List of Kent State University alumni
This list includes people who have graduated from or otherwise attended Kent State University at the main campus in Kent, Ohio or one of its seven regional campuses in northeastern Ohio. Kent State counts over 227,000 living alumni as of 2016.
|Aggarwal, RajRaj Aggarwal||Author and educator in international business||M.B.A. Operations Management (1970)
D.B.A. Finance and International Business (1975)
|Alhadid, DianaDiana Al-Hadid||Contemporary artist||B.F.A. Sculpture (2003)
B.A. Art History (2003)
|App, TimothyTimothy App||Contemporary painter||B.F.A Painting (1970)||Arts|
|Asbury, WillieWillie Asbury||Professional football player with the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League 1966-1968||Athletics - Football|
|Balistreri, JohnJohn Balistreri||Ceramic artist||M.F.A. Ceramics (1988)||Arts|
|Baker, EugeneEugene Baker||Professional football player in the National Football League||Athletics - Football|
|Barbee, JoeJoe Barbee||Professional football player in the American Football League||Athletics - Football|
|Batiuk, TomTom Batiuk||Comic strip author of Funky Winkerbean and Crankshaft||B.F.A. (1969)||Literary|
|Baughman, J. RossJ. Ross Baughman||1978 Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist, editor, writer, educator||B.A. Journalism (1975)||Journalism|
|Baum, Stephen "Suede"Stephen "Suede" Baum||Fashion designer, contestant on Project Runway and Project Runway: All Stars||B.A. Fashion Design (1993)||Fashion Design|
|Blitz the Ambassador
|Ghanaian-American Hip-Hop Artist||Music/entertainment|
|Bell, BrianBrian Bell||Professional football player in the National Football League||Athletics - Football|
|Bertice Berry||Sociologist, author, lecturer, comedian, educator, and former talk show host||Ph.D.||Education|
|Bob Borden||Writer and frequent contributor, Late Show with David Letterman||Journalism (1995)||Entertainment|
|Brannon Braga^||Producer and screenwriter for several Star Trek series and films, 24, and Flashforward||Transferred||Film and television|
|Regina Brett||Columnist with The Plain Dealer||Bachelors in Journalism||Journalism|
|Cedric Brown||Professional football player in the National Football League 1976-1984||Athletics - Football|
|Allen Buckley||U.S. Senate and gubernatorial candidate from Georgia in the Libertarian Party||B.A. (1982)||Politics|
|Emmanuel Burriss||Professional baseball player in Major League Baseball as a second baseman||||Athletics - Baseball|
|Debra Byrd||Backup vocalist for Barry Manilow; vocal coach for American Idol and Canadian Idol||Music|
|Curt Cacioppo||Contemporary classical music composer and pianist||B.A. Piano Performance||Music|
|Alan Canfora||Political activist; one of nine students wounded during the Kent State shootings||Politics|
|John Caparulo||Comedian||Bachelors (1998)||Entertainment|
|Michael Capellas||Current CEO of First Data Corporation; former President/CEO of Hewlett-Packard, WorldCom, Compaq, and Serena Software||B.B.A||Business|
|Vincent J. Cardinal||Playwright and director||Bachelor's in English and Education||Theater|
|Drew Carey||Actor, comedian, host of TV's Price is Right||Did not graduate||Film and television|
|Robert Carothers||President of the University of Rhode Island since 1991||Ph.D. (1969)||Education|
|Chris Carpenter||Professional baseball player in Major League Baseball||Athletics - baseball|
|Gerald Casale||Founding member of Devo||Music|
|Dain Clay||Professional baseball player in Major League Baseball||||Athletics - Baseball|
|Robert E. Cook||Democratic politician who served as a common pleas judge, district court of appeals judge, and in the United States House of Representatives||Bachelors (1947)||Politics|
|Jim Corrigall||Professional football player in the Canadian Football League as a defensive end, member of Canadian Football Hall of Fame, former KSU head football coach||Athletics - Football|
|Carol Costello||Anchor and reporter for CNN||B.A. Journalism (2004)||Journalism|
|Joshua Cribbs||Professional football player in the NFL||B.A. Communication Studies (2010)||Athletics - Football|
|Ben Curtis||Professional golfer, 2003 British Open champion||Athletics - Golf|
