List of Southern Illinois University alumni
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Southern Illinois University Carbondale has had a number of notable alumni since it was first founded in 1869.
- Robert Coover, T.B. Stowell Adjunct Professor of Literary Arts at Brown University
- Sir Curtis Price, KBE, current head of New College, Oxford, former President of the Royal Academy of Music and former president of the Royal Musical Association
- Cecil Hale, former Vice President, Capitol Records and former National President of the National Association of Television and Radio Artists
- Curt Jones, founder of Dippin' Dots
- Kenny Troutt, founder of telecommunications company Excel Communications
- James Belushi, actor/comedian
- Don S. Davis, actor best known for role on Stargate SG-1
- Jackie Debatin (attended), actress and businesswoman
- Bil Dwyer, actor, comedian
- Dennis Franz, actor best known for his work on NYPD Blue
- Dick Gregory (attended), actor, author, comedian, activist
- Steve James, documentary director and producer of Sundance award winning Hoop Dreams and Stevie
- Jenny McCarthy (attended), actress and Playmate of the Year, was studying nursing at SIU when she submitted her photo to Playboy
- Gary Miller, ESPN SportsCenter anchor
- Tom Minton, animation producer, writer, artist
- Bob Odenkirk, actor/writer/comedian
- Tim O'Malley, actor/comedian, Godshow, Second City alum
- Randal Mario Poffo, also known as professional wrestler Macho Man Randy Savage; graduated 1971
- Rick Rizzs, broadcaster for the Seattle Mariners
- Richard Roundtree, actor, Shaft
- Robert K. Weiss, producer of The Blues Brothers
- Walt Willey, actor best known for All My Children
- Hamiet Bluiett, jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, and composer
- Shawn Colvin, musician, singer
- Open Mike Eagle, rapper
- Darryl Jones, bassist of The Rolling Stones
- David Lee Murphy, musician, singer
- Jason Ringenberg, musician, singer
Politicians and government officials
- Roland Burris, former Illinois Comptroller, Attorney General and U.S. Senator
- David Coss, mayor of Santa Fe, New Mexico
- Randy Daniels, former New York Secretary of State
- Muhammad Ijaz-ul-Haq, Pakistani politician and son of former President General Zia-ul-Haq
- Donald McHenry, United States ambassador to the United Nations (from 1979 to 1981)
- Albert E. Mead, former Governor of Washington
- Jeanette Mott Oxford, Democratic member of the Missouri House of Representatives
- Glenn Poshard, former U.S. Congressman, gubernatorial candidate, president of SIU
- Jim Dwyer, former Major League Baseball outfielder
- Steve Finley, former Major League Baseball center fielder, 5-time Gold Glove winner, 2-time All-Star
- Jason Frasor, Major League Baseball pitcher
- Joe Hall, former Major League Baseball pitcher
- Jerry Hairston, Jr., Major League Baseball second baseman
- Dan Hartleb, college baseball coach at Illinois
- Duane Kuiper, former Major League Baseball second baseman, announcer, commentator for EA Sports baseball video games
- Al Levine, Major League Baseball pitcher
- Skip Pitlock, former Major League pitcher
- Bill Stein, former Major League Baseball infielder
- Dave Stieb, former Major League Baseball pitcher, 7-time All Star
- Ashraf Amaya, former NBA player
- Chris Carr, former NBA player
- Walt Frazier, Basketball Hall of Famer and named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History
- Mike Glenn, former NBA player
- Nate Hawthorne, former NBA player Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns.
