List of University of Louisville people
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The following is a list of people associated with the University of Louisville.
- 1 Notable alumni
- 2 Notable faculty
- 3 Notable athletic alumni
- 4 List of Presidents of the University of Louisville
- 4.1 Jefferson Seminary (1813–1829)
- 4.2 Louisville Collegiate Institute (1837–1840)
- 4.3 Louisville College (1840–1846)
- 4.4 Louisville Medical Institute (1837–1846)
- 4.5 University of Louisville (post merger of LMI and LC) (1846–present)
- 4.6 University of Louisville, as part of the Kentucky state system
- 5 See also
- 6 References
Arts and entertainment
- Harriette Simpson Arnow (BS 1930) - former author, best known for The Dollmaker
- Larry Birkhead – photojournalist
- Terry Bisson (BA 1964) - contemporary science fiction author 
- David Dominé (MA 1996) - best-selling author of numerous books including Ghosts of Old Louisville and "Phantoms of Old Louisville" and regular columnist for Kentucky Monthly magazine
- Bob Edwards (BA 1969) - former host of NPR's Morning Edition, host of The Bob Edwards Show on XM Satellite Radio and PRI's Bob Edwards Weekend
- Howard Fineman (JD 1975) - Newsweek chief political analyst 
- Sam Gilliam (BFA 1955, MFA 1961) - painter, specializing in color field and abstract art
- Sue Grafton (BA 1961) - contemporary detective novel author 
- Sam Halpern (MD) - father of Justin Halpern and the subject of "Shit My Dad Says"
- Edward N. Hamilton, Jr (BFA 1969) - sculptor, works include York, the Spirit of Freedom, and the Amistad Memorial
- Delfeayo Marsalis (MA 2004) - jazz trombonist and record producer; brother of Wynton Marsalis and son of Ellis Marsalis
- Beverle Graves Myers - author of historical mystery novels and short stories
- Marsha Norman (BA 1969) - Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright 
- Barbara A. Perry (B.A. 1978) - author; political analyst; Senior Fellow, University of Virginia Miller Center of Public Affairs; former Carter Glass Professor of Government, Sweet Briar College
- Diane Sawyer - attended but did not graduate law school, anchor of ABC World News 
- Ben Sollee – cellist, singer, and songwriter
- Static Major - singer, songwriter, most famous from his work with Lil Wayne on Lollipop
- Paul Carrico (MENG 75) - CEO of Axiall
- Emanuel Eads (BBus 1954) - CEO of Central Parking Systems, the world's largest parking management firm 
- Owsley Brown Frazier (BA 1958, JD 1960) - former director of Brown-Forman Corporation 
- J. David Grissom (JD 1962) - chairman of Providian Financial; on board of directors for Yum Brands; chairman of Mayfield Capital, Inc
- Leonard V. Hardin (BBus 1979) - director of National City Bank
- Vijay Kancharla (MS 1992) - co-founder of Ybrant Digital
- David A. Jones (MBA 1954) - co-founder and former CEO of Humana Healthcare, Kentucky's largest Fortune 500 company 
- Win Naing, Executive Director of Skynet Broadcasting, the first and only direct to home television service in Myanmar
- Robert Nardelli (MBA 1975) - CEO of Chrysler; former CEO of Home Depot; former CEO of General Electric Company
- Frank Neuhauser (B.S. 1934) - patent attorney; winner of the first National Spelling Bee in 1925
- George Nichols, III (MA 1985) - senior Vice President of AARP New York Life Insurance Company
- Sean O'Leary (IMBA 1995) - founder and CEO of Genscape, world's largest power grid monitoring company; traced source of 2003 Northeast US blackout
- James Patterson (MBA 1955) - co-founder of Long John Silvers, Rally's Hamburgers, and Chi-Chi's restaurant chains, President of Pattco Investments
- J. Chester Porter (JD 1966) - Chairman of Ascencia and PBI Banks
