List of Wichita State University people
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- Jim Bede – Founder Bede Aviation
- Gary Burrell – Founder and CEO of Garmin
- Dan and Frank Carney – co-founders of Pizza Hut
- Dwane L. Wallace – former CEO and chairman of Cessna Aircraft Company
- Vivek Lall - CEO of Reliance industries
- Valerie L. Baldwin – Assistant Secretary of the Army (Financial Management and Comptroller), 2004–06
- Rebecca L. Ediger – retired US Secret Service
- Femi Pedro – Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Nigeria
- Tom Sawyer (Kansas politician) – member of the Kansas House of Representatives, former House Majority Leader, 1998 Kansas Democratic Party nominee for Governor
- Captain Riley L. Pitts, U.S. Army-first African-American commissioned officer to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.
- Garner E. Shriver – Eight term US Congressman from Kansas
- James Billings – operatic baritone, opera librettist, and opera director
- Karla Burns – Drama Desk Award and Laurence Olivier Award winning Actress and operatic mezzo-soprano.
- Joyce DiDonato – Opera Star
- Kevin Kastning – modern classical composer and guitarist
- Samuel Ramey – Opera star
- Chris Arpad - Solo Steel Pannist
- Casey Blake – Major League Baseball player for the Los Angeles Dodgers
- Joe Carter – retired Major League Baseball player
- Andy Dirks – Current MLB Player Major League Baseball's Detroit Tigers
- Darren Dreifort – retired Major League Baseball player with the Los Angeles Dodgers
- Mike Lansing – retired Major League Baseball player
- Koyie Hill – Major League Baseball player for the Chicago Cubs
- Braden Looper – Major League Baseball player for the Milwaukee Brewers and Saint Louis Cardinals
- Pat Meares – retired Major League Baseball player
- Doug Mirabelli – Retired Major League Baseball player with the Boston Red Sox
- Michael Pelfrey – Major League Baseball player for the New York Mets
- Nate Robertson – Major League Baseball player for the Florida Marlins
- Eric Wedge – Current Manager of Major League Baseball's Seattle Mariners
- Conor Gillaspie – Major League Baseball player for the Chicago White Sox
- Jamie Arnold – American-Israeli professional basketball player
- Nate Bowman -"The Snake" retired/deceased National Basketball Association (NBA) Player
- Cal Bruton, retired American-Australian basketball player, NBL Hall of Famer
- Antoine Carr – retired NBA player
- John Cooper – Basketball head coach at Tennessee State University, former assistant coach at Auburn University, University of Oregon, and the University of South Carolina
- Warren Jabali – retired American Basketball Association player
- Cliff Levingston – retired NBA player
- Xavier McDaniel – retired NBA player
- Gal Mekel – Israeli NBA player
- Dave Stallworth – retired NBA player
- Gene Wiley, former NBA player
- Toure' Murry, Current NBA player for New York Knicks
- Chris Barnes – PBA professional bowler (2007–08 PBA Player of the Year) and official USBC spokesperson
- Clara Guerrero – Colombian bowler
- Jacob Peters – professional bowler
- Sean Rash – professional bowler
- Sam Adkins – National Football League player for Seattle Seahawks, 1977–81; television personality for Seahawks broadcasts.
- Randy Jackson (running back) – (AKA Coach Jackson) National Football League player, 1972–74. A survivor of the 1970 WSU football team plane crash. Coached at Robinson Middle School in Wichita.
- Scot McCloughan – General Manager of the San Francisco 49ers
- Bill Parcells – Former Head Coach in the National Football League, former Executive Vice President of Football Operations for the Miami Dolphins
- Henry Schichtle - NFL and CFL player
- Paul Wight – professional wrestler known as "The Big Show" (freshman year only)
- Dale Allison – biblical scholar 
- Jessica Hughbanks – Castmember on Big Brother 8
- Omar Khalidi – author, Muslim scholar and US State Department sponsored international relation builder.
- Shirley Knight – Oscar nominated actress
- Lance LeGault – Actor
- Bob Peak – painter dubbed the "Father of the Modern Movie Poster."
- M. Lee Pelton – current president of Emerson College
- Dennis Rader – Infamous BTK Serial Killer
- Earl G. Yarbrough – current president of Savannah State University
Presidents of WSU
- Wichita State University
- John W. Bardo, 2012–present
- Donald L. Beggs, 1999–2012
- Eugene M. Hughes, 1993–1998
- Warren B. Armstrong, 1983–1993
- Clark D. Ahlberg, 1968–1983
- Emory K. Lindquist 1963–1968, Rhodes Scholar
- Municipal University of Wichita
- Harry F. Corbin, 1949–1963
- William M. Jardine, 1934–1949
- Harold Foght, 1927–1934
- Fairmount College
- John D. Finlayson, 1922–1927
- Walter Rollins, 1914–1922
- Henry Thayer, 1907–1914
- Nathan Morrison, 1895–1907
- "Dwane L. Wallace is Dead at 78, Pioneer Leader at Cessna Aircraft".
- "Dwane Wallace is Honored".
- "Casey Blake Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved October 30, 2012.
- "Joe Carter Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved October 30, 2012.
- "Andy Dirks Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved October 30, 2012.
- "Darren Dreifort Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved October 30, 2012.
- "Mike Lansing". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved October 30, 2012.
- "Antoine Carr". Basketball-Reference.Com. Retrieved October 30, 2012.
- "Sam Adkins". database Football. Retrieved October 30, 2012.
- "Dale C. Allison, Jr.". Contemporary Authors Online. Detroit: Gale. 2011. Retrieved June 10, 2013.
- "2004 Press Releases:Dr.Omar Khalidi Visited Ufa and Chelyabinsk and Discussed Muslim Life in America". yekaterinburg.usconsulate.gov. April 18, 2004. Retrieved August 27, 2011.
- Power, Carla (April 2, 2009). "Updating the Mosque for the 21st Century, Time Magazine". Retrieved August 27, 2011.
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