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.
- 1 Academics
- 2 Business people
- 3 Entertainers
- 4 Musicians
- 5 Politicians and government officials
- 6 Sports figures
- 7 Writers and journalists
- 8 Others
- 9 References
- 10 External links
- Robert Coover, T.B. Stowell Adjunct Professor of Literary Arts at Brown University
- Gertrude Hull - history teacher for 40 years. Was a tutor to Douglas MacArthur.
- 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
- Ryan Eagle is an Americans businessman, investor, and philanthropist who is the President at Sidago Integrated Solutions and Principal Investor at XCell Fund.
- Curt Jones, founder of Dippin' Dots
- Kenny Troutt, founder of telecommunications company Excel Communications
- James Belushi, actor/comedian
- Hannibal Buress, stand-up comedian, actor, writer and producer.
- 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
- Justin Hartley, actor, best known for role on This is Us (tv series)
- 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
- Melissa McCarthy, actress, famous for her role in Gilmore Girls and the motion picture Spy
- 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 U.S. Senator from Illinois (2009-2010). He previously served as Illinois Comptroller and Illinois Attorney General.
- Jack Davis, U.S. Congressman from Illinois's 4th Congressional District who served from 1987-1989.
- William Enyart, U.S. Congressman from Illinois's 12th Congressional District who served from 2013-2013. He earned his law degree from Southern Illinois University School of Law.
- Tim Lee Hall, U.S. Congressman who represented Illinois’s 15th Congressional District from 1975-1977.
- Donald McHenry, United States ambassador to the United Nations (from 1979 to 1981)
- David D. Phelps, U.S. Congressman from Illinois's 19th congressional district who served from 1999-2003.
- Glenn Poshard, former U.S. Congressman, gubernatorial candidate, president of SIU
- Randy Daniels, former New York Secretary of State
- Albert E. Mead, former Governor of Washington
- Carl Bearden, member of the Missouri House of Representatives
- John Cavaletto, Republican member of the Illinois House of Representatives representing the 107th district (2009–present).
- Jerry Costello II, Democratic member of the Illinois House of Representatives representing the 116th district (2011–present).
- William Davis, Democratic member of the Illinois House of Representatives representing the 30th district (2002–present).
- Chad Hays, Republican member of the Illinois House of Representatives representing the 104th district (2010–present).
- Jeanette Mott Oxford, Democratic member of the Missouri House of Representatives
- Mary Nichols, Democratic member of the Missouri House of Representatives representing the 72nd district (2010–present).
- Lena Taylor, Democratic member of the Wisconsin Senate for the 4th district (since 2005).
- Art Turner, Democratic member of the Illinois House of Representatives (2010–present).
- Kathleen Vinehout, Democratic member of the Wisconsin Senate representing the 31st district (since 2007).
- Grant Wehrli, Republican member of the Illinois House of Representatives representing the 41st district (2015–present).
- Howard Brookins, Chicago Alderman for the 21st ward.
- Forrest Claypool, member of the Cook County Board of Commissioners for District 12 (2002-2006). He is currently the CEO of Chicago Public Schools.
- David Coss, Mayor of Santa Fe, New Mexico (2006-2014)
- Jason Ervin, Chicago Alderman for the 28th ward.
- 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
- Lionel Antoine, former NFL offensive tackle
- Houston Antwine, former NFL defensive lineman
- Tom Baugh, former NFL player
- Amos Bullocks, former NFL running back
- Jim Hart, former NFL quarterback, 4-time Pro Bowl selection
- Kevin House, former NFL player
- Brandon Jacobs, NFL running back
- Yonel Jourdain, NFL running back for the Buffalo Bills
- Deji Karim, NFL running back for the Jacksonville Jaguars
- Carl Mauck, former NFL player and NFL coach
- Marion Rushing, former NFL linebacker
- Bart Scott, NFL linebacker
- Sam Silas, former NFL lineman
- Russ Smith, former NFL guard
- Terry Taylor, former NFL cornerback
- Ernie Wheelwright, former NFL running back
- Adrian White, former NFL safety
- 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 E. Lord, retired Aviation Ordnance Master Chief, U.S. Navy
- 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
- Eric Rochel, Robotics Engineer for KUKA
- George N. Williams, retired Major General, U.S. Air Force
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- "Senior Staff: Principal". Archived from the original on 2008-01-19. Retrieved 2007-06-23.
- "Council Members & Officers". Retrieved 2007-06-23.
- "Ryan Eagle on Sidago Integrated Solutions, Success, and The One Tip Every Startup Owner Should Know About Angel Investors". Sweet Startups. Retrieved 25 September 2015.
- "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.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-07-03. Retrieved 2008-02-11.
- "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.
- "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-02-03. Retrieved 2016-02-03.
- "SIUC launches 1st Capital Campaign". Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-06-23.
- "Washington Governor Albert E. Mead". National Governors Association. Retrieved October 10, 2012.
- "4th Senate District – Lena Taylor" (PDF). Wisconsin Blue Book (2015-2016). Wisconsin State Assembly. 2015-01-15. p. 26. Retrieved 2016-02-03.
- "31st Senate District – Kathleen Vinehout" (PDF). Wisconsin Blue Book (2015-2016). Wisconsin State Assembly. 2015-01-15. p. 80. Retrieved 2016-02-03.
- "Mayor David Coss". Retrieved 2007-06-23.
- "Southern Illinois University Baseball Players Who Made it to the Major Leagues". Retrieved 2007-06-23.
- "Players who Played for Southern Illinois University". Archived from the original on October 1, 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-23.
- "Southern Illinois Alumni Football Cards". Retrieved 2007-06-23.
- "Kevin House". Retrieved 2007-06-23.
- "Player-Brandon Jacobs". Retrieved 2007-06-23.
- "Deji Karim". CBS Interactive. Retrieved 7 October 2013.
- "Bart Scott". Retrieved 2007-06-23.
- "Radio-Television Goes Golden" (PDF). Daily Egyptian. October 5, 2007. Archived from the original (PDf) on July 24, 2012.
- "Obama favors federal shield law". Archived from the original on April 20, 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-23.
- "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.