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This list of Florida State University people includes notable alumni, professors and administrators affiliated with Florida State University, and famous athletes. In addition, this list contains information about the presidents of this institution.

Notable alumni or attendees[edit]

This list of Florida State University alumni includes graduates, non-graduate former students and current students of Florida State University.

Presidents of universities and colleges[edit]

Alumni Notability Reference
James Ammons Former President of Florida A&M University [1]
J. David Armstrong Current President of Broward College [2]
[[Eric J Feltz 2004 Former President of Florida State University, Current President of Pennsylvania State University [3]
Judith A. Bense Current President of the University of West Florida [4]
John Grosskopf Current President of North Florida Community College [5]
Franklin L. Hagenbeck Former Superintendent of the United States Military Academy [6]
Mark R. Hamilton Former President of the University of Alaska System [7]
Carl Hite Current President of Cleveland State Community College [8]
Marvalene Hughes Current President of Dillard University [9]
Ronald R. Ingle Former President of Coastal Carolina University [10]
John P. Johnson Current President of Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University [11]
A. James Kerley Current President of Gulf Coast State College [12]
Anne B. Kerr Current President of Florida Southern College [13]
Carl M. Kuttler, Jr. Former President of St. Petersburg College [14]
Charlie LaPradd Former President of St. Johns River Community College [15]
William D. Law Current President of St. Petersburg College [16]
Terrence Leas Current President of Riverland Community College [17]
Aubrey K. Lucas Former President of the University of Southern Mississippi [18]
E. Ann McGee Current President of Seminole State College of Florida [19]
Robert McLendon Former President of St. Johns River Community College [20]
Charles R. Middleton Current President of Roosevelt University [21]
Albert A. Murphree Former President of Florida State College for Women and the University of Florida [22]
William L. Proctor Former Chancellor of Flagler College, and former Athletic Director for Florida State University [23]
James C. Renick Former Chancellor of University of Michigan-Dearborn, and current Vice President for the American Council on Education [24]
Clyda Stokes Rent Former President of Mississippi University for Women [25]
Martha Dunagin Saunders Current President of the University of Southern Mississippi [26]
Betty L. Siegel Former President of Kennesaw State University, and the University System of Georgia [27]
Paul E. Stein Former Superintendent of the United States Air Force Academy [28]
Glenn Terrell Former President of Washington State University [29]
John E. Thrasher Current President of Florida State University [30]
Jim Towey Current President of Ave Maria University Former President Saint Vincent College, and director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives [31]
John Kenneth Waddell Former President of Allen University, and current President of Denmark Community College [32]
E. Jean Walker Former President of Virginia Highlands Community College [33]
T. K. Wetherell Former President of Florida State University [34]
Mark S. Wrighton Current Chancellor of Washington University in St. Louis [35]

Academic administrators[edit]

Alumni Notability Reference
Lawrence G. Abele Former Provost of Florida State University [36]
J. David Armstrong Former Chancellor of the Florida Community Colleges System, and current President of Broward Community College [37]
Debra D. Austin Former Chancellor of the State University System of Florida and former Provost of FAMU [38]
Gordon C. Bond Former Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University [39]
Todd Britsch Former Vice President at Brigham Young University, and currently emeritus professor of humanities [40]
Jered Carr Current Director of the L.P. Cookingham Institute of Urban Affairs [41]
Thomas A. Desjardin Current Commissioner of Education for the State of Maine
Steve Edwards Former Deputy Provost of Florida State University [42]
Marc H. Ellis Current Director of Jewish Studies at Baylor University [43]
Leonard Erickson Current Deputy Director of the Indiana University Cancer Center [44]
Dwight Gustafson Former Dean of Fine Arts at Bob Jones University [45]
Patrick C. Kennell Current Director of the Center for Intensive English Studies at Florida State University [46]
Hilal Khashan Current Administrator at the American University of Beirut [47]
Aquila Berlas Kiani Former President of the Pakistan Federation of University Women [citation needed]
Stephen MacNamara Current Vice President at Florida State University [48]
Robert Millet Current Emeritus Dean of Religious Education at Brigham Young University [49]
William L. Proctor Former Athletic Director for Florida State University [50]
James C. Renick Current Vice President for the American Council on Education [51]
Xavier Serra Founder and Director of the Music Technology Group at the Pompeu Fabra University [52]
Betty Siegel Former President of the University System of Georgia [53]
Dale Thorn Ph.D. from FSU in higher education administration; vice president of academic affairs at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana; associate commissioner for higher education for the Louisiana Board of Regents, journalism professor at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge [54]

Science, space, academia, and math[edit]

Alumni Notability Reference
Brent A. Barlow Former professor at Brigham Young University and author [55]
Eric J. Barron Former director of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado and former Dean of the College of Geosciences at the University of Texas-Austin [56]
Justin Brown Professional aquanaut with the University of North Carolina Wilmington [citation needed]
Antonio Busalacchi Jr. Current Chairman of World Climate Research Programme and a committee for the National Academy of Science, professor at the University of Maryland [57][58]
Suzy Covey Pioneer in XML encoding, and librarian emerita at the George A. Smathers Libraries [citation needed]
Joseph W. Cullen Former Deputy Director of the National Cancer Institute in Washington, D.C. [59]
Sylvia Earle Former chief scientist for the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [60]
Steve Edwards Physicist [61]
Mostafa El-Sayed Current Julius Brown Chair and Regents Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Georgia Institute of Technology; Member of the National Academy of Sciences [62]
Marc H. Ellis Theologian and philosopher [63]
Leonard Erickson Deputy Director of the Indiana University Cancer Center, and professor at IUPUI [citation needed]
Jaime Escalante Former Bolivian educator [citation needed]
Carolyn S. Griner Former Director of the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center [64]
Steven Hebert Nephrologist [65]
Robert A. Holton Scientist who created Taxol, current professor at Florida State University [66]
Yun-Hwa Peggy Hsieh Food scientist and fellow of the Institute of Food Technologists [67]
Mujaddid Ahmed Ijaz Experimental physicist, early pioneer in developing Pakistan's nuclear deterrence program [68]
Dan Jones Professor of English studies at University of Central Florida [69]
Jesse Lee Kercheval Academic and writer, and on the faculty at the University of Wisconsin–Madison [70]
Margaret Keyes Scholar in heritage conservation [71]
Hilal Khashan Professor of Political Science at the American University of Beirut [72]
Jim Kuypers Communications expert, professor at Virginia Tech [73]
William Leap Anthropologist and professor at American University [74]
Deborah Mash Professor of neurology, and Director of the Brain Endowment Bank at the University of Miami [75]
Charles T. Meide Underwater and maritime archaeologist [citation needed]
Jason Moore Translational bioinformatics scientist and human geneticist [76]
Anthony Nicholls English physicist [77]
Harold O'Neil Experimental psychologist, and currently a professor at the University of Southern California [78]
Orrin H. Pilkey Geologist, and Professor Emeritus at Duke University [79]
Alan R. Price Former Associate Director for Investigative Oversight for the National Institute of Health [80]
Thomas S. Ray Ecologist who created and developed the Tierra project, a computer simulation of artificial life [citation needed]
Dušan Repovš Slovenian mathematician, Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia for Science [81]
Matthew Barnett Robinson Criminologist [82]
Landon T. Ross Environmental biologist [83]
Anne Rudloe Marine biologist, writer, environmentalist, cofounder of Gulf Specimen Marine Laboratory Environmental Law Institute National Wetlands Award Winner [84][85]
James A. Shymansky Science educator [86]
Dewey Smith Professional aquanaut and underwater diver [87]
Gregg Steinberg Sports psychologist [citation needed]
Nyayapathi Swamy Mathematical physicist [88]
Maria Zemankova Computer scientist, created the theory of Fuzzy Relational Database System, recipient of the SIGMOD Contributions Award [89]

Astronauts[edit]

Alumni Notability Reference
Winston Scott Former NASA astronaut [90]
Norman Thagard Former NASA astronaut and currently a tenured professor of engineering at Florida State University [91]

Meteorology[edit]

Alumni Notability Reference
Stephanie Abrams Meteorologist, The Weather Channel [92]
Neil Frank Former Director of the National Hurricane Center [93]
Stanley Goldenberg Current meteorologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [94]
Thomas Grazulis Meteorologist, worked for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission [95]
Janice Huff Meteorologist, currently works for WNBC, and the Today Show [96]
Rich Johnson Meteorologist, The Weather Channel and Fox 5 Atlanta [97]
Richard Knabb Current Director of the National Hurricane Center [98]
Roy Leep Meteorologist, worked for WTVT [99]
Jennifer Lopez Meteorologist, currently works for The Weather Channel [citation needed]
Max Mayfield Former Director of the National Hurricane Center [100]
Bryan Norcross Meteorologist, currently a hurricane specialist for The Weather Channel [citation needed]
Bill Proenza Former Director of the National Hurricane Center and current Director of the National Weather Service's Southern Region [101]
Dallas Raines Meteorologist, currently works for KABC-TV [102]
George Winterling Former meteorologist with WJXT [103]