- Troy Hudson, NBA guard
- Joe Meriweather, NBA center
- Tom Baugh, former NFL player
- Jim Hart, former NFL quarterback, 4-time Pro Bowl selection
- Kevin House, former NFL player
- Brandon Jacobs, NFL running back
- Deji Karim, running back for the Jacksonville Jaguars
- Carl Mauck, former NFL player and NFL coach
- Bart Scott, NFL linebacker
- Sam Silas, former NFL lineman
- Terry Lee Taylor, former NFL player
- Ron Ballatore, NCAA championship swimming coach, five-time Olympic swimming coach
- Kim Chizevsky-Nicholls, IFBB professional bodybuilder
- Roger Counsil, NCAA championship gymnastics coach
- Thomas Glielmi, Stanford gymnastics head coach, Pan American Games coach
- Randy Savage, professional wrestler
- Cameron Wright, retired high jumper; competed at the 1996 Olympic Games; Southern Illinois University Hall of Fame 2011
Writers and journalists
- Steven Alexander, best selling author and clinical counselor
- Andrea Beaty, award-winning children's author of Iggy Peck, Architect, Dr. Ted, Cicada Summer, and Attack of the Fluffy Bunnies
- Jim Bittermann, CNN European correspondent based in Paris
- Chris Bury, ABC news anchor
- Tom Hebel, Vice President of Creative Services and Local Programming, WLS-TV ABC Affiliate in Chicago 
- Charles Johnson, winner of the National Book Award for Middle Passage
- Dan Katz, morning news anchor for NBC affiliate WFIE in Evansville, Indiana
- Joan Lovett (Lovelace), CBS four-time Emmy award winner
- Michael Meyerhofer, poet and fantasy author
- P.S. Mueller, cartoonist for The New Yorker
- Walter Rogers, CNN international correspondent based in London
- Chad Simpson, Micro Award-winning short and flash fiction author
- Jackie Spinner, writer at the Washington Post and author of Tell Them I Didn't Cry: A Young Journalist's Story of Joy, Loss, and Survival in Iraq
- Matthew F. Hale (Law School, 1998), white supremacist who solicited the murder of federal judge Joan Lefkow
- Joan E. Higginbotham, astronaut
- Rodney P. Kelly, retired Major General, U.S. Air Force
- Thomas McClelland, retired Captain, U.S. Navy
- Johnny R. Miller, Assistant Adjutant General of the Illinois Army National Guard
- Joseph Nechvatal, digital artist and art theoretician
- Michael Swango, physician and serial murderer
- Mallica Vajrathon, United Nations senior staff member
- Gary Whiteside, Corporate Vice President of Quality Control for Warren Oil Company
- "Literary Arts Program: faculty". Archived from the original on 2008-03-03. Retrieved 2007-06-23.
- "Senior Staff: Principal". Archived from the original on 2008-01-19. Retrieved 2007-06-23.
- "Council Members & Officers". Retrieved 2007-06-23.
- "Distinguished Alumni Wall". Retrieved 2007-06-23.[dead link]
- "Troutt-Wittmann Academic and Training Center". Retrieved 2007-08-14.
- "According to Jim Bios". Retrieved 2007-06-23.
- "Jackie Debatin". Retrieved 2010-10-26.
- "Last Comic Standing: Bill Dwyer". Retrieved 2007-06-23.
- Utterback, Wayne (April 19, 2007). "Emprace the 'Dark': Author, SIUC alumnus reprints book about Strip". Daily Egyptian. p. 7.
- "Dick Gregory: Global Watch-Biography". Retrieved 2007-06-23.
- "Steve James Biography-Yahoo!Movies". Retrieved 2007-06-23.
- "Jenny McCarthy Picture, Profile, Gossip, and News at CelebrityWonder.com". Retrieved 2007-06-23.
- "Jenny Gary Miller Class of 1974". Retrieved 2007-06-23.
- "Biography for Bob Odenkirk". Retrieved 2007-06-23.
- "Team: Broadcasters". Retrieved 2007-06-23.
- "The Working Actor: Richard Roundtree". Retrieved 2007-06-23.
- "Hamiet Bluiett". mapleshaderecords.com.
- "Artist Description for Shawn Colvin". Retrieved 2007-06-23.
- "BA #064:'Open' Mike Eagle". Box Angeles podcast.
- "Mayor David Coss". Retrieved 2007-06-23.
- "SIUC launches 1st Capital Campaign". Retrieved 2007-06-23.
- "Washington Governor Albert E. Mead". National Governors Association. Retrieved October 10, 2012.
- "Southern Illinois University Baseball Players Who Made it to the Major Leagues". Retrieved 2007-06-23.
- "Players who Played for Southern Illinois University". Retrieved 2007-06-23.[dead link]
- "Southern Illinois Alumni Football Cards". Retrieved 2007-06-23.
- "Kevin House". Retrieved 2007-06-23.
- "Player-Brandon Jacobs". Retrieved 2007-06-23.
- "Bart Scott". Retrieved 2007-06-23.
- "Radio-Television Goes Golden" (PDf). Daily Egyptian. October 5, 2007.
- "Obama favors federal shield law". Retrieved 2007-06-23.[dead link]
- "Spring 2005 Commencement Speaker, Jackie Spinner". Archived from the original on 2008-02-13. Retrieved 2007-06-23.
- "case of Matthew F. Hale: Implications for First Amendment rights, social mores and the direction of bar examiners in an era of intolerance of hatred, The". The Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics. 2000. Retrieved 2007-06-23.
- "In Depth: Michael Swango". Retrieved 2007-06-23.