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Vanderbilt Graduates


  • Business
    • Ann Moore, BA'71— Chairman/CEO, Time Inc.
    • Cal Turner Jr., BA'62 — CEO, Dollar General Corporation
    • Dr. Thomas F. Frist, Jr., BA'61, HO'65 — Columbia/HCA Healthcare
    • John R. Ingram MBA'86 — Vice Chairman, Ingram Industries; Chairman, Ingram Book Group
    • Orrin H. Ingram, II BA'82 — President/CEO, Ingram Industries; Chairman, Ingram Barge Company
    • Thomas F. Cone, BA'60 — President/CEO, Cone Oil
    • Mark Dalton, JD'75 — President, Tudor Investments
    • Ross Perot, Jr., BA'81 — President/CEO, Perot Systems Corporation
    • Mark Mays, BA'85 — CEO, Clear Channel Communications
    • Doug Parker MBA'86 — Chairman/President/CEO, US Airways Group, Inc.
    • David N. Farr, MBA'81 — Chairman/CEO/ President of Emerson
    • Matthew J. Hart, BA'74 — President/COO of Hilton Hotels
    • Catherine Reynolds, BS'79 — Former CEO, EduCap; Chairman/CEO, Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation
    • Thomas W. Beasley, JD'73 — Co-founder/chairman emeritus of Corrections Corporation of America
    • Monroe J. Carell Jr., BE'59 — Chairman, Central Parking Systems
    • R. Brad Martin, EMBA'80 — Chairman/CEO, Saks Incorporated
    • David Dyer, BE'71 — Former CEO, Tommy Hilfiger and Lands' End
    • John R. Hall, BE'55 — Former Chairman/CEO, Ashland Inc.
    • Joe L. Roby, BA'61— Chairman Emeritus, Credit Suisse First Boston
    • John W. Rich, BA'51 — Chairman, Delta Coals
    • Heidi Ueberroth, BA'87 — President, NBA Global Marketing Partnerships & International Business Operations; highest-ranking female executive in major professional sports
    • T. William "Bill" Samuels Jr., JD'67 — Owner of Maker's Mark Distillery in Loretto, KY
    • Brendan Synnott, BA'00 — Co-founder of Bear Naked Granola company
  • Science/Medicine
    • Rick Chappell, BA '65 — NASA Astronaut
    • Michael L. Gernhardt, BS'78 — NASA astronaut
    • Michael Mott, BE'71 — Served as the third-highest ranking official at NASA headquarters
    • Dr. Mildred Stahlman, BA'43, MD'46 — Neonatology pioneer at Vanderbilt
    • John Ridley Stroop, BS'24, MA'25, PhD'33 (deceased) — Pioneering psychologist known internationally for discovering the “Stroop Effect,” a psychological process related to word recognition, color and interference
    • Levi Watkins Jr., MD'70 — Performed the world's first implantation of the automatic implantable defibrillator
    • Dr. Antonio Gotto, BA'57, MD'65 — Dean of Weill Medical College of Cornell University; internationally recognized expert in cardiovascular medicine
    • Dr. Stanford Moore, BA'35 (deceased) — Nobel Prize for Chemistry (1972)
    • J. Donald M. Gass, BA'50, MD'57 (deceased) — Named one of the ten most influential ophthalmologists of the 20th century
    • Dr. Norman Shumway, MD'49 (deceased) — Heart transplant pioneer
  • Arts & Entertainment
    • Tom Schulman BA'72 — Academy-award winning screenwriter (Dead Poets Society, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids)
    • Delbert Mann BA'41 — Academy-award winning director (Marty, Desire Under the Elms, All Quiet on the Western Front)
    • Ed Benson, BA'67 — Chief Strategic Officer, Country Music Association (CMA)
    • Ken Levitan, BA'79 — Prominent music industry manager
    • Sheldon Hackney BA'55 — Former Chairman, National Endowment for the Humanities
    • Rosanne Cash, BA'79 — Songwriter/entertainer
    • Amy Ray, BA'86 — Member of the Indigo Girls
    • Dierks Bentley BA'97 — Country music artist
    • George Ducas, BA'89 — singer/songwriter
    • Marshall Chapman BA'71 — Singer/songwriter
    • Woody Paul, BE'77 — Member of Riders in the Sky band
    • Daniel Roumain, BMUS'93 — Composer
    • Paul Kingsbury, BA'80 — Country music historian/writer
    • Roy Blount, Jr. BA'63 — Author, humorist
    • John I. Bloom (a.k.a. Joe Bob Briggs) BA'74 — Humorist, journalist, and actor
    • James Patterson, MA'70 — Best-selling crime-suspense writer (Kiss the Girls, Along Came A Spider)
    • Elizabeth Dewberry, BS'83 — Novelist
    • Molly Sims, PB'95 — Supermodel, actress
    • MJ Garrett, BS'03 — Cast member on MTV's 2004 Real World/Philadelphia. He also played VU football.
    • Robert Penn Warren, BA'25 (deceased) — Pulitzer prize-winning author; US Poet Laureate
    • Randall Jarrell, MA'38 (deceased) — U.S. Poet Laureate
    • Allen Tate, BA'22 (deceased) — U. S. Poet Laureate
    • John Crowe Ransom, BA 1909 (deceased) — Poet, essayist, social commentator
