List of University of Houston people

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The list of University of Houston people includes notable alumni, former students, and faculty of the University of Houston. Class years usually indicate the year of a graduation unless an entry is denoted by an asterisk (*). In this case, the student did not graduate from the university, and the class year indicates the last known year a former student attended. In the case of alumni with multiple graduation years, the earliest graduation year is shown.



Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
C. Anthony Anderson 1964 Philosopher; Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Santa Barbara[1]
Robert L. Bradley, Jr. 1980 Expert on public energy policy[2]
James H. Bray 1980 Former president of the American Psychological Association[3]
Brené Brown 1996 Scholar and researcher in social work; author, speaker, and professor at University of Houston[4]
Max Castillo 1979 Former President of the University of Houston–Downtown and San Antonio College[5]
Robert W. Lawless 1964 Former President of Texas Tech University and the University of Tulsa[6]
Marilyn McAdams Sibley Historian; former President of the Texas State Historical Association, professor at Houston Baptist University[7]
William A. Staples 1977 President of the University of Houston–Clear Lake[8]
Arleigh B. Templeton 1950 First President of the University of Texas at San Antonio; former President of Sam Houston State University, the University of Texas at El Paso, and Alvin Community College[9]
Welcome W. Wilson, Sr. 1949 Former Chairman of the University of Houston System Board of Regents[10]

Arts and media[edit]


Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Laura Bennett 1993 Contestant, Season 3 of the television show Project Runway[11]
Neil Denari 1980 Architect, professor[12]
Burdette Keeland 1950[13] Modernist architect, professor
Jerrold E. Lomax Architect[14]
Joe Mashburn 1978 Dean, Hines College of Architecture

Entertainment and performing arts[edit]

Kenny Rogers, country singer
Jack Valenti, former President, Motion Picture Association of America
Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Jason Alkire Fashion designer Haus Alkire, Artist[15]
Greg Baldwin Actor
Leila Bela Experimental musician, actress, and writer[16]
Shelly Berg 1977 Jazz pianist and educator[17]
Big Moe (Kenneth Moore) Rapper [citation needed]
Larry Blyden 1948 Stage and television actor[18]
Joe Bowman* mid-1940s Marksman and western entertainer[19]
Peter Breck Actor[20]
Kenneth Broberg 2016 Classical pianist
J. T. Buck Theatre director, composer, lyricist (The Gospel According to Tammy Faye)[21]
Marcelo Bussiki 1993 Conductor
Tony Campise Jazz saxophonist
Derek Cecil Actor[22]
Chamillionaire* Rapper
Johnny Chan* 1978 Poker player[23]
Brett Cullen 1979 Actor[24]
Chloe Dao* Season 2 contestant on Project Runway[25]
Loretta Devine 1971 Actress, NAACP Image Award recipient[26]
Magen Ellis Beauty queen
Fat Tony (Anthony Obi) Hip-hop artist[27]
Bruce Ford* 1982 Operatic tenor
Larry Gatlin 1970 Grammy-winning country singer and songwriter[28]
Jennifer Grassman Independent music singer, pianist
Denyce Graves* 1990 Operatic mezzo-soprano
Keith Grimwood 1974 Bass player for Trout Fishing in America[29]
Julie Haus Fashion designer Haus Alkire[30]
Bill Hicks* Comedian, social critic[31]
Kimberly Holland 2004 Playboy model
Larry Hovis Actor[32]
Paavo Järvi* Orchestra conductor
Liza Koshy* 2015 Comedian, actress, YouTube personality
Lil' Wayne* 2008 Rapper[33]
Evelyn Lim 1994 Concert organist, educator[34]
Annie Lin Singer-songwriter
Master P* Hip-hop artist, actor, producer, and athlete[35]
Sally Mayes Broadway singer and actress, rock/jazz singer[36]
Susanne Mentzer* 1982 Operatic mezzo-soprano
Yvar Mikhashoff 1967 Composer, concert pianist, recording artist, music educator[37]
Mary Mills* 1988 Operatic soprano
Pauline Oliveros* 1952 Electronic music composer and performance artist[38]
Bárbara Padilla 2004 Opera singer[39]
Jim Parsons 1996 Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actor, The Big Bang Theory[40][41]
Chris Patton Actor
Cindy Pickett 1972 Actress[42]
Dennis Quaid* 1974 Actor[43]
Randy Quaid 1971 Actor; winner of Golden Globe Award; nominated for Emmy and Academy Awards[44]
Kenneth Radnofsky Classical saxophonist, educator[45]
Timothy Rhea 1999 Director of Bands at Texas A&M University[46]
Kenny Rogers* Country singer; winner of multiple Grammy, American Music, Country Music Association, Academy of Country Music, and CMT Awards; USA Today "Favorite Singer of All Time"[47]
Julian Schnabel 1973 Filmmaker; winner of Best Director prize at Cannes Film Festival; visual artist[48]
Elliot Segal Disc jockey
Guru Singh Actor
Brent Spiner* 1974 Actor[49]
Crystle Stewart 2007 Miss USA 2008
Allison Sumrall Voice actress
Christopher Theofanidis 1992 Classical composer[50]
John Tracy 1968 Television director[51]
Tommy Tune Broadway dancer, actor, Tony Award winner[52]
Jack Valenti 1946 President of the Motion Picture Association of America[53]
Townes Van Zandt* 1966 Country and folk music singer-songwriter[54]
Viper Rapper
Paul Wall 2001 Rapper and DJ[55][56]
Judy Wilson Casting director[57]
Trey Wilson Actor[58]
Darren Keith Woods 1982 Opera singer, General Director of Fort Worth Opera
Roger Wright 1996 Classical pianist and 2004 National Scrabble Championship winner[59]
Robert Wuhl 1976 Comedian, actor, and writer[60]
Arthur Yoria Guitarist, singer-songwriter[61]
Terence Yung 2012 Concert pianist
Stella Zambalis* 1984 Operatic soprano[62][63]
Jessica Zhu 2009 Concert pianist[64]


Jim Nantz, CBS broadcaster
Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Dan Cook* 1945 Longtime San Antonio television sports reporter and columnist[65]
Steve Edwards* Talk-show host
Robert Flores 1992 ESPN anchor[66][67]
Saul Friedman 1956 Newspaper reporter, columnist, wrote "Gray Matters" column for Newsday[68]
Kevin James 1988 Radio host, conservative political commentator[69]
Tom Jarriel 1956 Correspondent for 20/20 and ABC's evening news[70]
Star Jones 1986 Former co-host of the TV show The View[71]
Maxine Mesinger Gossip columnist for the Houston Chronicle[72]
Jim Nantz 1981 CBS broadcaster[73]
Chau Nguyen 2010 Television news anchor
Dan Rather* Former Managing Editor and anchor for CBS Evening News[74]
Steve Zabriskie Network television play-by-play sportscaster, ABC, ESPN, CBS


Gene Wolfe, science-fiction author
Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Donald Barthelme* 1957 Author, UH professor
Shane Bolks 1997 Author of chick lit and historical romance novels
Kathryn Casey 1984 Author, journalist
Katherine Center 1998 Author
Thomas Cobb Author[75]
Jill Alexander Essbaum 1994 Poet, writer, professor
Ibis Gómez-Vega 1976 Writer, critic
Jennifer Grotz 2005 Poet[76]
Christine Hà 2012 Writer, poet, editor; chef who won the grand prize on the MasterChef cooking competition on Fox in 2012[77]
John R. Harvey 1997 Playwright, poet, producer
Detrick Hughes 1989 Poet[78]
Corey Marks 2000 Poet[79]
Leslie Adrienne Miller 1991 Poet[80]
Vassar Miller 1947 Poet[81]
George Sessions Perry* Novelist, correspondent
Padgett Powell Author; professor at University of Florida[82]
Pattiann Rogers 1981 Poet
Alice Sebold* 1985 Novelist[83]
Sidney Wade 1994 Poet, professor
Will Wilkinson 2015 (MFA) Writer, blogger
Gene Wolfe 1956 Science fiction novelist
Robert Clark Young Author

Visual arts[edit]

Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Susan Budge 1987 Ceramic sculptor[84]
Michael Ray Charles 1993 Painter[84]
Michael Galbreth 1984 Contemporary performance, conceptual, visual artist[85]
Carll Goodpasture 1975 Photography[86]
Jack Massing 1984 Contemporary performance, conceptual, visual artist[85]
Eileen Maxson 2002 Video and installation artist
Julian Schnabel 1973 Neo-expressionist painter, sculptor, photographer, and filmmaker[87]



