List of University of Florida people


List of University of Florida people

Notable alumni or attendees

cience and mathematics

*Mark Adler, American researcher, known for his work in data compression, and creator of zlib and gzip
*Linda H. Aiken, Current Director of the Center of Health Outcomes and Policy Research, and Professor at the University of Pennsylvania
*James Allchin, Developed Microsoft Operating Systems, former executive
*John D. Anderson, Curator of Aerodynamics at the National Air and Space Museum
*John Vincent Atanasoff, Inventor of the first automatic electronic digital computer
*C. D. Atkins, Co-creator of the frozen Orange Juice concentrate
*Rodney J. Bartlett, American chemist, and Guggenheim Fellow
*Charles A. Becker, Food scientist, winner of the Calvert L. Willey Award
*Karen Ramey Burns, American forensic anthropologist, and Fulbright Scholar
*Archie Carr, Eminent American zoologist, famed conservationist, and founder of the Caribbean Conservation Corporation
*Robert Costanza, American ecological economist and the Gund Professor of Ecological economics and Director of the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont
*Nils J. Diaz, Former Chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission
*Jonathan F. Earle, American Engineer, received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring
*Philip Don Estridge, Led development of the original IBM Personal Computer (PC), and thus is known as "father of the IBM PC"
*Manuel Fernandez, Entrepreneur, guiding force behind the Gavilan SC, the first laptop computer
*Harry James Free, Co-creator of Gatorade
*Fred Gage, American researcher of Alzheimer's disease and the spinal cord
*Robert Gentry, Nuclear physicist and creationist advocate
*John W. Griffin, Archaeologist, researcher, administrator, and author
*Kelsie Harder, American onomastician
*Steven Hebert, American nephrologist
*Joe Hernandez, Current CEO for the biotech firm Innovative Biosensors
*Richard Highton, Famous Zoologist, and current Professor Emeritus in Biology at the University of Maryland
*Shere Hite, Famous sex educator and feminist
*Horton H. Hobbs, Jr., Famous carcinologist, and former Head Curator of the United States National Museum
*James Hollan, American cognitive scientist, and Professor at University of California, San Diego
*George Kauffman, Former Professor emeritus for Chemistry, Guggenheim Fellow
*Pramod Khargonekar, Current Dean of the University of Florida College of Engineering
*Bruce C. Kone, Former Dean of the University of Florida College of Medicine
*Joseph C. Joyce, Current Executive Vice President for the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
*Robert Love, American author, speaker, and open source software developer
*Louis G. MacDowell, Co-creator of the frozen Orange Juice concentrate
*Chris Malachowsky, American computer scientist and co-founder of NVIDIA
*Preston McAfee, Current Vice President for Yahoo! Research
*Edwin H. McConkey, Prominent biologists who study evolution, current Professor Emeritus at the University of Colorado
*Jerald Milanich, American anthropologist and archaeologist
*Lee Ann Newsom, Famed Anthropologist, and MacArthur Fellow
*Nandini Nimbkar, Current President of the Nimbkar Agricultural Research Institute in India
*Jerald S. Paul, Current Deputy Administrator for the National Nuclear Security Administration
* Peter Pritchard, Famed Zoologist
*Anil K. Rajvanshi, Mechanical Engineer, and current Director of the Nimbkar Agricultural Research Institute in India
*Michael Reynolds, Notable Astronomer
*Lesa Roe, Current Director of the NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia
*Douglas A. Rossman, American herpetologist
*Michael Ryschkewitsch, Current chief engineer for NASA
*Dana Shires, Co-creator of Gatorade
*Eduardo Sontag, Notable Argentine mathematician
*Jeffrey Spieler, Current Director of Research for USAID
*Lewis Stadler, American geneticist
*Gilbert Stork, Creator of the Stork enamine alkylation, and Professor of Chemistry Emeritus at Columbia University
*Michael Thomas, American entomologist
*James Thompson, Former Director of the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center

Nobel Prize winners

*Robert Grubbs, Won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 2005 for his work in the field of olefin metathesis
*Marshall Nirenberg, Won the Nobel Prize for Physiology/Medicine in 1968 for describing the genetic code and how it operates in protein synthesis

Astronauts

*William Frederick Fisher, NASA Astronaut, and current Medical Doctor
*Bill Nelson, NASA Astronaut, current U.S. Senator, and former U.S. Representative
*Ronald A. Parise, NASA Astronaut
*Norman Thagard, NASA Astronaut, and current Tenured Professor of Engineering at Florida State University