- Stuart L. Scott (ECS 1988, MENG 1990) - Tempur Sealy's Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer 
- Forest Shely (MD, 1949) - physician in Campbellsville; 56-year trustee of Campbellsville University
- Leslie Stephen Wright (1913-1997) - President of Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama 1958-1983
- David L. Armstrong (JD 1969) - former mayor of Louisville (1996–2002)
- Christopher Dodd (JD 1972) - former U.S. Senator (D), Connecticut
- James B. Edwards (DMD 1955) - former U.S. Secretary of Energy and Governor of South Carolina
- Charles P. Farnsley (LL.B. 1926) - Kentucky General Assembly 1936-1940; Mayor of Louisville 1948-1953; U.S. House of Representatives 1965-1967
- Henry D. Hatfield (DMD 1900) - former U.S. Senator and Governor of West Virginia 
- David L. Huber - former U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky
- Addison James - United States Representative from Kentucky
- Thomas Lee Judge - 18th governor of Montana
- John A. Logan (JD 1851) - Union General in the Civil War, won Medal of Honor at Vicksburg, led Union forces at Battle of Atlanta, Illinois state senator
- Romano Mazzoli (JD 1960) - representative for KY's 3rd US Congressional District 1971-1995 
- Mitch McConnell (BA 1964) - U.S. Senator and Majority Leader (R), Kentucky
- Louie Nunn (JD 1950) - Governor of Kentucky (1967–1971)
- William Akers (DMD 1950) - developed the SPF sun protection rating system
- James Gilbert Baker (BA 1935) - winner of Presidential Award for Merit, developed the Baker-Schmidt telescope, pushed for U2 spy plane development
- Donald Baxter (DMD 1909) - invented the first safe intravenous fluid
- Lawrence F. Dahl (B.S. 1951) - professor emeritus of chemistry at the University of Wisconsin–Madison
- Donald Elbert (BS 1955, G 1960) - led the team of engineers who invented AstroTurf
- Keith Fitzgerald (BA 1994) - political scientist and immigration policy pundit
- Chang-Lin Tien (MMEng 1957) - UC Berkeley chancellor from 1990–97; engineering scholar
- Sherman B. Vanaman (BS 1949) - longtime chairman of mathematics department at Carson-Newman College
- Mark Wadsworth (BS 1975, MPhys 1982, Dsc, 1983) - designed the "eyeballs" for NASA's Spirit and Opportunity rovers; President and founder of Tangent Technologies
- Ronald M. Atlas - co-director of Center for Deterrence of Biowarfare and Bioterrorism in the School of Public Health and Information; member of NASA's Planetary Protection Board and the FBI Scientific Working Group on Bioforensics
- William Burke Belknap - economist; hardware manufacturer; philanthropist; horse breeder; Professor of Economics at the University of Louisville
- Dr. Dewey Clayton - author and expert on African American politics
- Dr. Walter S. Coe - cardiologist; in 1948 founded and directed the first cardiac catheterization laboratory in Kentucky; President of the Kentucky Heart Association and Director of the American Heart Association; Governor for the Kentucky Chapter of the American College of Physicians for many years
- Arthur William Dakan - urban geographer, drew council districts when Louisville and Jefferson County merged
- Robert Dowling - perfected the surgical protocols and configuration for the AbioCor heart; named Co-Kentuckian of the Year by Kentucky Monthly 2001 with Laman Gray
- Paul W. Ewald - evolutionary biologist credited as one scientist who devised the Trade-Off Hypothesis
- Shin-je Ghim - medical researcher, co-invented HPV vaccine Gardasil; named Co-Kentuckian of the Year by Kentucky Monthly 2006 with Alfred Bennett Jenson
- Laman Gray, performed AbioCor heart transplant; named Co-Kentuckian of the Year by Kentucky Monthly 2001 with Robert Dowling
- Arnold Grishwold - developed first emergency room, ambulance, and blood bank in the U.S.