Arts, literature, humanities, and entertainment[edit]

Alumni Notability Reference
Josephine Abady Director and producer [104]
Lily Afshar First woman to receive a Doctorate of Music in guitar performance, and musician [105]
Dorothy Allison Writer [106]
Cristian Amigo Chilean composer, guitarist, and ethnomusicologist [107]
Cathy Areu Founder, publisher, Catalina magazine [108]
Alan Ball Screenwriter and creator of Six Feet Under, True Blood, American Beauty [109]
Doug Bandow Former columnist and fellow for the Cato Institute [110]
John Bensko Poet [111]
Michael Berenbaum Writer and former Professor of Theology [112]
Matt Bondurant (PhD) Writer, The Wettest County in the World [113]
Ricou Browning Film director, actor, producer and underwater cinematographer [114]
Anthony J. Bryant Author and editor [115]
Christopher Buehlman Playwright, poet and comedian [116]
Lela E. Buis Author, poet and playwright [citation needed]
Jesse Bullington Author, Enterprise of Death, Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart [citation needed]
Jessica Burkhart Author, Canterwood Crest [citation needed]
Valorie Burton Writer, Listen to Your Life, What's Really Holding You Back?, Rich Minds, Rich Rewards [citation needed]
Brigitte Byrd French-born poet and author
Khari Cain Record producer, engineer and composer
Kat Candler Award-winning independent filmmaker
Virginia Spencer Carr Biographer, professor at Georgia State University
Sandra M. Castillo Poet
John Cernuto Professional poker player
Matt Chapman Co-creator of Homestar Runner
Colleen Clinkenbeard Director, writer, and producer for the English-language dub of Fullmetal Alchemist
Leslie Cochran Peace activist
Steven Conrad Screenwriter, The Pursuit of Happyness
John Crawford Author of the Iraq War memoir The Last True Story I'll Ever Tell
William A. Dawson Coach who was portrayed by Matthew Fox in the film We Are Marshall
Thomas A. Desjardin Historian and author
Dimitri Diatchenko Actor and musician
Ricardo Dominguez Professor and electronic activist
Martin Eichinger Sculptor
Wayne Flynt Writer, historian, and professor emeritus at Auburn University
Luis Fonsi Puerto Rican singer, composer and soap opera actor
Alyson Fox Artist and illustrator
Ron J. Friedman Writer, films Brother Bear, Chicken Little, and Open Season
Jeff Galloway Author and Olympian
Memphis Garrett Runner-up in Big Brother 10
Charles Ghigna Children's author and poet
Bud Grace Cartoonist
Juan Gutiérrez Colombian author
Courtney Hansen Syndicated columnist, TV personality, and model
Allan Havey HBO stand-up comic and host
Masumi Hayaski Photographer and Fulbright fellow
John Earl Haynes Historian, specializing in American communist and anti-communist movements
Rebecca Hazelton Award-winning poet, editor, and critic
Ron Hazelton Home improvement television personality
Lex Hester Consolidation architect, former chief administrative officer in Orlando, Broward County and Jacksonville
Dayle Hinman Criminal profiler
Skip Horack Writer, professor at Stanford University
Barry Horowitz Former wrestler with the World Wrestling Federation and World Championship Wrestling
Anne Hull National staff writer for the Washington Post
James F. Hutchinson Painter, member of the Florida Artists Hall of Fame
Barry Jenkins Film director, known for Medicine for Melancholy and Moonlight
Adam Johnson Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and short story writer, The Orphan Master's Son
LeAlan Jones Journalist
Stephen Graham Jones Author of experimental fiction, horror fiction, crime fiction, and science fiction
Danny Kanell Currently the host of ESPNU's late-night sports and humor show UNITE, and former professional football player with the NFL
Fiona Kelleghan Science fiction scholar
Kevin Kelly Professional wrestling manager, pundit, sportscaster and ring announcer
Jesse Lee Kercheval Academic and writer
Margaret Keyes Nationally recognized leader in the field of heritage conservation
Jonathan King Producer and Vice President for Focus Features, Dreamgirls, I, Robot, and Finding Forrester
Bert Kreischer Stand-up comedian and television host; real-life inspiration for the movie Van Wilder
Arthur Kurzweil Author, educator, editor, writer, and publisher
Christine Lahti Academy Award-winning director, and actress, Chicago Hope, Jack & Bobby
James Laxton Cinematographer, Moonlight
Sharon Lechter Author, Rich Dad Poor Dad
Jamie Linden Screenwriter, Money Monster, We Are Marshall
D. S. Lliteras Author
Jean Lorrah Science fiction novelist and contributor to Star Trek series
Richard Lukas Author and historian
Eric Lyman Journalist
Brooke Magnanti Research scientist, blogger and writer who goes by the pen name Belle de Jour
Carol Marbin Miller Senior Investigative Reporter, Miami Herald
Greg Marcks Writer and director, 11:14 and Lector
Doug Marlette Cartoonist who won the Pulitzer Prize; novelist who wrote The Bridge and Magic Time; former professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Charles Martin Author
Jenna McCarthy Author
Jen McClanaghan Poet
Joi McMillon Film editor, Moonlight
Mike McQueen Journalist
Drew McWeeny Film critic
Lauren Miller Actress and screenwriter
David Robert Mitchell Film director, It Follows
Michael James Nelson Comedian, writer, producer, The Bachelor, MTV Movie Awards, Betty White's Off Their Rockers
Nancy Oliver Screenwriter
Heather Parcells Dancer, singer, and actress
Kathleen Parker Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper columnist, The Washington Post
Catherine Joy Perry Model, actress, dancer, singer, and professional wrestler currently signed to WWE under the ring name Lana
Masood Ashraf Raja Assistant Professor; Editor of Pakistaniaat: A Journal of Pakistan Studies
Janisse Ray Writer, naturalist, and environmental activist
Gabrielle Reece Sports presenter, former fashion model, and professional volleyball player
Emilie Richards Author of romance and mystery novels
Adele Romanski Film producer, Moonlight
Jordan S. Rubin Novelist
Gwyn Hyman Rubio Novelist
Alex Sadkin Record producer and saxophonist
Nat Sanders Film editor
Steven L. Sears Television producer and screenwriter; author of novels and graphic novels
Jeff Shaara Novelist
Jeffrey Scott Shapiro Investigative journalist and attorney
Linnea Sinclair Award-winning writer of science fiction romance, fantasy romance and paranormal romance
Leonard Skinner Namesake of the influential rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd
Art Smith Chef and author
Alli Speed Celebrity from the Internet Killed Television web series
Jane Springer Award-winning poet
Jenn Sterger Columnist for Sports Illustrated, model, and original member of the FSU Cowgirls
Leon Stokesbury Poet
Ted Studebaker Christian missionary to Vietnam
Robin Swicord Screenwriter and film director
Lynne Taetzsch Abstract painter and writer
Hunter S. Thompson Author and journalist
Ryan Van Cleave Writer, creative writing instructor
Ann VanderMeer Editor of Weird Tales magazine and several anthologies of fantasy and sci-fi literature; wife of author Jeff VanderMeer
David Ward-Steinman Composer and music professor
Peter Tom Willis Former commentator for the Florida State Seminoles

Actors[edit]

Alumni Notability Reference
Frankie J. Alvarez Actor, Looking
Senait Ashenafi Actress, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and General Hospital
King Bach Actor/Comedian/Youtuber, Fifty Shades of Black, Wild 'N Out and Meet the Blacks
Vanessa Baden Actress, Gullah Gullah Island, Rosewood, and Kenan & Kel
Dan Bakkedahl Actor, improvisor, and teacher
Trenesha Biggers Actress, former wrestler for WWE and TNA
Ricou Browning Actor, Creature from the Black Lagoon
Cody Burger Actor, Heavyweights, and Christmas Vacation
Matt Cohen Actor, South of Nowhere, The O.C., and Boogeyman 2
Gregor Collins Actor, Ocean's Thirteen
Chris Conrad Actor, The Next Karate Kid and Young Hercules
Mekia Cox Actress, My Brother and Me and Kenan & Kel
Valerie Cruz Actress, Nip/Tuck, The Dresden Files, and The Devil's Tomb
Faye Dunaway Academy Award-winning actress
Tiffany Fallon Actress, Playboy Playmate of the Year 2005, co-host of the International Fight League, and former cheerleader for the Atlanta Falcons
Suzanne Friedline Actress and voice artist
Joanna García Actress, Reba, Boston Public, Dawson's Creek, American Pie 2
Paul Gleason Actor, The Breakfast Club, Die Hard, Not Another Teen Movie
Montego Glover Actress, Smash and on Broadway
Jennifer Hammon Actress
Joey Haro Actor, Awkward
Cheryl Hines Actress, producer, director, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Campus Ladies, RV
Andre Holland Actor, The Knick, Moonlight (2016 film)
Polly Holliday Actress, Golden Globe winner, nominated for an Emmy Award
Traylor Howard Actress, Monk on USA Network, Son of the Mask
Kevin Kelly Former ring announcer and manager for the World Wrestling Federation
Nancy Kulp Actress, The Beverly Hillbillies
Billy Lane Actor on the Discovery Channel and Biker Build-Off; owner of Choppers Inc.
Jon Locke Actor, Land of the Lost, Highway Patrol, Bonanza, Gunsmoke
DeLane Matthews Actress, Dave's World
Michelle McCool Actress and former WWE wrestler
Gerald McCullouch Actor, director, screenwriter, and singer
Joshua Mikel Actor, The Walking Dead, Nashville, and Independence Day: Resurgence
Vic Morrow Actor, Combat! and Twilight Zone: The Movie
Henry Polic II Actor, Super Password and Webster
John G. Preston Stage and film actor
Burt Reynolds Actor, Boogie Nights, The Longest Yard, The Dukes of Hazzard, Deliverance
Nat Sanders Film editor, Moonlight
Chay Santini Actress and model, Nightstalker, Seeing Other People
Sonny Shroyer Actor, The Dukes of Hazzard, Forrest Gump, The Rainmaker
Richard Simmons Actor and fitness expert
Ron Simmons Professional wrestler with WCW and WWE; former football player for the Cleveland Browns in the NFL and the Ottawa Rough Riders in the CFL
Pat Skipper Actor, American Summer, Wall Street, Lethal Weapon 2, and Predator 2
J. Smith-Cameron Actress, Crimes of the Heart, Lend Me a Tenor, Our Country's Good, and The First Wives Club
Tonea Stewart Actress, In the Heat of the Night
Erik Stolhanske Actor and director, Super Troopers; co-founder of the comedy troupe Broken Lizard
Gabriel Traversari Actor, director, writer, and singer
Robert Urich Actor, Vega$, Spenser: For Hire
Casper Van Dien Actor, Saved by the Bell, Starship Troopers, and Sleepy Hollow
Joseph Will Actor, NYPD Blue, Will & Grace

Head coaches[edit]

Alumni Notability Reference
Joe Avezzano Former football coach of Oregon State University
Bruce Bochy Current baseball manager for the San Francisco Giants and former manager of the San Diego Padres
Terry Bowden Former football coach for Auburn University, and current football coach for the University of Akron
Bob Bowman Former swimming coach for the University of Michigan, and mentor to Michael Phelps
Mack Brown Former football coach for the University of Texas at Austin
Lee Corso Former football coach for the University of Louisville and Indiana University
Dave Cowens Former basketball coach for the Charlotte Hornets, Golden State Warriors, Chicago Sky
Gene Cox Former football coach of Leon High School and member of the Florida Sports Hall of Fame
Hugh Durham Former basketball coach for the University of Georgia and Florida State University
Cliff Ellis Former basketball coach for Clemson University and Auburn University
Kathy Flores Current head coach for the United States women's national rugby union team
Ron Fraser Former baseball coach for the University of Miami
Bobby Frazier Former football coach for the University of the District of Columbia and Bethune-Cookman University
Vince Gibson Former football coach for Kansas State University, Tulane University, and University of Louisville
Reggie Herring Former football coach for the University of Arkansas
Dick Howser Former baseball coach for the Kansas City Royals, New York Yankees, and Florida State University
Terry Kennedy Former baseball coach for the Iowa Cubs
Tony La Russa Former baseball manager for the Chicago White Sox, Oakland A's, and St. Louis Cardinals
Carlos Lezcano Current baseball coach for the Lake Elsinore Storm
Mike Martin Current baseball coach for Florida State University
Niles Nelson Current football coach for Husson University
Tom Nissalke Former basketball coach for the Utah Jazz, Cleveland Cavaliers, and San Antonio Spurs
Cecile Reynaud Former volleyball coach for Florida State University, current analyst for ESPN
Larry Rothschild Former baseball coach for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Kirby Smart Current football coach for the University of Georgia
Rick Stockstill Current football coach for Middle Tennessee State University
Jim Yarbrough Current football coach for Southeastern Louisiana University

Musicians[edit]

Alumni Notability Reference
Lily Afshar Classical guitarist
Cristian Amigo Chilean composer, improviser, guitarist, and ethnomusicologist
Kim Barlow Canadian folk music singer-songwriter
Sam Beam Sole member of Iron & Wine
Ryland Blackinton Guitarist for the band Cobra Starship
Khari Cain Composer, record producer, and engineer
Ricardo Cobo Colombian guitar player
Rita Coolidge Grammy Award-winning singer
Frank Cooper Pianist, conductor, founder of the Festival of Neglected Romantic Music, Research Professor of Music at the University of Miami
Glenn Crytzer Composer, guitarist, banjoist, and singer
Jonny Diaz Contemporary Christian artist
Ernst von Dohnányi composer and conductor of classical music
Virgil Roger du Pont III Vocals for The Crüxshadows
Luis Fonsi Singer and songwriter
Thomas G. Glenn Canadian opera singer
Marvin Goldstein Professional pianist and performer
John Driskell Hopkins Member of the Zac Brown Band
Brian Kelley Country singer, Florida Georgia Line
Frank Kelley Tenor and faculty member at Boston University
Ryan Key Vocals and guitar player for the band Yellowcard
Curtis King Jr. singer, songwriter, and arranger; performed with Bruce Springsteen as part of the Seeger Sessions Band and with the E Street Band [117]
Oksana Kolesnikova Russian-American composer, concert pianist and author
Peter Kurau Principal Horn of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra; professor at the Eastman School of Music
Justin Long Guitar player for No Address
Sean Mackin Vocals and violin player for the band Yellowcard
Martha Mier Composer, "Seventh Street Blues" and "Jackson Street Blues"
Stephen Montague American composer, conductor and recording artist living in London
Nick Monteleone Composer, musician, producer, and actor
David Morris Vocals for Cold Water Army
Jim Morrison Singer and songwriter for The Doors
Jake Owen Country singer
Rosephanye Powell Choral composer, singer, professor, and researcher
Daniell Revenaugh Composer and pianist
Marcus Roberts Jazz pianist
Morgan Sorne Singer-songwriter and multi-media artist
Tori Sparks Singer and songwriter
Scott Stapp Singer for the band Creed
William Takacs Principal trumpet for the Amarillo Symphony Orchestra; professor at West Texas A&M University
Mark Tremonti Guitarist for the bands Creed and Alter Bridge
Butch Trucks Drummer, The Allman Brothers Band
Charles Turner Jazz trumpeter
Will Turpin Bassist for Collective Soul
Nancy Van de Vate Composer
Balint Vazsonyi Hungarian pianist
T. Edward Vives Trombonist and composer
David Ward-Steinman Composer for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Stella Zambalis Spinto soprano
Richard Zarou Contemporary composer of concert and film music
Ellen Taaffe Zwilich Composer and the first woman Pulitzer Prize winner

Pageantry[edit]

Alumni Notability Reference
Valorie Burton Miss Black Texas USA
Tara Dawn Holland Christensen Miss America 1997, Miss Kansas 1996, and National Sweetheart 1995
Tiffany Fallon Miss Georgia USA 2001
Lea Mack Miss Ohio 1994, and motivational speaker
Shauna Pender Miss Florida 2003
Kylie Williams Miss Florida 2007

Reporters, correspondents, and anchors[edit]