Presidents of Universities & Colleges

*Byong Man Ahn, Former President of Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul, Korea
*George F. Baughman, Founding President of New College of Florida
*Thomas G. Carpenter, Former President of Memphis State University, and founding President of University of North Florida
*Marshall Criser, Former President of University of Florida and former Chairman of Scripps Florida
*Harold B. Crosby, Former President of University of West Florida and Florida International University
*Gay Culverhouse, Former President of Notre Dame College and President of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
*Sandy D'Alemberte, Former President of Florida State University and the American Bar Association
*John Delaney, Current President of the University of North Florida, former mayor of Jacksonville
*Donald Eastman, Current President of Eckerd College
*Ray F. Ferrero Jr., Current President of Nova Southeastern University
*Fred Gainous, Former President of Florida A&M University
*Carl Hite, President of Cleveland State Community College, Tennessee
*Robert Lindgren, Current President of Randolph-Macon College
*Charles N. Millican, Founding President of the University of Central Florida
*Stephen C. O'Connell, Former President of the University of Florida
*Eduardo J. Padrón, Current President of Miami Dade College
*Paul G. Pearson, Former President of Miami University of Ohio and former Interim President for Rutgers University
*William L. Proctor, Former Chancellor of Flagler College
*Michael Rao, Current President of Central Michigan University
*W. Reece Smith Jr., Former President of the University of South Florida, Rhodes Scholar, and former President of the American Bar Association
*E. Jean Walker, Former President of Virginia Highlands Community College

Politicians, Military, and Legal

*Alto L. Adams, Former Justice on the Florida Supreme Court
*J.D. Alexander, Current member of the Florida Senate, Grandson of Ben Hill Griffin Jr.
*John R. Alison, The father of Air Force special operations
*Harry Lee Anstead, Current Justice on the Florida Supreme Court
*Winston E. Arnow, Judge who presided over the Gainesville Eight trial
*Jeffrey Atwater, Current member of the Florida Senate, former CEO of Barnett Bank
*Byllye Avery, Notable health care activist
*Wayne Besen, Former spokesman for the Human Rights Campaign, and gay rights advocate
*Bob Butterworth, Former Florida Attorney General, Dean of St. Thomas University College of Law
*Scott Camil, Political activist, known primarily for leading the "Gainesville Eight"
*Skip Campbell, Former member of the Florida Senate, ran unsuccessfully for Florida Attorney General, Professor at Nova Southeastern University
*Bernadette Castro, Former Commissioner of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation for the state of New York
*Leonard F. Chapman, Jr., Commandant United States Marine Corps 1968-1972
*Paula Dockery, Current member of the Florida Senate and current Majority Whip
*Stan Dromisky, Former member of the Canadian House of Commons, current professor and a director of the Thunder Bay Art Gallery
*Raymond Ehrlich, Former justice on the Florida Supreme Court
*Richard Ervin, Former Florida Attorney General
*George Greer, Judge who presided over the Terri Schiavo case, he serves in the Pinellas-Pasco County Circuit Court of Florida
*Stephen H. Grimes, Former Justice on the Florida Supreme Court
*Earl Faircloth, Former Florida Attorney General
*Mallory Horne, Former President of the Florida Senate, former Speaker of the House of Representatives for Florida
*Bruce Jacob, Former Assistant Attorney General, and prosecuted in Gideon v. Wainwright
*Joseph Kittinger, Famous pilot for the U.S. Air Force, known for his high-altitude balloon flights & parachute jumps
*Jeff Kottkamp, Current Florida lieutenant governor
*James W. Kynes, Former Florida Attorney General, former Vice President for the Jim Walter Corporation
*Jorge Labarga, Circuit court judge who refused a new recount during the 2000 U.S. Presidential election
*Lewis Landes, Former U.S. Army Colonel and prominent Attorney
*Row Lewis, Grenadian activist
*Evelyn J. Lynn, Current member of the Florida Senate
*Parker Lee McDonald, Former Justice of the Florida Supreme Court
*Virginia Montes, Latina civil rights activist and feminist
*Ben F. Overton, Former Justice on the Florida Supreme Court
*Andrew Owens, Former Gator basketball player and current Judge
*Beverly Perdue, Current North Carolina lieutenant governor
*Robert C. Pittman, Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross
*Nan Rich, Current member of the Florida Senate
*Alan G. Rogers, Civil rights activist, and US Army Major who died in Operation Iraqi Freedom
*Marco Rubio, Current Speaker of the House of Representatives for Florida
*Katherine Fernandez Rundle, Current State Attorney for Miami, Florida
*Harold Sebring, Judge at the Nuremberg Trials, former Florida Supreme Court judge
*T. Terrell Sessums, Former Speaker of the House of Representatives for Florida, former Chairman of the Florida Board of Regents
*William A. Shands, Former member of the Florida Senate and namesake for the Shands Hospital
*Robert Shevin, Former Florida Attorney General, current Judge for Florida's Third District Court of Appeal
*Bruce Smathers, Former Florida Secretary of State
*Terry Smiljanich, Counsel to the U.S. Senate during the Congressional hearing on the Iran-Contra Affair
*Rod Smith, Former member of the Florida Senate, successfully prosecuted Danny Rolling, ran unsuccessfully for Governor of Florida
*Susan Stanton, Former city manager of Largo, Florida, and transsexual activist
*Paul Tibbets, