List of Florida Atlantic University people

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This list of Florida Atlantic University people includes graduates, non-graduate former students, and current students of Florida Atlantic University and its graduate programs. Since its opening in 1964, Florida Atlantic has awarded over 100,000 degrees to more than 95,000 alumni worldwide.

The NW 20th St. entrance sign on the Boca Raton campus


Congresswoman Meek
NASA scientist Christopher McKay in Antarctica, 2005
Steven Swanson
Chris Carrabba
R. David Paulison



Athlete Notability
Yolanda Griffith professional basketball player in the WNBA[1]

Gridiron football[edit]

Athlete Notability
Rob Housler Professional football player for the Arizona Cardinals
Lestar Jean Former professional football player for the Houston Texans
Mike Lockley Former professional football player for the Jacksonville Jaguars
Alfred Morris Professional football player for the Dallas Cowboys
Charles Pierre Professional football player for the BC Lions
Rusty Smith Former professional football player for the Tennessee Titans
Jenson Stoshak Professional football player for the Carolina Panthers
Lucky Whitehead Professional football player for the Dallas Cowboys
Sharrod Neasman Professional football player for the Atlanta Falcons

Major League Baseball[edit]

Athlete Notability
Daniel Bomback Professional MLB player[2]
Anthony Bradley Professional MLB player[2]
Carmen Cali Professional MLB pitcher[3]
Brandon Cooney Professional MLB player[2]
Jeff Fiorentino Professional MLB outfielder[4]
Tim Harikkala Professional MLB pitcher[5]
Justin Martin Professional MLB player[2]
Tommy Murphy Professional MLB outfielder[6]
Justin Phillabaum Professional MLB player[2]
Robbie Widlansky Professional MLB player[2]


Athlete Notability
Mark Zupan Captain of the United States quadriplegic wheelchair rugby team[7]


Alumni Notability
Fern "Peachy" Kellymeyer
(M.A. 1974)
Professional tennis player, administrator, and 1999 ITA Hall of Fame inductee[8]


Alumni Notability
Zachary "Sneaky" Scuderi Professional League of Legends player, for Cloud 9[9]


Luis Alberto Moreno, 4th and current President of the Inter-American Development Bank
Alumni Notability
Ralph de la Vega
(B.S.M.E. 19??)
Chief Operating Officer of Cingular Wireless, and former President of BellSouth's Latin American operations[10]
Mark Dean
(M.S.E.E. 1982)
Vice President Technical Strategy and WorldWide Operations for IBM Research; holds three of the original 9 patents on the IBM PC as well as developing the Industry Standard Architecture (ISA) "bus," which permitted add-on devices like the keyboard, disk drives and printers to be connected to the motherboard[11]
Richard DiMarchi
(B.S. 1974)
Former Vice President at Eli Lilly and Company, and current Chairman in Biomolecular Sciences and Professor of Chemistry at Indiana University[12]
Patricia McKay
(B.B.A. 1978)
Executive Vice President, and Chief Financial Officer of Office Depot[13]
Luis Alberto Moreno
(B.B.A. 1975)
4th and current President of the Inter-American Development Bank
Daniel B. O'Connor
(B.S. 1998)
Project Director at Sprint Nextel, mobile advertising innovator and creator of first mobile advertising system in the world; holds a patent for mobile web log filtering, enabling behavioral profiling of mobile users[14]
Robert "Skip" Orr
(B.A. 1978)
Former President of Boeing Japan, and former Vice President of Motorola[15]
Maynard Webb
(B.A. 19??)
Member of the Board of Directors of, and former Chief Operating Officer, and President of Technologies for eBay[16]
Phil Zimmermann
(B.S. 1978)
Creator of Pretty Good Privacy[17]
George Zoley
(B.A. 1972, M.P.A. 1975)
Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer, and founder of the GEO Group, Inc. a publicly traded company that became independent from The Wackenhut Corporation[18]


Alumni Notability
Wilson G. Bradshaw
(B.S., 19??; M.S., 19??)
President of Florida Gulf Coast University[19]
Arthur C. Brooks
(M.A., 1995)
Social scientist, economist, professor, author, and professional musician
Alberto "Al" Cardenas
(B.A. 1969)
Attorney, Republican lobbyist, and trustee of Florida A&M[20]
Keith Hamm
(M.A., 1973)
Edwards Professor of Political Science at Rice University
George L. Hanbury
(Ph.D. 19??)
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Nova Southeastern University[21]