Jeff Banister, Manager of the Texas Rangers
Jesse Crain, baseball pitcher
Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Jeff Banister 1986 Manager, Texas Rangers; perfect 1.000 major-league career batting average[88]
Mike Basso 1986 Minor league player and manager; major league scout
Matt Beech 1994 Former pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies[88]
Beau Bell Infielder for St. Louis Browns, Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Indians
Michael Bourn 2003 Outfielder for Houston Astros/Atlanta Braves[88]
Jesse Crain 2002 Best career start for a relief pitcher[88]
Steve Cummings 1986 Former pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays[88]
Steve Decker Catcher for San Francisco Giants, Florida Marlins, Colorado Rockies, Anaheim Angels[89]
Larry Dierker Pitcher for Houston Astros, St. Louis Cardinals[90]
Doug Drabek 1983 1990 Cy Young Award winner, 1994 All-Star[88]
Vaughn Eshelman 1991 Former pitcher for the Boston Red Sox[88]
Wayne Graham 1973 Head coach of Rice Owls baseball[91]
Bill Henry 1946 Pitcher, 1960 All-Star[88]
Rob Johnson 2004 Catcher for Seattle Mariners[92]
Donnie Joseph 2009 Pitcher in the Florida Marlins organization
Brad Lincoln* 2006 Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher[93]
Jason McDonald 1993 Oakland Athletics player[88]
Garrett Mock 2004 Pitcher for Washington Nationals[94]
Shane Nance 2000 Former Milwaukee Brewers and Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher[88]
Rayner Noble 1988 Reached AAA level as player; later UH head baseball coach[95]
Tom Paciorek 1968 1981 All-Star;[88] National College Baseball Hall of Fame
David Pierce 1985 Head coach at Tulane[96]
Austin Pruitt 2013 Pitcher for Tampa Bay Rays
Seth Romero* 2017 Pitcher, signed by Washington Nationals
Scott Sheldon 1991 Oakland Athletics and Texas Rangers infielder[88]
Chris Snyder 2002 Arizona Diamondbacks, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Houston Astros catcher[88]
Chris Tremie 1992 Houston Astros catcher[88]
Ryan Wagner 2003 First Cincinnati Red to be drafted and reach the majors in the same season[88]
Mike Walker 1986 Former pitcher for the Seattle Mariners[88]
Ben Weber 1991 2002 World Series champion[88]
Gary Weiss 1978 1981 World Series champion[88]
Rocket Wheeler Minor league player and manager
Todd Whitting 1995 Current UH head baseball coach
Woody Williams 1988 1993 World Series champion, 2003 All-Star[88]
Anthony Young 1987 Major League Baseball's longest losing streak[88]


Clyde Drexler, former basketball shooting guard, ten-time NBA All-Star, and Basketball Hall of Fame member
Hakeem Olajuwon, former basketball center, twelve-time NBA All-Star, and Basketball Hall of Fame member
Elvin Hayes, former basketball center, twelve-time NBA All-Star, and Basketball Hall of Fame member
Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Benny Anders* 1985 Member of Phi Slama Jama; later played in South America
Greg "Cadillac" Anderson 1987 Player for San Antonio Spurs/Milwaukee Bucks/New Jersey Nets/Denver Nuggets/Detroit Pistons/Atlanta Hawks[97]
Otis Birdsong 1977 Player for Kansas City Kings/New Jersey Nets/Boston Celtics[97][98]
Don Chaney 1968 Player for Boston Celtics/Spirits of St. Louis (ABA)/Los Angeles Lakers; Head Coach of the New York Knicks, Houston Rockets, Detroit Pistons, and Los Angeles Clippers; 1969 NBA Finals and 1974 NBA Finals champion, 1991 NBA Coach of the Year Award winner[97]
Aubrey Coleman 2010 Led NCAA Division I Men's Basketball in scoring for 2009–2010 season; player for Aliağa Petkim of Turkish Basketball League/Austin Toros of NBA Development League/Pallacanestro Biella of Italian League[99][100]
Marcus Cousin 2010 Player for Utah Jazz[101]
Doug Davalos 1994 Head basketball coach at Sul Ross State University, Texas State University
Dwight Davis 1972 Player for Cleveland Cavaliers/Golden State Warriors[97]
Damyean Dotson 2017 Player for New York Knicks
Dion Dowell 2008 Player for Golden State Warriors
Clyde Drexler 1983 Player for Portland Trail Blazers/Houston Rockets; 1995 NBA Finals Champion, NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team, 2004 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Player Inductee; Gold Medal, 1992 Olympic Games[97][98]
Louis Dunbar 1975 Player for Harlem Globetrotters[97]
Anwar Ferguson 2004 Player for Saitama Broncos
Rolando Ferreira 1988 Player for Portland Trail Blazers[97]
Alton Ford 2004 Player for Phoenix Suns/Houston Rockets[102]
Reid Gettys 1989 Member of Phi Slama Jama, player for Albany Patroons
Anthony Goldwire 1994 Player for Charlotte Hornets/Denver Nuggets/San Antonio Spurs/Washington Wizards/New Jersey Nets/Minnesota Timberwolves/Detroit Pistons/Milwaukee Bucks/Los Angeles Clippers[103]
Rob Gray 2017 Finished UH career as all-time AAC scoring leader
Joe Hamood 1966 Player for Houston Mavericks (ABA)[104]
Elvin Hayes 1968 Player for San Diego/Houston Rockets, Baltimore/Capital/Washington Bullets; player in the "NCAA Game of the Century", 1978 NBA Finals Champion, 1990 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Player Inductee, NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team member[97][98]
Carl Herrera 1990 Player for Houston Rockets/San Antonio Spurs/Vancouver Grizzlies/Denver Nuggets; 1994 NBA Finals and 1995 NBA Finals Champion[97][98]
Danuel House* 2014 Player for Washington Wizards/Phoenix Suns
Chandi Jones 2004 Player for Detroit Shock/Minnesota Lynx
Damon Jones 1998 Player for New Jersey Nets/Boston Celtics/Golden State Warriors/Dallas Mavericks/Vancouver Grizzlies/Detroit Pistons/Sacramento Kings/Milwaukee Bucks/Miami Heat/Cleveland Cavaliers[97]
Dwight Jones 1973 Player for Atlanta Hawks/Houston Rockets/Chicago Bulls/Los Angeles Lakers[97]
Oliver Lafayette 2007 Player for Boston Celtics[105]
Monica Lamb-Powell* 1985 Player for Houston Comets[106]
Leary Lentz 1970 Player for Houston Mavericks/New York Nets (both ABA)[107]
Guy Lewis 1947 UH head basketball coach (see Faculty and staff section below)
Kelvin Lewis 2010 Player for Houston Rockets Summer League team/Texas Legends of the NBA Development League[108]
Ted Luckenbill 1961 Player for Philadelphia/San Francisco Warriors[109]
Sancho Lyttle 2005 Player for Atlanta Dream[110]
Sam Mack 1992 Player for San Antonio Spurs/Houston Rockets/Vancouver Grizzlies/Golden State Warriors/Miami Heat[111]
Larry Micheaux 1983 Player for Kansas City Kings/Houston Rockets[97]
Hakeem Olajuwon* 1984 Player for Houston Rockets/Toronto Raptors; 1994 NBA MVP, 1994 NBA Finals and 1995 NBA Finals Champion, 1994 and 1995 NBA Finals MVP, NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team; Gold Medal, 1996 Olympic Games; 2008 Hall of Fame inductee[98]
Charles "Bo" Outlaw 1993 Player for Los Angeles Clippers/Orlando Magic/Phoenix Suns/Memphis Grizzlies[112]
Andre Owens 2005 Player for Utah Jazz[113]
Gary Phillips 1961 Player for Boston Celtics/San Francisco Warriors[97]
George Reynolds 1969 Player for Detroit Pistons[109]
Dave Rose 1983 Member of Phi Slama Jama; head basketball coach at Brigham Young University
Walker Russell* 1980 Player for Detroit Pistons/Atlanta Hawks/Indiana Pacers; coach for Toronto Raptors; scout for New York Knicks[114]
Jonathon Simmons* 2012 Player for San Antonio Spurs/Orlando Magic
Ken Spain 1969 Player for Pittsburgh Condors (ABA)[109]
Ollie Taylor 1970 Player for New York Nets/San Diego Conquistadors/Carolina Cougars (all ABA)[109]
Álvaro Teherán 1991 Player in Colombia
Rob Williams 1982 Player for Denver Nuggets[97]
Rickie Winslow 1987 Player for Milwaukee Bucks[109]
Joe Young* 2013 Transferred after sophomore year at UH to Oregon; player for Indiana Pacers
Michael Young 2003 Player for Phoenix Suns/Philadelphia 76ers/Los Angeles Clippers (finished UH degree after NBA career)[97]


Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Seun Adigun 2009[115] Bobsledder
Ngozi Onwumere 2014[116] Bobsledder


Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Lee Labrada 1984 Bodybuilder, nutritionist; IFBB Mr. Universe weight-class world champion 1985, twice runner-up in Mr. Olympia international competition[117]


Andre Ware, former football quarterback, Heisman Trophy recipient, College Football Hall of Fame member, sports analyst
Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Matthew Adams 2018 Linebacker, Indianapolis Colts
Willis Adams 1982[97] Wide receiver, Cleveland Browns
Allen Aldridge 2002[97] Lineman, Denver Broncos/Detroit Lions
Dalva Allen 1957[118] Lineman, Houston Oilers/Oakland Raiders, 1960 AFL Championship and 1961 AFL Championship winner
Kyle Allen 2017 Quarterback
Anthony Alridge 2008 Wide receiver, Denver Broncos (also played running back while at UH)
Kimble Anders [97] Fullback, Kansas City Chiefs, 1995 Pro Bowl, 1996 Pro Bowl, and 1997 Pro Bowl player
Donnie Avery 2008 Wide receiver, St. Louis Rams
Demarcus Ayers* 2015 Wide receiver, drafted by Pittsburgh Steelers
Joey Banes [119] Lineman, Indianapolis Colts
Don Bass [97] Tight end, Cincinnati Bengals/New Orleans Saints
Jackie Battle [120] Running back, Dallas Cowboys/Kansas City Chiefs
Tom Beer 1971[121] Tight end, Denver Broncos/Boston–New England Patriots
Val Belcher 1977 Lineman, Ottawa Rough Riders/Winnipeg Blue Bombers (CFL)
Adriano Belli 2001 Lineman, Atlanta Falcons/New York Giants/Cleveland Browns (NFL); Las Vegas Outlaws (XFL); BC Lions/Montreal Alouettes/Hamilton Tiger-Cats/Toronto Argonauts (CFL)
Royce Berry [97] Linebacker, Cincinnati Bengals/Chicago Bears
Dan Birdwell [122] Lineman, Oakland Raiders, 1968 Pro Bowl player
Alois Blackwell 1978[123] Running back, Dallas Cowboys
Tyus Bowser 2016 Linebacker, Baltimore Ravens
Kent Branstetter 1974[124] Lineman, Green Bay Packers
Greg Brezina 1970[97] Linebacker, Atlanta Falcons, 1969 Pro Bowl Player
Bill Bridges [97] Lineman, Buffalo Bills
Art Briles* 1977[125][126] Head coach at UH and Baylor University
Kendal Briles 2005 Quarterback, wide receiver in college; assistant coach for Baylor, Florida Atlantic, Houston
Terrance Broadway* 2012 Quarterback, transferred from UH to Louisiana–Lafayette
Charley Brown [127] Wide receiver, Oakland Raiders
Don Brown [128] Running back, Houston Oilers
Guy Brown [129] Linebacker, Dallas Cowboys
Sammy Brown 2012[130] Linebacker, St. Louis Rams
Wilbert Brown [131] Lineman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers/Washington Redskins/New England Patriots
Reggie Burnette 1991[132] Linebacker, Green Bay Packers/Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Bo Burris [133] Defensive back, New Orleans Saints
Glenn Cadrez 1993[97] Linebacker, New York Jets/Denver Broncos/Kansas City Chiefs
Tyron Carrier 2012[134] Wide receiver, Montreal Alouettes (CFL)
Bobby Clatterbuck 1953[135] Quarterback, New York Giants
Chuck Clements 1996[135][136] Quarterback, New York Jets
Mike Clendenen 1984[135][137] Kicker, Denver Broncos
James Cleveland 2011 Wide receiver, Dallas Cowboys, New Mexico Stars (LSFL)
Jim Colvin 1959[135][138] Lineman, Baltimore Colts/Dallas Cowboys/New York Giants
Carl Cunningham 1966[135][139] Linebacker, Denver Broncos/New Orleans Saints
Jim Dickey 1957 Head coach, Kansas State Wildcats
Tom Dimmick 1955[135][140] Lineman/linebacker, Philadelphia Eagles/Dallas Texans (AFL)
James Dixon 1988[135] Wide receiver, Dallas Cowboys
Patrick Edwards 2012[130] Wide receiver, Detroit Lions
Kenneth Farrow 2015 Running back, San Diego Chargers
Wiley Feagin 1960[135][141] Lineman, Baltimore Colts/Washington Redskins
Simon Fletcher 1984[97][135] Lineman, Denver Broncos
Don Flynn 1956[135][142] Defensive back, Dallas Texans (AFL)/New York Jets
Charlie Ford 1970[135][143] Defensive back, Chicago Bears/Philadelphia Eagles/Buffalo Bills/New York Giants
Eddie Foster 1976[135][144] Split end, Houston Oilers
Charlie Fowler 1966[135][145] Lineman, Miami Dolphins
Nolan Frese 2015 Long snapper, Seattle Seahawks
Ben Fricke 1997[97][135] Lineman, Dallas Cowboys
Thomas Gafford 2004[135][146] Lineman, Green Bay Packers/Kansas City Chiefs
Terrance Ganaway* 2008[147] Running back, New York Jets. Transferred from UH to Baylor after his freshman season.
Willie Gaston 2007 Defensive back, Baltimore Ravens
Steve George 1972[135][148] Lineman, St. Louis Cardinals/Atlanta Falcons
Paul Gipson 1968[135][149] Fullback, Atlanta Falcons/Detroit Lions/New England Patriots
Mike Gisler 1991[135][150] Lineman, New England Patriots/New York Jets
Mike Green 1999[97][135] Running back, Tennessee Titans/Cincinnati Bengals
Deontay Greenberry* 2014 Wide receiver
Rex Hadnot 2003[135] Lineman, Miami Dolphins
Charlie Hall 1967[97][135] Linebacker, Cleveland Browns
Brandon Hartson 2013[151] Lineman, Chicago Bears
D. J. Hayden 2013 Defensive back, Oakland Raiders
Manny Hazard 1991 Wide receiver, Toronto Argonauts; set NCAA record for receptions in a season
Ken Hebert 1967[135][152] Wide receiver, Pittsburgh Steelers
Clay Helton 1994 Quarterback, became head coach at USC
Charlie Hennigan [153] Wide receiver, Houston Oilers (attended UH after football career)
Jimmy Herndon 1995[135][154] Lineman, Jacksonville Jaguars/Chicago Bears/Houston Texans
Carl Hilton 1985[135][155] Tight end, Minnesota Vikings
Gus Hollomon 1967[135][156] Defensive back, Denver Broncos/New York Jets
Phillip Hunt 2009[157] Defensive end, Winnipeg Blue Bombers/Philadelphia Eagles
David Hunter 2012 Defensive lineman, Houston Texans
Joe Bob Isbell 1961[135][158] Lineman, Dallas Cowboys/Cleveland Browns
Johnnie Jackson 1988[135][159] Defensive back, San Francisco 49ers/Green Bay Packers
William Jackson III 2015 Cornerback
Curley Johnson 1956[135][160] Lineman/running back/kicker, Dallas Texans (AFL)/New York Jets/New York Giants
Melvin Jones 1979[135][161] Lineman, Washington Redskins
Case Keenum 2010[130][162] Quarterback, Houston Texans/St. Louis Rams/Los Angeles Rams/Minnesota Vikings; during UH career became all-time NCAA FBS record holder in career passing yards, total offense, passing touchdowns, completions, 300-yard games, 5000-yard seasons
J. D. Kimmel 1952[135][163] Lineman, Washington Redskins/Green Bay Packers
David Klingler 1991[97][135] Quarterback, Cincinnati Bengals/Oakland Raiders/Green Bay Packers
Jimmy Klingler 1994 Quarterback, Birmingham Barracudas/Texas Terror
Wade Koehl Linebacker, Team Texas
Kevin Kolb 2006[135][164] Quarterback, Philadelphia Eagles/Arizona Cardinals/Buffalo Bills
Tom Landry 1952[165] Defensive back, New York Yankees (AAFC)/New York Giants, 1956 NFL Championship winner; coach, Dallas Cowboys, Super Bowl VI and Super Bowl XII champion, Pro Football Hall of Fame coach inductee (1990), inventor of the 4-3 defense formation
Lamar Lathon 1989[135][166] Linebacker, Houston Oilers/Carolina Panthers, 1996 Pro Bowl player
Richie Leone 2013 Punter and kicker, BC Lions
Harold Lewis 1958[135][167] Running back/defensive back, Baltimore Colts/Buffalo Bills/Oakland Raiders
Errol Linden 1960[135][168] Lineman, Cleveland Browns/Minnesota Vikings/Atlanta Falcons/New Orleans Saints
Everett Little 1975[135][169] Lineman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Eugene Lockhart 1983[135][170] Linebacker, Dallas Cowboys/New England Patriots, 1989 All-Pro Team
Randy Love 1978[135][171] Running back, St. Louis Cardinals
Josh Lovelady 2000[135][172] Lineman, Detroit Lions
Cameron Malveaux 2016 Lineman, Miami Dolphins
Vincent Marshall 2007 Wide receiver, Saskatchewan Roughriders/Calgary Stampeders/Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Dedric Mathis 1995[135][173] Defensive back, Indianapolis Colts
Matt Mattox 2004 Lineman; assistant coach at Houston and Texas
Joey Mbu 2015[174] Defensive tackle, Atlanta Falcons
Marcus McGraw 2012[130] Linebacker, Arizona Cardinals
Audray McMillian 1984[175] Defensive back, Houston Oilers/Minnesota Vikings
Warren McVea 1967[175] Running back, Cincinnati Bengals/Kansas City Chiefs, Super Bowl IV champion
Brandon Middleton 2003[175] Wide receiver, St. Louis Rams
Ostell Miles 1991[175] Running back, Cincinnati Bengals
Hamin Milligan 2001[175] Defensive specialist, Dallas Desperados (Arena Football League)
Hanik Milligan 2001[175] Defensive back, San Diego Chargers, 2006 Pro Bowl player
Billy Milner 1994[175] Lineman, Miami Dolphins/St. Louis Rams
Leonard Mitchell 1980[175] Lineman, Philadelphia Eagles/Atlanta Falcons
Mack Mitchell 1974[175] Lineman, Cleveland Browns/Cincinnati Bengals
Alton Montgomery 1989[175] Defensive back, Denver Broncos/Atlanta Falcons
Glenn Montgomery 1988[175] Lineman, Houston Oilers/Seattle Seahawks
Monty Montgomery 1996[175] Defensive back, Indianapolis Colts/San Francisco 49ers/Philadelphia Eagles/New Orleans Saints
Barrick Nealy* 2003[176] Quarterback, Calgary Stampeders
Robert Newhouse 1971[175] Running back, Dallas Cowboys, Super Bowl XI champion
Riley Odoms 1971[175] Lineman, Denver Broncos, 1973 Pro Bowl, 1974 Pro Bowl, 1975 Pro Bowl, and 1978 Pro Bowl player
Alfred Oglesby 1990[175] Lineman, Miami Dolphins/Green Bay Packers/New York Jets/Cincinnati Bengals
John O'Korn* 2014 Quarterback; transferred from UH to Michigan
Ed Oliver* current student Lineman
Fendi Onobun 2010 Tight end, St. Louis Rams/Chicago Bears
Chad O'Shea 1995 Coaching staffs of Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots
Johnny Peacock 1968[175] Defensive back, Houston Oilers
Jason Phillips 1988[175] Wide receiver, Detroit Lions/Atlanta Falcons
Wade Phillips 1968 Head coach of Dallas Cowboys; previous coaching positions with Houston Oilers, New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles, Denver Broncos, Buffalo Bills, Atlanta Falcons, San Diego Chargers
Dickie Post 1966[175] Running back, San Diego Chargers/Denver Broncos/Houston Oilers
Joffrey Reynolds 2002[175] Running back, St. Louis Rams
Elandon Roberts* 2015 Linebacker, New England Patriots
Willie Roberts 1969[175] Defensive back, Chicago Bears
SirVincent Rogers 2009 Offensive lineman Toronto Argonauts
Stanford Routt 2004[175] Cornerback, Oakland Raiders
Nick Saenz 2012[177] Defensive back, Buffalo Bills
Rocky Schwartz 2008[178] Safety, signed by New Orleans Saints
Darrell Shepard* 1979 Quarterback, transferred to University of Oklahoma
Mike Simpson 1968[175] Defensive back, San Francisco 49ers
Charles Sims 2012 Running back, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Antowain Smith 1996[175] Running back, Buffalo Bills/New England Patriots/Tennessee Titans/New Orleans Saints/Houston Texans, Super Bowl XXXVI and Super Bowl XXXVIII champion; inventor of the "deke" move
Lamar Smith 1993[175] Running back, Seattle Seahawks/Miami Dolphins/New Orleans Saints/Carolina Panthers
Marcus Spriggs 1996[175] Lineman, Buffalo Bills/Miami Dolphins/Green Bay Packers
Phillip Steward 2013[151] Linebacker, St. Louis Rams
Rich Stotter 1967[175] Linebacker, Houston Oilers
Jim Strong 1969[175] Running back, San Francisco 49ers/New Orleans Saints
Pat Studstill 1959[175] Wide receiver, Detroit Lions/Los Angeles Rams/New England Patriots
Hosea Taylor 1980[175] Lineman, Baltimore Colts
Earl Thomas 1970[175] Wide receiver/tight end, Chicago Bears/St. Louis Cardinals/Houston Oilers
Randy Thornton 1987[175] Denver Broncos, Super Bowl XXXII and Super Bowl XXXIII champion
Matangi Tonga 2010[179] Football player
T. J. Turner 1985[175] Lineman, Miami Dolphins
Craig Veasey 1989[175] Lineman, Pittsburgh Steelers/Houston Oilers/Miami Dolphins
Sebastian Vollmer 2009 Lineman, New England Patriots
Greg Ward, Jr.* 2016 Quarterback; has also played as receiver and return specialist
Andre Ware 1989[175] Quarterback, Oakland Raiders/Detroit Lions/CFL, Recipient of the 1989 Heisman Trophy and Davey O'Brien Award
Chuck Weatherspoon 1990[175] Running back, Detroit Lions/Philadelphia Eagles/Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Hogan Wharton 1958[175] Lineman, Houston Oilers
Wilson Whitley 1976[175] Lineman, Cincinnati Bengals/Houston Oilers
Jermaine Williams 1996[175] Running back, Jacksonville Jaguars/Oakland Raiders
Shomari Williams* 2009 Lineman, Saskatchewan Roughriders
Brandon Wilson 2016 Defensive back, Cincinnati Bengals
Howard Wilson 2016 Defensive back, Cleveland Browns
Elmo Wright 1970[175] Wide receiver, Kansas City Chiefs/New England Patriots/Houston Oilers, inventor of the touchdown victory dance
George Wright 1969[175] Lineman, Baltimore Colts


Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Rex Baxter 1957[180] 1 PGA victory
Larry Beck 1960[181] PGA Tour professional
Homero Blancas 1962[180] 4 PGA victories, 1 Senior victory; 1965 PGA Rookie of the Year, US Ryder Cup team; record holder for lowest round in the history of competitive golf
Billy Ray Brown 1985[180] 3 PGA victories before injuries ended career
Fred Couples 1980[180] 15 PGA victories including 1 major (1992 Masters); first American to reach #1 world rank; World Golf Hall of Fame
Jacky Cupit 1959[182] 4 PGA victories
Steve Elkington 1985[180] 10 PGA victories including 1 major (1995 PGA Championship)
Brad Fabel* 1975[183] PGA Tour professional, 2 Nationwide Tour victories
Nick Faldo* 1976[181] 9 PGA victories including 6 majors (1987 1990, and 1992 British Opens; 1989, 1990, and 1996 Masters); 30 European Tour victories; held world #1 ranking for 98 weeks; World Golf Hall of Fame
Keith Fergus 1976[184] 3 PGA victories, 2 Nationwide Tour victories, 1 Champions Tour victory
Ed Fiori* 1977[185] 4 PGA victories, 1 Champions Tour victory
Marty Fleckman 1966[186] 1 PGA victory
Kirk Hanefeld 1977[187] PGA, Champions tours
Anders Hansen 1995[188] PGA Tour professional, 3 European Tour victories, 2 Sunshine Tour victories
Butch Harmon Golf instructor; coached Tiger Woods and many other PGA champions
Jeff Hawkes 1975[181] PGA Tour professional, 1 European Tour victory, 1 Southern Africa Tour victory
Babe Hiskey 1962[189] 2 PGA victories
David Ishii 1977[190] 1 PGA victory, 14 Japan Golf Tour victories
Tom Jenkins 1971[191] 1 PGA victory, 7 Champions Tour victories
Bruce Lietzke 1973[180] 13 PGA victories, 7 Champions Tour victories including Senior Open
John Mahaffey 1969[180] 10 PGA Victories including 1 major (1978 PGA Championship)
Dave Marr 1952[192] 3 PGA victories including 1 major (1965 PGA Championship); PGA Golfer of the Year for 1965
Blaine McCallister 1981[193] 5 PGA victories, 1 Champions Tour victory
Wade Ormsby* 2001 Asian Tour, European Tour, others
Phil Rodgers 1958[194] 5 PGA victories
Bill Rogers 1973[195] 6 PGA victories including 1 major (1981 British Open); 1981 PGA Golfer of the Year
Jack Rule, Jr.* 1959[181] 2 PGA Tour victories
Jay Sigel* [192] PGA Tour professional, 8 Champions Tour victories
Jim Simons* 1969[192] 3 PGA victories
Mike Standly 1986[196] 1 PGA victory
Warren Sye 1980[181] 2 Canadian Amateur Championship victories
Rocky Thompson 1962[181] PGA Tour professional, 3 Champions Tour victories
Bobby Wadkins* 1970[192] PGA Tour professional, 1 European Tour victory, 2 Japan Golf Tour victories, 4 Champions Tour victories
Kermit Zarley 1963[195] 2 PGA victories, 1 Senior PGA victory
Fuzzy Zoeller* 1973[195] 10 PGA victories including 2 majors (1979 Masters, 1984 U. S. Open), 2 Champions Tour victories including Senior PGA


Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Shannon Miller 2003[197] Most decorated American gymnast
Mo Mitchell 1995[198] Gymnastics coach, University of Kentucky

Swimming and diving[edit]

Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Ang Peng Siong 1984 Swimming
Tania Cagnotto* 2007[199] Olympic medalist for Italy; first Italian female diver to win a medal in a World Championship
Carin Cone 1962[200][201] Olympic medalist, set 7 world records; featured on cover of Sports Illustrated
Hilary Grivich* 1997[202][203] Nationally ranked diver at UH; had been an Olympic medalist and US junior all-around champion in gymnastics as a teen
Vera Ilyina [204] Olympic medalist for Russia
Anne Jardin [205] Olympic medalist for Canada; set world record in 50m freestyle
David Lowe [205] Olympic medalist for Great Britain
Yuliya Pakhalina 2002[206] Won two silver medals for Russian diving team at 2008 Olympics
Anastasia Pozdniakova 2009[206] Won silver medal for Russian diving team at 2008 Olympics
Teresa Rivera [204] Pan-American Games medalist for Mexico
Michelle Smith de Bruin Swimming


Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Sarah Borwell 2002[207] 65 in the world for doubles, number 1 GBR doubles player, played every grand Slam, represented Great Britain 3 times and won a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games Player for New York Buzz (WTT)
Ricardo Ycaza World top-ten junior, Davis Cup stalwart, world top-fifty touring professional

Track and field[edit]

Carl Lewis, track and field legend, 10 Olympic medals (9 gold, 1 bronze)
Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Jenny Adams 2000[208] Hurdler
Seun Adigun 2009[209] Hurdler, African champion
Kirk Baptiste 1985 Sprinter
Andrea Blackett 2001 Sprinter; coach at Rice University
Mario Burke current student Sprinter, Barbados national champion
Dawn Burrell 1996[210] World champion long jumper
Leroy Burrell 1990[211] World record-breaking sprinter, replaced track coach Tom Tellez
Chris Carter 2011[212] Triple jumper
Ollan Cassell 1961 Sprinter, Olympic gold medalist
Cletus Clark 1985[213] Hurdler, Pan American Games gold medalist
Dennis Darling [205] Sprinter, World Championships medalist for Bahamas
Joe DeLoach Sprinter, 1988 Olympic 200 m champion
Stanley Floyd [214] Sprinter, set several world records
Sandra Glover 1991[215] Hurdler
Darrell Hill* 2012 Shot put; transferred from UH to Penn State
Jolanda Jones 1995[216] City of Houston Council Member, U.S. heptathlon champion, contestant on Survivor
Allan Lawrence 1963[217] Distance runner, Olympic medalist for Australia, set several US records
Carl Lewis 1985 Track and field legend, 10 Olympic medals (9 gold, 1 bronze)
Carol Lewis 1989[211] American record-breaking long jumper; bronze medal, World Championship (1983)
Errol Nolan 2014 Sprinter; gold and bronze medals at World Junior Championships
Frank Rutherford 1988[205] Triple jumper, Olympic medalist (first ever Olympic medals for Bahamas); awarded Order of the British Empire


Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Lucille Charuk 2012 Canadian National Volleyball Team
Rita Crockett* 1977 Volleyball
Flo Hyman* 1977 Volleyball
Rose Magers 1981[218] Volleyball
Sophie Paine 2016[219][220] Australian National Volleyball Team


John Moores, Co-founder of BMC Software, co-owner of San Diego Padres
Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Mary Kay Ash* 1943[221] Founder, Mary Kay Cosmetics
Rod Canion 1966 Co-founder, Compaq
Samuel DiPiazza 1973 Chairman and Global CEO, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Tilman J. Fertitta President and CEO, Landry's Restaurants
Alan Gershenhorn 1982 Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, United Parcel Service
Karen Katz 1982 President and CEO, Neiman Marcus
Kenneth Lay 1970[222] Former CEO, Enron
Aylwin Lewis 1990 President and CEO, Kmart, Sears
James E. Lyon Houston developer and Republican political activist
Mike McShaffry 1990[223] Video-game programmer, entrepreneur, author; founder, Tornado Alley
Jack B. Moore 1977 President and CEO, Cameron (company)
John Moores 1970 Founder, Peregrine Systems; co-founder, BMC Software; owner, San Diego Padres; major contributor to University of Houston and San Diego State University
Matt Mullenweg* 2004[224] Founding developer of WordPress; founder of Automattic
Dominic Ng 1980 Chairman and CEO, East West Bancorp, Inc.
Marvin Odum 1995 President, Shell Oil Company; CEO, Intergen
Dan Rapoport 1991 President of Rapoport Capital, financier and philanthropist
Allen Stanford Former President and CEO Stanford Financial and currently in Federal Prison
John Stubblefield 1970 Former CFO, Sysco Corporation
Ramiz Tafilaj Oil business executive; activist who has helped liberate Kosovo and Albania
Henry Taub* Founder, Automatic Data Processing
Kenneth Thomas 1972 CFO, United States Chess Federation
David A. Williams 1992 President and CEO, Make-A-Wish Foundation
Bruce Williamson 1995 Chairman, CEO, and President, Dynegy
Welcome W. Wilson, Sr. 1949 Chairman of GSL Welcome Group, chairman of University of Houston System Board of Regents
Itzyana Serna
Ruby Pham

Government, politics, and law[edit]


Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Nandita Berry 109th Secretary of State of Texas
Carol E. Dinkins 1971 Former U.S. Deputy Attorney General[225]
Robert Eckels Former member of the Texas House of Representatives (1983–95) from Harris County; county judge of Harris County from 1995 to 2007, president of Lone Star High Speed Rail[226][227]
Michael P. Jackson 1977 Former United States Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security and Former United States Deputy Secretary of Transportation[228]
Terry Keel 1983 First Republican sheriff of Travis County since Reconstruction; Texas House of Representatives, elected member 1997–2007, parliamentarian, 2007–2009[229]
Kamal Kharazi 1976 Former Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs; former Iranian Ambassador to the United Nations[230]
Brian D. Montgomery 1986 Assistant Secretary for Housing and Former Deputy Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary[231]
Peter Roussel 1965 Former White House Deputy Press Secretary[232][233]
Margaret Spellings 1979 8th United States Secretary of Education[234]
Philip D. Zelikow 1977 Executive director of 9/11 Commission


Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Alma A. Allen 1992 Texas State Representative[235]
Joseph Hugh Allen Texas State Representative from Baytown[236]
Thad Altman 1976 & 1977 Current Florida State Senator; former Florida State Representative; former Brevard County Commissioner[237]
Carol Alvarado 1992 & 2008 Texas State Representative[238]
Ray Barnhart 1993 (M.A. in speech and theatre) State representative from Pasadena from 1973–75, Republican Party state chairman from 1977–79, and director of the Federal Highway Administration from 1981–87[239]
Michael Berry 1993 former Houston city councilman and currently a talk show host
Elton Bomer Texas state representative from Anderson County and former Texas Secretary of State[240]
Peter Hoyt Brown 1958 Houston city councilman, 2009 Houston Mayoral Candidate[241]
Briscoe Cain Texas State Representative for District 128, beginning 2017; lawyer in Deer Park; received B.S. in Communications[242]
Bill Callegari 1972 Texas State Representative, 2001–2015; engineer and businessman[243]
Robert R. Casey 1934 Former Texas State Representative; former U.S. Congressman[244]
David Cobb* 1993 2004 presidential candidate of the Green Party
Henry Cuellar* United States and Texas State Representative
Russell B. Cummings Texas State Representative, 1963–67[245]
John E. Davis Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives from District 129 in Houston since 1999[246]
Tom DeLay 1970 Former U.S. Congressman; former Deputy Minority Whip; former House Majority Whip; former House Majority Leader[247]
Eni Faleomavaega 1972 U.S. Congressman, Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives from American Samoa; former Lieutenant Governor of American Samoa; former Attorney General of American Samoa[248]
Jessica Farrar 1995 Texas State Representative[249][250]
Gene Green 1971 U.S. Congressman[251]
Henry Grover 1962 Texas Republican politician, gubernatorial nominee in 1972
David Heitmeier 1987 Member of the Louisiana State Senate for New Orleans; optometrist [252]
Al Hoang 1989[253] first Vietnamese American member of Houston City Council[254]
Fred Hofheinz 1964 Houston mayor, son of Roy Hofheinz[255]
Roy Hofheinz 1931 Houston mayor, Harris County judge, Texas State Representative; also entrepreneur who led efforts to create Houston Colt .45s, Astrodome, Astroturf[256]
Chuck Hopson 1965 Texas State Representative[257][258]
Dean A. Hrbacek 1986 Former mayor of Sugar Land, Texas
Daylin Leach 1986 Pennsylvania State Representative
Melissa Noriega 1977 Houston City Councilperson
Rick Noriega 1984 Former Texas State Representative
Colion Noir 2005 National Rifle Association spokesperson
Dora Olivo 1981 Texas State Representative[259]
Ted Poe 1973 U.S. Congressman[260]
Howard Wallace Pollock 1955 Former U.S. Congressman[261]
Barbara Ann Radnofsky 1976 U.S. Senate nominee, Texas Attorney General candidate
Richard T. Schulze* 1949 Former U.S. Congressman[262]
Lonnie Stabler Mayor of Bryan, Texas, 1995–2001[263]
Steve Stockman 1990 U.S. Representative from Texas, 1995–97, 2013-; candidate for U.S. Senate in 2014 Republican primary
Robert Talton 1971 Member of the Texas House of Representatives from 1993 to 2009; candidate for Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court in 2014 Republican primary election[264]
Ed Thompson Texas State Representative from Brazoria County[265]
Senfronia Thompson 1996 Texas State Representative[266]
Sylvester Turner 1977 Texas State Representative,[267] mayor of Houston
Leticia R. Van de Putte* Texas State Senator[268]
Richard Viguerie 1958 Conservative activist, writer[269]
Hubert Vo 1983 Texas State Representative; first and only Vietnamese American to be elected to the Texas Legislature[270][271]
Armando Walle* Texas State Representative
Elizabeth Warren 1970 United States Senator from Massachusetts; special advisor of U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; chair of Congressional Oversight Panel; Harvard law professor; bankruptcy expert; one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World[272]
Royce West 1979 Texas State Senator[273]
James E. White M.S. 2010 and Ph.D. 2012 Member of the Texas House of Representatives from District 19 in Tyler County; educator and rancher[274]
John Whitmire 1975 Texas State Senator, Dean of the Texas Senate[275]
Kathryn J. Whitmire 1977 Former City of Houston Mayor[276]
Martha Wong 1976 Former Texas State Representative[277]
Beverly Woolley 1993 Texas State Representative[278][279]
Joseph P. Wyatt, Jr.* 1970 U.S. Congressman
Judith Zaffirini Texas State Senator[280]

Law and law enforcement[edit]

Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Tony Buzbee 1997 Trial lawyer
Larry Joe Doherty 1970 Judge for TV show Texas Justice, 2008 Congressional candidate[281]
Vanessa Gilmore 1981 US Federal judge (youngest in the nation at the time of her appointment)[282]
Richard "Racehorse" Haynes 1956 Criminal Defense attorney[283]
Randy Hendricks 1968 Sports attorney and agent
Patricia R. "Pat" Lykos 1967 Harris County District Attorney
I. D. McMaster US District Judge[284]
Gray H. Miller 1974 US Federal judge[285]
David Newell Judge of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 9
John O'Quinn 1967 Highest paid attorney in Texas[286]
Ruby Kless Sondock 1962 First female Texas Supreme Court justice[287]


Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Shaker Elsayed Muslim Imam of the Dar Al-Hijrah mosque in Falls Church, Virginia
René Henry Gracida 1950 Former Catholic Bishop
Hal Lindsey* Christian evangelist and writer
Victoria Osteen* Co-pastor of Lakewood Church, the largest church in the nation; spouse of Joel Osteen[288]
Abu Ammaar Yasir Qadhi Muslim scholar, writer, educator
Hyman Judah Schachtel 1948 Longtime Houston rabbi and deliverer of Lyndon B. Johnson's inaugural prayer[289]
Priscilla Shirer Christian speaker, author
Wilburn Snyder Houston-area Baptist pastor and survivor of the Bataan Death March[290]
Thomas B. Warren Church of Christ minister and Restorationist Philosopher and Theologian
Kenneth W. Wright Church of Christ minister

Science and technology[edit]


Bonnie J. Dunbar, former NASA astronaut
Bernard A. Harris, Jr., former NASA astronaut
Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Maurizio Cheli 1994 ESA astronaut
Nancy J. Currie-Gregg 1997 NASA astronaut
Bonnie Dunbar 1983 Former NASA astronaut; President of the Museum of Flight; member of National Academy of Engineering[291][292]
William Frederick Fisher 1980 Former NASA astronaut; longest space walk in history[293]
Bernard A. Harris, Jr. 1978 Former NASA astronaut; first African-American to walk in space[294]
Akihiko Hoshide 1997 JAXA astronaut[295]
Donald Holmquest 1988 NASA astronaut[296]
John D. Olivas 1993 NASA astronaut[297]
Rex J. Walheim 1989 NASA astronaut[298]

Other scientists and engineers[edit]

Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Abdeldjelil Belarbi 1986 Chair, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Houston[299]
Brigitte Boisselier Raëlian bishop and CEO of Clonaid
Savas Dimopoulos Particle physicist
David W. Murhammer 1989 Department Chair of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at the University of Iowa
Dennis Paul Engineer; Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives from Harris County; earlier worked to clean up Armand Bayou[300]


Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Justin Whitlock Dart, Jr. 1953 Activist, father of Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
Lynn Eusan 1970 First black Homecoming queen at UH
Olga Rodriguez 1970 Chicano activist
Charles Rogers Implicated in John F. Kennedy assassination
Jon Schillaci former fugitive on the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives[301]
Aafia Siddiqui* 1991 Neuroscientist (alleged Al-Qaeda operative), convicted of assaulting with a deadly weapon and attempting to kill U.S. soldiers and FBI agents.
Andrea Yates* 1984 Drowned her five children; highly publicized legal case ensued[302]

Honorary degrees[edit]

Individuals who have received honorary degrees from the University of Houston[303] include Edward Albee, Donald Barthelme, Irvin Borish, George H.W. Bush, Rafael Ángel Calderón Fournier, Ernesto Cortes, Hugh Roy Cullen, Jan de Hartog, Loretta Devine, Christoph Eschenbach, Cristina Rivera Garza, David Gockley, Glenn Goerke, Barron Hilton, Eric Hilton, Gerald D. Hines, Oveta Culp Hobby, William P. Hobby Jr., Philip Guthrie Hoffman, Brien Holden, Philip Johnson, Edith Irby Jones, Bob Lanier, Jacques-Louis Lions, Lyle Lovett,[304] Jim McIngvale, Carlos Menem, Ray Miller, François Mitterrand, John Moores, Robert Mosbacher, Jim Nantz, Edison E. Oberholtzer, Rod Paige, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ruth Simmons, Dinesh Singh, Song Jian, Margaret Spellings, Ron Stone, Herman D. Suit, Jack Valenti, Catalina Vasquez Villalpando, Welcome W. Wilson Sr., and Daniel Yergin.[305]
(Bold names indicate UH alumni.)

