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George F. Allen (CLAS '74, LAW '77)
Former U.S. Senator, former Governor of Virginia
Alben W. Barkley (Attended 1898)
Vice President under Harry S. Truman
B. Evan Bayh III (LAW '82)
U.S. Senator, former Governor of Indiana
Christopher S. Bond (LAW '63)
U.S. Senator for Missouri
John Bridgeland (LAW '87)
Former Director of the USA Freedom Corps, President and CEO Civic Enterprises.
Mortimer M. Caplin (CLAS '37, LAW '40)
Former commissioner, Internal Revenue Service, founding member of Caplin
John Cornyn (LAW '95)
U.S Senator for Texas
Lt. Gen. David A. Deptua (CLAS '43, GSAS '76)
Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance
J. Randy Forbes (LAW '77)
U.S. Congressman, Fourth District
Julia Gibbons (CLAS '75)
U.S. District Judge, Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
James S. Gilmore III (CLAS '71, LAW '77)
Former Governor of Virginia and Chairman of the Republican National Committee
John Gleeson (LAW '80)
Judge, U.S District Court, Eastern District of New York, Prosecutor John Gotti Trial.
Jeannie Hong (CLAS '88)
First Asian Pacific American Judge in the State of Maryland
Robert L. Hutchings (CLAS '79)
Chairman, National Intelligence Council
Elaine R. Jones (LAW '70)
Retired president and director-counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
Brereton C. Jones (COMM '61)
Former Governor of Kentucky
Edward M. Kennedy (LAW '59)
U.S. Senator for Massachusetts
Robert F. Kennedy (LAW '51)
Former U.S. Senator for New York; former U.S. Attorney General
Angus S. King Jr. (LAW '69)
Former Governor of Maine
John Singleton Mosby (Attended 1853)
Famous Confederate partisan
Robert S. Mueller III (LAW '73)
Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Janet Napolitano (LAW '83)
Secretary of Homeland Security
John Nau (CLAS '68)
Chairman, Federal Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
Bill Nelson (LAW '68)
U.S. Senator, Astronaut
L.F. Payne (DARD '73)
Former Virginia Congressman, President of McGuire Woods Consulting
Rebecca W. Rimel (NURS '73)
President, Pew Charitable Trusts
Charles S. Robb (LAW '73)
Former U.S. Senator and Governor of Virginia 2004, Chairman of the Iraq Intelligence Commission.
Larry J. Sabato (CLAS '74)
Director and founder, Center for Politics; best-selling author, Feeding Frenzy: Attack Journalism & American Politics.
Mark Sanford (DARD '88)
Governor of South Carolina
Hugh D. Scott (LAW '22)
Former U.S. Senator for Pennsylvania
John Snow (GSAS '66)
U.S. Secretary of the Treasury
John C. Stennis (LAW '27)
Former U.S. Senator for Mississippi
Alexander Hugh Holmes Stuart (CLAS '28)
Secretary of the Interior, delegate to state secession convention, Committee of Nine member, Rector of the University (1874-1882)
John V. Tunney (LAW '59)
Former U.S. Senator for California
Lowell Weicker (LAW '58)
Former U.S Senator and Governor of Connecticut
Woodrow Wilson (Attended 1879)
Former U.S. President, founder of the League of Nations, Nobel Peace laureate.
George T. Yates III (CLAS '70, LAW '73)
Recipient, French Legion d'Honneur award in 2002