Alumni Notability Reference
Dan Bakkedahl Correspondent on Comedy Central's The Daily Show
Jackie Bange Anchor and reporter for CW affiliate and cable superstation WGN-TV in Chicago, Illinois
Shannon Bream Correspondent on the Fox News Channel, covers the U.S. Supreme Court
Max Bretos Current sports anchor for ESPN
Diem Brown Entertainment reporter for Sky Living and a recurring cast member on MTV's reality television series The Challenge
Lee Corso Sports broadcaster for ESPN, starred on College GameDay since its inception, and was the former head coach of Louisville and the Indiana University
Donna Deegan Current weekday anchor for WTLV/WJXX
Arnold Díaz Correspondent on WNYW-TV in New York City
Jamie Dukes Sports broadcaster for ESPN and host of Put Up Your Dukes
Gary Parris Current commentator for the University of Central Florida
Stephen Parry Commentator for the BBC Sport
Eduardo Pérez Current commentator for ESPN's Baseball Tonight
Cecile Reynaud Commentator for Fox Sports Net, the Sunshine Network, and ESPN
Chris Rix Current football analyst for ABC and Fox Sports Radio
Spencer Ross Former sports broadcaster
Deion Sanders Current commentator for the NFL Network
Danyelle Sargent Current anchor for ESPN
Gayle Sierens Current news anchor, WFLA-TV, Tampa
Bailey White Current commentator for the NPR program All Things Considered
Matt Yocum NASCAR reporter and sportscaster

International, federal, and state policy makers[edit]

Alumni Notability Reference
Chris Anyanwu Current Senator for the Nigerian National Assembly delegation from Imo
Mohammed Nadir Atash Former Senior Advisor to the Ministry of Transport for Afghanistan
Michael Berenbaum Current Director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
David Bibb Former Deputy Administrator of the General Services Administration, served as Acting Administrator for a short period
Richard Blankenship Former United States Ambassador to the Bahamas
Jose Ceballos Government Affairs advocate in the Democratic Party
William D. Clay, Jr. Current special adviser to the United Nations
Bradley Cooper Former Minister of Recreation for the Bahamas; Olympic discus thrower
Pearl Long Cullen First woman to hold a constitutional office in the state of Florida
Charles J. Cunningham Former Director of the Defense Security Service; former Lieutenant General in the U.S. Air Force
Val Demings Former Chief of the Orlando Police Department
Richard L. Dugger Former Secretary for the Florida Department of Corrections
Carl Ford Former Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research and head of the Bureau of Intelligence and Research
Eleanor J. Hill Former Inspector General to the U.S. Department of Defense
Manuel H. Johnson Former Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury
LeAlan Jones Former United States Senate candidate in Illinois; journalist
Mark E. Kaplan Former Secretary Florida Department of Transportation and Chief of Staff to Governor Jeb Bush
Brian Kelley Former CIA officer
Jeff Kottkamp Former Lt. Governor of Florida
Al Lamberti Current Sheriff of Broward County, Florida
Richard Legendre Former member of National Assembly of Quebec; former Quebec Minister of Sports; former professional tennis player
Mel Martinez Former United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Harold O'Neil Former Director with the United States Department of Defense
Bobby Pittman Former Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for African Affairs to the Bush Administration
Aleksandar Popović Current Serbian Minister of Energetics
Roger A. Powell Retired major general in the Australian Army and a Deputy Force Commander of the United Nations
Pete Romero Former U.S. Ambassador to Ecuador, and the Assistant Secretary of State
John Rutherford Current Sheriff of Jacksonville, Florida
Ion Sancho Current Supervisor of Elections for Leon County, Florida, gained notoriety in the 2000 presidential recount
Frank Sanchez Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade at the Department of Commerce
Dana Seetahal Current member of the Senate of Trinidad and Tobago
James C. Smith Former Florida Attorney General; former Florida Secretary of State; current Chairman of the Florida State University Board of Trustees
Barbara A. Smith Director of Florida Congressional Staff and Assistant to Florida Senator Bill Nelson
Orson Swindle Former Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission
Jim Towey Former Director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives
Vic Vickers Former United States Senate candidate in Alaska
Doan Viet Hoat Vietnamese academic and dissident, winner of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award [118]
Dale Watson Former Assistant Director for the Counterterrorism Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; current consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton

United States Congress[edit]

Alumni Notability Reference
Jason Altmire Former congressman for Pennsylvania's 4th congressional district
Jim Bacchus Former congressman for Florida's 11th congressional district and Florida's 15th congressional district, current justice and chairman of the Appellate Body of the World Trade Organization
Allen Boyd Former congressman for Florida's 2nd congressional district
William Carney Former congressman for New York's 1st congressional district
Kathy Castor Current congresswoman for Florida's 11th congressional district
James W. Grant Former congressman for Florida's 2nd congressional district
Kay Hagan Former United States Senator from North Carolina
Mel Martinez Former United States Senator from Florida
Dina Titus Current congresswoman for Nevada's 1st congressional district; former congresswoman for Nevada's 3rd congressional district; former member of the Nevada Senate
Emmett Wilson Former congressman for Florida's 3rd congressional district

United States Armed Forces[edit]

Alumni Notability Reference
Norma Elaine Brown Retired major general in the U.S. Air Force
John Crawford Former Specialist in the U.S. Army National Guard; Iraq War veteran; author of the memoir The Last True Story I'll Ever Tell
Charles J. Cunningham Retired lieutenant general in the United States Air Force
Jay Garner Retired general in the U.S. Army and the former director of the Office for Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance for Iraq
William H. Ginn Jr. Retired lieutenant general in the U.S. Air Force
Franklin L. Hagenbeck Active lieutenant general in the U.S. Army and the current Commandant of the U.S. Military Academy
Mark R. Hamilton Retired major general in the U.S. Army
Winfield S. Harpe Retired major general in the U.S. Air Force
Richard S. Heyser Pilot during the Cuban missile crisis; retired Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force
Gordon S. Holder Retired vice admiral in the U.S. Navy
J. Adrian Jackson Retired rear admiral and Naval Aviator in the U.S. Navy
Paul David Miller Retired admiral and Surface Warfare Officer in the U.S. Navy; current Chairman of the Alliant Techsystems company
Kenneth Minihan Retired lieutenant general in the U.S. Air Force; former director of the National Security Agency (NSA)
Polly A. Peyer Retired major general in the U.S. Air Force
John L. Piotrowski Retired general in the U.S. Air Force
Steven H. Ratti Active rear admiral in the U.S. Coast Guard
Michael K. Sheridan Retired brigadier general in the U.S. Marine Corps
Scott Speicher Captain in the U.S. Navy pilot, who was shot down in the Persian Gulf War
Lawrence W. Steinkraus Retired major general in the U.S. Air Force
Paul E. Stein Retired lieutenant general in the U.S. Air Force
William D. Sullivan Active vice admiral in the U.S. Navy
LeRoy W. Svendsen, Jr. Retired major general in the U.S. Air Force
H. Marshal Ward Retired major general in the U.S. Air Force
W. Thomas West Retired major general in the U.S. Air Force

Governors[edit]

Alumni Notability Reference
Reubin O'Donovan Askew Former Governor of Florida, member of the Florida Senate, United States Trade Representative, and former candidate for President of the United States
Charlie Crist Former Governor of Florida; former Florida Attorney General; Florida Secretary of Education; member of the Florida Senate
Parris N. Glendening Former Governor of Maryland and former city councilman in the town of Hyattsville, Maryland
Larry Hogan Current Governor of Maryland

State Senators[edit]

Alumni Notability Reference
Dempsey J. Barron Former President of the Florida Senate
Oscar Braynon Current member of the Florida Senate and former member of the Florida House of Representatives
Michael Brennan Former member of the Maine Senate and former member of the Maine House of Representatives
W. D. Childers Former member of the Florida Senate
Charles S. Dean, Sr. Current member of the Florida Senate
Steven Geller Former member for the Florida Senate
Audrey Gibson Current member of the Florida Senate, and former member of the Florida House of Representatives
Mike Haridopolos Former President of the Florida Senate
Ken Jenne Former member for the Florida Senate
Jim King Former President of the Florida Senate
Alfred Lawson, Jr. Former member of the Florida Senate
John McKay Former President of the Florida Senate
Bill Montford Current member of the Florida Senate
Steve Oelrich Former member of the Florida Senate
Chris Smith Current member of the Florida Senate
Geraldine F. Thompson Former member of the Florida State and former member of the Florida House of Representatives
John E. Thrasher Former member of the Florida Senate, former Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, and former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives
J. Alex Villalobos Former member of the Florida Senate

State Representatives[edit]