Faculty and staff[edit]


Name Department Years Notability Reference
Marguerite Ross Barnett Administration 1990–1992 President of University of Houston
A. D. Bruce Administration 1954–1956 President of University of Houston
Hugh Roy Cullen Administration 1937–1957 Chairman of Board of Regents
James A. Elkins Administration Board of Regents
Glenn Goerke Administration 1995–1997 President of University of Houston
Jay Gogue Administration 2003–2007 President of University of Houston, Chancellor of University of Houston System
Philip Guthrie Hoffman Administration 1961–1977[306] President of University of Houston, Chancellor of University of Houston System
Renu Khator Administration 2008–[307] President of University of Houston, Chancellor of University of Houston System
Barry Munitz Administration 1977–1982 President of University of Houston
Edison E. Oberholtzer Administration 1927–1950 Founder and first president of University of Houston
Richard L. Van Horn Administration 1983–1989 President of University of Houston
Welcome W. Wilson, Sr. Administration 2006– Chairman of Board of Regents

Athletic coaches[edit]

Name Department Notability Reference
Frank Anderson Athletics Assistant baseball coach 2013–2017
Major Applewhite Athletics Assistant football coach 2015–2016; head football coach 2016–present
Joe Arenas Athletics Assistant football coach 1963–1986
John R. Bender Athletics PE instructor 1927–1928, coined "Cougars" nickname
Tom Boisture Athletics Assistant football coach 1962–1965
Art Briles Athletics Head football coach 2003–2007
Kendal Briles Athletics Assistant football coach 2018
Alvin Brooks Athletics Head basketball coach 1993–1998, assistant basketball coach 2010–present
Jamie Bryant Athletics Assistant football coach 2011–2012
Todd Buchanan Athletics Head women's basketball coach 2010–2013
Leroy Burrell Athletics Track coach 1998–present
Leon Burtnett Athletics Assistant football coach 2008–2011
Travis Bush Athletics Assistant football coach 2012–2014
Neil Callaway Athletics Assistant football coach 1993–1997
Bill Carr Athletics Athletic Director 1993–1997
James Casey Athletics Assistant football coach 2016–present
Red Conkright Athletics Assistant football coach 1957–1958
Harden Cooper Athletics Assistant football coach 1950–1954
Larry Coyer Athletics Assistant football coach 1990
Jack Cressend Athletics Assistant baseball coach 2010–2012
Joe Curl Athletics Head women's basketball coach 1998–2010; National Coach of the Year 2003–2004[308]
Cedric Dempsey Athletics Athletic Director 1979–1982
James Dickey Athletics Head basketball coach 2010–2014
Jim Dickey Athletics Assistant football coach 1964–1965
Dana Dimel Athletics Head football coach 2000–2002
Mark D'Onofrio Athletics Assistant football coach 2017–present
Clyde Drexler Athletics Head basketball coach 1998–2000
Jim Eddy Athletics Assistant football coach 1986–1989
Chuck Fairbanks Athletics Assistant football coach 1962–1965
Keith Fergus Athletics Golf coach 1988–1994
Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie Athletics Assistant track coach 2014–present
Pat Foster Athletics Head basketball coach 1986–1993
Harry Fouke Athletics Athletic Director 1946–1979
David Gibbs Athletics Assistant football coach 2013–2014; interim head football coach 2014
Sterlin Gilbert Athletics Assistant football coach 2005
Chet Gladchuk, Jr. Athletics Athletic Director 1997–2001[309]
Kenny Guiton Athletics Assistant football coach 2017–present
Brick Haley Athletics Assistant football coach 1997
Phill Hansell Athletics Swimming and diving coach, 1957–1996[310]
Clay Helton Athletics Assistant football coach 1997–1999
Kim Helton Athletics Head football coach 1993–1999
Tom Herman Athletics Head football coach 2015–2016
Lovette Hill Athletics Head baseball coach 1950–1974, assistant football coach 1949–1961
Dana Holgorsen Athletics Assistant football coach 2008–2009
Joel Hunt Athletics Assistant football coach 1955
Jim Jeffcoat Athletics Assistant football coach 2008–2010
John Jenkins Athletics Head football coach 1990–1992
Brian Johnson Athletics Assistant football coach 2017
Scott Kellar Athletics Assistant football coach 2001–2004
Kliff Kingsbury Athletics Football staff 2008–2011
Les Koenning, Jr. Athletics Assistant football coach 1999
Hal Lahar Athletics Head football coach 1957–1961
Clyde Lee Athletics Head football coach 1948–1954
Tony Levine Athletics Assistant football coach 2008–2011; head football coach 2011–2014
Guy Lewis Athletics Head basketball coach 1956–1986: 592 wins; 27 consecutive seasons without a losing record; five Final Four appearances, including two NCAA finals; National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame 2007; Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame 2013[311]
John Lott Athletics Assistant football coach 1991–1996
Dave Maggard Athletics Athletic Director 2002–2009
Mickey Matthews Athletics Assistant football coach 1986
Matt Mattox Athletics Assistant football coach 2005–2006
Ray McCallum Athletics Head basketball coach 2000–2004
Marcus McGraw Athletics Assistant football coach 2014–present
Bill Meek Athletics Head football coach 1955–1956
Brandon Middleton Athletics Assistant football coach 2012–2013
Philip Montgomery Athletics Assistant football coach 2003–2005
Eric Morris Athletics Assistant football coach 2010–2011
Ruth Nelson Athletics Head women's volleyball coach 1974–1980
Mike Nesbitt Athletics Assistant football coach 2012
Rayner Noble Athletics Head baseball coach 1994–2010
Todd Orlando Athletics Assistant football coach 2015–2016; interim head football coach 2016
Chad O'Shea Athletics Assistant football coach 1996–1999
Yulia Pakhalina Athletics Diving coach 2014–2015
Jack Pardee Athletics Head football coach 1987–1989
Alden Pasche Athletics Head basketball coach 1946–1956
Tom Penders Athletics Head basketball coach 2004–2010
Bum Phillips Athletics Assistant football coach 1965–1966
Jason Phillips Athletics Assistant football coach 2010–2011
Wade Phillips Athletics Assistant football coach 1969
Hollis Price Athletics Assistant basketball coach 2014–present
Mack Rhoades Athletics Athletic Director 2009–2015
Melvin Robertson Athletics Assistant football coach 1965–1971, 1991–1993
Terry Rooney Athletics Assistant baseball coach 2017–present
Doc Sadler Athletics Assistant basketball coach 1986
Kelvin Sampson Athletics Head basketball coach 2014–present
Chris Scelfo Athletics Assistant football coach 2017
John Skladany Athletics Assistant football coach 2008–2009
Brian Stewart Athletics Assistant football coach 2010–2011
Kevin Sumlin Athletics Head football coach 2008–2011
Tom Tellez Athletics Head track coach 1976–1998, volunteer assistant track coach 1998–present; legendary coach of numerous world champions and Olympic gold medalists, head coach of U.S. national team for World Championships and Pan American Games, namesake of UH's Tom Tellez Track at Carl Lewis International Complex[312]
Pat Thomas Athletics Assistant football coach 1985–1989
Ned Thompson Athletics Head baseball coach 1947, assistant football coach 1946–1948, associate athletic director 1946–1976
Chris Thurmond Athletics Interim head football coach 2007
Don Todd Athletics Assistant football coach 1972–1985
Marcus Tubbs Athletics Assistant athletics director 2016–present
Jewell Wallace Athletics Head football coach 1946–1947
Alan Weddell Athletics Assistant football coach 2005–2007
Todd Whitting Athletics Head baseball coach 2010–present
Greg Williams Athletics Head women's basketball coach 1985–1990
Gregg Williams Athletics Assistant football coach 1988–1989
Ryan Wochomurka Athletics Head swimming and diving coach 2015–present
Bill Yeoman Athletics Head football coach 1962–1986
Steve Yoder Athletics Assistant basketball coach 2014–present

