List of Oklahoma State University people
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There are more than 190,000 living Oklahoma State University alumni worldwide. Former Cowboys include NFL stars Barry Sanders and Thurman Thomas, NBA stars Desmond Mason and John Starks, businessman T. Boone Pickens, and country music recording artist Garth Brooks.
- 1 Alumni
- 2 Faculty and administration
- 3 See also
- 4 References
- 5 External links
Academic research and scholarship*
- Anita Hill, Government, Brandeis University
- Gene R. Nichol, former President of The College of William and Mary
- J. Tinsley Oden, pioneer in the field of computational mechanics, one of the most highly cited researchers in the world
- David Noel Ramírez Padilla, Rector, Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education
- John R. Rice, mathematician and computer scientist; founder of ACM Transactions on Mathematical Software; Professor at Purdue University
- Steven A. Scott, ninth president of Pittsburg State University.
* Some OSU alumni who have distinguished themselves in academia are included under other headings.
Scientific research and engineering
- Walter Clore, pioneer in Washington State wine growing; the "father of Washington wine"
- Katherine O. Musgrave (1920-2015), Professor Emerita of food and nutrition, University of Maine
- William Pogue, Ret. Colonel, USAF, NASA astronaut, pilot of Skylab 4
- John R. Rice, mathematician and computer scientist; founder of ACM Transactions on Mathematical Software; Professor at Purdue University
- Dr. H. Edward Roberts, engineer and inventor of the personal computer
- Stuart Roosa, NASA astronaut, Apollo 14
- Donald Sechrest (1956), golf course designer
- Robert A. Whitney, Acting Surgeon General of the United States
For more Oklahoma State University graduates of distinction in the sciences, look in the "Academia" section.
Government, religion, and public service
- Yussur A.F. Abrar, Governor of the Central Bank of Somalia
- Joe Allbaugh, former FEMA director (February 2001 to March 2003)
- Martin W. Anderson, former Deputy Commissioner and Commissioner for the Connecticut Department of Administrative Services (February 2008 to April 2015)
- Adnan Badran, former Prime Minister of Jordan (also see academia section)
- Henry Bellmon, former US Senator (R-OK) and first Republican Governor of Oklahoma
- Francis Cherry, former Governor of Arkansas
- Tom Coburn, US Senator (R-OK)
- John W. Doucette, Brig. General, US Air Force
- Nam Duck-woo, former Prime Minister of South Korea
- Mary Fallin, current Governor of Oklahoma
- Walter E. Fountain, United States Army Brigadier General, Assistant Adjutant General of the Oklahoma Army National Guard, acting Deputy Director of the Army National Guard
- John Paul Hammerschmidt, former US Congressman, Arkansas
- Joel Hefley, US House, 5th District of Colorado
- Roger A. Lalich, U.S. National Guard general
- Frank Lucas, US House, 3rd District of Oklahoma
- Sidney Marks, Major General United States Army, All-American wrestler
- Clem McSpadden, US House, Oklahoma
- Rixio E. Medina, former member, U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board
- Don Nickles, former US Senator
- William B. Oden, American Methodist Bishop
- Abdisalam Omer, former Governor of the Central Bank of Somalia
- Robert Dale Price, US House, Texas Panhandle
- Jim Reese, former member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives and commissioner of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture
- Thomas D. Reese, Major General, US Army
- Virgil A. Richard, Brig. General, US Army
- William Royer, former US Congressman, California
- Ray L. Smith, Major General, retired United States Marine Corps; inductee of the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame
- Steven W. Taylor, Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice
- Richard A. Waterfield, late State Representative from Canadian, Texas
- Wes Watkins, former US House Representative, Oklahoma
- Robert A. Whitney, Acting Surgeon General of the United States
Arts, media and entertainment
- Keith Anderson, country music singer, songwriter
- John Ashley, producer (The A-Team, Walker, Texas Ranger); associate producer (Apocalypse Now: Redux)