Alumni Notability Reference
Martha Alexander Former member of the North Carolina General Assembly
J. Keith Arnold Former member of the Florida House of Representatives
Frank Artiles Former member of the Florida House of Representatives
Robert Barton Former member of the Louisiana House of Representatives
Halsey Beshears Current member of the Florida House of Representatives
Dennis Baxley Current member of the Florida House of Representatives
Leonard L. Bembry Current member of the Florida House of Representatives
Allan Bense Former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives
Mack Bernard Former member of the Florida House of Representatives
Jim Boyd Current member of the Florida House of Representatives
Cynthia M. Chestnut Former member of the Florida House of Representatives
Marti Coley Current member of the Florida House of Representatives
Carl J. Domino Current member of the Florida House of Representatives
Terry Fields Former member of the Florida House of Representatives
Erik Fresen Current member of the Florida House of Representatives
Matt Gaetz Current member of the Florida House of Representatives
Greg Gay Former member of the Florida House of Representatives
Tom Goodson Current member of the Florida House of Representatives
Tom Grady Current member of the Florida House of Representatives
Chris Hart IV Former member of the Florida House of Representatives
Adam Hasner Former Majority Leader for the Florida House of Representatives
Deborah J. Horan Former member of the Florida House of Representatives
Clay Ingram Current member of the Florida House of Representative
Evan Jenne Current member of the [Florida House of Representatives
Bolley Johnson Former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives
Everett A. Kelly Former member of the [Florida House of Representative
Kurt Kelly Former member of the Florida House of Representatives
Marcelo Llorente Former member of the Florida House of Representatives
Mark Mahon Former member of the Florida House of Representatives
Anne McGihon Current member of the Colorado House of Representatives
Sharon J. Merchant Former member of the Florida House of Representatives
Larry Metz Current member of the Florida House of Representatives
Chesley V. Morton Former member of the Georgia House of Representatives [119]
Jimmy Patronis Current member of the Florida House of Representatives
Juan-Carlos Planas Former member of the Florida House of Representatives
Elizabeth W. Porter Current member of the Florida House of Representatives
Curtis B. Richardson Former member of the Florida House of Representatives
Beryl D. Roberts Former member of the Florida House of Representatives
Ray Sansom Former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives
Michael Scionti Current member of the Florida House of Representatives
Ken Sorensen Former member of the Florida House of Representatives
Beverly Burnsed Spencer Former member of the Florida House of Representatives
John K. Stargel Former member of the Florida House of Representatives
Jason Steele Former member of the Florida House of Representatives
Jim K. Tillman Former member of the Florida House of Representatives
Trey Traviesa Former member of the Florida House of Representatives
Carlos Trujillo Current member of the Florida House of Representatives
Leslie Waters Former member of the Florida House of Representatives
Mike Weinstein Current member of the Florida House of Representatives
Wayne Westmark Former member of the Florida House of Representatives
John Wood Current member of the Florida House of Representatives
Dana Young Current member of the Florida House of Representatives

Mayors[edit]

Alumni Notability Reference
Art Agnos Former Mayor of San Francisco, California
Rick Baker Former Mayor of St. Petersburg, Florida
Michael F. Brennan Current Mayor of Portland, Maine
Rich Crotty Former Mayor of Orange County, Florida
Mike Halfacre Current Mayor in New Jersey and attorney
Frank Hibbard Current Mayor of Clearwater, Florida
Teresa Jacobs Current Mayor of Orange County, Florida
Ken Keechl Current Mayor of Broward County, Florida
David T. Kennedy Former Mayor of Miami, Florida
Scott Maddox Former Mayor of Tallahassee, Florida, former Chairman of the Florida Democratic Party, ran unsuccessfully for Governor of Florida
John Marks Former Mayor of Tallahassee, Florida
Morgan McPherson Current Mayor of Key West, Florida

Law[edit]

Alumni Notability Reference
Jose Baez Lead attorney for Casey Anthony in the Death of Caylee Anthony trial
Thomas E. Baker Attorney, writer, and currently a professor at Florida International University College of Law
Barry Cohen Personal injury and criminal attorney
Angela Corey Former State Attorney for Florida's Fourth Judicial Circuit Court
Benjamin Crump Lead attorney for the family of Trayvon Martin
Mike Halfacre Director of the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control
Tim Howard Current Director of the Northeastern University's Executive Doctorate Program in Law and Policy; former Assistant Attorney General of Florida
Bruce Jacob Former Assistant Attorney General for Florida, prosecuted in Gideon v. Wainwright
Craig McCarthy Attorney on a number of high-profile cases and candidate for the Florida House of Representatives
Mark O'Mara Defense attorney
Marlins Man Nickname of Laurence Leavy, attorney and well known sports fan
Gary Pajcic Attorney and philanthropist
Daryl Parks Attorney and former president of the National Bar Association

Judges[edit]

Alumni Notability Reference
John Antoon Current United States District Judge
Kenneth B. Bell Former Florida Supreme Court Justice
Susan H. Black Current U.S. Court of Appeals Judge
Susan C. Bucklew Current United States District Judge
Raoul G. Cantero, III Former Florida Supreme Court Justice
Lacey A. Collier Current United States District Judge
Rudolph Contreras Current United States District Judge
Gerald B. Cope, Jr. Former judge for the Florida Third District Court of Appeal
W. Thomas Cumbie Current Senior Judge for the United States Air Force; Colonel
Paul Danielson Current Justice on the Arkansas Supreme Court
George Greer Judge; presided over the Terri Schiavo case; presided over Hulk Hogan's divorce case in January 2008
Kim Hammond Current circuit court judge, and former football player for the Florida State Seminoles
Robert L. Hinkle Current United States District Judge
James E. Joanos Former judge for the Florida First District Court of Appeal
David L. Middlebrooks Former United States District Judge
Kevin Michael Moore Current United States District Judge
Ricky Polston Former Chief Justice for the Florida Supreme Court [120]
Mary Stenson Scriven Current United States District Judge

Business executives[edit]

Bob Bowman the mentor to Michael Phelps
Alumni Notability Reference
Sandon Berg Film producer, actor, and screenwriter; co-founder of the United Gay Network
Sara Blakely President and founder of Spanx; judge on ABC's former reality television series American Inventor
Bob Bowman Current CEO of the North Baltimore Aquatic Club; mentor to Michael Phelps
Jose Ceballos Current Director for the National Air Traffic Controllers Association
Timothy Cole Executive Vice President for Sales of Del Monte Foods
Todd Combs Hedge fund manager who has been tapped as a potential successor of Warren Buffett as the chief investment officer of Berkshire Hathaway
R. Clarke Cooper Executive Director of Log Cabin Republicans
Todd Crannell Current President of Q2 Sports and Entertainment
Meg Crofton Current President, the Walt Disney World Resort
John Culver Current Executive Vice President of Starbucks
James Dahl Former Senior Vice President of Drexel Burnham Lambert
Jeff Galloway Current CEO of Galloway Productions
Michael Genevie Current executive director of the Abbeville Opera House
James W. Grant Former Executive Vice President of Worldwide Chemical,; former U.S. Representative
Chuck Hardwick Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Pfizer Inc.
Gordon S. Holder Currently a Vice President at Booz Allen Hamilton, and Retired Vice Admiral in the United States Navy
Glenda Hope Head of the San Francisco Network Ministries, and minister with the Presbyterian Church
Chris Provost Head of Provost Industries
Gary Huff Former CFO for the Los Angeles Raiders, and also worked with the IBM Corporation
Patricia Ireland Former President of the National Organization for Women, and writer
Manuel H. Johnson Current Co-Chairman of Johnson Smick International; former Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve Bank
Donald E. Kiernan Former CFO of Southwestern Bell Corporation
Richard Legendre Current Vice President of Montreal Impact
Daryl Logullo Marketing expert
Marjorie Matthews Former Bishop for the United Methodist Church
Martin Mayhew Current General Manager and Senior Vice President for the Detroit Lions
Marc Middleton Current CEO and founder of Growing Bolder
Virginia Montes Former Secretary of the National Organization for Women, and civil rights activist
Jane Mouton Management theorist
Gregory Parkes Current Bishop for the Catholic Church
Tom Petway Current minority partner of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Chairman of the Board for Zurich Insurance Services
Bobby Pittman Current Vice President with African Development Bank
Richard W. Rahn Current Chairman of the Institute for Global Economic Growth
Gary Rogers Former Vice Chairman and Executive Officer of General Electric
Jeff Rosenthal Current President and CEO of Hibbett Sporting Goods, Inc.
Peter F. Romero Current CEO of Experior Advisory, and former United States Ambassador
Robert Sanborn Current President and CEO of Children At Risk
Gary A. Sanders Former CEO of Wackenhut
Harry Sargeant III Owner of International Oil Trading Company; billionaire
Bob Sasser Current CEO of Dollar Tree Inc.
Jeffrey Stoops Current CEO of SBA Communications
Brian Sussman Current Managing Partner of 34 Pictures Entertainment
Orson Swindle Former Executive Director of United We Stand America, and former Assistant Secretary of Commerce
Carlos O. Torano Current President of Toraño Cigars and Central America Tobacco
Irita Van Doren Former editor of the New York Herald Tribune
Mike Vasilinda Former executive with Florida's News Channel
Woody Woodward Former General Manager for the New York Yankees
Ed Young Founder and Senior Pastor for Fellowship Church
R. Eugene Taylor Chairman and CEO Capital Bank Financial Corp.; former Vice Chairman of Bank of America