|Jose Davis||Professional football player in the NFL and the Arena Football League||Athletics - Football|
|Wayne Dawson||Television newscaster at WJW in Cleveland||B.A. Journalism (1979)||Journalism|
|Sarah Deal||First female Marine selected for Naval aviation training; first female aviator in the Marine Corps||B.S. Aerospace Flight Technology (1992)||Aeronautics|
|Bryan DeCorso||Canadian professional golfer||B.S. Business Administration (1995)||Athletics - Golf|
|John de Lancie||Actor||B.A. (1971)||Film and television|
|John Dennis||Radio talk show personality and television sportscaster||(1974)||Journalism|
|G. William Domhoff||Author and Research Professor in psychology and sociology||M.A. Psychology (1959)||Science|
|Stephen R. Donaldson||Author of The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever series||M.A. English (1971)||Literary|
|Jan Dowling||Head women's golf coach at the University of Florida, former Canadian professional golfer||B.S. Leisure Studies (2002)||Athletics - Golf|
|Joe Ebanks||Professional poker player in the World Series of Poker||Dropped out||Entertainment|
|Julian Edelman||Professional football player in the NFL||Business Management||Athletics - Football|
|John Edwards||Professional basketball player in the NBA and NBDL||Athletics - Basketball|
|Abram Elam||Professional football player in the NFL||Athletics - Football|
|Donald Erb||Composer||B.S. Composition (1950)||Music|
|John Ferguson||Organist, composer, and teacher||M.M.||Music|
|Colin Ferrell||Professional football player in the NFL||Athletics - Football|
|John Filo||Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer||Arts|
|Al Fisher||2008 Mid-American Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year||Athletics - Basketball|
|Quinton Flynn||Voice actor||Film and television|
|Brenda Frese||Head coach for the Maryland Terrapins women's basketball program||Master's in Athletic Administration (1995)||Athletics - Women's basketball|
|Angela Funovits||Mentalist/illusionist, star of NBC's Phenomenon||Film and television|
|Zen master||Ph.D. Clinical psychology (1973)||Science|
|Nari Gandhi||Indian architect in organic architecture||Architecture|
|Gates, AntonioAntonio Gates||Professional football player in the NFL as a tight end||Athletics - Football|
|Michael Glaser||Poet Laureate of Maryland, 2004-2009||M.A.
|Dick Goddard||TV meteorologist at WJW in Cleveland, author, and cartoonist||B.F.A. (1960)||Journalism|
|Dan Goodspeed||Professional football player in the NFL, XFL, and Canadian Football League||Athletics - Football|
|Anthony Gregorc||Educational theorist; developer of the Mind Styles Model||M.S., Ph.D.||Education|
|Matt Guerrier||Professional baseball player in Major League Baseball as a pitcher||||Athletics - Baseball|
|Mike Gulan||Former professional baseball in Major League Baseball as a third-baseman||||Athletics - Baseball|
|Michael M. Gunter||Educator and scholar on the Kurdish people||Ph.D. International Relations (1972)||Education|
|Alaina Reed Hall||Television and film actress on Sesame Street and 227||Film and television|
|Hall, ArsenioArsenio Hall||Talk show host||B.A. Speech (1977)||Film and television|
|Bob Hallen||Former professional football player in the NFL||Athletics - Football|
|Ken Hammond||Former leader of SDS, activist in the 1960s and 70s during the Kent State shootings||B.A. (1985)||Politics|
|Wayne Alan Harold||Filmmaker||B.A. Telecommunications (1988)||Film and television|
|James Harrison||Professional football player in the NFL as a linebacker||Athletics - Football|
|Steve Harvey||Television personality; host of The Steve Harvey Morning Show and Family Feud||Entertainment|
|Dirk Hayhurst||Professional baseball player in Major League Baseball, currently for the Toronto Blue Jays as a pitcher||Communications (did not graduate)||Athletics - Baseball|
|Robert Hemenway||Former chancellor at the University of Kentucky and the University of Kansas||Ph.D. English (1966)||Education|
|Anne Hendershott||Author and sociologist||Ph.D. Sociology||Politics, Literary|
|Dustin Hermanson||Professional baseball player in Major League Baseball as a pitcher||Athletics - Baseball|
|Rick Hilles||Poet and educator||B.A.
