List of West Virginia University alumni
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This list of West Virginia University alumni includes notable people from published sources that previously attended West Virginia University.
Arts and entertainment
- Emily Calandrelli – host and producer for Xploration Station
- Paul Dooley – actor, writer, comedian
- Conchata Ferrell – actress; known for playing Berta the housekeeper on the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men
- Antoine Fuqua – director of Training Day, Shooter, Replacement Killers; attended, but did not graduate
- Cheryl Hines – actress, Curb Your Enthusiasm; attended but did not graduate
- Taylor Kinney – actor; portrays Lt. Kelly Severide in NBC's drama Chicago Fire; stars in The Other Woman
- Don Knotts – television and movie actor
- Billy Mays – television advertiser featured on Discovery Channel's PitchMen and known for promoting several as seen on TV products; attended but did not graduate; died in 2009
- Kathleen Noone – portrays Edna Wallace on the NBC soap opera Passions; known to have attended
- John A. Russo – screenwriter and film director; co-wrote Night of the Living Dead
- Chris Sarandon – television and movie actor, voice of Jack Skellington
- David Selby – actor
- Curt Wootton – actor; known for being the co-creator and star of Pittsburgh Dad, a series of YouTube videos; also appeared in The Mercury Men on the Syfy network
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- Joe Alexander – American-Israeli current professional basketball player for Maccabi Tel Aviv
- Michael Baker – football player
- Terry Bowden – Yahoo sports analyst
- Tommy Bowden – former head football coach for Clemson University and Tulane University
- John Browning – former NFL defensive tackle for the Kansas City Chiefs
- Marc Bulger – former NFL quarterback for the St. Louis Rams, New Orleans Saints, and Baltimore Ravens
- Niccolò Campriani – Olympic gold and silver medal-winning sport shooter; won gold in the men's 50 metre rifle three positions and Silver in the men's 10 metre air rifle at the 2012 Summer Olympics
- Mike Compton – two-time Super Bowl Champion and former NFL guard for the Detroit Lions, New England Patriots, and Jacksonville Jaguars
- James "Clayster" Eubanks – professional Call of Duty player, two-time Call of Duty Championship winner
- D'or Fischer (born 1981) - American-Israeli basketball player
- Mike Gansey – former basketball player in the NBA Development League
- Jedd Gyorko – current second baseman for the San Diego Padres
- Major Harris – quarterback for West Virginia University in their 1988 undefeated season
- Sue Haywood – professional mountain bike racer
- Johannes "Joe" Herber – former professional and German international basketball player
- Chris Henry – former NFL wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals
- Jeff Hostetler – Super Bowl Champion and former NFL quarterback for the Washington Redskins, Oakland Raiders, and New York Giants; starting quarterback in Super Bowl XXV
- Chuck Howley – former NFL linebacker for the Chicago Bears and Dallas Cowboys, and Super Bowl V MVP
- Sam Huff – former NFL linebacker; inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1982
- Bob Huggins – current head coach of the West Virginia University men's basketball team and former West Virginia University basketball player
- Rodney Clark "Hot Rod" Hundley – former NBA basketball player for the Minneapolis/Los Angeles Lakers; was the first pick in the 1957 NBA draft
- Hal Hunter – football coach
- Bruce Irvin – Super Bowl Champion and current NFL linebacker for the Seattle Seahawks
- James Jett – Olympic gold medal-winning sprinter and former NFL wide receiver for Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders
- Adam "Pacman" Jones – current NFL cornerback for the Cincinnati Bengals
- Greg Jones – three-time NCAA Division 1 wrestling champion, 2005 Most Outstanding Wrestler award winner, former Associate Head Coach for the West Virginia University wrestling team, current Blackzilians wrestling coach
- Brian Jozwiak – former NFL offensive lineman for the Kansas City Chiefs
- Ken Kendrick – owner of the Arizona Diamondbacks of Major League Baseball
- Steve Kline – former Major League Baseball pitcher
- Ellis Lankster – current NFL cornerback for the New York Jets
- Oliver Luck – former NFL quarterback, athletic director of West Virginia University, and president/general manager of the Houston Dynamo
- Billy Joe Mantooth – former NFL linebacker for the Houston Oilers
- Pat McAfee – former NFL punter for the Indianapolis Colts
- Casey Mitchell (born 1988) - basketball player for Elitzur Ashkelon of the Israeli Basketball Premier League
- Dan Mozes – 2006 Rimington Trophy winner
- Adrian Murrell – former running back for New York Jets
- Solomon Page – former NFL offensive lineman for the Dallas Cowboys and San Diego Chargers
- Kevin Pittsnogle – former basketball player in the NBA Development League
- Jerry Porter – former NFL wide receiver for the Oakland Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars
- Wil Robinson – former ABA basketball player; All-American at West Virginia
- Rich Rodriguez – former head football coach of the University of Michigan; current head football coach of the University of Arizona
- Todd Sauerbrun – former All-Pro NFL punter (five different teams)
- Owen Schmitt – former NFL fullback for the Seattle Seahawks, Philadelphia Eagles, and Oakland Raiders.