- Tomur Atagok, Turkish artist
- Hoyt Axton, singer, songwriter and actor
- K. K. Barrett, production designer
- Melanie Bell, Miss New Jersey, 1996 (veterinary school)
- Jason Boland, country music singer, songwriter
- Garth Brooks, singer, songwriter and actor
- June Burn, utopian author
- Gary Busey, actor
- Jaime Cardriche, actor (Malcolm & Eddie)
- Ally Carter, born Sarah Fogleman, NY Times and USA Today bestselling author
- Sarah Coburn, operatic soprano; daughter of senator Tom Coburn, also an OSU alumni
- Jay Daniel, television producer
- Burr DeBenning, actor
- Ty England, country music singer
- Dave Garrett, New Orleans Saints and Dallas Cowboys radio broadcaster
- Doug Gottlieb, ESPN analyst
- Chester Gould, creator of the Dick Tracy comic strip
- Aaron Gwyn, author and professor
- Regina Holliday, artist, medical rights advocate
- Siddika Kabir, Bangladeshi cooking show host and cookbook author
- Diane Kern, film producer
- H. Grant Kinzer, Ph.D., eminent western sculpturist (Joy of Learning)
- Ted Leitner, San Diego Padres radio broadcaster
- Rex Linn, actor
- James Marsden, actor
- A. Frank Martin, musician, educator, and founding member of Kappa Kappa Psi
- Meredith Maxwell, comediographer
- Sharron Miller, television producer, director, writer
- Pamela Morsi, USA Today bestselling author
- Kinga Philipps, actor, television host
- Steve Ripley, country-rock artist and guitarist
- Lise Simms, television actress
- Larry Thompson, humor columnist, author
- Watermelon Slim, born Bill Homans, blues artist
- Minnie Lou Bradley, Class of 1953, first woman to graduate from OSU with a degree in animal husbandry; matriarch of Bradley 3 Ranch in Childress County, Texas
- Gordon Eubanks, CEO and President of Symantec Corporation, makers of Norton AntiVirus
- Clark Hallren, Managing Director of Clear Scope Partners, financial and strategic advisor for those in the media and entertainment industry; former Managing Director of the Entertainment Industries Group of JPMorgan Securities, Inc.
- Paul Miller, former President of the Associated Press; former Chairman and CEO of Gannett Company (publisher of many newspapers including USA Today, Arizona Republic and the Indianapolis Star)
- Neal Patterson, CEO of Cerner Corporation
- T. Boone Pickens, corporate tycoon; has donated over $235 million to OSU, including the renovation of the football stadium
- William A. Scroggs, insurance agent; founder of Kappa Kappa Psi
- M. B. "Bud" Seretean, former CEO of Coronet Industries, former general manager of the Atlanta Hawks
- Charles Watson, Chairman, founder and CEO of energy giant Dynegy Corp.; owner of the Houston Aeros professional hockey team
- Jerry Winchester, President and CEO of Boots & Coots International Well Control Inc.; CEO of Chesapeake Oilfield Services
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- Jerry Adair, former MLB player and coach
- Adnan Al-Kaissie, former pro wrestler and manager
- Tony Allen, current NBA basketball player, Memphis Grizzlies
- Dan Bailey,current NFL football player, Dallas Cowboys
- Harold Bailey, NFL and CFL player
- Scott Baker, current MLB pitcher, Minnesota Twins
- Tatum Bell, former NFL football player
- Bo Bowling, Montreal Alouettes player
- Steven Braley, former Senior Director of the PGA of America
- Jack Brisco, former pro wrestler, 2 time former NWA World Heavyweight Champion
- Jerry Brisco, former pro wrestler
- Rod Brown, All-American football player
- Dez Bryant, current NFL football player, Dallas Cowboys
- Jeromy Burnitz, former MLB baseball player
- Keith Burns, former NFL football player, Denver Broncos 
- Kelly Cook, former NFL football player, Green Bay Packers
- Daniel Cormier, Olympic wrestler, NCAA runner-up, MMA fighter, UFC Light Heavyweight
- Randy Couture, three-time All-American wrestler; Former UFC Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight Champion, and UFC Hall of Fame member
- Kendall Cross, three-time All-American wrestler and won the NCAA National Championship in 1989, gold medalist in wrestling at 57 kg in 1996
- Pete Darcey, former NBA basketball player
- Gary Darnell, former college football coach
- Alex Dieringer, 3x NCAA Champion wrestler.