|Keno Hills||Professional football player in the NFL||Athletics - Football|
|Dave Holmes||Winner of ESPN's Dream Job||Journalism|
|Nancy Hollister||Former Ohio state representative, Lieutenant Governor, and briefly served as Ohio's first female governor||Politics|
|Holtz, LouLou Holtz||College football coach, television sportscaster||B.S. History (1959)||Athletics - Football|
|Mike Hovancsek||Instrumentalist, founder of multicultural experimental music group Pointless Orchestra||B.S. Psychology||Music|
|Mackenzie Hughes||Professional golfer in the PGA Tour||Business Management (2012)||Athletics - Golf|
|Chrissie Hynde||Lead singer for The Pretenders||Did not graduate||Music|
|Jennifer Lyn Jackson||Playboy Playmate, April 1989||Business and Finance|
|Van Jakes||Professional football player in the NFL||Athletics - Football|
|Thomas Jefferson||Bronze medalist at the 1984 Summer Olympics||Athletics - Track and field|
|Emma Johnson||National Pro Fastpitch pitcher||B.B.A. Accounting & Finance (2015)||Athletics - Softball|
|Jeff Johnson||Cleveland City Council member and Ohio state senator||Communications||Politics|
|Daniel Johnston||Singer-songwriter and Artist||Music|
|Michael Keaton||Actor||Dropped out||Film and television|
|Don King||Boxing promoter||Dropped out||Entertainment|
|Allison Krause||One of the four students killed during the Kent State shootings in 1970||Was studying art history||Politics|
|Allen Kukovich||State representative in Pennsylvania from the Democratic Party||Bachelors (1969)||Politics|
|Jack Lambert||Professional football player in the NFL as a linebacker and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame||Athletics - Football|
|Eric Lauer||Professional baseball player in Major League Baseball||B.B.A. Business (2016)||Athletics - Baseball|
|Mike Lebowitz||Attorney, pioneer in military free speech, military law||Journalism (1999)||Law|
|Jack Lengyel||College football coach and college athletics administrator; coached the Marshall Thundering Herd football program following the crash of Southern Airways Flight 932 in 1970 that killed nearly the entire team||Masters (1962)||Athletics - Football|
|Bob Lewis||Founding member of Devo||B.A. Anthropology (1970)||Music|
|Liam Lynch||Musician, director, writer||Performing arts|
|Hal McCoy||Cincinnati Reds beat writer, Baseball Hall of Fame member||Journalism|
|Ben McDaniels||Assistant coach in the NFL||Athletics - Football|
|Mike "Scooter" McGruder||Professional football player in the NFL, 1989-1997||Athletics - Football|
|Professional wrestler, currently with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling||Sports/entertainment|
|Joe McKeown||Women's college basketball coach||Athletics - Basketball|
|Jay McNeil||Former professional football player in the CFL, 1994-2007||Athletics - Football|
|Peter Makuck||Author, poet, and critic||Ph.D. American literature||Literary|
|Martino, TonyTony Martino||Professional football player in the CFL, 1988-2002||Athletics - Football|
|John Matsko||Coach in the National Football League||Athletics - Football|
|Betty-Jean Maycock||U.S. Olympian gymnast in 1960||B.A. (1964)||Athletics - Gymnastics|
|Gene Michael||Professional baseball player, manager, and scout in Major League Baseball||||Athletics - Baseball|
|Pete Mikolajewski||Professional football player in the AFL||Athletics - Football|
|Earl K. Miller||Systems/cognitive neuroscientist||B.A. Psychology (1985)||Science|
|Travis Miller||Professional baseball player in Major League Baseball as a pitcher||Athletics - Baseball|
|Jeffrey Miller||One of the four students killed in the Kent State shootings in 1970; subject of famous photograph||Was studying psychology||Politics|
|Jon Mills||Canadian professional golfer||Athletics - Golf|
|Dan Moldea||Author and investigative reporter specializing in the reporting of organized crime and political corruption||Post-graduate work in History||Politics|
|Carl Monday||Investigative reporter for WOIO in Cleveland||Bachelor's (1973)||Journalism|
|Mark Mothersbaugh||Founding member of Devo||Did not graduate||Music|