- Alfred Bennett Jenson - medical researcher, co-invented HPV vaccine Gardasil; named Co-Kentuckian of the Year by Kentucky Monthly 2006 with Shin-je Ghim
- Robin Krimm - assistant professor of anatomical sciences and neurobiology, receiver of 2004 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers
- John LaBarbera - jazz professor, nominated for 2005 Grammy award in the Best Large Jazz Ensemble category for his CD On the Wild Side
- Sena Naslund - English professor; Kentucky Poet Laureate; wrote the 1999 best-selling novel Ahab's Wife, the 2003 best-seller Four Spirits, and Abundance: A Novel of Marie Antoinette (2006)
- Tom Owen - Professor of Libraries and Community Relations Associate, Louisville Metro Council representative
- Kerri Remmel - Department Chair and Assistant Professor of Neurology; former Director of the University of Louisville Hospital's Stroke Center - Chief of Vascular Neurology, Vice Chair for Clinical Services and Associate Dean for Clinical Development and Regionalization; one of only four people to be named a 2005 McCann Scholar
- James Speed - lecturer, former U.S. Attorney General under President Abraham Lincoln
- Dr. James T. Summersgill - Director of Infectious Disease Laboratory; discovered the link between Chlamydia and heart disease
- Manning G. Warren III - holder of the H. Edward Harter Chair of Commercial Law
- Dr. Amanda Worthington - Assistant Professor, Grants and Research Infectious Disease Laboratory
Notable athletic alumni
Current NFL players
- David Akers (1992–1995) - San Francisco 49ers kicker; five-time Pro Bowl selection (2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2010)
- Deion Branch (2000–2001) - New England Patriots wide receiver; Super Bowl XXXIX MVP with the New England Patriots, tied record for catches in a Super Bowl
- Teddy Bridgewater (2011-2013) - Minnesota Vikings quarterback
- Preston Brown (2010-2013) - Buffalo Bills linebacker
- Curry Burns (1998–2002) - free agent safety
- Michael Bush (2003–2006) - Chicago Bears running back
- Harry Douglas (2003–2007) - Tennessee Titans wide receiver
- Elvis Dumervil (2002–2005) - Denver Broncos defensive end; tied the NCAA single-season sack record (24); was a first team All-American and the 2005 Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner as college football's Defensive Player of the Year; 2005 Ted Hendricks Award as college football's top defensive end
- Renardo Foster (2003–06) - free agent offensive lineman
- William Gay (2003–2006) - Arizona Cardinals cornerback
- Antoine Harris (2002–2005) - free agent defensive back
- Nate Harris (2005–2006) - free agent linebacker
- Earl Heyman (2005–2009) - New Orleans Saints defensive tackle
- Brandon Johnson (2002–2005) - Cincinnati Bengals linebacker
- Chris Johnson (2001–2002) - Oakland Raiders defensive back
- Amobi Okoye (2003–2006) - Chicago Bears defensive lineman
- Richard Owens (1999–2003) - free agent tight end
- Chris Redman (1996–1999) - Atlanta Falcons quarterback; 1999 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award winner
- Kerry Rhodes (2001–2004) - Arizona Cardinals defensive back, 2005 NFL All-Rookie team
- Kolby Smith (2003–2006) - free agent running back
- Jason Spitz (2002–2005) - Jacksonville Jaguars offensive lineman
- Montavious Stanley (2002–2005) - free agent defensive tackle
- Dewayne White (2000–2002) - free agent defensive end
Current CFL players
- Victor Anderson
- Otis Floyd (1995–1998) - Hamilton Tiger-Cats linebacker
- Adam Froman (2009–2010) - Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback
- Trent Guy - Toronto Argonauts slotback
- Montrell Jones (2001–2002) - Montreal Alouettes wide receiver
- Joshua Tinch (2002–2005) - Saskatchewan Roughriders wide receiver
- Jonta Woodard (2001–2002) - Hamilton Tiger-Cats offensive tackle
Current AFL players
- Donovan Arp (1999–2000) - Austin Wranglers offensive/defensive lineman
- Kevin Gaines (1990–1993) - Grand Rapids Rampage defensive back
- Jason Hilliard (2001–2004) - Columbus Destroyers offensive lineman
- Will Rabatin (2001–2004) - Columbus Destroyers offensive/defensive lineman