- Floyd B. "Ben" Schwartzwalder – former head coach of the 1959 National Championship Syracuse University football team
- Heath Slater- Current WWE Superstar and 4-time WWE Tag Team Champion. Former Wrestler at WVU
- Steve Slaton – former NFL running back for the Houston Texans and Miami Dolphins; current CFL running back for the Toronto Argonauts.
- Dave Stephenson – former NFL guard for the Los Angeles Rams and Green Bay Packers
- Darryl Talley – West Virginia University all-time team member and former NFL Linebacker for the Buffalo Bills
- Rod Thorn – former NBA and ABA basketball player and current President of Basketball Operation for the NBA
- John Thornton – former NFL defensive tackle for the Cincinnati Bengals
- Mike Vanderjagt – former NFL placekicker for the Indianapolis Colts and Dallas Cowboys
- Jerry West – former NBA basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers and Hall of Famer; considered one of the greatest NBA and college basketball players of all time and is the image on the logo for the NBA
- Pat White – former NFL quarterback for the Miami Dolphins
- Andrew Wright – current defender/midfielder for Morecambe F.C.
- John Writer – Olympic gold and silver medal-winning sports shooter
- Amos Zereoue – former NFL running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Oakland Raiders, and New England Patriots
- Virginia "Ginny" Thrasher - 2016 Olympic Gold Medal Winner at the Rio Olympics for Rifle. 
- Maggie Anderson – poet
- Allen Appel – writer
- Matt Carson – novelist
- Stephen Coonts – New York Times bestselling author
- Paul Russell Cutright – historian and biologist
- Chip Ingram – Christian writer
- Chuck Kinder – novelist
- Ann Pancake – author
- Gregory Babe – US CEO of Bayer Corporation
- Heather Bresch – CEO of Mylan, Inc.
- John Chambers – President and CEO of Cisco Systems
- Karen S. Evans – de facto CIO of the United States under President George W. Bush
- Maggie Hardy Magerko – President of 84 Lumber Company and Nemacolin Woodlands Resort (attended for two years but did not graduate)
- Todd H. Bullard – former president of Potomac State College and Bethany College
- Joseph DiSarro (Ph.D.), professor and chair in the Department of Political Science at Washington & Jefferson College
- Ruqayyah Ahmed Rufa'i – Nigeria's Minister of Education
- Patrick Vaughan – historian and professor at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland
- Charles M. Vest – President Emeritus of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
- A.J. Clemente – former anchor for KFYR-TV
- Fred Griffith – longtime Cleveland, Ohio television host
- Frank Kearns – foreign correspondent and broadcast journalist with CBS News 1953–1971; WVU Professor of Journalism 1971–1983 (died 1986)
- Frank Lovece
- Joedy McCreary – Associated Press sports writer (Raleigh, North Carolina)
- Asra Nomani
- Wayne Slater
- Matthew Tabeek – Assistant managing editor at CBS Sports Digital CBSSports.com
- Michael Tomasky
- Ret. Gen. Earl E. Anderson – Marine Corps General
- Ret. Gen. Bantz J. Craddock – United States Army, former Supreme Allied Commander Europe
- Brig. Gen. Frank Kendall Everest, Jr – test pilot and pioneer of rocket aircraft
- Gen. Robert H. Foglesong – retired Commander, US Air Force in Europe; former President of Mississippi State University
- Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Allen Sinclair – Army officer in Afghanistan who pleaded guilty to sexual misconduct and action unbecoming of an officer in 2014
- Velvet Brown – tuba soloist, music educator
- Jay Chattaway – a Star Trek music score writer
- Fuzzy Knight – writer of the WVU Fight Song and country-western actor
- Kathy Mattea – country music singer
- James Valenti – tenor at the Metropolitan Opera, New York
- Carl George Bachmann – US Congressman, Republican Minority Whip 1931–1933
- Clark S. Barnes – West Virginia Senate, District 15, 2004–present
- William Wallace Barron – 26th Governor of West Virginia
- Irene C. Berger – federal judicial nominee for the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
- Frank L. Bowman – politician who represented West Virginia in the United States House of Representatives
- Virginia Mae Brown – first woman to head the Interstate Commerce Commission
- Becky Cain – past president of the League of Women Voters
- William G. Conley – 18th Governor of West Virginia
- William Harrison Courtney – special assistant to President Clinton
- Joseph M. Devine – Governor of North Dakota from 1898 to 1899
- David Ginsburg (1912–2010) – presidential adviser and executive director of the Kerner Commission
- William E. Glasscock – 13th Governor of West Virginia
- Howard Mason Gore – 17th Governor of West Virginia
- Kathleen M. Hawk – Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons
- Robert Lynn Hogg – represented West Virginia in the United States House of Representatives, 1930–1933
- Brad Hoylman – sitting New York State Senator representing the 27th District which includes Midtown, Times Square, and Greenwich Village of lower Manhattan
- Nancy Jacobs – Maryland State Senator (1973)
- Sen. Harley M. Kilgore – chairman of the US Senate Subcommittee on War Mobilization during World War II
- Tim Mahoney – US Congressman from Florida
- Joe Manchin – 34th Governor of West Virginia; United States Senator from West Virginia
- William C. Marland – 24th Governor of West Virginia
- Edward F. McClain – member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
- Darrell McGraw – former West Virginia Attorney General, former Chief Justice of the West Virginia Supreme Court
- M. Blane Michael – Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
- Alan Mollohan – United States Congressman
- Arch A. Moore, Jr. – 28th and 30th Governor of West Virginia
- Ephraim F. Morgan – 16th Governor of West Virginia
- Matthew M. Neely – 22nd Governor of West Virginia
- Asra Nomani – former Wall Street Journal reporter, author and Islamic reform and feminism activist
- Mike Pantelides – Mayor of Annapolis, Maryland
- Tom Pridemore – West Virginia House of Delegates and football player
- Jeff Pyle – Pennsylvania State Representative
- Stuart F. Reed – politician who represented West Virginia in the United States House of Representatives
- Nelson Stamler – New Jersey State Senator, Assemblyman, Judge, and Prosecutor
- Virginia Starcher – member of the West Virginia House of Delegates, 1986–1990
- Paul S. Stull – member of the Maryland House of Delegates.
- John G. Trueschler – former member of the Maryland House of Delegates (1979)
- Cecil H. Underwood – youngest (25th) and oldest (32nd) Governor of West Virginia
- Katherine Johnson – mathematician and NASA computer scientist
- Jon McBride – astronaut
- Kim Weaver – astrophysicist
Other notable alumni
- James Lent – Senior executive Director of Construction for exquisite homes and private estates.
- Patrick "Seton" O'Connor – Executive Producer of The Dan Patrick Show (attended but did not graduate)
- Melanne Pennington – 1984 Miss West Virginia
- Patsy Ramsey – mother of Jon Benet Ramsey and Miss West Virginia in 1977
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