campaign Manager for Howard Dean, Deputy Chief of Staff for Bill Clinton and Chief of Staff for Al Gore
Michael Alec Rose, Composer, author, and Professor of Music Composition at the Vanderbilt's Blair School of Music
Julia Sears, mathematician, pioneering feminist
Margaret Rhea Seddon, astronaut
Albert Micajah Shipp (1819-1887), Professor of Exegetical Theology at Vanderbilt University in 1875 and Dean of the Divinity School from 1882 to 1887.
Douglas C. Schmidt, well-known computer scientist
William Oscar Smith, Noted jazz double bassist, founder of the W.O. Smith Music School in Nashville, and former Professor at Vanderbilt's Blair School of Music
Ronald Spores, archaeologist, ethnohistorian and Mesoamerican scholar
Hans Stoll, Research revolutionized the field of financial derivatives and market microstructure.
Earl Sutherland, physiologist, discoverer of hormonal second messengers, winner of the 1971 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
Thomas Osgood Summers (1812-1882), leading Methodist theologian, Dean of the Biblical Department at Vanderbilt in 1878.
Carol Miller Swain, professor of Political Science and Law
Vivian Thomas, surgical technician working with Alfred Blalock, developed techniques that enabled key advances in the treatment of traumatic shock.
Wilbur Fisk Tillett (1854-1936), Professor of Theology, Dean of the Theological Faculty after 1884 and Vice-Chancellor after 1886.
Gallery of Vanderbilt notables [ edit ]
References [ edit ]