Alumni Notability
Kevin Allesee
(B.A. 2005)
Ana M. Azcuy
(B.A. 1976)
First Hispanic television anchor in South Florida; three-time Emmy Award winner[24]
Allen Berman
(B.A. 1977)
Former Senior Producer of CBS Evening News; Executive Producer of Media Street Productions[24]
Don Brewer
(B.B.A. 1990)
Drummer and founding member of the band Grand Funk Railroad[24]
Mary Carey
(A.A. 2002)
Pornographic actress[25]
Chris Carrabba Singer-songwriter, Dashboard Confessional
Carrot Top
(B.B.A. 1989)
Prop comedian known for his red hair and television commercials[26]
Scott Henderson
(B.A. 19??)
Jazz, blues, and fusion guitarist, Tribal Tech[27]
Lee Hodge
(B.A. 2011)
Actor known for his appearance in Baywatch (2017)[28]
Marc Kudisch
(B.F.A. 1988)
Broadway actor and two-time Tony Award nominee[29]
Mike Lawrence
(B.A. 2007)
Stand-up comedian
Lycia Naff
Actress who portrayed the three-breasted mutant prostitute in the original movie Total Recall[30]
Dean Peterson Internationally-known opera star[31]
Elias Soriano
(B.A. 1999)
Lead singer of rock band Nonpoint


U.S. senators, governors, and lt. governors[edit]

Alumni Notability
Frank Brogan
(M.Ed. 1981)
Chancellor of the State University System of Florida, Former Lieutenant Governor of Florida and President of Florida Atlantic University[32]

Cabinet members and federal officials[edit]

Alumni Notability
R. David Paulison
(B.A. 19??)
Current Undersecretary of the Federal Emergency Management Agency[33]

U.S. Congressmen[edit]

Alumni Notability
Carrie P. Meek
(Hon Ph.D. 19??)
Former U.S. Congresswoman from Florida's 17th district[34]
Daniel A. Mica
(B.A. 1966, Hon Ph.D. 19??)
Former U.S. Congressman, President and CEO of the Credit Union National Association[35]

Judges, lawyers, and state officials[edit]

Alumni Notability
Carol W. Hunstein
(B.S. 1972)
Presiding Justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia[36]
Ken Jenne
(B.A. 1968)
Former Sheriff of Broward County, Florida, and former state legislator[37]
Henry Latimer
(M.A. 19??)
First African American circuit court judge in Broward County, Florida[38]

Non-U.S. politicians[edit]

Alumni Country Notability
Alexis Jeffers Saint Kitts and Nevis Member of the Nevis Island Assembly, candidate for the National Assembly in the 2010 federal election[39][40]


Alumni Notability
Judith Ortiz Cofer
(M.A. 1977)
Puerto Rican author[41]
Kevin Crawford Shakespeare scholar[42]
Charles Ghigna Poet and children's author known as "Father Goose"[43]
Felix Hartmann German-American author known for "Dark Age";[44] Dragon Award Nominee [45]

Medicine, science and technology[edit]

Alumni Notability
Christopher McKay
Planetary scientist at NASA Ames Research Center[46]
Steven Swanson
(M.A. 1986)
NASA astronaut[47]


Alumni Notability
Carla Gopher First Seminole woman to earn a bachelor's degree[48]
Theresa LePore Former supervisor of elections for Palm Beach County, Florida, most notable for her role in the 2000 presidential election controversy
Mirta Ojito Cuban-born Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist for the New York Times and professor of journalism at the University of Miami
Gerard John Schaefer Former Martin County sheriff's deputy and serial killer convicted of two murders in 1973 and believed responsible for over thirty others


  • Dr. David F. Bjorklund, psychology professor, author, pioneer in evolutionary developmental psychology
  • Dr. Cecilia Campoverde, associate professor of social work in the College of Architecture, Urban and Public Affairs; founder and volunteer Director of the Guatemalan Project, Inc. who worked to create a new community in Guatemala called El Triunfo for survivors of Hurricane Mitch[49][50]
  • Dr. Maria Fadiman, associate professor, an ethnobotanist and member of the 2006 National Geographic Emerging Explorers[51]
  • Dr. J.A. Scott Kelso, neuroscientist, founder of the Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences
  • Dr. Salvatore D. Morgera, former Chair of Electrical Engineering, Fellow of the IEEE, Fellow of the AAAS, Tau Beta Pi Eminent Engineer; pioneer of the highly multidisciplinary Bioengineering Graduate Program at FAU; Chair and Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of South Florida
  • Dr. Ramaswamy Narayanan, bioinformatics expert, Director of GeneChip Core Facility, and Acting Director for the FAU Center for Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
  • Dr. Walid Phares, author, national media commentator, and expert on global terrorism and Middle Eastern affairs
  • Dr. Yacov Shamash, former Engineering faculty member, Fellow of the IEEE, Dean of the College of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Stony Brook University
  • Richard Shusterman, Professor of Philosophy, pragmatist philosopher, Dorothy F. Schmidt Eminent Scholar in the Humanities, and Founder and Director of the FAU Center for Body, Mind, and Culture
  • Dr. Martin K. Solomon, computer science professor, author, assistant chair of the Computer Science Engineering Department, expert on Oracle and databases
  • Dr. Robert P. Watson, alumnus of FAU, author, national media commentator, former candidate for the United States House of Representatives; formerly associate professor of political science at FAU
Social Science Building, which houses the College of Architecture, Urban and Public Affairs
  • Dr. Jie Wu, professor in the College of Engineering and Computer Science, Program Director for the Networking Technology and Systems (NeTS) program of the National Science Foundation[52][53][54][55]


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