    • Donald Davidson, BA'17 (deceased) — Poet
    • Cleanth Brooks, BA'28 (deceased) — Literary critic
    • James Dickey, BA'49, MA'50 (deceased) — Novelist and poet, author of “Deliverance”
    • Dinah Shore, BA'38 (deceased) — Singer, television talk-show hostess
    • Bettie Page, BA'44 (deceased) — Model, celebrity
  • Philanthropy/Social Activisim
    • Dr. Muhammad Yunus PhD'71 — 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner, founder of the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, pioneer of microcredit
    • Rev. James Lawson, D'71 — Civil rights leader, activist and pastor
    • Carol Etherington, MSN'75 — Two-term president of Doctors without Borders
    • Melinda Hudson BA'76 — Executive VP for America's Promise-The Alliance for Youth; director of the office of public liaison at the Corporation for National Service during the Clinton administration; associate director of the White House Office of Private Sector Initiatives under Pres. Reagan; has worked for three Senate Majority Leaders: Senators Howard H. Baker, Jr., Bob Dole and Robert C. Byrd.
    • Marie Wilson, A'62 — Founded White House Project, former president of Ms. Foundation
    • Richard Burr, BA'71 — Attorney and foremost opponent of death penalty
    • Jack Thompson, JD'76 — Attorney and activist against obscenity and violence in media
    • Margaret Mahoney, BA'46 — Noted philanthropist; foundation executive with Carnegie Corporation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Commonwealth Fund
    • Susan Gray, MA'39, PhD'41 (deceased) — Founder, Project Head Start
  • Politics / Government
    • Tipper Gore, MA'76 — Family policy advocate; Democratic Party activist
    • James Sasser, BA'58, JD'61 — Former U.S. Senator and Ambassador to China
    • Lamar Alexander, BA'62 — U.S. Senator from Tennessee, former Tennessee Governor and presidential candidate, former U.S. Secretary of Education
    • James Bacchus, BA'71 — U.S. congressman from Florida's 4th district and senior judge on the World Trade Organization Court of appeals, Geneva, Switzerland
    • Fred Dalton Thompson, JD'71 — Actor, former U.S. Senator
    • Allan Hubbard, BA'69 — Assistant to the President for Economic Policy under George W. Bush and Director of National Economic Council
    • Mickey Kantor, BA'61 — Former U.S. Trade Representative and Secretary of Commerce
    • Jack Watson, BA'60 — Chief of Staff under President Jimmy Carter
    • James F. Neal, LLB'57 — Watergate prosecutor
    • Roy Neel, BA'72 — Former campaign manager for Howard Dean, chief of staff for Vice President Gore and deputy Chief of Staff for Bill Clinton
    • Bill Purcell, JD'79 — Nashville mayor
    • Dr. Won Shik Chung, Peabody MA'58, PhD'66 — Prime Minister of South Korea (1991-1992)
    • Maria Luiza Fontenele, G'73 — One of the first two women in Brazil's history elected mayor of a state capital
    • William “Bill” Cabaniss, BA'60 — Ambassador to Czech Republic
    • K. Terry Dornbush, BA'55 — Former ambassador to The Netherlands
    • Brian E. Carlson, BA'69 — Former U.S. ambassador to Latvia
    • Marion Creekmore, BA'61 — Former U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Republic of Maldives (1989-92)
    • Thomas C. Ferguson, BA'55, JD'59 — U.S. Ambassador to Brueni (1986-90)
    • W. Robert Pearson, BA'65 — Former U.S. ambassador to Turkey
    • Linda Ellen Watt, BA'73 — Former U.S. ambassador to Panama
    • Hon. Frank F. Drowota III, BA'60, JD '65 — Chief Justice, Tennessee Supreme Court
    • Gilbert Merritt, JD'60 — Justice of the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals
    • Martha Craig Daughtrey, BA'64, JD'68 — Justice of the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals
    • Sheryll Cashin., BE'84 — Georgetown Law Professor, worked in White House during Clinton Administration as an advisor on urban and economic policy, former law clerk to US Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and Judge Abner Mikva of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Former Marshall Scholar.
    • Ashley Jones Johnson BS'01, JD'04 — Clerk for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas
    • James (Woodall) Rodgers, BA'12 (deceased) — Former mayor of Dallas
    • Vince Davis, BA'52 (deceased) — Expert in post-WWII foreign policy, Director of Patterson School of Diplomacy
    • Pauline Gore, LLB'36 (deceased) — Mother of Al Gore, Jr.; one of the VU law school's first female graduates