Rhodes Scholars[edit]

Alumni Notability Reference
Frederick William Buchholz 1905 Rhodes Scholar
Caroline Alexander 1976 Rhodes Scholar
Garrett Johnson 2006 Rhodes Scholar
Joseph O'Shea 2007 Rhodes Scholar
Myron Rolle 2009 Rhodes Scholar [121]

Heisman Trophy winners[edit]

Alumni Notability Reference
Charlie Ward 1993 Heisman Trophy winner
Chris Weinke 2000 Heisman Trophy winner
Jameis Winston 2013 Heisman Trophy winner

Notable faculty and staff[edit]

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Florida State University presidents[edit]

President Year Reference
George Edgar 1887–1892
Alvin Lewis 1892–1897
Albert A. Murphree 1897–1909, subsequently president of the University of Florida, 1909–1927
Edward Conradi 1909–1947
Doak S. Campbell 1947–1957
Robert M. Strozier 1957–1960[122]
Talbot D'Alemberte 1994–2003
T. K. Wetherell 2003–2009, and former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives
Eric J. Barron 2009–2014
John E. Thrasher 2014–present

Faculty winners of major honors[edit]

Name Notability Reference
Lawrence G. Abele American Association for the Advancement of Science (Biological Science)
Roy Baumeister Institute for Scientific Information highly cited researcher (Psychology/Psychiatry)
Konrad E. Bloch 1964 Nobel Prize in Medicine[123]
James M. Buchanan 1986 Nobel Prize in Economics[124]
Robert Olen Butler Pulitzer Prize for Fiction; Guggenheim Fellowship (English)
Donald Caspar National Academy of Sciences (Biophysics); American Academy of Arts & Sciences (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology); Guggenheim Fellowship (Biological Science)
Donald A. Crosby Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Colorado State University
Timothy Cross American Association for the Advancement of Science (Chemistry)
Naresh Dalal American Association for the Advancement of Science (Chemistry)
Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac 1933 Nobel Prize in Physics,[125]
Dean Falk American Association for the Advancement of Science (Anthropology)
Carlisle Floyd 1956 Guggenheim Fellowship (Music)
Lev Gor'kov National Academy of Sciences (Physics)
Max Gunzburger 2008 SIAM W.T. and Idalia Reid Prize in Mathematics
Frances James American Academy of Arts & Sciences (Evolutionary and Population Biology and Ecology); American Association for the Advancement of Science (Biology)
Thomas Joiner Guggenheim Fellowship (Psychology)
Michael Kasha National Academy of Sciences (Chemistry); American Academy of Arts & Sciences (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology); Guggenheim Fellowship (Physical Chemistry)
John Kelsay Guggenheim Fellowship (Religion)
David Kirby Guggenheim Fellowship (English)
Sir Harold W. Kroto 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry;[126] National Academy of Sciences (Chemistry); Institute for Scientific Information highly cited researcher (Chemistry)
David Larbalestier National Academy of Engineering (Superconducting Materials)
Alan Marshall American Association for the Advancement of Science (Chemistry)
Robert Sanderson Mulliken 1966 Nobel Prize in Chemistry[127] [128]
Simon Ostrach National Academy of Engineering (Space Science/Mechanical Engineering); American Academy of Arts & Sciences (Space Science/Mechanical Engineering)
Jill Quadagno Guggenheim Fellowship (Sociology)
Michael Ruse Guggenheim Fellowship (Philosophy); American Association for the Advancement of Science (Philosophy)
Shridhar Sathe Institute for Scientific Information highly cited researcher (Agricultural Sciences)
John Robert Schrieffer 1972 Nobel Prize Physics[129]
Melvin Stern National Academy of Sciences (Geophysics); American Academy of Arts & Sciences (Astronomy and Earth Sciences); Guggenheim Fellowship (Oceanography)
Gary Taylor Guggenheim Fellowship (English)
R. Jay Turner Institute for Scientific Information highly cited researcher (Social Sciences)
Sherwood Wise American Association for the Advancement of Science (Geological Sciences)
Ellen Taaffe Zwilich Pulitzer Prize for Music; American Academy of Arts & Sciences (Visual and Performing Arts); Guggenheim Fellowship (Music)

Other notable faculty[edit]

Faculty Notability Reference
Abdus Suttar Khan Chemist and aerospace researcher
Carrie Ann Baade Painter
Richard Burgin Violinist and concertmaster of the Boston Symphony Orchestra
Yvonne Ciannella Coloratura soprano
Dean Falk Lead scientist in research team mapping the brain shape of the LB1 Hobbit
Gerald R. Ferris Scholar of management and psychology
Charles Figley Traumatologist, American Psychological Association Fellow, and Fulbright Fellow
Robert Gellately Historian known for research on Nazi-era Germany and the Cold War
Paul G. Halpern Historian known for research and documentary publications on the naval history of the First World War
Barbara Hamby Poet in residence
William H. Heard Expert on freshwater mollusks
Toussaint Hocevar Economic historian
Randall Holcombe Co-founder of BuchananHolcombe Branch of economists,[130] past President of the Society for Development of Austrian Economics[131] and the Public Choice Society[132]
Robert A. Holton Inventor of the synthetic process for making taxol
R. Mark Isaac Scholar of experimental economics
Frederick L. Jenks 2002 TESOL Heinle & Heinle Excellence in Teaching Award
Gary Kleck Criminologist known for empirical work on guns and violence
Vadim Komkov Mathematician and physicist
T. N. Krishnamurti Recipient of the Carl Gustav Rossby Medal from the American Meteorological Society and developer of the FSU "Superensemble" hurricane prediction model
Justin Leiber Philosopher and science fiction writer
Dan Markel Law professor known for work on criminal justice
Alan G. Marshall Society for Applied Spectroscopy fellow (2004)
Alfred Mele Philosopher in practical reason
Doron Nof Fridtjof Nansen Medal winner
Victor Nuñez Film director
Ruth Posselt Classical violinist
Per Arne Rikvold 2004 Foreign member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters
Michael Ruse Philosopher of science, known for his work on the relationship between creationism and evolution
Michael Shaara Writer of science fiction, sports fiction, and historical fiction
Friedrich Stephan Discovered the suprachiasmatic nucleus (circadian "clock")
Tyler Turkle Artist and filmmaker
Stephan von Molnár 1986 Alexander von Humboldt Senior U.S. Scientist Award
Mark Winegardner Novelist
Kun Yang 2003 Outstanding Young Researcher Award of the Overseas Chinese Physics Association

Athletes[edit]

Baseball[edit]

Athlete Notability Reference
Luis Alicea Professional MLB baseball player
Gene Ammann Professional baseball player in Japan
Dick Brown Professional MLB baseball player
Barret Browning Professional MLB baseball player, St. Louis Cardinals
George Cappuzzello Professional MLB baseball player, Detroit Tigers
Kevin Cash Professional MLB baseball player, Boston Red Sox
Randy Choate Professional MLB baseball player, Tampa Bay Rays
Daniel Davidson Professional MLB baseball player, Anaheim Angels
Matt Diaz Professional MLB baseball player, Atlanta Braves
J. D. Drew Professional MLB baseball player, Boston Red Sox
Stephen Drew Professional MLB baseball player, Arizona Diamondbacks
Gar Finnvold Professional MLB baseball player, Boston Red Sox
Ron Fraser Former college baseball coach at the University of Miami from 1963–1992. Won the College World Series in 1982 and 1985
Mike Fuentes Professional MLB baseball player, Montreal Expos
Mark Gilbert Professional MLB baseball player, United States Ambassador to New Zealand
Sean Gilmartin Professional MLB baseball player, New York Mets
Jeff Gray Professional MLB baseball player
John-Ford Griffin Professional MLB baseball player, Toronto Blue Jays
Johnny Grubb Professional MLB baseball player
Tyler Holt Professional MLB baseball player
Dick Howser Professional MLB baseball player
Hunter Jones Professional MLB baseball player
Terry Kennedy Professional MLB baseball player
Richie Lewis Professional MLB baseball player
Mickey Lopez Professional MLB baseball player
Mike Loynd Professional MLB baseball player
Jim Lyttle Professional MLB baseball player
Mike Martin Head coach, Florida State Seminoles
Marshall McDougall Professional MLB baseball player, Texas Rangers record holder for most home runs in a college game (6)
Doug Mientkiewicz Former professional MLB baseball player and Olympic gold medalist at the 2000 Summer Olympics; Minnesota Twins, Boston Red Sox, New York Mets, Kansas City Royals, New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates, Los Angeles Dodgers
Eduardo Pérez Professional MLB baseball player, now serving as analyst for ESPN's Baseball Tonight
Buster Posey Professional MLB baseball player, San Francisco Giants
Scott Proctor Professional MLB baseball player, Los Angeles Dodgers
James Ramsey Professional MLB baseball player
Jody Reed Professional MLB baseball player
Shane Robinson Professional MLB baseball player
Tony La Russa Former MLB manager, Chicago White Sox, Oakland A's, St. Louis Cardinals
Mac Scarce Professional MLB baseball player
Paul Sorrento Professional MLB baseball player
Ken Suarez Professional MLB baseball player
Jeff Tam Professional MLB baseball player
Devon Travis Professional MLB baseball player, Toronto Blue Jays
John Wasdin Professional MLB baseball player, Texas Rangers
Paul Wilson Professional MLB baseball player, Cincinnati Reds