- Shane Drury, rodeo bull-rider who died prematurely from cancer
- Danny Edwards, PGA Tour golfer
- David Edwards, PGA Tour golfer
- Jeff Fair, spent 25 years at OSU as athletic trainer and Coordinator of Sports Medicine and Athletic Training; retired from US Naval Academy as Associate Athletic Director / Sports Medicine
- John Farrell, manager of 2013 World Series champion Boston Red Sox
- Josh Fields, current MLB baseball player, Royals
- Rickie Fowler, professional golfer
- Don Frye, wrestled during OSU NCAA Championship in 1989, former Mixed Martial Artist for Pride Fighting Championships and the UFC
- Edward C. Gallagher, former wrestling coach; winningest coach in NCAA wrestling history
- Reuben Gant, former NFL football player, Buffalo Bills
- Walt Garrison, former Pro Bowl NFL football player, Dallas Cowboys
- Vickie Gates, IFBB professional bodybuilder
- Jason Gildon, former Pro Bowl NFL football player, Pittsburgh Steelers
- Chad Glasgow, current defensive coordinator for the Texas Tech Red Raiders football team
- Derrel Gofourth, former NFL football player, Green Bay Packers
- Joey Graham, current NBA basketball player, Toronto Raptors
- Mike Gundy, current head coach of Oklahoma State University football
- Brent Guy, American College Football Coach
- Charlie Harper, former NFL football player, New York Giants
- Bob Harris, former NBA player
- Labron Harris, first golf coach at Oklahoma State University
- Don Haskins, former NCAA men's basketball coach, University of Texas at El Paso, subject of movie Glory Road
- Mark Hayes, PGA Tour, Senior PGA Tour golfer
- Randy Heckenkemper, golf course architect
- Johny Hendricks, professional mixed martial artist; current UFC Welterweight Champion; two-time NCAA Wrestling Champion (2005, 2006)
- Rusty Hilger, former NFL football player, Detroit Lions
- Morgan Hoffmann, professional golfer
- Mike Holder, former men's golf coach and current athletic director
- Matt Holliday, current MLB baseball player, St. Louis Cardinals
- Joe Horlen, former MLB All-Star pitcher
- Charles Howell III, current PGA Tour golfer
- Dick Hutton, former pro wrestler, former NWA World Heavyweight Champion
- Moe Iba, former University of Nebraska basketball coach
- Pete Incaviglia, former MLB baseball player, Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball newspaper College Baseball Player of the Century
- Ed Jeffers, former professional football player
- Charlie Johnson, current NFL player, Super Bowl Champion 2006 Indianapolis Colts
- John Juanda, professional poker player, winner of 5 World Series of Poker bracelets
- Mark Kerr, 2-time NCAA Wrestling Champion; retired MMA fighter; 2-time UFC Heavyweight Tournament Winner
- Howard N. "Sonny" Keys, NFL football player, Philadelphia Eagles 1960 World Champions (precursor to Super Bowl); coach of Cleveland Browns
- Jacob Lacey, current NFL football player, Indianapolis Colts
- Muhammed Lawal, MMA fighter
- Sonny Liles, American football player
- John Little, former NFL football player, New York Jets
- Edward Loar, professional golfer
- John Lucas, current NBA basketball player, Houston Rockets
- Hunter Mahan, PGA Tour golfer 
- Dexter Manley, former Pro Bowl NFL football player, Washington Redskins
- Desmond Mason, former NBA basketball player, Oklahoma City Thunder
- Caroline Masson, professional golfer
- Aaron McConnell, football player
- Leroy McGuirk, former pro wrestler and promoter; three-time NWA World Light Heavyweight Champion
- R.W. McQuarters, former NFL football player, New York Giants
- Bud Millikan, basketball coach of University of Maryland
