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Notable Alumni

Notable and famous alumni

A legacy of recognized success, a record of transformative achievement

ASU has inspired a half-million master learners, alumni who thrive in nearly every country in the world. ASU graduates have generated headlines and helped solve society’s great challenges, in disciplines from the sciences to the arts, from sustainability to entrepreneurship and every category in between.

The alumni list is populated by international government leaders; U.S. governors, congressmen and senators; founders of companies; military-service pioneers; researchers in medicine, technology and sustainability; groundbreaking entrepreneurs, pioneering educators; entertainers and more. 

 

Barbara Barett

Barbara Barrett

Businesswoman, philanthropist, diplomat; former U.S. Ambassador to Finland;
BS, political science, 1972; MPA, public administration, 1975; JD, law, 1978

Malissia Clinton

Malissia Clinton

Senior vice president, general counsel and secretary, Aerospace; board member, City of
Hope; board member, Arizona State University Foundation; board member, 3D Systems; BA, political science, 1990

Reka Cseresnyes

Reka Cseresnyes

Founder, SCR Sport in Budapest, Hungary; first four-time All-American in Sun Devil women's tennis history;
BS, finance and purchase/logistic management, 1999

Matthew Desmond

Matthew Desmond

MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant” recipient; Harvard associate professor of sociology and social studies;
BS, communication and justice studies, 2002

Christine Devine

Christine Devine

Los Angeles news anchor; winner of 16 Emmys; Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication Alumni Hall of Fame; ASU Board of Trustees; BA, broadcasting, 1987

Doug Ducey

Doug Ducey

Arizona governor; former Arizona state treasurer; former CEO, Cold Stone Creamery; member, ASU W. P. Carey School of Business Hall of Fame; BS, finance, 1986

Mary Lou Fulton

Mary Lou Fulton

Educator, philanthropist; namesake of ASU's Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, BYU's Mary Lou Fulton Chair in College of Family, Home and Social Sciences; with husband Ira, ASU's largest individual donors; BA, education, 1975

Mary Temple Grandin

Mary Temple Grandin

Autism spokesperson, animal behavior expert, author; subject of Emmy Award-winning movie, "Temple Grandin"; MS; animal science, 1975; honorary doctorate of humane letters, 2012

Gregory Haile

Gregory Haile

President, Broward College; former editor-in-chief of the National Black Law Journal; has taught at Harvard and Columbia University School of Law; BS, justice studies, 1999

Jan Henne-Hawkins

Jan Henne-Hawkins

Two-time Olympic gold medal winner, four overall medals, eight-time U.S. record-holder; International Swimming Hall of Fame;
BAE, physical education, 1972

Vada Manager

Vada Manager

Founder and CEO of Manager Global Consulting Group; former director of global issues for Nike; advisor to Major League Baseball, the PGA TOUR and Major League Soccer; former advisor to President Nelson Mandela; ASU Board of Trustees; CLAS Hall of Famer; BS, political science, 1983

Aaron Matos

Aaron Matos

Founder and CEO, jobing.com; founder, recruiting.com; recognized expert on recruitment technologies; member, ASU W. P. Carey School of Business Dean's Council;
BS, management, 1995

Al Michaels

Al Michaels

Sportscaster; five-time Emmy Award winner, five-time national sportscaster of year; TV Academy Hall of Fame; Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism from ASU;
BA, broadcasting, 1966

Phil Mickelson

Phil Mickelson

Professional golfer; winner of five major PGA championships, including three Masters titles; member, World Golf Hall of Fame; four-time All-American golfer at ASU
BA, psychology, 1992

Harriet Nembhard

Harriet Nembhard

Dean, University of Iowa College of Engineering; fellow, Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineering; fellow, American Society for Quality; awarded the Clinical and Translational Science Award for her work on the treatment of Parkinson’s disease; BS, industrial engineering, 1990

Ed Pastor

Ed Pastor

U.S. congressman representing Arizona's 7th, 4th and 2nd districts during quarter-century of service on Capitol Hill, 1991-2015; BA, chemistry, 1966; JD, law, 1974

Anthony Robles

Anthony Robles

NCAA Wrestling Champion; ESPY Award recipient; author; motivational speaker; ESPN analyst; BIS, interdisciplinary studies, 2011

Edward “Joe” Shoen

Edward “Joe” Shoen

Businessman, philanthropist; president and chairman, Amerco; chairman and CEO, U-Haul; 2017 ASU W. P. Carey School of Business Executive of the Year;
JD, law, 1981

Kyrsten Sinema

Kyrsten Sinema

Senior U.S. Senator for Arizona; former U.S. congresswoman representing Arizona’s 9th district; former member of Arizona Senate, Arizona House; three-time Legislator of the Year; MSW, social work, 1999; JD, 2004; PhD, justice studies, 2012

Kate Spade

Kate Spade

Award-winning fashion designer, businesswoman; co-founder, Kate Spade New York; two-time Council of Fashion Designers of America award winner;
BA, broadcasting, 1985

Brenda Strong

Brenda Strong

Award-winning actress; "Desperate Housewives" recognition: two-time Screen Actors Guild Award winner, Emmy Award nominee for voice-over performance;
BA, music performance, 1982

Pat Tillman

Pat Tillman

Pro football player, decorated Army specialist; left successful NFL career to join Army after Sept. 11 terrorist attacks; recipient of 14 military awards and decorations;
BS, marketing, 1997

Opal Tometi

Opal Tometi

Human rights activist; co-founder of the #BlackLivesMatter movement; author; former executive director of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI), the U.S.’ first national immigrant rights organization for people of African descent; MA, communication and advocacy, 2010

Danny White

Danny White

Former All-Pro Dallas Cowboys quarterback, two-time Arena Football League champion head coach; College Football Hall of fame member; Sun Devil Athletics consultant; BS, Agribusiness, 1995

Jeri Williams

Jeri Williams

Police Chief, Phoenix Police Department (first female chief); appointed to Medal of Valor Review Board by President Obama; BA, fine arts, 1998

Ryan Wood

Ryan Wood

Businessman, cowboy; co-founder, Under Armour performance apparel; founder, Sweetwood Cattle Co.; selected by NFL Dallas Cowboys as fullback in 1996 player draft; BA, history, 1996

Margaret H. Woodward

Margaret H. Woodward

Decorated Air Force major general; recipient of 14 military awards and decorations; first woman to oversee U.S. combat air campaign;
BS, aerospace engineering, 1982

Peterson Zah

Peterson Zah

First Navajo Nation president, last Navajo Tribal Council chairman; established Navajo Nation Permanent Trust Fund; honorary degrees: ASU, Colorado College, College of Santa Fe; BAE, industrial education, 1963

 

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