List of Texas Tech University alumni

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Texas Tech University, often referred to as Texas Tech or TTU, is a public, coeducational, research university located in Lubbock, Texas. Established on February 10, 1923, and originally known as Texas Technological College, it is the leading institution of the Texas Tech University System and has the sixth largest student body in the state of Texas. It is the only school in Texas to house an undergraduate institution, law school, and medical school at the same location. Initial enrollment in 1925 was 910 students;[1] as of 2009, the university has 30,049 students from more than 110 countries, all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.[2] Since the university's first graduating class in 1927 of 26 students, Texas Tech has awarded more than 221,000 degrees, including 45,000 graduate and professional degrees to its alumni.[3] The Texas Tech Alumni Association, with over 27,000 members, operates more than 120 chapters in cities throughout the United States and the world.[4][5]

Throughout Texas Tech's history, alumni have played prominent roles in many different fields. Among the university's Distinguished Alumni is Demetrio B. Lakas, President of the Republic of Panama from 1969 to 1978.[6][7] Three United States Governors, Daniel I. J. Thornton, Governor of Colorado from 1951 to 1955, John Burroughs, Governor of New Mexico from 1959 to 1961, and Preston Smith, Governor of Texas from 1968 to 1972, are graduates of the university.[8][9][10] Three astronauts, including Rick Husband, the final commander of Space Shuttle Columbia and recipient of the Congressional Space Medal of Honor.[11] U.S. Marine Corps Major and Medal of Honor recipient, George H. O'Brien, Jr., is a distinguished alumnus.[12] Richard E. Cavazos is a two-time Distinguished Service Cross recipient and the first Hispanic and Mexican American to advance to the rank of four-star general in the U.S. Army.[13] The school's influence on the business world is seen in such people as General Motors Chairman and CEO Edward Whitacre, Jr., Finisar CEO Jerry S. Rawls, Belo Corporation CEO Dunia A. Shive, and Wellpoint, Inc. president and CEO Angela Braly, ranked by Fortune magazine as the most powerful woman in business.[14][15][16][17][18] Others among the university's alumni are folk rocker John Denver, country singer Pat Green, and actor George Eads.[19][20][21] John Hinckley, Jr., who attempted to assassinate U.S. President Ronald Reagan in 1981, attended the university sporadically from 1973 to 1980.[22]


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Arts and literature[edit]

Name Class Year Awards Notability References
Avey, MechelleMechelle Avey Author
Budge, SusanSusan Budge 1983 Ceramic sculptor [23]
Caine, RachelRachel Caine 1985 Author
Fincher, JohnJohn Fincher Artist [24]
Green, Ruth HurmenceRuth Hurmence Green 1935 Author [25]
Halsell, GraceGrace Halsell Writer
Hughes, Barry SpencerBarry Spencer Hughes 1990 Architect, athlete
Jones, Stephen GrahamStephen Graham Jones Author
Leaton, AnneAnne Leaton Author
Little, KenKen Little 1970 Sculptor
Marrs, JimJim Marrs Author
Quesada, RubenRuben Quesada Poet
Thomas, JodiJodi Thomas Author
Whitehill, RobertRobert Whitehill Author
Hunt, HollyHolly Hunt Designer, Founder and CEO of Holly Hunt Design
Moss, DouglasDouglas Moss 1990 Architect and founding Partner of Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture [26]
Stephen Graham Jones
Jim Marrs


Name Class Year Awards Notability References
Abraham, Sr., MaloufMalouf Abraham, Sr. (did not graduate) Texas Tech Distinguished Alumni Oil and natural gas businessman; Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives from Hemphill County, 1967-1971; brother of Malouf Abraham, Sr. [7][27]
Abraham, TomTom Abraham 1932 Businessman and philanthropist in Canadian, Texas; a founder of the Red Raiders Club and the Red Raiders Association of Parents [28]
Al Uzri, HusseinHussein Al Uzri 1985 Head of the Trade Bank of Iraq [29]
Arkbuckle, ScottScott Arkbuckle Texas Tech Distinguished Alumni CEO, Eljer Industries [7][30]
Braly, AngelaAngela Braly 1982 Texas Tech Distinguished Alumni President and CEO, WellPoint, Inc. [7][31][32]
Buchanan, BlakeBlake Buchanan Founder and president, Bahama Buck's
Bucy, J. FredJ. Fred Bucy 1951 Texas Tech Distinguished Alumni Former CEO, Texas Instruments [7][30][33]
Campbell, R. TrentR. Trent Campbell Texas Tech Distinguished Alumni Former CEO, Mosher Steel [7][30]
Cash, C.A.C.A. Cash 1935 Texas Tech Distinguished Alumni Former president and CEO, Diamond Shamrock [7][34]
Cash, R.D.R.D. Cash Texas Tech Distinguished Alumni Former president and CEO, Questar Corporation [7][35]
Clemmer, Richard L.Richard L. Clemmer CEO, Agere Systems [36]
Cunningham, EdEd Cunningham
Davis, Jabus T. "Jay"Jabus T. "Jay" Davis 1973 Former Global Accounts Manager, Schlumberger Oilfield Services; current COO, Supreme Oilfield Services
Frederickson, Phillip L.Phillip L. Frederickson Executive VP, ConocoPhillips [37]
Griffin, B.R.B.R. Griffin CEO, Griffin Companies [38]
Humphreys, JimJim Humphreys 1947 Former manager of Pitchfork Ranch, east of Lubbock [39]
Jackson, Mark W.Mark W. Jackson President of EchoStar Technologies [40][41]
Johnson, JamesJames Johnson Texas Tech Distinguished Alumni Chairman emeritus and former CEO, GTE [7][42]
Lewis, Robert J.Robert J. Lewis 1949 Texas Tech Distinguished Alumni CEO, US Bank [7][30]
Love, CindiCindi Love 1984 [43]
Marting, RobertRobert Marting 1996 Fitness trainer
Odom, JudyJudy Odom Texas Tech Distinguished Alumni Founder and CEO, Software Spectrum [7][44]
Onstead, R. RandallR. Randall Onstead Former CEO, Randall's Food Markets [45]
Palmer, RobertRobert Palmer Former CEO, Digital Equipment Corporation
Rawls, Jerry S.Jerry S. Rawls Texas Tech Distinguished Alumni President and CEO, Finisar Corporation [7]
Shive, DuniaDunia Shive Texas Tech Distinguished Alumni President and chief executive officer, Belo Corp. [7][46][47]
Shuoning, Edward TianEdward Tian Shuoning Former CEO, China Netcom; co-founder, AsiaInfo [48]
Snyder, WilliamWilliam Snyder Texas Tech Distinguished Alumni Former CEO, GEICO [7][49]
Sowell, JimJim Sowell Texas Tech Distinguished Alumni Founder and CEO, Jim Sowell Construction Company [7][50]
Stevenson, Bobby G.Bobby G. Stevenson Chairman of the board and co-founder, Ciber, Inc. [51]
Thornton, Charles "Tex"Charles "Tex" Thornton 1935 Texas Tech Distinguished Alumni Founder and CEO, Litton Industries [7][52]
Tinsley, III, Edward R.Edward R. Tinsley, III Law school graduate; chairman, K-Bob's Steakhouse chain; New Mexico rancher; political activist
Tomlinson, Jr., AllanAllan Tomlinson, Jr. Texas Tech Distinguished Alumni Former president, Valero [7][53]
Vardeman, J. RexJ. Rex Vardeman Texas Tech Distinguished Alumni Founder, Harris Communications [7][53]
Walker, GeneGene Walker 1947 Rancher and businessman in Webb County [54]
Whitacre, Jr., EdwardEdward Whitacre, Jr. 1964 Texas Tech Distinguished Alumni Chairman of General Motors; former chairman and CEO, AT&T [7][52]
Horridge, MikeMike Horridge 1965 Texas Tech Distinguished Alumni Founder & Chairman of [D. Lloyd & Associates] [7][55]
White, AlanAlan White Texas Tech Distinguished Alumni CEO, Plains Capital Corporation [7][56]


Name Class Year Awards Notability References
Adkins, W. J.W. J. Adkins 1938 (M.A.) Founding president of Laredo Community College in Laredo, Texas, 1947-1960 [57]
Aston, B WB W Aston 1962 (B.S.), 1964 (M.S.), 1972 (Ph.D) Historian [58]
Carlson, Paul H.Paul H. Carlson 1973 (Ph.D.) Historian of Texas and the American West [59]
Carr, JoJo Carr 1947 United Methodist minister [60]
Ellis, William N.William N. Ellis 19th President of Howard Payne University [61]
Formby, MargaretMargaret Formby 1950 Founder of the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame [62][63]
Harper, Sandra S.Sandra S. Harper 1974 President, Our Lady of the Lake College, LA [64]
Hinojosa, MichaelMichael Hinojosa 1979 Superintendent of Dallas Independent School District (2005–2011, 2015–present), Cobb County School District (2011–2014) [65]
Huffman, Walter B.Walter B. Huffman 1967 (B.A.), 1968 (M.Ed.), 1977 (J.D.) Texas Tech Distinguished Alumni Texas Tech University School of Law dean; former United States Army Judge Advocate General [7][66]
Jones, Billy MacBilly Mac Jones Fifth President of Southwest Texas State University; 8th President of Memphis State University [67]
Larson, Jeffry H.Jeffry H. Larson 1980 [68]
Rollings, Willard HughesWillard Hughes Rollings 1983 Historian of Native Americans [69]
Schmidly, David J.David J. Schmidly 1966 (B.A), 1968 (M.S.) Texas Tech Distinguished Alumni 20th president of the University of New Mexico; former Texas Tech University president; former Oklahoma State University president [7][70]
Thompson, Barry B.Barry B. Thompson 10th Chancellor of the Texas A&M University System [71][72]
Wallace, ErnestErnest Wallace 1935 Historian [73]
Military man in front of flag
Walter B. Huffman
Man in suit in front of bookshelf
David J. Schmidly


Name Class Year Awards Notability References
Andrews, BudBud Andrews (did not graduate) Radio DJ
Bailey, G. W.G. W. Bailey 1966 Actor [31]
Bigham, WillWill Bigham 1998 Winner of the 2007 reality series On the Lot [31][74]
Brunson, ToddTodd Brunson (did not graduate) Professional poker player [75]
Coleman, Jerry "Bo"Jerry "Bo" Coleman Radio broadcaster in Lubbock; currently at KDAV AM [76]
Corbin, BarryBarry Corbin 1964 Actor [31]
Devon, DaynaDayna Devon (did not graduate) Journalist
Donaldson, ColbyColby Donaldson Actor
Durbin, AaronAaron Durbin 2004 B.A. 2008 M.P.A. Comedian [31]
Eads, GeorgeGeorge Eads 1990 Actor [31]
Elenburg, LaneLane Elenburg Big Brother 12 contestant [77]
Fickman, AndyAndy Fickman Film director
Formby, ClintClint Formby 1949 Texas Tech Distinguished Alumni Radio broadcaster [7][52][78]
Hardwick, JohnnyJohnny Hardwick Comedian; voice actor
Hudson, AnneAnne Hudson 1999 Radio and TV personality [79]
Leland, BradBrad Leland 1980 Actor [80]
Morrison, MichaelMichael Morrison Actor
Norman, JoeJoe Norman Actor [81]
Samples, KeithKeith Samples 1977 Writer, producer [31]
Shockley, WilliamWilliam Shockley Actor
Simolke, DuaneDuane Simolke 1996 Actor
Smith, JordanJordan Smith 2008 (M.A.) Conductor [82]
Tippit, JackJack Tippit 1947 Texas Tech Distinguished Alumni Cartoonist [7][52]
Tipton, AlexisAlexis Tipton 2008 Voice actress [83]
Wilkes, EdEd Wilkes Radio personality [84]
Willis, TylerTyler Willis 2002 (B.A.), 2004 (M.A.) Miss Texas USA, 2005 [85]
G.W. Bailey
Todd Brunson
Dayna Devon
George Eads

Government, law, and public policy[edit]

Name Class Year Awards Notability References
Aldawsari, Khalid Ali-MKhalid Ali-M Aldawsari (did not graduate) Convicted of plotting bomb attack on USA [86][87]
Arrington, JodeyJodey Arrington 1994 (B.S.), 1997 (M.P.A.) Former Chief of Staff, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; current Chief of Staff, Texas Tech University System; Distinguished Alumni, MPA Program [31]
Bolton, ValindaValinda Bolton 1986 Texas State Representative, District 47 [31]
Bullock, BobBob Bullock 1955 Former Lieutenant Governor of Texas; former Texas Comptroller [52]
Burroughs, JohnJohn Burroughs 1929 Former Governor of New Mexico [88]
Burrows, DustinDustin Burrows 2004 Texas State Representative, District 83 (2014– ) [89]
Carr, WaggonerWaggoner Carr 1940 Texas Tech Distinguished Alumni Former Texas Attorney General [7][90]
Carr, WarlickWarlick Carr 1940 Attorney [90]
Carter, JohnJohn Carter 1964 United States Representative, Texas District 31 [91]
Cavazos, LauroLauro Cavazos 1949 (B.S.), 1951 (M.S.) Texas Tech Distinguished Alumni Former Texas Tech University president; former U.S. Secretary of Education [7][92]
Chapman, Bill G.Bill G. Chapman 1973 Advocate for the blind, author [93]
Cole, TimTim Cole (did not graduate) First person in Texas to be posthumously acquitted of a crime based on DNA evidence; namesake of the Tim Cole Compensation Act of Texas
Conradt, LouisLouis Conradt Attorney
Corbin, Kilmer B.Kilmer B. Corbin Former Texas State Senator, District 28
Craddick, TomTom Craddick 1965 Texas State Representative, District 82 [52]
Cummings, Samuel RaySamuel Ray Cummings 1967 United States District Court Judge, Northern District of Texas [94]
Denton, James G.James G. Denton 1938 Texas Tech Distinguished Alumni Associate Justice, Texas Supreme Court [7][52]
Duncan, Robert L.Robert L. Duncan 1976 Texas Tech Distinguished Alumni Texas State Senator, District 28 [7]
Formby, MarshallMarshall Formby 1932 Texas Tech Distinguished Alumni Former Texas State Senator, District 30 [7][95]
Furgeson, Jr., William RoyalWilliam Royal Furgeson, Jr. 1964 United States District Court Judge, Western District of Texas [31]
Garcia Jr., RubenRuben Garcia Jr. 1973 Former Executive Assistant Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation [96]
Hall, MillardMillard Hall Journalist and political consultant; served as press secretary to Texas Governor Preston Smith; instrumental in the creation of the Texas Film Commission
Hance, KentKent Hance 1965 Texas Tech Distinguished Alumni Former United States Representative, Texas District 19; Texas Tech University System Chancellor [7][52]
Heflin, Joseph P.Joseph P. Heflin 1993 (J.D.) Texas State Representative, District 85 from Crosbyton [31]
Hilderbran, HarveyHarvey Hilderbran 1983 Texas State Representative, District 53 from Kerrville [97]
Hinckley, Jr., JohnJohn Hinckley, Jr. (did not graduate) Attempted assassin of United States President Ronald Reagan [98]
Isett, CarlCarl Isett 1987 Former Texas State Representative, District 84 [31]
Johnson, PhilPhil Johnson 1975 Texas Supreme Court Justice, Place 8 [99]
Jones, DelwinDelwin Jones 1949 Texas State Representative, District 83 [31]
Junell, Robert A.Robert A. Junell 1969 Senior status United States District Court Judge, Western District of Texas [31]
Keffer, JimJim Keffer 1975 Texas State Representative from District 60 [100]
Lakas, Demetrio B.Demetrio B. Lakas 1963 Texas Tech Distinguished Alumni Former President of the Republic of Panama [7]
Laney, PetePete Laney 1965 Texas Tech Distinguished Alumni Former Texas State Representative [7]
Lanier, W. MarkW. Mark Lanier 1984 Attorney [101]
Martin, TomTom Martin 1970 Former Mayor of Lubbock, Texas [102]
McReynolds, JimJim McReynolds 1987 (J.D.) Texas State Representative, District 12 [31]
Miller, RonRon Miller 1982 Former Chief Information Officer, FEMA [103]
Moody, JosephJoseph Moody Texas State Representative, District 78
Nagy, Tibor P.Tibor P. Nagy 1972 Former United States Ambassador to Ethiopia, Guinea [104]
Neugebauer, RandyRandy Neugebauer 1972 United States Representative, Texas District 19 [105]
Olson, Larry A.Larry A. Olson 1972 Texas Department of Information Resources, executive director [106]
Pendleton, RandyRandy Pendleton 1959 Texas State Representative, District 73 [107]
Perry, CharlesCharles Perry 1984 Texas State Senate, District 28 [108]
Rappaport, EdwardEdward Rappaport 1988 Deputy Director, National Hurricane Center [109]
Reynolds, RonRon Reynolds Member of the Texas House of Representatives from Missouri City since 2011 [110]
Rivera, LionelLionel Rivera 1979 Mayor of Colorado Springs, Colorado [111]
Sarpalius, BillBill Sarpalius 1972 Former Texas State Senator, District 31; former United States Representative, Texas District 13 [112]
Sell, ClayClay Sell 1989 Former Deputy Secretary, United States Department of Energy [31][113]
Smith, PrestonPreston Smith 1934 Texas Tech Distinguished Alumni Former Governor of Texas [7][52]
Smithee, John T.John T. Smithee 1976 (J.D.) Texas State Representative, District 86 from Amarillo [31]
Solomons, BurtBurt Solomons 1977 Texas State Representative, District 65
Spencer, James C.James C. Spencer 1930s Texas state representative from Henderson County, 1939-1941, 1947-1949; Bataan Death March survivor [114]
Stanley, PaulPaul Stanley 1985 Former Tennessee State Senator, District 31
Stenholm, CharlesCharles Stenholm 1961 (B.S.), 1962 (M.S.) Former United States Representative, Texas District 17 [115]
Stephenson, PhilPhil Stephenson 1969 Member of the Texas House of Representatives from District 85 in Wharton and Certified Public Accountant [116]
Swinford, DavidDavid Swinford 1964 Former Texas State Representative, District 82 [31]
Tandy, KarenKaren Tandy 1974, 1977 Texas Tech Distinguished Alumni Former Administrator, Drug Enforcement Administration [7][52]
Tarbox, ElmerElmer Tarbox 1939 Texas Tech Distinguished Alumni Texas State Representative, District 76 [7][31]
Thornberry, MacMac Thornberry 1980 United States Representative, Texas District 13 [117]
Thornton, DanDan Thornton 1932 Former Governor of Colorado [52]
Turner, Morris W.Morris W. Turner 1954 Former Mayor of Lubbock, Texas [118]
Ward, T. JohnT. John Ward 1964 Texas Tech Distinguished Alumni United States District Court Judge, Eastern District of Texas [7][119]
Watson, ElizabethElizabeth Watson 1971 Former Chief of police, Houston Police Department [120]
Watt, Joseph M.Joseph M. Watt 1971 Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice, 9th District [121]
Wentworth, JeffJeff Wentworth 1972 (J.D.) Texas State Senator, District 25 [122]
White, John C.John C. White 1946 Texas Tech Distinguished Alumni Former Chairman of the Democratic National Committee [7][123]
Whitfill, Cypert O.Cypert O. Whitfill Maryland Circuit Court Justice, 3rd Circuit [124]
Kent Hance
John Hinckly, Jr.
Randy Neugebauer
Charles Stenholm

Journalism and media[edit]

Name Class Year Awards Notability References
Aguero, BidalBidal Aguero Hispanic newspaper publisher and political activist in Lubbock [125]
Angle, JimJim Angle 1969 Texas Tech Distinguished Alumni Fox News Chief Washington Correspondent [7][126]
Bass, FrankFrank Bass 1985 1988 Pulitzer Prize, General News Reporting, Alabama Journal [127]
Copeland, DennisDennis Copeland 1977 1985 Pulitzer Prize, Spot News Photography, The Register; 1993 Pulitzer Prize, Public Service Award, The Miami Herald [128]
Crook, Michael J.Michael J. Crook 1983 News editor, reporter, 1993 Pulitzer Prize, Public Service Award, The Miami Herald [129][130]
Maple, Charles E.Charles E. Maple 1954 News editor and chamber of commerce official [131]
McCoy, Emily JonesEmily Jones McCoy 1998 Fox Sports Net anchor and reporter [132]
Meinzer, WymanWyman Meinzer 1974 Texas Tech Distinguished Alumni State photographer of Texas [7]
Montemayor, RobertRobert Montemayor 1975 1978 George Polk Award, Local Reporting, Dallas Times Herald; 1984 Pulitzer Prize, Public Service Award, Los Angeles Times [133][134]
Parrish, CurtisCurtis Parrish 2007 (J.D.) Radio Host / Jones AT&T Stadium Announcer
Pelley, ScottScott Pelley 1978 Texas Tech Distinguished Alumni Journalist, Managing Editor for CBS Evening News [7][135]
Robberson, TodTod Robberson 1981 2010 Pulitzer Prize, Editorial Writing, Dallas Morning News [136]
Slagle, Alton H.Alton H. Slagle 1956 1981 Pulitzer Prize finalist, National Reporting, New York Daily News [137]
Southworth, HerbertHerbert Southworth Journalist [138]
West, DirkDirk West 1954 Cartoonist, journalist [139]
Man wearing coat in Antarctica
Scott Pelley
female reporter holding microphone
Emily Jones


Name Class Year Awards Notability References
Alexander, John D.John D. Alexander 1982 Texas Tech Distinguished Alumni Assistant Commander of Navy Personnel Command for Career Management (PERS-4) [7][140]
Ayers, RossRoss Ayers 1933 Texas Tech Distinguished Alumni Adjutant General for Texas [7]
Ballenger, Felix P.Felix P. Ballenger 1934 Texas Tech Distinguished Alumni Commanding Officer, National Naval Medical Center [7]
Brown Jr., Charles Q.Charles Q. Brown Jr. 1984 Texas Tech Distinguished Alumni Brigadier general in the United States Air Force [7][141]
Cavazos, Richard E.Richard E. Cavazos 1951 Texas Tech Distinguished Alumni First Hispanic 4-star General in the U.S. Army; Commander U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) [7]
Chapman, Donald D.Donald D. Chapman 1939 Texas Tech Distinguished Alumni Retired United States Navy Rear Admiral [7][142]
Clark, Robert T.Robert T. Clark 1970 Texas Tech Distinguished Alumni Lieutenant General; Commander, 5th Army [7]
Ellis, Fred E.Fred E. Ellis 1967 Major General, Texas Air National Guard [143]
Huffman, Walter BurlWalter Burl Huffman 1967 Texas Tech Distinguished Alumni Assistant Judge Advocate General of the Army, The Pentagon [7]
Masiello, Wendy M.Wendy M. Masiello 1980 One of the highest-ranking women in the United States Department of Defense [144]
O'Brien, Jr., George H.George H. O'Brien, Jr. 1950 Major, USMCR, Medal of Honor recipient [145]
Wong, LeonardLeonard Wong Professor of Military Strategy in the Strategic Studies Institute at the U.S. Army War College; author on military leadership [146]
Mexican American man dressed as 4-star general
Richard E. Cavazos
female dressed in military uniform in front of flag
Wendy M. Masiello


Name Class Year Awards Notability References
Abbott, JoshJosh Abbott Singer, songwriter [147]
Adams, Jay BoyJay Boy Adams Singer, songwriter, guitarist from Lubbock [148]
Allison, DonDon Allison Singer, musician at Cactus Theater of Lubbock [149]
Allison, JerryJerry Allison Drummer (Buddy Holly and The Crickets, Jerry Allison and The Crickets) [150]
Bone, PontyPonty Bone [151]
Bowen, WadeWade Bowen Singer, songwriter [152]
Denver, JohnJohn Denver 1961 Singer, actor [31]
English, RalnaRalna English Singer [153]
Gaschen, DavidDavid Gaschen 1993 Broadway singer [154]
Gatlin, RudyRudy Gatlin Singer [155]
Gatlin, SteveSteve Gatlin Singer [156]
Gilmore, Jimmy DaleJimmy Dale Gilmore Singer [157]
Graham, SusanSusan Graham 1983 Texas Tech Distinguished Alumni Singer [7][31]
Green, PatPat Green 1997 Singer [158]
Huddle, JackJack Huddle Musician [159]
Johnson, VirgilVirgil Johnson Musician
Lapham, BobBob Lapham Musician
Livingston, BobBob Livingston Singer, songwriter
Maines, LloydLloyd Maines Music producer, musician and songwriter [160]
Maines, NatalieNatalie Maines (did not graduate) Singer, songwriter [160]
Manders, Mark DavidMark David Manders Singer, songwriter [161]
Morrow, CoryCory Morrow 1992 Singer, songwriter [31]
Rhea, TimothyTimothy Rhea Director of bands at Texas A&M University [162]
Smith, DougDoug Smith
Turner, Kelly RayKelly Ray Turner Guitarist
Turner, LaneLane Turner Singer, songwriter
John Denver
Susan Graham
Bob Livingston
Natalie Maines

Science, technology and medicine[edit]

Name Class Year Awards Notability References
Acaba, Joseph M.Joseph M. Acaba Astronaut [163]
Bassett, CharlesCharles Bassett 1960 Astronaut [164]
Burchett, ShannonShannon Burchett Developer of the default probability models used in RiskRank rating system [165]
Chung, Pau-ChooPau-Choo Chung 1991 (Ph.D) Electrical Engineering Department Chair, National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan [166]
Crawford, FelixFelix Crawford Dentist in Plainview, Texas;official of the American Dental Association [167]
Endsley, MicaMica Endsley 1982 Texas Tech Distinguished Alumni First female and current Chief Scientist of the U.S. Air Force [168]
Grandmaster Ratte', Grandmaster Ratte' Hacker; co-founder of Cult of the Dead Cow
Hailey, AshawnaAshawna Hailey Computer scientist; creator of HSPICE [169]
Husband, RickRick Husband 1980 Texas Tech Distinguished Alumni Former astronaut [7][170]
Igo, NormanNorman Igo 1943 Civil engineer; former Texas Tech University Director of Construction [171]
Kerrick, GingerGinger Kerrick 1993 First non-astronaut Capsule Communicator (Capcom), first Russian-training-integration instructor, and first Hispanic female NASA Flight Director at NASA [172][173][174]
Lockhart, PaulPaul Lockhart 1978 Astronaut [175]
Logan, Benjamin F.Benjamin F. Logan [176]
Lu, Ke-ShewKe-Shew Lu 1973 (M.S., Ph.D) Electronic engineer; CEO of DIOD, a Nasdaq company [177]
Marshall, Timothy P.Timothy P. Marshall 1980, 1983 (M.S.) Civil engineer and meteorologist; damage analysis expert [178]
Muguet, FrancisFrancis Muguet 1992 (Ph.D.) Chemist, information freedom advocate [179]
Powell, JamesJames Powell 1961 (M.S.) Explorer; The Explorers Club flag carrier [180]
Prabhakar, AratiArati Prabhakar 1979 (B.S) Director of DARPA; first female director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology [181]
Rasmussen, Erik N.Erik N. Rasmussen 1982 (M.S.) Atmospheric scientist, tornadogenesis expert
Tredennick, NickNick Tredennick 1968 (B.S.), 1970 (M.S.) Electrical engineer [182]
West, Steven L.Steven L. West 2000 Disability researcher
Wheat, Joe BenJoe Ben Wheat (did not graduate) Archaeologist [183]
Wong, Kin-LuKin-Lu Wong 1986 (M.S., Ph.D) Scientist; expert in the field of mobile antenna design [184]
Yates, TerryTerry Yates 1978 Biologist [185]
Joseph Acaba
Charles Bassett
Rick Husband


Name Class Year Awards Notability References
Carpenter, John W.John W. Carpenter 1940 Former Texas Tech Board of Regents member [186]
Carter, Amon G.Amon G. Carter 1930 Former Texas Tech Board of Regents member [186]
Clark, Tom C.Tom C. Clark 1947 United States Supreme Court Justice and United States Attorney General [186]
Goodacre, GlennaGlenna Goodacre Sculptor [187]
Gurley, FredFred Gurley 1953 President of Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway [186]
Hance, KentKent Hance 2005 Texas Tech Distinguished Alumni Former United States Representative, Texas District 19; Texas Tech University System Chancellor [187]
Jones, Clifford B.Clifford B. Jones 1940 Third president of Texas Tech University [186]
Polgar, SusanSusan Polgar 2007 Former World Chess Champion [188]
Thompson, Ernest O.Ernest O. Thompson 1944 Former Texas Tech Board of Regents member, Texas Railroad Commissioner [186]
Thornton, Daniel I.J.Daniel I.J. Thornton 1953 Former Colorado governor [186]
Wiggins, Dossie M.Dossie M. Wiggins 1953 Fifth president of Texas Tech University [186]
Wyburn, William M.William M. Wyburn 1948 Fourth president of Texas Tech University [186]
Black and white image of Tom C. Clark
Tom C. Clark
Susan Polgar wearing necklace
Susan Polgar


Texas Tech University alumni have also made contributions to field of sports. Former Red Raiders have gone on to compete in the Canadian Football League (CFL), Major League Baseball (MLB), National Basketball League (NBA), National Football League (NFL), PGA Tour, and Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). Approximately 94 alumni have been selected to the MLB Draft, 19 alumni have been selected in the NBA Draft, 149 alumni have been selected in the NFL Draft, and 9 alumni have been selected in the WNBA Draft. Texas Tech alumni have also gone on to coach collegiate and professional teams.


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