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Notable Alumni

SINCE TEXAS TECH'S FIRST GRADUATION in the spring of 1927, thousands of students have proudly completed undergraduate and graduate degrees and transitioned into positions of service and responsibility in the region, state, nation and world.

Among these are former governors, astronauts, noted authors, Broadway stars, acclaimed teachers at all levels and highly successful entrepreneurs, agronomists, scientists, professional athletes, physicians, attorneys and other prominent professionals. Not all graduates achieve fame and fortune in equal measure, of course, but every one of them points with pride to the solid academic preparation they received and the personal connections they made as Red Raiders. From the very beginning, Texas Tech provided a foundation for success that is without parallel. Click here to browse alumni profiles.

Name Year Accomplishments
Garry Don "Donny" Anderson 1965 Retired NFL player, Green Bay Packers
Maj. Gen. Ross Ayers 1934 Adjutant General of Texas
G.W. Bailey 1966 Actor, "M.A.S.H.," "St. Elsewhere" and "The Closer"
Joshua Baca 2005 Legislative Aide, Congresswoman Heather Wilson
Rear Adm. Felix P. Ballenger 1934 Commanding Officer, National Naval Medical Center
Josh Bard 1999 MLB player, San Diego Padres
Tony Battie 1997 NBA player, Orlando magic, Fourth Pick in 1997 NBA Draft, Denver Nuggets
Will Bigham 1998 Filmmaker, Winner of 2007 Reality Television Show "On the Lot"
Valinda Bolton 1986 Texas State Representative
Angela Braly 1982 President & CEO, WellPoint
Art Briles 1979 Head Coach of Baylor University, Former Head Coach at the University of Houston
J. Fred Bucy, Jr. 1951 Retired President and CEO, Texas Instruments
Bob Bullock 1955 Texas State Comptroller
John H. Burroughs 1929 Governor of New Mexico
Waggoner Carr 1940 Attorney General of Texas
Lauro Cavazos 1948 Secretary of Education, First Hispanic to Serve in the United States Cabinet, former Texas Tech University President
Gen. Richard E. Cavazos 1951 Director of Inter-American Region Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense International Security Affairs
Rear Adm. Donald D. Chapman 1939 Deputy Judge Advocate General of the Navy
Maj. Gen. Robert T. Clark 1970 Retired Deputy Commanding General of the Fifth Army
Terry Cook 1979 Opera Performer, Bass
Barry Corbin 1964 Actor, "Northern Exposure," "Lonesome Dove," "One Tree Hill"
Tom Craddick 1965 Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives
Sally Davis 1980 NASA, Shuttle Safety Manager
James G. Denton 1938 Associate Justice, Texas Supreme Court
John Denver 1961 Singer/Songwriter/Actor
Eddie Dixon 1973 Sculptor
Robert Duncan 1976 Texas State Senator-Lubbock
George Eads 1990 Actor: "CSI"
Suni Edson 1992 Supervisory DNA Analyst, Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory
Andre Emmett 2004 NBA player, Miami Heat
Royal Furgeson 1964 U.S. District Judge, San Antonio, Texas
David Gaschen 1993 Singer, Broadway Performer
Susan Graham 1983 Opera Performer, Mezzo-Soprano
Pat Green 1997 Singer/Songwriter
Kent Hance 1965 Chancellor of Texas Tech University, Former Member of Texas Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Texas Railroad Commission
Joselio Hanson 2003 NFL player, Philadelphia Eagles
Beth Harris 1986, '92 Marketing Director, The Academy Awards
Joe Heflin 1986, '92, '93 Texas State Representative
Harvey Hilderbran 1983 Texas State Representative
Frances Mayhugh Holden 1936 Historian-Writer, Cultural Leader
Brig. Gen. Walter Burl Huffman 1967 Former Dean of the Texas Tech School of Law, Former Judge Advocate General of the Army
Rick Husband 1980 NASA Astronaut, Commander of the STS-107 Columbia
Dr.O. Wayne Isom 1961 Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, New York Hospital, Cornell Medical Center
Carl Isett 1987 Texas House of Representatives-Lubbock
Mary Jane Johnson 1972 Opera Performer, Soprano
Phil Johnson 1975 Texas Supreme Court Member
Delwin Jones 1949 Texas State Representative
Robert A. Junell 1969 Judge, U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
Jim Keffer 1975 Texas State Representative
Ginger Kerrick 1991 NASA Flight Director
Stephen "Tio" Kleberg 1969 Head of King Ranch Cattle and Farming Operations in Kingsville
David Kneupper 1988 Composer and Sound Designer
Nelda Jo Price Koumalats 1970 Historical Romance Author
Demetrio B. Lakas 1953 President, Republic of Panama
James E. "Pete" Laney 1965 Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives
Linda Francis Lee Historical and Contemporary Romance Author
Mark Lanier 1984 Founder and Senior Partner of Lanier Law Firm, Houston
Brad Leland 1980 Actor, "Friday Night Lights," "Commanche Moon"
Richard Ligon 1958, '60 Ranching and Business, Graham, Texas
Jim McReynolds 1978 Texas State Representative
Wyman Meinzer 1974 Photographer
Sammy Morris 1999 NFL player, New England Patriots
Cory Morrow 1992 Singer/Songwriter
Randy Neugebauer 1972 U.S. Representative-Texas
Helen VerDuin Palit 1978 Founder & President, America Harvest, Inc.
Dave Parks 1972 Retired NFL player, San Francisco 49ers
Porter Parris 1938 Vice-President, Hilton Hotel Corporation
Scott Pelley CBS Evening News Anchor
Jia Perkins 2004 WNBA player, Chicago Sky
Plenette Pierson WNBA player, Detroit Shock
Kasib Powell 2003 NBA player, Miami Heat
Arati Prabhakar 1979 Director of the National Institute of Standards of Technology, U.S. Department of Commerce
Jerry S. Rawls 1967 President & Chief Executive Officer Finisar Corporation
Montae Reagor 1998 NFL player, Philadelphia Eagles
Terry Rolan 1983, '85 Director of Applied Technology, The Solae Company
V. Keith Samples 1977 Film Producer, Writer and Director
Andrew Sansom 1968 Executive Director of the Texas Parks & Wildfile
William "Bill" Sarpalius 1972 U.S. Representative-Texas
Clay Sell 1989 Deputy Secretary of Energy for the U.S. Department of Energy
Preston Smith 1934 Governor of Texas
John Smithee 1976 Texas State Representative
William B. Snyder 1955 Retired CEO Geico
Burt Solomons 1972 Texas State Representative
Charles W. Stenholm 1961 United States Congressman
David Swinford 1964 Texas State Representative
Sheryl Swoopes 1993 WNBA player,Seattle Storm, Olympic Gold Medalist
Karen Tandy 1974, '77 Sr. Vice President of Motorola's Global Government Relations & Public Policy Division; Former Head of Drug Enforcement Administration
Elmer L. Tarbox 1939 Retired Businessman, Former State Representative, Founder Elmer's Weights, Inc.
Alicia Thompson 1999 WNBA player, Seattle Storm
William McClellan "Mac" Thornberry 1980 U.S. Representative-Texas
I.J. Thornton 1932 Governor of Colorado
Allan J. Tomlinson, Jr. 1954 President & Chief Operating Officer, Diamond Shamrock Corp.
Elizabeth "Betsy" Watson 1971 Chief of Police, Austin, Houston
Garland Weeks 1967 Sculptor
Wes Welker 2003 NFL player, New England Patriots
Jeff Wentworth 1972 Texas State Senator-San Antonio
Edward E. Whitacre 1964 Retired President and CEO, SBC Communications Inc.
Bill Worrell 1959 Artist/Sculptor

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