List of University of Texas at Austin alumni

List of University of Texas at Austin alumni

This list of University of Texas at Austin alumni includes notable graduates, non-graduate former students, and current students of The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin), a major research university located in Austin, Texas that is the flagship institution of The University of Texas System. [cite web |url= |title=The Top American Research Universities - 2007 |accessdate=2008-05-06 |format= |publisher=Arizona State University ] cite news | url= | title=Texas flagship universities celebrate milestone of Giant Magellan Telescope partnership | publisher=University of Texas | date=2005-07-21 | accessdate=2006-09-28] cite web | url= | title=University of Texas | publisher= [ NNDB] | accessdate=2006-09-28] cite news | url= | title=Flagship university of Texas seeks to boost diversity | author=Austin, Liz | date=2005-10-03 | accessdate=2006-09-28] Founded in 1883, the university has had the fifth largest single-campus enrollment in the nation as of Fall 2006 (and had the largest enrollment in the country from 1997–2003), with over 50,000 undergraduate and graduate students and 16,500 faculty and staff. [cite web |url= |title=Enrollment & Essentials |accessdate=2007-03-31 |date=2006-07-27 |publisher=UT Austin] It currently holds the largest enrollment of all colleges in the state of Texas. []

Over 15 UT Austin graduates have served in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives, such as Lloyd Bentsen '42, who served as both a U.S. Senator and U.S. Representative, and was the 1988 Democratic Party Vice Presidential nominee. Cabinet members of American presidents include former United States Secretary of State James Baker '57, former Secretary of Education William J. Bennett, and former Secretary of Commerce Donald Evans '73. First Lady Laura Bush '73 and daughter Jenna '04 both graduated from UT Austin, as well as former First Lady Lady Bird Johnson '33 & '34 and her eldest daughter Lynda. In foreign governments, the university has been represented by Fernando Belaúnde Terry '36 (42nd President of Peru), Mostafa Chamran (former Minister of Defense for Iran) and Abdullah al-Tariki (co-founder of OPEC).UT Austin alumni in academia include the 26th President of The College of William & Mary Gene R. Nichol '76, the 10th President of Boston College Robert A. Brown '73 & '75, and the 8th President of the University of Southern California John R. Hubbard. The University also graduated Alan Bean '55, the fourth man to walk on the Moon. Additionally, alumni of the university who have served as business leaders include ExxonMobil Corporation CEO Rex Tillerson '75, Dell founder and CEO Michael Dell, and Gary C. Kelly, CEO of Southwest Airlines.

In literature and journalism, UT Austin has produced Pulitzer Prize winners Gail Caldwell and Ben Sargent '70, as well as CNN anchor Betty Nguyen '95. Alumnus J. M. Coetzee also received the 2003 Nobel Prize in Literature.

UT Austin has also produced several musicians and entertainers. Janis Joplin, the American singer who posthumously was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award attended the university, as well as February 1955 "Playboy" Playmate of the Month and Golden Globe recipient Jayne Mansfield. Additionally, the big screen has carried the talents of actor Matthew McConaughey '93 (star of "The Wedding Planner" (2001), "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" (2003), "Sahara" (2005), "We Are Marshall" (2007), et al.) with Farrah Fawcett (one of the original "Charlie's Angels") on the small screen.

A number of UT Austin alumni have found success in professional sports. Seven-time Cy Young Award-winner Roger Clemens entered the MLB after helping the Longhorns win the 1983 College World Series. Several Olympic medalists have also attended the school, including 2008 Summer Olympics athletes Ian Crocker '05 (swimming world record holder and two-time Olympic gold medalist) and 4x400m relay defending Olympic gold medalist Sanya Richards '06. Mary Lou Retton (the first female gymnast outside Eastern Europe to win the Olympic all-around title, five-time Olympic medalist, and 1984 "Sports Illustrated" Sportswoman of the Year) also attended the university.

Academia and research

University Presidents and Deans

*Chris Ware — cartoonist
*Mack White — cartoonist
*David Lake, architect

Business and finance

*Jenna Bush — daughter of President George W. Bush
*Lynda Bird Johnson Robb — eldest daughter of Lyndon B. Johnson, former First Lady of Virginia
*Lady Bird Johnson — former First Lady of the United States, recipient of Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal

Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States

Members of the United States Congress

:"Note: "D" indicates a Democrat while "R" indicates a Republican."


*Jeb Bush — former Governor of Florida
*John B. Connally — former Governor of Texas
*Dan Moody — lawyer, former Governor of Texas, and opponent of the Ku Klux Klan
*Bill Owens — former Governor of Colorado
*Ann Richards — former Governor of Texas

Government officials outside the U.S.

*Terry Keel — first Republican sheriff of Travis County since Reconstruction; Texas House of Representatives, elected member 1997 - 2007, parliamentarian 2007 - present
*Sally Kern — controversial Oklahoma legislator
*Richard Raymond — state legislator, advocate for Hispanic causes
*Woodall Rodgers — former mayor of Dallas
*Ezequiel D. Salinas, former state court judge from Laredo, Texas, and advocate for civil rights of the Hispanic community
*Lt. Gen. Ernest O. Thompson — longest-serving member of the Texas Railroad Commission
*Bill White — mayor of Houston
*Ric Williamson — Texas Transportation Commissioner (2001-2007); Texas House of Representatives (1985-1999)
*Ben Barnes — former Texas Speaker of the House (1965-1969) and Lieutenant Governor (1969-1973)
*Dan Bartlett — White House communications director for President George W. Bush
*Steven Best — professor of philosophy and spokesperson for the Animal Liberation Front
*Liz Carpenter — former press secretary to First Lady Lady Bird Johnson
*Waggoner Carr — Law School, former Speaker of Texas House of Representatives and Attorney General of Texas
*Warlick Carr — Law School, prominent Lubbock attorney
*Russell B. Cummings — member of the Texas House of Representatives from Harris County, 1963-1967
*Vivien S. Crea — Vice Admiral of the U.S. Coast Guard
*Tommy Franks — former Commander-in-Chief of U.S. Central Command
*Mike Godwin — first staff lawyer for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, now legal director of Public Knowledge
*Joe Jamail — trial lawyer
*Fritz Lanham — politician, author of Lanham Act, the law governing U.S. trademark policy
*Sam Rayburn — former Speaker of the House
*Sarah Weddington — attorney and lecturer, represented "Jane Roe" in the landmark "Roe v. Wade" U.S. Supreme Court case
*Harry Whittington — Texas attorney who is well-known concerning the incident with Vice-President Dick Cheney
*Pamela Willeford — U.S. ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein
*Admiral Bobby Inman — former director of the National Security Agency
*Odell McBrayer — Fort Worth attorney and gubernatorial candidate in 1974
*Nellie Connally — former First Lady of Texas

Journalism and media


*Dennis Cook — former MLB pitcher
*Kirk Dressendorfer — former Major League Baseball pitcher
*Adam Dunn — MLB outfielder
*Bibb Falk — MLB left fielder and former University of Texas baseball coach
*Ron Gardenhire — Minnesota Twins manager
*Lindsay Gardner, Rockford Thunder infielder
*J.P. Howell — MLB pitcher
*Cat Osterman — softball player for US Olympic Team and Rockford Thunder
*Spike Owen — former MLB shortstop
*Calvin Schiraldi — MLB pitcher
*Huston Street — MLB pitcher
*Greg Swindell — MLB pitcher


*Cedric Benson — NFL running back
*Jim Bertelsen — NFL defensive back
*Justin Blalock NFL Guard for the Atlanta Falcons
*Bill Bradley — NFL defensive back
*Tarell Brown NFL Cornerback for the San Francisco 49ers
*Earl Campbell — NFL Hall of Fame running back
*Kwame Cavil — CFL wide receiver
*Jamaal Charles NFL Running Back for the Kansas City Chiefs
*Tim Crowder NFL Defensive End for the Denver Broncos
*Leonard Davis — NFL offensive tackle
*Phil Dawson — NFL placekicker
*Derrick Dockery NFL Offensive Guard for the Buffalo Bills
*Jermichael Finley NFL Tight End for the Green Bay Packers
*Cedric Griffin NFL Cornerback for the Minnesota Vikings
*Michael Griffin NFL Cornerback for the Tennessee Titans
*Jerry Gray – former NFL cornerback
*Casey Hampton — NFL nose tackle
*Tony Hills NFL Offensive Tackle for the Pittsburgh Steelers
*Priest Holmes — Former NFL running back
*Michael Huff — NFL defensive back Oakland Raiders
*Quentin Jammer — NFL cornerback San Diego Chargers
*Derrick Johnson — NFL linebacker Kansas City Chiefs
*Tom Landry — former NFL head coach
*DeAndre DeWayne "D.D." Lewis — NFL linebacker
*Colt McCoy — college football quarterback
*Eric Metcalf — NFL running back and wide receiver
*Chris Mihm — NBA center
*Frank Okam NFL Offensive Tackle for the Houston Texans
*Billy Pittman NFL Wide Receiver
*Cory Redding NFL Defensive Tackle for the Detroit Lions
*Brian Robison NFL Defensive End for the Minnesota Vikings
*Shaun Rogers — NFL defensive tackle Cleveland Browns
*Aaron Ross — NFL cornerback
*Bo Scaife — NFL tight end Tennessee Titans
*Jonathan Scott NFL Offensive Tackle for the Detroit Lions
*Lyle Sendlein NFL Center for the Arizona Cardinals
*Chris Simms — NFL quarterback
*James Street— National Championship quarterback, father of Huston Street
*Kasey Studdard NFL Guard for the Houston Texans
*Limas Sweed NFL Wide Receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers
*Carl Grady Thomas — NFL player
*David Thomas NFL Tight End for the New England Patriots
*Kalen Thornton — NFL linebacker
*Marcus Tubbs — NFL defensive tackle
*Olen Underwood — NFL linebacker
*Nathan Vasher — NFL cornerback
*Mike Williams — NFL tackle
*Ricky Williams — NFL running back
*Roy Williams — NFL Wide Receiver
*Rodrique Wright NFL Defensive Tackle for the Miami Dolphins
*Selvin Young — NFL running back
*Vince Young — college football National Championship quarterback, NFL quarterback



Fictional people

See also

* List of University of Texas at Austin faculty



* Blank cells indicate missing information; em-dashes (—) indicate that the alumnus attended but never graduated from UT Austin

External links

* [ UT Austin Alumni Association "Texes Exes"]

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