    • Guilford Dudley Jr., BA'29 (deceased) — U.S. Ambassador to Denmark (1969-71)
    • Marshall F. McCallie, BA'67 (deceased) — U.S. Ambassador to Namibia (1993-96)
    • James Clarke McReynolds, BS'1882 (deceased) — Justice of the Supreme Court and one of the organizers of the original Alumni Association
  • Education
    • Rev. Edward A. (Monk) Malloy, PhD'75 — Past president of Notre Dame University
    • Robert Bottoms, DMN'72 — President of DePauw University
    • Robert Bruininks, MA'65, PhD'68 — President of the University of Minnesota
    • Hazo William Carter, Jr., EdD'75 — President West Virginia State University
    • William Troutt, PhD'78 — President, Rhodes College (Memphis, TN)
    • Thomas K. Hearn, Jr., PhD '65 — President Emeritus, Wake Forest University
    • E. Bruce Heilman, BS'51, MA'52 Chancellor, Univ. of Richmond
  • Sports
    • Will Wolford, BA'87 — Former NFL Pro-Bowl lineman
    • Jay Cutler, BS'05 — NFL player, first-round draft pick by Denver Broncos
    • Hunter Hillenmeyer, BS'03 — NFL player
    • Shelton Quarles, BS'94 — NFL player
    • Bill Wade, BA'52 — NFL player
    • Matt Stewart, BE'01 — NFL player
    • Jamie Winborn, BS'03 — NFL player
    • Todd Yoder, BS'00 — NFL player
    • Pat Toomay, BE'71 — Author; former NFL lineman
    • Adolpho Birch III JD'91 — Labor Relations Counsel, NFL
    • Carl Hinkle, BA'38 (deceased) — College Football Hall of Fame, center (1935-1937)
    • Chantelle Anderson, BS'03 — WNBA player, San Antonio Silver Stars; #2 draft pick in the WNBA (Sacramento Monarchs); VU's only two-time Kodak All-American
    • Ashley McElhiney, BS'03 — All-time Commodore Women's assist leader; first female head coach of men's professional basketball franchise
    • Sheri Sam, BS'96 — WNBA player
    • Perry Wallace, BE'70 — First SEC African-American basketball player
    • Bob Warren, BE'68 — NBA player
    • Jan van Breda Kolff, BA'74 — NBA player
    • Jeff Turner, BA'84 — NBA player
    • Charles Davis, P'80, BS'82 — former NBA player, Founder/Executive Director, Charles Davis Foundation
    • Rod Freeman, BA'73 — NBA player
    • Butch Feher, BA'76 — NBA player
    • Tom Hagan, BA'69 — NBA player
    • Matt Freije, BA'04 — Two-time All-SEC; 2004 Draft Pick of Miami Heat
    • Willie “Hutch” Jones, BS'82 — NBA player
    • Frank Kornet, BA'89 — NBA player
    • Dan Langhi, BA'00 — NBA player
    • Will Perdue, BA'88 — NBA player
    • Roger Schurig, BA'71 — NBA player
    • Clyde Lee, BA'70 — NBA player
    • Bill Ligon, BA'74, JD'79 — NBA player
    • Ryan Tolbert, BS'98 — NCAA 1997 400-meter hurdle champion
    • Robert Thomas Reynolds (Bobby) PB 2004 — Professional tennis player
    • Joey Cora, A'86 — Third base coach and former MLB All-Star/player, Chicago White Sox
    • Jeremy Sowers, BS'05 — MLB pitcher
    • Mark Prior A'99 — MLB pitcher (Cubs)
    • Arthur Hancock, BA'66 — Horse breeder, co-owner of Kentucky Derby winners Gato Del Sol and Sunday Silence, co-breeder of Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi
  • Media
    • Willie Geist, BA'97 — Co-host of MSNBC's Morning Joe and co-anchor of Today Show  
    • Buster Olney, BA'88 — Senior writer for ESPN Magazine
    • Tyler Kepner, BA'97 — N.Y. Yankees beat writer, New York Times
    • Skip Bayless, BA'74 — ESPN commentator and syndicated newspaper columnist
    • Roy Blount Jr., BA'63 — Author and humorist
    • John Bloom, BA'74 (a.k.a. Joe Bob Briggs) — Humorist, journalist, and actor
    • Cleanth Brooks, BA'28 (deceased) — Literary critic
    • Terry Eastland, BA'71 — Publisher The Weekly Standard; publisher of the American Spectator from 1997-2000
    • Sam Feist, BA'91 — Executive producer, CNN's Crossfire, former senior executive producer Wolf Blitzer Reports
    • Fred Graham, LLB'59New York Times law correspondent, CBS News correspondent, CBS News substitute anchor, chief anchor and managing editor of “Court TV”
    • Molly Henneberg, BS'95 — Fox News correspondent
    • Wendell (Sonny) Rawls Jr., BA'70 — Pulitzer-Prize winning investigative journalist
    • H. Grantland Rice, 1901 (deceased) — Sportswriter
    • Fred Russell, A'27, L'27 (deceased) — Sportswriter
    • Elaine Shannon, EDD'81 — Correspondent in Time magazine's DC bureau, co-author of No Heroes: Inside the FBI's Secret Counter-Terror Force and author of the bestselling Desperados: Latin Drug Lords, U.S. Lawmen, and the War America Can't Win.
    • Jim Squires, BA'66 — Former editor of Chicago Tribune, Orlando Sentinel, horse breeder

Nobel Laureates, alumni and faculty

Muhammad Yunus, Ph.D. 1971
2006 Peace Prize for establishing the Grameen Bank and his pioneering the practice of providing micro loans to the impoverished.

Stanford Moore, B.A. 1935
1972 Prize in Chemistry, for fundamental contributions to the understanding of enzyme chemistry.

Earl Sutherland Jr., Vanderbilt Medical Center faculty member
1971 Prize in Medicine, for his discovery of the metabolic regulating compound cyclic AMP.

Max Delbruck, physics professor
1969 Prize in Physiology or Medicine, for discoveries concerning the replication mechanism and the genetic structure of viruses.

Stanley Cohen, Vanderbilt Medical Center faculty member
1968 Prize in Medicine, for his discovery with a colleague of epidermal growth factor.

Distinguished Alumnus/a Award

The Alumni Association's Distinguished Alumnus/a Award was established in 1996 to recognize alumni who have furthered Vanderbilt's mission through outstanding achievement and service. Previous recipients of the award are:

Muhammad Yunus, who received his doctorate in economics; Dr. Norman E. Shumway, a graduate of the Medical School; Cal Turner Jr., who earned his B.A. at Vanderbilt; Delbert Mann, who also earned his B.A. at Vanderbilt; Dr. Antonio Gotto, a graduate of Vanderbilt and of the Medical School; Dr. Thomas F. Frist, Jr., who earned his B.A. at Vanderbilt and served as a House Officer/Fellow at the Medical School; Dr. Mildred Stahlman who pioneered modern neonatal care around the world; and Rev. James Lawson, minister, civil rights leader, and activist worldwide.