Basketball (men's)[edit]

Athlete Notability Reference
Randy Allen Professional NBA basketball player
Solomon Alabi Professional NBA basketball player, Toronto Raptors
Malik Beasley Professional NBA basketball player Denver Nuggets
Sam Cassell Professional NBA basketball player
Ben Clyde Professional NBA basketball player
James Collins Professional NBA basketball player
Dave Cowens Professional NBA basketball player, Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks (retired); named to NBA's 50 Greatest of All Time list
Tony Dawson Professional NBA basketball player
Mickey Dillard Professional NBA basketball player
Toney Douglas Professional NBA basketball player, Houston Rockets
Hugh Durham Former Head Basketball coach for Florida State University and the University of Georgia
Deividas Dulkys Represented Lithuania at the 2012 Summer Olympics
Doug Edwards Professional NBA basketball player
Bernard James Professional NBA basketball player, Dallas Mavericks
Alexander Johnson Professional NBA basketball player, Miami Heat
Michael Joiner Professional basketball player in the Australian National Basketball League
Jonathan Kerner Professional NBA basketball player
Derwin Kitchen basketball player for Ironi Nahariya of the Israeli Basketball Premier League [133]
George McCloud Professional NBA basketball player
Ralph Mims Professional basketball player in Europe
Tim Pickett Professional NBA basketball player
Ryan Reid Professional NBA basketball player
Chris Singleton Professional NBA basketball player, Washington Wizards
Michael Snaer Professional basketball player
Bob Sura Professional NBA basketball player, Houston Rockets
Irving Thomas Professional NBA basketball player
Al Thornton Professional NBA basketball player Washington Wizards
Von Wafer Professional NBA basketball player, Boston Celtics
Charlie Ward Professional NBA basketball player, Heisman Trophy winner
Mitchell Wiggins Professional NBA basketball player
Willie Williams Professional NBA basketball player
Ed Young Played two years, now pastor of Fellowship Church

Basketball (women's)[edit]

Athlete Notability Reference
Tanae Davis-Cain professional WNBA basketball player, Detroit Shock
Sue Galkantas 1983 finalist for the Wade Trophy
Roneeka Hodges professional WNBA basketball player, Houston Comets
Natasha Howard professional WNBA basketball player, Indiana Fever
Britany Miller professional WNBA basketball player, Detroit Shock
Jacinta Monroe professional WNBA basketball player, Washington Mystics and Tulsa Shock
Tia Paschal professional WNBA basketball player, Chicago Sting
Ronalda Pierce former basketball player who died of an aneurysm in 2007.
Leonor Rodríguez professional basketball player and member of the Spain national team; Olympic silver medalist, Rio 2016 Summer Olympics
Leticia Romero basketball player for the Spain women's national basketball team; Olympic silver medalist, Rio 2016 Summer Olympics
Brooke Wyckoff professional WNBA basketball player, Chicago Sky

Football[edit]

Athlete Notability Reference
Clifton Abraham professional NFL football player
Derrick Alexander professional NFL football player
Brian Allen professional NFL football player
Joe Avezzano professional NFL football player, former head coach for Oregon State University
Alex Barron professional NFL football player
Ed Beckman professional NFL football player
Edgar Bennett professional NFL football player
Scott Bentley professional NFL football player
Fred Biletnikoff NFL Hall of Fame player, Oakland Raiders, Super Bowl XI MVP
Anquan Boldin professional NFL football player, Baltimore Ravens, 2003 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year
Lorenzo Booker professional NFL football player, Minnesota Vikings
Michael Boulware professional NFL football player
Peter Boulware professional NFL football player, 1997 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, Baltimore Ravens' Ring of Honor
Nigel Bradham professional NFL football player, Buffalo Bills
Leon Bright professional NFL football player
Derrick Brooks professional NFL football player, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, NFL Defensive Player of the Year (2002), 2006 Pro Bowl MVP, 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee
Everette Brown professional NFL football player, San Diego Chargers
Mack Brown Currently Head Football Coach, Texas Longhorns
Milford Brown professional NFL football player
Rufus Brown professional NFL football player
Tony Bryant professional NFL football player
Terrell Buckley professional NFL football player
Brodrick Bunkley professional NFL football player Denver Broncos
Devin Bush professional NFL football player
Bobby Butler professional NFL football player
LeRoy Butler former professional NFL football player, invented the "Lambeau Leap"
Marion Butts professional NFL football player
Bill Capece professional NFL football player
Alphonso Carreker professional NFL football player
Dexter Carter professional NFL football player
Jerome Carter professional NFL football player
Pat Carter professional NFL football player
Tony Carter professional NFL football player, Denver Broncos
Thomas Clayton professional NFL football player
Tay Cody professional NFL football player
Dalvin Cook professional NFL football player
Randy Coffield professional NFL football player
Laveranues Coles professional NFL football player
Lee Corso former University of Louisville and Indiana University head coach, sports broadcaster, ESPN Gameday
Sam Cowart professional NFL football player
Henri Crockett professional NFL football player
Zack Crockett professional NFL football player, Oakland Raiders
Antonio Cromartie professional NFL football player, New York Jets
Devard Darling professional NFL football player
Buster Davis professional NFL football player
Chauncey Davis professional NFL football player, Chicago Bears
Chris Davis professional NFL football player
Lawrence Dawsey professional NFL football player, current FSU WR coach
Manny Diaz current defensive coordinator, Texas Longhorns
Darnell Dockett professional NFL football player, Arizona Cardinals
Ron Dugans professional NFL football player
Jamie Dukes professional NFL football player, analyst for the NFL Network
Warrick Dunn professional NFL football player, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1997 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year
Mario Edwards professional NFL football player
William Floyd professional NFL football player
Andre Fluellen professional NFL football player, Detroit Lions
Todd Fordham professional NFL football player
Corey Fuller professional NFL football player
Steve Gabbard professional NFL football player
Graham Gano professional NFL football player, Washington Redskins
Talman Gardner professional NFL football player
Kent Gaydos professional NFL football player
Derrick Gibson professional NFL football player
E. G. Green professional NFL football player
Letroy Guion professional NFL football player, Minnesota Vikings
Kim Hammond professional NFL football player
Geno Hayes professional NFL football player, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jessie Hester professional NFL football player
Montrae Holland professional NFL football player, Dallas Cowboys
Chris Hope professional NFL football player, Tennessee Titans
Rodney Hudson professional NFL football player, Kansas City Chiefs
Gary Huff professional NFL football player, Chicago Bears, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, current Associate Athletic Director at FSU
Paul Irons professional NFL football player
Bobby Jackson professional NFL football player
Dexter Jackson professional NFL football player, Super Bowl XXXVII MVP for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Mario Henderson professional NFL football player
Sebastian Janikowski professional NFL football player, Oakland Raiders
Garth Jax professional NFL football player
Michael Jennings professional NFL football player
Brad Johnson professional NFL football player, Dallas Cowboys
Travis Johnson professional NFL football player
Greg Jones professional NFL football player, Jacksonville Jaguars
Hassan Jones professional NFL football player
Marvin Jones professional NFL football player
Walter Jones professional NFL football player, Seattle Seahawks
Danny Kanell professional NFL football player, college football analyst for ESPN
Ken Lanier professional NFL football player
Amp Lee professional NFL football player Green Bay Packers
Kevin Long professional NFL football player
Jim Mankins professional NFL football player
EJ Manuel professional NFL football player
Martin Mayhew professional NFL football player
Scott McLean professional NFL football player
Bryant McFadden professional NFL football player
Dennis McKinnon professional NFL football player Chicago Bears
Mike Mercer professional NFL football player
Marvin Minnis professional NFL football player
Travis Minor professional NFL football player
Orson Mobley professional NFL football player
Eric Moore professional NFL football player
Randy Moss professional NFL football player (attended for one year and then released from team)
Zeke Mowatt professional NFL football player
Lee Nelson professional NFL football player
Sterling Palmer professional NFL football player
Preston Parker professional NFL football player, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tommy Polley professional NFL football player
Christian Ponder professional NFL football player, Minnesota Vikings
Eric Powell professional NFL football player
Willie Reid professional NFL football player
Burt Reynolds actor and star Seminole tailback
Jamal Reynolds professional NFL football player
Patrick Robinson professional NFL football player, New Orleans Saints
Myron Rolle professional NFL football player, Pittsburgh Steelers, 2009 Rhodes Scholarship recipient
Samari Rolle professional NFL football player
Gerard Ross professional NFL football player
P. K. Sam professional NFL football player
Garrison Sanborn professional NFL football player, Buffalo Bills
Deion Sanders professional NFL football player, NFL Defensive Player of the Year (1994)
Zebrie Sanders professional NFL football player, Buffalo Bills
Ron Sellers professional NFL football player
Eric Shelton professional NFL football player
Clay Shiver professional NFL football player
Corey Simon professional NFL football player
Ron Simmons professional USFL football player, former world champion in professional wrestling as both an individual (WCW) and as part of a tag team (WCW and WWE)
Carl Simpson professional NFL football player
Ernie Sims professional NFL football player, Indianapolis Colts
Antone Smith professional NFL football player, Atlanta Falcons
Barry Smith professional NFL football player
Sammie Smith professional NFL football player
Jesse Solomon professional NFL football player
Greg Spires professional NFL football player
Rohn Stark professional NFL football player
Walt Sumner professional NFL football player
Tra Thomas professional NFL football player
William Thomas professional NFL football player
Weegie Thompson professional NFL football player
Craphonso Thorpe professional NFL football player
Lawrence Timmons professional NFL football player, Pittsburgh Steelers
Rick Tuten professional NFL football player
Tamarick Vanover professional NFL and CFL football player, current Lake City Christian High School Coach
Andre Wadsworth professional NFL football player
Jameis Winston Heisman Trophy winner, professional NFL football player
Javon Walker professional NFL football player
B. J. Ward professional NFL football player
Charlie Ward Heisman Trophy winner, professional NFL football player
Peter Warrick professional NFL football player
Pat Watkins professional NFL football player
Dekoda Watson professional NFL football player, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Leon Washington professional NFL football player, Seattle Seahawks
Chris Weinke Heisman Trophy winner, professional NFL football player
Drew Weatherford professional NFL football player
T. K. Wetherell former State of Florida Representative, Former Speaker of the House for Florida, former President of Florida State University
Markus White professional NFL football player, Washington Redskins
Bud Whitehead professional NFL football player
Brett Williams professional NFL football player
Todd Williams professional NFL football player
Peter Tom Willis professional NFL football player, FSU football radio analyst
Ray Willis professional NFL football player
Reinard Wilson professional NFL football player
Kamerion Wimbley professional NFL football player, Oakland Raiders