- Brian Brohm (2004–2007) - Las Vegas Locomotives quarterback 2011–present
- Ronnie Ghent (1997–2001) - Hartford Colonials tight end
- Bruce Armstrong (1983–1986) - former New England Patriots offensive lineman; played in the NFL for 14 seasons; six-time Pro Bowl selection (1990, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1996 and 1997); one of only 11 inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame; one of only seven to have his number retired
- Ray Buchanan (1989–1991) - former Atlanta Falcons, Indianapolis Colts, and Oakland Raiders defensive back
- Mark Clayton (1979–1982) - former Miami Dolphins and Green Bay Packers wide receiver; five-time Pro Bowl selection (1984, 1985, 1986, 1988 and 1991)
- Ernest Givins (1984–1985) - former Houston Oilers and Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver; two-time Pro Bowl selection (1990 and 1992)
- Ernie Green (1959–1962) - former Green Bay Packers and Cleveland Browns running back and fullback
- Jay Gruden (1985–1988) - former Arena Football League quarterback for the Tampa Bay Storm, led the team to four ArenaBowl championships; League MVP in 1992 and MVP of ArenaBowl VII; first quarterback inducted into the Arena Football Hall of Fame in 1998; head coach of the Washington Redskins; former head coach of the Orlando Predators, led the team to titles in ArenaBowls XII and XIII
- Tom Jackson (1970–1972) - former Denver Broncos linebacker; three-time Pro Bowl selection (1977–1979); analyst on ESPN's NFL Gameday; two-time Missouri Valley Conference player of the year (1971, 1972)
- Joe Jacoby (1977–1980) - former Washington Redskins offensive lineman; key member of "The Hogs"; member of Super Bowl XVII, Super Bowl XXII, and Super Bowl XXVI Championship teams; four-time Pro Bowl selection (1983–1986)
- Joe Johnson (1990–1993) - former New Orleans Saints and Green Bay Packers defensive end; two-time Pro Bowl selection (1998 and 2000)
- Stefan LeFors (2000–2005; played 2001–2004) - former quarterback with the Carolina Panthers in the NFL and the Edmonton Eskimos and Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the CFL; head high school football coach at the Christian Academy of Louisville
- Lenny Lyles (1954–1957) - drafted by the Baltimore Colts in the first round (11th overall) of the 1958 NFL Draft; one-time Pro Bowl selection; one of the first African American football players at the University of Louisville; often referred to as "the fastest man in football"
- Sam Madison (1993–1996) - former Miami Dolphins and New York Giants defensive back; four-time Pro Bowl selection (1999, 2000, 2001, and 2002)
- Frank Minnifield (1979–1982) - former Cleveland Browns defensive back; four-time Pro Bowl selection (1986–1989); co-creator of the "Dawg Pound"; led nation in kickoff returns in 1981 and punt returns in 1982
- Roman Oben (1991–1995) - offensive lineman
- Howard Stevens - running back, Baltimore Colts, New Orleans Saints; member of Louisville Athletic Hall of Fame
- Johnny Unitas (1951–1954) - former Baltimore Colts quarterback; Pro Football Hall of Fame member, three-time NFL Most Valuable Player
- Otis Wilson (1976–1979) - first team All-American defensive end; member of the Chicago Bears Super Bowl XX Championship team
- Bennett Russell (1963–1966) - quarterback, member of Louisville Athletic Hall of Fame, 1966 Most Valuable Player of the Year Buffalo Bills
(listed in chronological order)
- Bob Lochmueller (1949-1952) 
- Charlie Tyra (1954–1957) 
- Don Goldstein (1956–1959) - All-American, Pan American Games gold medalist
- Jack Turner (1958–1961)
- Wes Unseld (1965–1968) - three-time All-American; former member of the Baltimore/Washington Bullets; 5-time NBA All-Star; second person ever to win both NBA Rookie of the Year and NBA Most Valuable Player in the same season; named to the NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team; inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1988
- Butch Beard (1966–1969)
- Jim Price (1969–1972)
- Junior Bridgeman (1972–1975) - All-American in 1975
