List of Florida International University people

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Health and Life Sciences buildings, home of the FIU College of Medicine

This list of notable Florida International University alumni includes alumni, faculty, and presidents of Florida International University in Miami, Florida, which includes 26 colleges and schools.


With more than 150,500 alumni around the world, the Florida International University Golden Panthers constitute one of the fastest-growing university alumni groups in the state of Florida. FIU graduates more than 8,000 students a year and confers more than half of all degrees awarded by universities in South Florida.



Mike Lowell
Athlete Notability
Brad Eldred professional MLB baseball player[1]
Mike Lowell professional MLB baseball player
Garrett Wittels professional baseball player; 56-game college hitting streak[2]


Athlete Notability
Carlos Arroyo professional NBA basketball player
Raja Bell professional NBA basketball player[3]
Andrea Nagy professional WNBA basketball player


Athlete Notability
Margie Goldstein-Engle equestrian


Athlete Notability
Nick Turnbull NFL pro football player, Atlanta Falcons
Antwan Barnes NFL pro football player Free Agent
Brenda Lowe Miami Dolphins cheerleader, Survivor contestant
Anthony Gaitor NFL pro football player, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
T. Y. Hilton NFL pro football player, Indianapolis Colts
Johnathan Cyprien NFL pro football player, Jacksonville Jaguars
Tourek Williams NFL pro football player, San Diego Chargers


Athlete Notability
Pat Bradley LPGA professional golfer
Becky Pearson LPGA professional golfer


Athlete Notability
Andres De Abreu Venezuelan First Division pro soccer player, Miami United FC
Juan Francisco Guerra Venezuelan First Division pro soccer player, New York Cosmos (2010)
Bobby Boswell MLS pro soccer player, Houston Dynamo
Jeff Cassar MLS pro soccer player, FC Dallas
Steve Ralston MLS pro soccer player, New England Revolution

Other sports[edit]

Authors and entertainers[edit]

Carlos Alvarado-Larroucau
Alumni Notability
Carlos Alvarado-Larroucau francophone writer, poet, essayist, professor[5]
Richard Blanco inaugural poet, public speaker, author
Dennis Lehane author of Mystic River[6]
Ana Menendez fiction author and journalist[7]
Ivo Raza author of Heads In Beds, director of Jarring

Authors, actors, television, musicians[edit]

Andy Garcia
Alumni Notability
Andy García Academy Award-nominated actor[8]
Dawn Ostroff president of entertainment of the CW Network[9]
Danny Pino actor, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit on NBC[10]
Kimberly Leemans model, America's Next Top Model contestant[11]
Vijay Yesudas South Indian singer, Vijay Yesudas[12]
Kev Marcus violinist, hip-hop, jazz, classical, Black Violin[13]
Syesha Mercado singer, American Idol contestant (Season 7)[14]
Nadia Turner singer, American Idol contestant (Season 4)[15]
Henry Vega award-winning composer, musician
Natalia Navarro Miss Colombia 2009, placed 12th at Miss Universe 2010
Aimee Carrero actress, Young & Hungry, Elena of Avalor
Ricki Noel Lander actress, fashion designer[16]


Alumni Notability
David Ebro[17] President and CEO of the Houston-based industrial real estate development firm Levey Group[18]


Alumni Notability
Dawn Ostroff President of Entertainment, CW Television Network
Elizabeth Perez Emmy-winning television journalist and presenter, CNN en Español
Jack Hernández founder, CEO, and web entrepreneur, Topmedia Inc.;[19]
Phillip Aleman theatrical press agent, The Producers[20]

Other companies[edit]

Alumni Notability
Dr. Stephanie Burns President and Chief Executive Officer, Dow Corning[21]
Regynald G. Washington Vice President and General Manager, Disney Regional Entertainment[22]
Adolfo Henriques Chairman and CEO of Union Planters Bank, Florida[23]
Edison F. Peres Senior Vice President, Worldwide Channels at Cisco Systems[24]
Maria Elena Ibañez founder of International Micro Systems, International High-Tech Marketing, and Intermark Foods[25]
David R. Ebro President and CEO of Levey Group, an industrial real estate development firm headquartered in Houston, Texas[26]

Law and politics[edit]

Delegate Kirill Reznik
Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen

House of Representatives, U.S. Court Judges[edit]

Alumni Notability
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen member of the United States House of Representatives and first Hispanic from South Florida[citation needed]
Cecilia Altonaga U.S. District Court Judge (first Cuban-American woman appointed)[citation needed]
David Rivera Florida’s 25th Congressional District[citation needed]

State Politics[edit]

Alumni Notability
Anitere Flores member of the Florida Senate for District 37
Rene Garcia member of the Florida Senate for District 38
Jeanette Nuñez member of the Florida House of Representatives for District 119
Mark Pafford member of the Florida House of Representatives for District 86
Katie Edwards member of the Florida House of Representatives for District 98
Bryan Avila member of the Florida House of Representatives for District 111
Kirill Reznik member of the Maryland House of Delegates for District 39
Evelyn Sanguinetti is the Lt. Governor of Illinois

Local and municipal government[edit]

Alumni Notability
Maria Parodi Councillor and Deputy Lord Mayor, Dublin, Ireland[27]

Foreign governments[edit]

Alumni Notability
Danny Danon Israeli politician and chairman of the U.N. Legal Committee
Humberto Costa Angolan Dipolmat at the United Nations[28]


Alumni Notability
Marcelo Baró PR Department Chair at UADE, Argentine University of Business[29]
Miguel A. De La Torre Prolific author on Hispanic religiosity and professor of social ethics at Iliff School of Theology[30]
Elsa Murano Former President of Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas
Donna M. Schaeffer Professor of Management Information Systems, Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia[31]

Science and space[edit]

Alumni Notability
Omar Baez, Jr. NASA launch director for Launch Services Program at John F. Kennedy Space Center[32]
Annette Taberner Neuroscientist noted for studies in auditory neurophysiology[33]
James F. O'Brien Professor at UC-Berkeley, has patents pending for his explosive computer animation techniques[34]


University presidents[edit]

President Tenure
Charles Perry 1965–1976
Harold Crosby 1976–1979
Gregory Baker Wolfe 1979–1986
Modesto A. Maidique 1986–2009
Mark B. Rosenberg 2009–present


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