Golf[edit]

PGA[edit]

Athlete Notability Reference
Paul Azinger professional golfer[134]
Daniel Berger professional golfer
Jonas Blixt professional golfer
Bob Duval professional golfer
Hubert Green professional golfer[135]
Nolan Henke professional golfer[136]
Brian Kamm professional golfer
Richie Karl professional golfer
Kenny Knox professional golfer[137]
Brooks Koepka professional golfer[138]
Jack Maguire professional golfer
George McNeill professional golfer
Jeremy Robinson professional golfer
Jeff Sluman professional golfer

LPGA[edit]

Athlete Notability Reference
Barb Bunkowsky professional golfer
Jane Geddes professional golfer[139]
Nancy Scranton professional golfer[140]
Karen Stupples professional golfer[141]
Colleen Walker professional golfer[142]
Lisa Walters professional golfer
Leigh Ann Mills professional golfer[143]

Gymnastics[edit]

Athlete Notability Reference
Rafael A. Lecuona Olympic gymnast

Soccer[edit]

Athlete Notability Reference
Dagný Brynjarsdóttir Icelandic professional soccer player, Bayern München
Deyna Castellanos Venezuelan women's soccer player, winner of the Golden Boot of the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup.
Megan Connolly Soccer player for the Republic of Ireland women's national football team
Becky Edwards Professional soccer player
Michaela Hahn Professional soccer player [144]
Selin Kuralay 2004 Olympic Games – Australia
Carson Pickett Professional soccer player [145]
India Trotter Professional soccer player
Gloriana Villalobos Costa Rican women's soccer player
Sarah Wagenfuhr Professional soccer player
Mami Yamaguchi Japanese professional soccer player

Softball[edit]

Athlete Notability Reference
Yuruby Alicart Competed for Venezuela in 2008 Summer Olympics
Darby Cottle Two-time All-American softball player
Lacey Waldrop 2014 College Softball National Player of the Year

Swimming and diving[edit]

Athlete Notability Reference
Phil Boggs Diver and Olympic gold medalist, 1976 Summer Olympics
Robert Braknis Participated in the 1996 Summer Olympics
Mateo de Angulo Represented Colombia in the 2012 Summer Olympics
Wendy Fuller Participated in the 1988 Summer Olympics
Patrick Jeffrey Participated in the 1996 Summer Olympics
Mike Kowalski Participated in the 1988 Summer Olympics[146]
Nelson Mora Butterfly swimmer from Venezuela
Steve Parry Butterfly and backstroke swimmer, Olympic bronze medalist, 2004 Summer Olympics
Katherine Rawls Diver, two time Olympic silver medalist, 1932 Summer Olympics and 1936 Summer Olympics
Ariel Rittenhouse Diver who participated in the 2008 Summer Olympics
Pavel Sankovich Swimmer from Belarus who participated at the 2008,2012, and 2016 Summer Olympics
Julio Santos Freestyle swimmer from Ecuador
Tal Stricker Breaststroke swimmer, competed for Israel in 2000 Summer Olympics
Chris Vythoulkas Participated in the 2004 Summer Olympics for The Bahamas
Katrina Young 10m Diver from the United States of America who participated at the 2016 Summer Olympics

Tennis[edit]

Athlete Notability Reference
Réjean Génois Professional tennis player
Paul Haarhuis Professional tennis player, participated in the Olympics
Richard Legendre Professional tennis player
Joey Rive Professional tennis player
Maciek Sykut Professional tennis player

Track and field[edit]

Athlete Notability Reference
Bolt Usain Olympic decathlete from Chile
Kim Batten Long jumper, Olympic silver medalist
Jonathan Borlée Belgian sprinter who competed in the 2008 Summer Olympics and 2012 Summer Olympics
Kevin Borlée Belgian sprinter who competed in the 2008 Summer Olympics and 2012 Summer Olympics
Marvin Bracy Sprinter
Ricardo Chambers Jamaican 400 m specialist
Charles Clark Sprinter
Bradley Cooper Olympic discus thrower and shot putter
Rafeeq Curry NCAA Champion, 9x NCAA All-American, 2011 USA Indoor Champion, and represented America at the 2008 Summer Olympics
Walter Dix Won two bronze medals at the 2008 Summer Olympics
Brian Dzingai Olympic sprinter from Zimbabwe
Hannah England British distance runner, 2012 Summer Olympics
Michelle Finn Sprinter
Trentavis Friday World Junior Champion in the 200m and 4 × 100 m relay
Randy Givens Track and field sprinter and participant at the 1984 Summer Olympics[147][148]
Kemar Hyman Caymanian sprinter
Lacy Janson Pole vaulter at the 2012 Summer Olympics
Garrett Johnson Shot putter, 2006 NCAA Champion, and Rhodes Scholar
Thomas Lancashire Represented Great Britain at the 2008 Summer Olympics in the 1500m
Andrew Lemoncello Olympic distance runner from Britain
Ngonidzashe Makusha Olympic long jumper from Zimbabwe
Walter McCoy Relay runner, and Olympic gold medalist[citation needed]
Stephen Newbold Bahamian sprinter
Marita Payne Canadian sprinter, won two silver medals at the 1984 Summer Olympics
Dorian Scott Jamaican shot putter, competed at 2012 Summer Olympics
Kendal Williams World Junior Champion in the 100m and 4 × 100 m relay
Kimberly Williams Jamaican triple jumper, competed at 2012 Summer Olympics

Volleyball[edit]

Athlete Notability Reference
Norisha Campbell professional volleyball player
Karyn Palgut Olympic handball player (1988, 1992)
Gabrielle Reece professional volleyball player, model

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