- Steve Mocco, 2005 NCAA Division I Champion at Heavyweight; 2008 Olympic team member; current professional MMA fighter
- Vernand Morency, current NFL football player, Green Bay Packers
- Mark Muñoz, MMA fighter, UFC Middleweight, 2x wrestling All-American, NCAA Champion in 2001
- Ray Murphy, Jr., former wrestler; developer of handicapped-assisting technologies; recipient of Medal of Courage from the National Wrestling Hall of Fame
- Alexander Noren, professional golfer
- Houston Nutt, current NCAA football head coach, University of Mississippi
- Leslie O'Neal, former Pro Bowl NFL football player, San Diego Chargers
- Bill Owen, former NFL football player, New York Giants
- Frank Parker, former NFL football player, Cleveland Browns
- Juqua Parker, former NFL football player, Philadelphia Eagles
- Jim Parmer, former NFL football player, Philadelphia Eagles
- Doyle Parrack, former NBA basketball player, and NCAA coach
- Danny Perez, former MLB outfielder, Milwaukee Brewers
- Dean Prater, former NFL football player, Buffalo Bills
- Bryant Reeves, former NBA basketball player, Vancouver Grizzlies
- Allie Reynolds, MLB pitcher
- Shane Roller, three-time All-American wrestler; MMA fighter
- Jake Rosholt, former NCAA champion wrestler, current MMA fighter
- Jared Rosholt, MMA fighter
- Rusty Ryal, current MLB infielder, Arizona Diamondbacks
- James David "Buddy" Ryan, former NFL Defensive Coordinator (see: 46 Defense/Chicago Bears) and Head Coach
- Barry Sanders, Heisman Trophy winner, former NFL football player, Detroit Lions; Hall of Famer
- Luke Scott, current MLB outfielder, Baltimore Orioles
- Bill Self, current NCAA basketball head coach, University of Kansas; former head coach Oral Roberts University, University of Tulsa, University of Illinois
- Jerry Sherk, former Pro Bowl NFL football player, Cleveland Browns
- Jerry Slack, golf course architect
- Antonio Smith, current Pro Bowl NFL football player, Houston Texans
- John Smith, current head coach of Oklahoma State University wrestling and two-time Olympic gold medal winner
- Pat Smith (wrestler), first 4x NCAA D1 Champion wrestler
- John Starks, former Oklahoma State basketball player, former New York Knicks guard
- Eddie Sutton, former head coach of Oklahoma State University basketball
- Scott Sutton, current head coach of Oral Roberts University basketball
- Sean Sutton, former head coach of Oklahoma State University basketball
- Lane Taylor, current NFL player, Green Bay Packers
- Mickey Tettleton, former MLB baseball player
- Doug Tewell, PGA Tour, Senior PGA Tour golfer
- Thurman Thomas, former NFL football player, Buffalo Bills; Hall of Famer
- Leonard Thompson, former NFL football player, Detroit Lions
- Jim Turner, NFL player
- Orville Tuttle, former Pro Bowl NFL football player, New York Giants
- Bob Tway, current PGA Tour golfer
- Peter Uihlein, professional golfer
- Robert (Bo) Van Pelt, professional golfer
- Robin Ventura, former MLB baseball player
- Scott Verplank, current PGA Tour golfer
- Gary Ward, former baseball coach
- John Ward, former NFL football player, Minnesota Vikings
- John Washington, former NFL football player, New York Giants
- Brandon Weeden, current NFL football player, Dallas Cowboys
- Reggie White, former NFL player
- Darrent Williams, former NFL football player, Denver Broncos (d. 2007)
- Jamal Williams, former Pro Bowl NFL football player, San Diego Chargers
- Kevin Williams, current Pro Bowl NFL football player, Minnesota Vikings
- Casey Wittenberg, current PGA Tour Golfer
- Duane Wood, former AFL All-Star football player, Kansas City Chiefs
- Rashaun Woods, former NFL football player, San Francisco 49ers