Alison H. Abraham (DARD '88)
President, Lifeminders, Inc.; former COO, iVillage, Inc.
Frank Batten Sr. (CLAS '50)
Retired Chairman and CEO, Landmark Communications Inc. Benefactor, U.Va. Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy
James A. Bear Jr. (CLAS '43, GSAS '52)
Former Director, Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation
Alfred R. Berkeley III (CLAS '66)
Former President and Vice Chairman, NASDAQ
Shelby Bonnie (COMM '86)
Former CEO, co-founder, CNET Inc.
Daryl Brewster (CLAS '79)
President and CEO, Krispy Kreme
Charles L. Brown (SEAS '43)
President (1977-1979) and Chairman/CEO (1979-1986) of AT&T; Member, University of Virginia Board of Visitors (1986-1990).
George David (DARD '67)
Chairman & CEO, United Technologies Corp.
U Bertram Ellis Jr. (CLAS '75, DARD '79)
Chairman & CEO, iXL Enterprises
C. Thomas Faulders III (CLAS '71)
Former Chairman, CEO, LCC International, Inc., President and Chief Executive Officer of the University Alumni Association.
Maria C. Freire (GSAS '81)
President and CEO, Global Alliance for TB Drug Development
Samuel J. Goldwyn Jr. (CLAS '47)
CEO, Samuel Goldwyn Co.; former president, MGM
Lisa Hamilton (COMM '91)
President of the UPS Foundation
Paul Tudor Jones (CLAS '76)
President, Tudor Investment Corp.
Martin Killgallon (DARD '72)
CEO, Ohio Art Company a children's toy company that brought the Etch-A-Sketch among other toys.
Timothy Koogle (SEAS '73)
Former President and CEO, Yahoo Inc.
H. Eugene Lockhart Jr. (SEAS '72, DARD '74)
Director IMS Health, Inc., Former CEO Master Card International
Jonathan Mariner (COMM '76)
Executive Vice President and CFO of Major League Baseball
Halsey M. Minor (CLAS '87)
CEO and chief executive of Net publishers CNET Inc.
Christopher Nassetta (COMM '84)
President and CEO of Hilton Hotels Corp
Alexis Ohanian (COMM '05)
Co-founder, Reddit
Charles T. Pepper (MED 1855)
The original "Dr. Pepper". The creator of Dr Pepper named the drink after Charles T. Pepper, the father of a girl he was in love with.
Peter Quick (SEAS '78)
Former President, American Stock Exchange
Julie Rasmussen (CLAS '87)
President & founder, Mary Kay Cosmetics Russia
Steven S. Reinemund (DARD '78)
Director at Johnson & Johnson, Former Chairman & CEO, PepsiCo, Inc.
Carl W. Smith (CLAS '51)
Founder, Amvest Corporation
Mark B. Templeton (DARD '78)
President & CEO, Citrix Systems, Inc.
James W. Thomas (DARD '79)
Former COO & CFO, MapQuest
David Verklin (CLAS '78)
CEO, Carat North America
Roger L. Werner Jr. (DARD '77)
President, Chief Executive Officer of Outdoor Channel Holdings, Inc. and The Outdoor Channel
A. Thomas Young (CLAS '61)
Former president, Martin Marietta, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Corp

Health Care & Medicine

S. Ward Casscells (MED '39)
Orthopedic surgeon who revolutionized sports medicine by introducing arthroscopic surgery of the knee joint into the U.S.
Leonard Malis (MED '43)
Neurosurgeon, former Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine and pioneer of microneurosurgery.
Vivian W. Pinn MD (MED '67)
Director, Office of Research on Women's Health, National Institutes of Health
Walter Reed (MED 1869)
Medical pioneer, discovered vaccine for yellow fever
Denise Geolot Sherer (NURS '70, NURS '75)
Director, Center for Quality, Health Resources and Services Administration


Robert Aldrich (CLAS '41)
Movie producer, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, The Dirty Dozen, The Longest Yard
Lewis M. Allen Jr. (CLAS '46)
Broadway producer, Annie; film producer, Lord of the Flies
Coran Capshaw (CLAS '83)
Manager of Dave Matthews Band, co-founder of ATO Records, CEO of Musictoday LLC
Deidre Downs (CLAS '02)
Miss America 2005
Tina Fey (CLAS '92)
Actress, former "Saturday Night Live" head writer; writes, executive-produces and stars as Liz Lemon in NBC's "30 Rock.
Bob Gazzale (CLAS '87)
President and CEO of the American Film Institute; Emmy-nominated TV producer and writer.
Laura Ingraham (LAW '91)
Radio Talk Show Host, Author Shut Up and Sing: How the Elites in Hollywood, Politics...and the UN are Subverting America
Mark Johnson (CLAS '71)
Movie producer, Rain Man, Good Morning, Vietnam, Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Stephen J. Malkmus Jr. (CLAS '88)
Indie-rock musician; Former lead singer of the band Pavement.
Benjamin McKenzie (CLAS '01)
Actor, The O.C
Andrew M. Scheinman (CLAS '70, LAW '73)
Movie producer, A Few Good Men, When Harry Met Sally, The Princess Bride
Teddy Sears (COMM '99)
Actor, Raising the Bar, Firehouse Dog
Tom Shadyac (CLAS '80)
Movie director/producer, Patch Adams, Liar Liar, The Nutty Professor, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Bruce Almighty
Melissa Stark (CLAS '95)
Reporter, ESPN, and ABC's "Monday Night Football"
Robert (Skipp) L. Sudduth IV (GSAS '85)
Starred in Third Watch, an NBC television series, for six seasons, had roles in several films, and has stared on Broadway.
Sean Patrick Thomas (CLAS '92)
Actor, Save the Last Dance, Courage Under Fire, Barbershop
Richard A. Tuggle (CLAS '70)
Screenwriter, Escape from Alcatraz, Tightrope
Dylan (Charles) Walsh (CLAS '86)
Actor, Nip/Tuck
Ann Hould Ward (CLAS '78)
Tony Award winner for costume design, Beauty and the Beast
Stanley Winston (CLAS '68)
Motion picture special effects expert.
Paul J. Witt (CLAS '63)
Movie producer, Three Kings, Dead Poets Society; television producer

Supreme Court

Gene E. Franchini (LAW '95)
Former New Mexico Supreme Court Justice.
Asher D. Grunis (LAW '72)
Israeli Supreme Court Justice
Leroy Rountree Hassell (CLAS '77)
First black Chief Justice, Virginia Supreme Court
John Charles Thomas (CLAS '72, LAW '75)
First African-American Justice, Va. Supreme Court. One of twelve African-Americans out of 1,400 students in 1968.

Science & Technology

John Backus (Attended '42)
Created FORTRAN, the first high-level programming language.
Jesse W. Beams Jr. (GSAS '25)
World-renowned physicist
Francis S. Collins MD, PhD (CLAS '70)
Director, National Human Genome Research Institute
Ruth Patrick (GSAS '31, GSAS '34)
Leading biologist, first woman to chair board of Academy of Natural Sciences
Edward Pickels (GSAS '33, GSAS '35)
Inventor of the analytical ultracentrifuge


Valerie B. Ackerman (CLAS '81)
Former president Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA)
Jeff Agoos (COMM '91)
Former Soccer player with San Jose Earthquakes, and national Champion DC United. Played for the US National team in 1988, 1998 and 2002.
Wyatt Allen (CLAS '01)
2004 Olympic Gold Medalist, Men's Rowing
Tiki Barber (COMM '96)
Retired Running Back, New York Giants
Ronde Barber (COMM '96)
Defensive back, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Heather Burge (CLAS '93)
Former WNBA player, Sacramento Monarchs
Heidi Burge (CLAS '93)
Former WNBA player, LA Sparks and Washington Mystics
Rick Carlisle (CLAS '84)
Former head coach, Indiana Pacers; former head coach, Detroit Pistons; NBA Coach of the Year 2001-02
William M. Dudley (EDU '42)
"Bullet Bill" Dudley is the only Virginia player inducted to both the College and Professional Football Halls of Fame.
Paul Ereng (CLAS '93)
1988 Olympic gold medalist in track and field
Tim Finchem (LAW '73)
Commissioner and CEO, PGA
Harrison Fitzgerald Flippin (CLAS '31, MED '33)
World record holder in high hurdles, national pentathlon champion
Albert (Al) Groh (COMM '66)
Head coach for University of Virginia Football team. Former head coach of the New York Jets.
Thomas Jones (CLAS '99)
Running back, New York Jets
Bowie Kuhn (LAW '50)
Commissioner of Major League Baseball, 1969-84; presided over free agency rights and player strikes.
Heath Miller (CLAS '05)
Tight End, Pittsburgh Steelers, Super Bowl Winner 2006
Lea Ann Parsley (NURS '92)
Olympic silver medalist in skeleton, 2002
Sonny Randle (EDU '59)
Four-time all-pro player with St. Louis Cardinals. Coached the U.Va. Cavaliers from 1974-1975.
Eppa Rixey (CLAS 1914, GSAS '20)
Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame
Ralph L. Sampson Jr. (CLAS '83)
Former NBA Player; After playing for the U.Va. Cavaliers he was a number one overall draft pick in the 1983 NBA draft.
Dawn Staley (CLAS '92)
Three-time Olympic gold medalist, Head coach, Temple University
Melanie Valerio (CLAS '91)
1996 Olympic gold medalist, 400-meter freestyle relay
Walter "Wally" F. Walker (CLAS '76)
Former President and General manager, Seattle SuperSonics. Led U.Va. to its only ACC title and its first NCAA Tournament.
Karen E. Zacharias (COMM '01)
Youngest woman to complete a marathon on seven continents, Guinness Book of World Record
Ryan Zimmerman (CLAS '05)
Third Baseman, Washington Nationals


Thomas Bachhuber (EDU '73)
Director of The Career Development Center at UWM, author of five books including The Best Graduate Business Schools.
John T. Casteen III (CLAS '65, GSAS '66, GSAS '70)
President, University of Virginia
Rabbi David Ellenson (GSAS '72)
President, Hebrew Union College
Wade Hampton Frost (CLAS 1901, MED 1903)
Established the Department of Epidemiology at John Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health and served as Dean of the School
Jerome P. Keuper (GSAS '52)
Founder and President Emeritus of Florida Institute of Technology

Land, Sea, & Space

Richard E. Byrd (Attended 1908)
One of Antarctica's greatest explorers. On November 29, 1929, he became the first man to fly over both the North and South poles.
Patrick G. Forrester (SEAS '89)
NASA Astronaut; flew on STS-105 Discovery (2001) and STS-117 Atlantis (2007), the 11th and 21st missions to the International Space Station.
William F. Halsey (Attended 1901)
Former Admiral, U.S. Navy
Karl Heinze (CLAS '47, GSAS '48)
Astronaut, flew on mission aboard the Challenger space shuttle in 1985.
Michael Leinbach (ARCH '76)
Shuttle launch Director NASA, John F. Kennedy Space Center
James McConnell (Attended 1907)
One of the original seven pilots of the Lafayette Escadrille, World War I
Leland Melvin (SEAS '91)
Astronaut, Space Shuttle Crew Member. Served as prime operator of the International Space Station's robotic arm.
Bill Nelson (LAW '68)
U.S Senator and Astronaut. Flew on a mission aboard the Columbia Space Shuttle in 1988.
Kathryn Cordell Thornton (GSAS '79)
Astronaut, flew on several missions aboard the Discovery (1989) and Endeavour (1992, 1993) space shuttles.
Alexander Archer Vandegrift (CLAS 1909)
18th Commandant and the first 4-star general of the US Marine Corps. Winner of Distinguished Service Medal, Navy Cross, and Medal of Honor
Peter J. Wisoff (CLAS '80)
Astronaut, flew on missions aboard the Endeavour (1993 and 1994), Atlantis (1997) and the Discovery (2000).

News & Media

Nancy Andrews (CLAS '86)
Award-winning photo journalist/author; 1999 White House Photographer of the Year
Wyatt G. Andrews (CLAS '74)
CBS news correspondent
Frederic W. Barnes Jr. (CLAS '65)
Executive editor of The Weekly Standard, co-host of The Beltway Boys and also regularly appears on Fox's Special Report with Brit Hume.
E. Thayer Bigelow Jr. (DARD '67)
Director, Crane Co., Former president, Time Warner Cable; former president, HBO
Whitney Casey (EDU '97)
CNN correspondent and an occasional CNN Headline News anchor
C. Shelby Coffey III (CLAS '68)
Former President, CNN Business News and CNNfn; former editor, U.S. News and Report, The Dallas Times Herald, and the Los Angeles Times
Katherine A. Couric (CLAS '79)
Anchor, CBS Nightly News. She has been co-anchor of NBC's "Today Show" from 1991 through 2006.
Kimberly Dozier (CLAS '03)
CBS Correspondent, Survivor of Bomb Attack in Iraq
Steve Huffman (SEAS '05)
Co-founder of Reddit, a social news website.
Brit Hume (CLAS '65)
Anchor of Special Report with Brit Hume, Managing Editor Fox News
Sara James (CLAS '83)
Correspondent, "Dateline NBC"
Richard Lowry (CLAS '90)
Editor, National Review
Tyler Mathisen (CLAS '76)
Managing Editor of CNBC Business News and Host of CNBC High Net Worth
George P. Rodrigue III (CLAS '78)
VP/Managing editor, The Dallas Morning News; two-time Pulitzer Prize recipient
William F. Shortz (LAW '77)
Crossword editor, New York Times; puzzlemaster, NPR Weekend Edition
Joan M. Stapleton (CLAS '75)
Former publisher, New Republic
Kristin van Ogtrop (CLAS '86)
Managing Editor, Real Simple magazine in March 2003; Previously Executive Editor, Glamour magazine.
Bob Wright (LAW '68)
Vice Chairman and Executive Officer, GE Chairman, NBC Universal

