List of University of West Florida people

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Foliage at UWF

The official list of notable alumni and faculty of the University of West Florida.[1]

The University of West Florida, also known as West Florida and UWF, is a mid-sized public university located in Pensacola, Florida, United States. The university enrolls approximately 12,000 students as of Fall 2009.[2]

UWF is a member institution of the State University System of Florida. It is a doctoral/research university, specializing in engineering and the humanities. Its mascot is an Argonaut, and its logo is the Chambered Nautilus.

Notable alumni[edit]


Kenneth Cockrell
Ambassador Martinez
  • Michael DeMaria - author
  • P.S. Ruckman, Jr. - nationally recognized pardon expert; editor, PardonPower blog[3]



  • James Ellis - President and CEO of the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations at Lockheed Martin, former U.S. Navy Admiral
  • Tom Keiser - CIO of GAP Inc.
  • Marc D. Oken - former CFO of Bank of America, 2004-2005
  • Hansel Tookes - CEO of Raytheon Aircraft

Entertainment and television[edit]

Military, space, and aviation[edit]

  • John W. Bergman - United States Marine Corps lieutenant general
  • Jim Buchili - former NASA astronaut
  • Kenneth Cockrell - former NASA astronaut
  • Patricia Denkler - first woman to land a jet on an aircraft carrier; in 1982, the first woman to land a combat jet on an aircraft carrier
  • James O. Ellis - retired Admiral with the United States Navy
  • Michael L. Ferguson - Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army
  • Mark P. Fitzgerald - Vice Admiral and current Director of Navy Staff for the United States Navy
  • Charles H. Johnston - Vice Admiral and current Vice Commander of the Naval Air Systems Command
  • Bryan Daniel O'Connor - former NASA astronaut
  • John L. Phillips - NASA astronaut
  • William H. Plackett - former Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy
  • Richard N. Richards - former NASA astronaut
  • Rear Admiral Edward G. Winters, III - Commander, Naval Special Warfare Command



  • Kenneth M. Ford - computer scientist, chairman of National Science Board Committee on Programs and Plans, founder of Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition

Notable faculty[edit]

  • Judith A. Bense - University President, Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology, renowned archaeologist of the Southeastern United States
  • James Bezdek - Distinguished Professor of the Department of Computer Science; founding editor of the International Journal of Approximate Reasoning and IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems; creator of the Fuzzy C-Means clustering algorithm; recipient of the 2001 Fuzzy Systems Pioneer Award, the IEEE Third Millennium Medal, and the 2007 IEEE Frank Rosenblatt Award
  • Dallas Blanchard - sociologist
  • Dr. M. Lal Goel - political scientist, author
  • Susan W. Harrell - distinguished legal studies faculty
  • Patrick Moore - Distinguished Professor of Public History, selected Carnegie Foundation CASE U.S. Professor of the Year for the State of Florida in 2007
  • Robert Yeager - Professor and Chair of English Department, writer on Medieval Studies who co-authored Who Murdered Chaucer?: A Medieval Mystery with Terry Jones