- Kenyatta Wright, former NFL football player, New York Jets
Faculty and administration
Presidents past and present
|Burns Hargis||March 10, 2008–present|
|David J. Schmidly||November 25, 2002 - March 1, 2007|
|James E. Halligan||1994 - 2002|
|John R. Campbell||1988 - 1993|
|Lawrence L. Boger||1977 - 1988|
|Robert B. Kamm||1966 - 1977|
|Oliver S. Willham||1952 - 1966|
|Henry G. Bennett||July 1, 1928 - December 22, 1951|
|Bradford Knapp||July 1, 1923 - 1928|
|George Wilson||June 1923 - July 1923|
|James B. Eskridge||1921 - 1923|
|James W. Cantwell||1915 - 1921|
|John H. Connell||1908 - 1914|
|Angelo C. Scott||1899 - 1908|
|George E. Morrow||1895 - 1899|
|Edmund D. Murdaugh||January 1895 - June 1895|
|Henry E. Alvord||1894 - 1895|
|Robert Barker||1891 - 1894|
Notable former and current faculty
- Girish Saran Agarwal, physicist
- Ai, poet; member of OSU English faculty until her death
- Hilton Briggs, President of South Dakota State University
- Robert P. Celarier, leading botanist and agrostologist
- Alfred Corn, poet
- Angie Debo, leading historian of Oklahoma and Native Americans; curator of maps for Oklahoma A&M library, 1947–1955; left her papers to OSU Library
- J. Frank Dobie, author; folklorist; taught English at OSU; most remembered for his service at the University of Texas at Austin
- Brian Evenson, academic and writer of both literary fiction and popular fiction
- Wolt Fabrycky, industrial engineering scholar
- Bryan P. Glass, American mammalogist
- Elbert Glover, public health expert
- Edward Goljan, medical educator
- Jack Harlan, agronomist
- Riffat Hassan, Pakistani-American religious scholar notable for her studies of Islamic feminism
- William Jaco, mathematician; discovered the JSJ decomposition
- Subhash Kak, computer scientist, poet, and author
- Nicholas A. Kotov, noted chemical engineering professor (now professor at University of Michigan)
- Edmon Low, pioneering university librarian
- Bohumil Makovsky, director of bands; "the Guiding Spirit of Kappa Kappa Psi"
- Robert W. MacVicar, former President of Oregon State University
- J. Tinsley Oden, pioneering scholar of engineering (now at University of Texas)
- Aimee Parkison, short story writer and novelist
- Kenneth N. Pinkston, Extension entomologist and professor, 1972-2002
- Mike Sowell, journalist and sportswriter
- Robert Sternberg, one of the twenty most-cited psychologists of the 20th century
- N.V.V.J. Swamy, mathematical physicist
- Elsayed Elsayed Wagih, inventor of the zymoblot
- Joseph W. Westphal, political scientist, educator, and current United States Under Secretary of the Army
Former and current athletic staff
- Larry Coker, former coach of University of Miami
- Butch Davis, former coach of University of Miami and Cleveland Browns
- Rickie Fowler, current player in the PGA
- Leonard Hamilton, current coach of Florida State Seminoles basketball
- Henry Iba, former basketball coach and athletic director
- Jimmy Johnson, current Fox sports analyst; former coach of Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins; spokesman for Extenze
- Les Miles, current head football coach of LSU
- Doyle Parrack, won national basketball championship under Henry Iba in 1945; assistant coach under Iba; head women's basketball coach, 1978–80
- Oail Andrew "Bum" Phillips, NFL Head Coach of Houston Oilers; assistant coach under Jim Stanley
- Eddie Sutton, former basketball coach (also alumnus)
- Dave Wannstedt, current coach of Pittsburgh Panthers; former coach of Chicago Bears and Miami Dolphins
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