- Allen Murphy (1972–1975)
- Phil Bond (1973–1976)
- Wesley Cox (1974–1977)
- Rick Wilson (1975–1978)
- Darrell Griffith(1976–1980) - 1980 John Wooden Award winner (player of the year) and Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Basketball Tournament; former member of the Utah Jazz; 1981 NBA Rookie of the Year
- Lancaster Gordon (1981–1984)
- Pervis Ellison (1985–1989) - first freshman to be named Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Basketball Tournament; first overall pick of the 1989 NBA Draft
- Clifford Rozier (1991–1994)
- DeJuan Wheat (1994–1997)
- Reece Gaines (2000–2003)
- Francisco García (2003–2005) - led team to 2005 Final Four; former member of Sacramento Kings; member of the Houston Rockets
- Terrence Williams (2005–2009) - led team to back to back Elite 8s; former member of Houston Rockets; member of the Boston Celtics
- Angel McCoughtry (2005–2009) — Big East Player of the Year and All-American in 2007, 2008, and 2009; led the Cardinals to the 2009 NCAA final; first overall pick in the 2009 WNBA Draft by the Atlanta Dream; 2009 Rookie of the Year
- Shoni Schimmel (2010–2014) — led the Cardinals to the 2013 NCAA final; chosen eighth overall in the 2014 WNBA Draft by the Dream
Track and field
- Tone Belt (2005–present) - won the 2007 NCAA indoor long jump national title, UofL's first-ever track national title in track and field
- Andre Black (2005–present) - won the 2007 NCAA indoor triple jump national title, UofL's second-ever national title in track and field
- Kelley Bowman (2002–2006) - two-time All-American high jumper; finished 3rd in nation in the high jump at 2006 NCAA National Championships with a UofL record of 6 feet, 1.25 inches; holds Kentucky high school girls' record (5 feet, 10.5 inches), won four consecutive KY state titles at Berea High School; had 4th best jump in the nation in 2000
- Wesley Korir (2006–2008) - multiple All-America in distance running; winner of the 2012 Boston Marathon; member of the Kenyan Parliament
- Scott Harrington - Indy car race driver, 1999 Indycar Rookie of the Year
- Audrey Rendon (2004–2007) - leadoff hitter and third baseman for the Rockford Thunder of the NPF, the US' highest-level pro softball league
- Shannon Smyth (2005–2008) - Republic of Ireland international soccer player
List of Presidents of the University of Louisville
There have been 27 presidents and five interim presidents of what is (or was once a part of) the University of Louisville:
Jefferson Seminary (1813–1829)
- Mann Butler 1813–1816
- William Tompkins 1816–1821
- Charles M. M'Crohan 1821–1825
- Francis E. Goddard 1826–1829
Louisville Collegiate Institute (1837–1840)
- Benjamin F. Farnsworth 1837–1838
- John Hopkins Harney 1838–1840
Louisville College (1840–1846)
- John Hopkins Harney 1840–1844
Louisville Medical Institute (1837–1846)
- John Rowan 1837–1842
- William Garvin 1842–1843
- James Guthrie 1843–1846
University of Louisville (post merger of LMI and LC) (1846–present)
- Samuel Smith Nicholas 1846–1847
- James Guthrie 1847–1869
- Isaac Caldwell 1869–1886
- James Speed Pirtle 1886–1905
- Theodore L. Burnett 1905–1911
- David William Fairleigh 1911–1914
- Arthur Younger Ford 1914–1926
- George Colvin 1926–1928
- John Letcher Patterson 1928–1929 (acting)
- Raymond Asa Kent 1929–1943
- Einar William Jacobsen 1943–1946
- Frederick William Stamm 1946–1947 (acting)
- John Wilkinson Taylor 1947–1950
- Eli Huston Brown III 1950–1951 (acting)
- Philip Grant Davidson 1951–1968
University of Louisville, as part of the Kentucky state system
- Woodrow Mann Strickler 1968–1972
- William Ferdinand Ekstrom 1972–1973 (acting)
- James Grier Miller 1973–1980
- William Ferdinand Ekstrom 1980–1981 (acting)
- Donald C. Swain 1981–1995
- John W. Shumaker 1995–2002
- Carol Garrison 2002 (acting)
- James R. Ramsey 2002–present
- University of Louisville
- Louisville Cardinals
- Louisville Cardinal's Radio Affiliates
- Louisville Cardinals Conference Championships by Year
- List of people from the Louisville metropolitan area
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