Arts & Literature

Louis S. Auchincloss (LAW '41)
Attorney, novelist, The Rector of Justin, The House of Five Talents
David Baldacci (LAW '86)
Novelist, Absolute Power, Saving Faith, The Simple Truth
David Berman (CLAS '89)
Poet, Author, Actual Air
Paul Bowles (Attended '28)
Author, The Sheltering Sky; composer
Bruce Brandfon (CLAS '69)
VP and Publisher of Scientific American
Erskine Caldwell (Attended '23, Attended '26)
Novelist, Tobacco Road, God's Little Acre
Michael Cogswell (CLAS '83)
Director, Louis Armstrong House & Archive, Author Louis Armstrong: The offstage Story of Satchmo
Claudia Emerson (CLAS '79)
Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet. She was awarded the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for her collection "Late Wife" and has been a contributing editor of the literary magazine "Shenandoah."
Linda A. Fairstein (LAW '72)
Former prosecutor and best-selling crime novelist, served as Chief of the Sex Crime Persecution Unit in the NY Dist Attorney office.
Lawton Fitt (DARD '79)
Director, CIENA Corporation and Former Director, the Royal Academy of Arts
Julien Green (Attended 1919)
Novelist; member, Academie Francaise
Edward P. Jones (GSAS '81)
Pulitzer Prize winning novelist, The Known World
N. Scott Momaday (LAW '59)
Author, House Made of Dawn, The Bear; Pulitzer Prize recipient
Georgia O'Keeffe (Attended 1912)
Renowned artist of American Modernism. Introduced techniques that made her famous at a summer course taken at U.Va.
Edgar Allan Poe (Attended 1826)
Writer; Dropped out of U.Va. after a year having lost his tuition due to a gambling problem.
Karl Shapiro (Attended '32)
Pulitzer-prize winning poet; editor, Prairie Schooner
Ron Suskind (CLAS '81)
Author, The One Percent Doctrine, The Price of Loyalty, A Hope in the Unseen
Henry S. Taylor (CLAS '65)
Pulitzer Prize- winning Author, A Flying Change

International/Foreign Affairs

Yasushi Akashi (GSAS '56)
Former undersecretary, US Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
Hanan Ashrawi (GSAS '82)
Founder and Secretary General of the Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy.
Fernando Bolivar (Attended '28)
Venezuelan diplomat; U.Va.'s first Hispanic student
William Lyons Brown Jr. (CLAS '58)
U.S. Ambassador to Austria
Edward E. Elson (CLAS '56)
Former Ambassador to Denmark
William S. Farish III (CLAS '62)
U.S. Ambassador to the Court of St. James
Charlie Glazer (COMM '65)
US Ambassador
Michael Guest (GSAS '81)
Former U.S. Ambassador to Romania
W. Nathaniel Howell (CLAS '61, GSAS '65)
Former U.S. Ambassador to Kuwait
Alton G. Keel Jr. (SEAS '66, SEAS '70)
Former U.S. Ambassador to NATO
Frederick E. Nolting Jr. (CLAS '33, GSAS '40, GSAS '42)
Former Ambassador to South Vietnam
W. Robert Pearson (LAW '68)
Director General, Foreign Service and Director, Human Resources U.S. Department of State
Javier Solana (GSAS '71)
Former Secretary General of NATO (1995-1999), current Secretary General of the Council of the EU.
E. Ashley Wills (CLAS '71)
U.S. Ambassador focuses on India and South Asia, Senior International Business Advisor at WilmerHale
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