Government, politics, and law[edit]

Name Department Notability Reference
Frances Farenthold Law Educator, lawyer, politician, college administrator, activist
Alberto Gonzales Law 80th United States Attorney General[313]
Elwyn C. Lee Law Vice-President for Student Affairs, UH; Vice-Chancellor, UH System
Raymond Nimmer Law Dean of UH Law School

Liberal arts[edit]

Name Department Notability Reference
Alfred Arteaga English Poet, writer, scholar
Donald Barthelme English Author and co-founder of Creative Writing School
J. Don Boney Psychology, Education Educator
Robert Boswell English Short-story writer, novelist
Brené Brown Social work Scholar, author, public speaker
Rosellen Brown English Author
Carol L. Dennis English Author, editor, teacher
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni English Author, poet, and professor of English
Mark Doty English Poet, memoirist
Nick Flynn English Writer, poet
Sandra Gin Communication Television journalist, Emmy Award-winning producer of Cristina's Court[314]
William Goyen English Author
Edward Hirsch English Poet
Tony Hoagland English Poet, winner of 2008 Jackson Prize[315]
Alan Hollinghurst English Novelist
Frank L. Holt History Authority on Ancient Greece and Rome
Gerald Horne History Historian
Richard Howard English Poet, critic, essayist
Mat Johnson English Fiction writer
Justin Leiber Philosophy Philosopher, science fiction writer
Philip Levine English Poet
Joe Leydon Communication Award winning film critic and author, adjunct professor of Journalism
Paul Lisicky English Novelist, memoirist
Phillip Lopate English Film critic, essayist, fiction writer, poet, teacher
Rubén Martínez English Journalist, author, musician
William Matthews English Poet, essayist
Martin V. Melosi History Environmental historian, chairman of Graduate Studies Division and Institute for Public History[316]
Ange Mlinko English Poet; Guggenheim Fellow
Antonya Nelson English Author
Lynn Okagaki Education Head, National Center for Education Research
Robert Phillips English Poet
Claudia Rankine English Poet
Mary Robison English Short-story writer, novelist
Alexander F. Schilt Education Education professor; former chancellor of UH System and president or chancellor of several other colleges and universities
Dale Schunk Education Educational psychologist
Daniel Stern English Novelist
Mark Strand English Poet, essayist
Mercedes Valdivieso English Novelist, journalist
Jody Williams Social work Nobel laureate, professor of Social Work and Global Justice
Meg Wolitzer English Writer
Charles Wright English Poet

Performing and visual arts[edit]

Name Department Notability Reference
Edward Albee Theatre Playwright; Kennedy Center Honoree, three Pulitzer Prizes, Tony Award, etc.
Steven Ansell Music Violist; principal, Boston Symphony Orchestra
James Austin Music Trumpet player; principal, Houston Symphony
Emanuel Borok Music Violinist; concertmaster, Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Igor Buketoff Music Conductor
Tony Campise Music Jazz saxophonist; director of UH Jazz Ensemble[317]
Michael Ray Charles Art Painter
George Chandler Chase Music Trumpet teacher
Lois Chiles Theatre Actress
Katherine Ciesinski Music Opera singer
Wayne Crouse Music Violist; principal, Houston Symphony
Carlisle Floyd Music Opera composer; American Academy of Arts and Letters, National Medal of Arts (U.S.)
Horacio Gutiérrez Music Concert pianist
Sidney Harth Music Violinist, conductor; concertmaster, New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Los Angeles Philharmonic
Michael Horvit Music Composer
Frank Huang Music Violinist; concertmaster, New York Philharmonic[318]
Luis Jiménez Art Sculptor
Benjamin Kamins Music Bassoonist; principal, Houston Symphony
Milton Katims Music Violist and conductor; principal violist, NBC Symphony Orchestra; Music Director, Seattle Symphony Orchestra
George Krause Photography Established UH photography department
Fredell Lack Music Violinist
Rick Lowe Art Visual artist, social activist, MacArthur Fellow [319]
Mark Medoff Theatre Playwright, screenwriter, actor; Tony Award, Oscar nomination[320]
Abinadi Meza Art Sound artist, conceptual artist, filmmaker; was awarded a Rome Prize
Brett Mitchell Music Conductor
Bill Moffit Music Director of marching bands at UH and other universities; composer, arranger ("Soundpower Series"), and marching innovator
Elena Nikolaidi Music Opera singer
Stuart Ostrow Theatre Playwright, theatrical director, and Tony Award-winning producer
Howard Pollack Music Musicologist
Theresa Rebeck Theatre Playwright
Hal Robinson Music Classical string bassist; principal, Philadelphia Orchestra and National Symphony Orchestra (U.S.)
A. Clyde Roller Music Conductor
Jade Simmons Arts leadership Pianist, arts advocate, former beauty queen[321]
Abbey Simon Music Pianist
W. Stephen Smith Music Voice teacher and author of The Naked Voice. Faculty 1990–98.
Patsy Swayze Theatre Film choreographer; taught dance at the University of Houston for 18 years[322]
Masaru Takiguchi Art Sculptor, educator
Laszlo Varga Music Cellist; principal, New York Philharmonic
Lanford Wilson Theatre Playwright; won Pulitzer Prize for Talley's Folly[323]

Science and technology[edit]

Name Department Notability Reference
Neal Amundson Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Research on air quality issues; United States National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Guggenheim Fellow, NAE Founders' Award[324]
David P. Anderson Computer science Space research scientist
Peter C. Bishop Future studies Futurist
Eric R. Bittner Chemistry Guggenheim Fellow
Irvin Borish Optometry Optometrist, educator
Maurice Brookhart Chemistry Research in organometallic chemistry; member, National Academy of Sciences[325]
Patrick Callaerts Biology Molecular biologist
Shiing-Shen Chern Mathematics Research in differential geometry[326]
Wynne Chin Decision and Information Sciences Information technologist
Chu Ching-wu (Paul Chu) Physics Leader in superconductivity research, U.S. National Medal of Science
Joseph Colaco Architecture Structural engineer, architect; member, National Academy of Engineers[327]
David Criswell Space systems Director of the Institute for Space Systems Operations at UH
Bonnie Dunbar Engineering Director, UH STEM Center; former NASA astronaut, President of the Museum of Flight, member of National Academy of Engineering[291][292]
Siemion Fajtlowicz Mathematics Developed Graffiti computer program[326]
George E. Fox Biology Researcher in cell biology
Roland Glowinski Mathematics Research in partial differential equations, variational inequalities
Jan-Åke Gustafsson Biosciences & Nutrition Leading researcher in hormone function; Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, United States National Academy of Sciences[328]
Fazle Hussain Mechanical engineering Engineer[329]
Lennart Johnsson Computer science Hugh and Lillie Roy Cranz Cullen Distinguished Chair of Computer Science, Mathematics, and Electrical and Computer Engineering, UH; research in grid computing
Ioannis Kakadiaris Computer science Developed an identity verification system
Włodzimierz Kuperberg Mathematics Research in geometry and topology[326]
John Lienhard Mechanical engineering Writer and host of PBS program The Engines of Our Ingenuity; National Academy of Engineering; UH professor emeritus[330]
R. Bowen Loftin Computer science Former chair of UH Department of Computer Science; now President of Texas A&M University[331]
Archer John Porter Martin Chemistry Winner of 1952 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for invention of partition chromatography
Joseph L. McCauley Physics Research in econophysics, nonlinear dynamics, statistical physics
B. Montgomery Pettitt Chemistry Cullen Professor
Andrea Prosperetti Mechanical engineering Distinguished professor; research in multiphase flow, scientific computing, fluid dynamics, applied mathematics, bubble dynamics; National Academy of Engineering[332]
Barbara A. Schaal Biology Evolutionary biologist
Ronald M. Sega Physics NASA astronaut[333]
Adam Thrasher Health and Human Performance Author of Space Moose[334][335]
Arthur C. Vailas Biology, mechanical engineering Biochemist, scholar; later president of Idaho State University
Mary Wheeler Mathematics Research in partial differential equations[326]


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