|Thurman Munson||Professional baseball player in Major League Baseball with the New York Yankees, Rookie of the Year, and MVP winner||||Athletics - Baseball|
|Daniel Muir||Professional football player in the NFL||Athletics - Football|
|Rico Murray||Professional football player in the NFL||Athletics - Football|
|Myers, RichardRichard Myers||Filmmaker, artist||B.F.A. (1959); M.A. (1961)||Film and television|
|Nehlen, DonDon Nehlen||Former head football coach at Bowling Green State University and West Virginia University; member of College Football Hall of Fame||M.A. (1966)||Athletics - Football|
|Nottingham, DonDon Nottingham||Professional football player in the NFL||B.S. Marketing (1971)||Athletics - Football|
|Terrence O'Donnell||Justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio||B.S. Political Science (1968)||Politics|
|Carl Oglesby||Political activist; president of Students for a Democratic Society 1965-1966||Dropped out||Politics|
|Mwatabu S. Okantah||Poet||B.A. English, African Studies (1976)||Literary|
|Luke Owens||Professional football player in the NFL, 1957-1965||Athletics - Football|
|Augustus Parrish||Professional football player in the NFL||Athletics - Football|
|Rick Peckham||Play-by-play announcer for the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League||B.A. Telecommunications (1977)||Journalism|
|George Petak||Wisconsin politician||Politics|
|Dan Peters||College basketball head and assistant coach||B.S. Social Studies (1976)||Athletics - Basketball|
|Petruny, LyndsayLyndsay Petruny||Sports anchor, sideline reporter, sports producer, and television host||Broadcast Journalism (2008)||Entertainment, media|
|Phelps, JeffJeff Phelps||Sportscaster and radio host||Bachelor's (1982)||Entertainment, media|
|Dav Pilkey||Children's author best known for Captain Underpants||Literary|
|Charles J. Pilliod, Jr.||Former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico; former CEO of Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company||Dropped out (1941)||Business, Politics|
|Gary Pinkel||Head football coach at the University of Missouri||Athletics - Football|
|Polk, MikeMike Polk||Comedian, actor||Communications (2002)||Entertainment|
|C.J. Prentiss||Former Minority Leader and member of the Ohio State Senate in the Democratic Party||Post-graduate certificate in Administration||Politics|
|Bill Randle||Disc-jockey, lawyer, and university professor||Masters in Journalism||Radio|
|Nate Reinking||Professional basketball player in the British Basketball League, 1996–2012; member of the Great Britain national basketball team from 2005–12||Graduated (1997)||Athletics - Basketball|
|James Renner||Film producer, reporter||Film and television, Journalism|
|Jeff Richmond||Composer and producer; wrote for 30 Rock and Saturday Night Live||Graduated||Film and television|
|Alice Ripley||Tony Award-winning actress and singer||(1986)||Theater|
|Robert Risko||Caricature artist||Arts|
|Rich Rollins||Former professional baseball third-baseman in Major League Baseball 1961-1970||||Athletics - Baseball|
|Cynthia Rylant||Award-winning children's author||M.L.S.||Literary|
|Saban, NickNick Saban||College football and NFL head coach||(1973)||Athletics - Football|
|Professional football player in the NFL, 1976-1983||Athletics - Football|
|O. J. Santiago||Professional football player in the NFL||Athletics - Football|
|David Sedaris||Author, humorist||Dropped out (1977)||Literary|
|Sandra Scheuer||One of the four students killed during the Kent State shootings in 1970; she was walking to class at the time||Was studying speech therapy||Politics|
|William Knox Schroeder||One of the four students killed during the Kent State shootings in 1970; he was walking to class at the time||Was studying psychology||Politics|
|Connie Schultz||Columnist for The Plain Dealer, 2005 Pulitzer Prize winner||Journalism (1979)||Journalism|
|Wayne Shaw||Professional football player in the CFL||Athletics - Football|
|Justine Siegal||First female coach in Major League Baseball||M.A. in Sport Studies||Athletics - Baseball|
