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Notable Alumni University of Virginia

College of Arts & Sciences



George F. Allen (CLAS '74, LAW '77)
former U.S. Senator from Virginia, former Governor of Virginia
Mortimer M. Caplin (CLAS '37, LAW '40)
former Commissioner of Internal Revenue
Lt. Gen. David A. Deptula (CLAS '43, GSAS '76)
former Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, U.S. Air Force
Julia Gibbons (CLAS '75)
Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
James S. "Jim" Gilmore III (CLAS '71, LAW '77)
former Governor of Virginia, former Chair of the Republican National Committee
Jeannie Hong (CLAS '88)
Associate Judge, Baltimore City Circuit Court, 8th Judicial Circuit; First Asian Pacific American Judge in the State of Maryland
Robert L. Hutchings (CLAS '79)
former chair, National Intelligence Council
John Nau (CLAS '68)
former Chair of the National Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
Larry J. Sabato (CLAS '74)
Director and founder of the Center for Politics, best-selling author
Alexander Hugh Holmes Stuart (CLAS '28)
former U.S. Secretary of the Interior


Frank Batten Sr. (CLAS '50)
former Chair 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 of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation
Alfred R. Berkeley III (CLAS '66)
former President and Vice Chair, NASDAQ
Daryl Brewster (CLAS '79)
former President and CEO, Krispy Kreme
U Bertram Ellis Jr. (CLAS '75, DARD '79)
Chairman & CEO, iXL Enterprises
C. Thomas Faulders III (CLAS '71)
former Chair and CEO, LCC International, Inc., President and Chief Executive Officer of the University Alumni Association.
Samuel J. Goldwyn Jr. (CLAS '47)
Founder, The Samuel Goldwyn Company and Samuel Goldwyn Films
Paul Tudor Jones (CLAS '76)
Founder, Tudor Investment Corp.
Halsey M. Minor (CLAS '87)
Co-Founder, CNET Inc.
Julie Rasmussen (CLAS '87)
former President, Mary Kay Europe
Carl W. Smith (CLAS '51)
Founder, Amvest Corporation
David Verklin (CLAS '78)
former CEO, Aegis Media Americas
George T. Yates III (CLAS '70, LAW '73)
Partner, Coudert Brothers; Recipient, French Legion d'Honneur


Robert Aldrich (CLAS '41)
Film 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, Dave Matthews Band; co-founder, ATO Records; former CEO, Musictoday LLC
Deidre Downs (CLAS '02)
Miss America 2005
Tina Fey (CLAS '92)
actress, comedian, writer and producer known for her work on Saturday Night Live and NBC's award-winning 30 Rock
Bob Gazzale (CLAS '87)
President and CEO, American Film Institute; Emmy-nominated TV producer and writer.
Mark Johnson (CLAS '71)
Film Producer, Rain Man, Good Morning, Vietnam, The Notebook
Stephen J. Malkmus Jr. (CLAS '88)
indie-rock musician; former lead singer, Pavement
Benjamin McKenzie (CLAS '01)
actor, The O.C
Andrew M. Scheinman (CLAS '70, LAW '73)
Film Producer, A Few Good Men, When Harry Met Sally, The Princess Bride; Television Producer, Seinfeld
Tom Shadyac (CLAS '80)
Film Director/Producer, Patch Adams, Liar Liar, The Nutty Professor, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Bruce Almighty
Melissa Stark (CLAS '95)
reporter, ESPN, MSNBC, NBC's Today and ABC's Monday Night Football
Sean Patrick Thomas (CLAS '92)
actor, Save the Last Dance, Courage Under Fire, Barbershop, The District
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)
Academy Award winning motion picture special effects expert, Terminator, Iron Man, Predator, Avatar
Paul J. Witt (CLAS '63)
Film Producer, Three Kings, Dead Poets Society; Television Producer, The Golden Girls, Empty Nest, The Partidge Family

Supreme Court

Leroy Rountree Hassell (CLAS '77)
former Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Virginia
John Charles Thomas (CLAS '72, LAW '75)
former Justice, Supreme Court of Virginia

Science & Technology

Francis S. Collins MD, PhD (CLAS '70)
Director, National Human Genome Research Institute


Valerie B. Ackerman (CLAS '81)
Former president Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA)
Wyatt Allen (CLAS '01)
2004 Olympic Gold Medalist, Men's Rowing
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
Paul Ereng (CLAS '93)
1988 Olympic gold medalist in track and field
Harrison Fitzgerald Flippin (CLAS '31, MED '33)
World record holder in high hurdles, national pentathlon champion
Thomas Jones (CLAS '99)
Running back, New York Jets
Heath Miller (CLAS '05)
Tight End, Pittsburgh Steelers, Super Bowl Winner 2006
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.
Ryan Zimmerman (CLAS '05)
Third Baseman, Washington Nationals


John T. Casteen III (CLAS '65, GSAS '66, GSAS '70)
President, University of Virginia
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

Land, Sea, & Space

Karl Heinze (CLAS '47, GSAS '48)
Astronaut, flew on mission aboard the Challenger space shuttle in 1985.
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).
A. Thomas Young (CLAS '61)
former Director, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

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.
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
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
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.

Arts & Literature

David Berman (CLAS '89)
Poet, Author, Actual Air
Bruce Brandfon (CLAS '69)
VP and Publisher of Scientific American
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."
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

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
W. Nathaniel Howell (CLAS '61, GSAS '65)
Former U.S. Ambassador to Kuwait
Frederick E. Nolting Jr. (CLAS '33, GSAS '40, GSAS '42)
Former Ambassador to South Vietnam
E. Ashley Wills (CLAS '71)
U.S. Ambassador focuses on India and South Asia, Senior International Business Advisor at WilmerHale
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