|Patricia Haynes Smith||Member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from Baton Rouge||B.S. in Education||Politics|
|Andy Sonnanstine||Professional baseball player in Major League Baseball as a pitcher||||Athletics - Baseball|
|Timothy Starks||Professional football player in the NFL||Athletics - Football|
|Paul Steigerwald||Sports announcer for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League||Journalism|
|Steve Stone||Professional baseball player in Major League Baseball as a pitcher, winner of the Cy Young Award, sportscaster||Athletics - Baseball|
|Scott Stricklin||Professional baseball player, head coach for the Kent State baseball team from 2005–2013||B.A. Marketing (1995)||Athletics - Baseball|
|Larry Sudbrook||College baseball coach at St. Bonaventure||B.A. (1978)||Athletics - Baseball|
|Betty Sutton||Congresswoman for Ohio's 13th congressional district||Politics|
|Dean Sylvester||Professional ice hockey player in the National Hockey League 1995-2001||Athletics - Ice Hockey|
|Jeff Tabaka||Professional baseball player in Major League Baseball as a pitcher, 1994-2001||||Athletics - Baseball|
|Jeff Timmons||Singer, producer, founding member of pop group 98 Degrees||B.S. Psychology (Dropped out)||Music|
|Gerald Tinker||Member of gold-medal 4 x 100 meter relay team in 1972 Summer Olympics; professional football player in the NFL, 1974-1975||Athletics - Olympics, Football|
|Arnulfo Trejo||Founder of REFORMA, an organization to promote library services to Latinos and Spanish-speaking individuals in the United States||M.A. Library Science (1953)||Education|
|Tyler Turkle||Filmmaker and artist||Studied cinematography||Film and television, Arts|
|Bonnie Turner||Writer/creator, 3rd Rock from the Sun and That '70s Show||Film and television|
|John Van Benschoten||Professional baseball player in Major League Baseball as a pitcher||Athletics - Baseball|
|Thrity Umrigar||Indian-American writer||Ph.D. English (1997)||Literary|
|Chris Vrenna||Former drummer for Nine Inch Nails, The Smashing Pumpkins, and Marilyn Manson||Dropped out||Music|
|Crista Nicole Wagner||Swimsuit model, Playboy Playmate||Entertainment|
|Joe Walsh||Rock and roll guitarist with the Eagles||Did not graduate
Honorary doctorate (2001)
|Ken Walter||Professional football player in the NFL, 1997-2006||Athletics - Football|
|Carl E. Walz||Astronaut||B.S. Physics (1977)||Science|
|Paul Warfield||Professional football player in the NFL and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame||M.A. Telecommunications (1977)||Athletics - Football|
|Brad Warner||Author, documentarian, and punk rock bass guitarist||Literary, Performing arts|
|Henry Waszczuk||Professional football player in the CFL, 1975-1984||Athletics - Football|
|Fred Weber||Original vocalist for the band Devo||B.A. Sociology (1970)||Music|
|Bert Weidner||Professional football player in the NFL, 1990-1995||Athletics - Football|
|Wilkerson, EricEric Wilkerson||Professional football player||Athletics - Football|
|Jack Williams||Professional football player in the NFL||Athletics - Football|
|De'Angelo Wilson||Actor||Performing arts|
|Windhorst, BrianBrian Windhorst||Sportswriter for ESPN.com||B.S. Journalism (2000)||Journalism|
|Winters, BrianBrian Winters||Professional football player in the NFL||Athletics - Football|
|Ray Wise||Film and television actor in Twin Peaks and RoboCop||B.F.A. (1969)||Film and television|
|Yip, RyanRyan Yip||Canadian professional golfer||B.S. (2005)||Athletics - Golf|
|Young, UsamaUsama Young||Professional football player in the NFL for the Cleveland Browns||Athletics - Football|
|Zahursky, SteveSteve Zahursky||Professional football player in the NFL, 1998-2001||Athletics - Football|
|Ziggler, DolphDolph Ziggler (Nick Nemeth)||Professional wrestler in WWE||Sports/entertainment|
|Zimmer, PaulPaul Zimmer||Author and poet||B.A.S. (1968)||Literary|
|Zoet, JimJim Zoet||Professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association, 1982-1983||Athletics - Basketball|
|Zumock, ChadChad Zumock||Comedian and radio personality||B.G.S. (2001)||Entertainment, media|
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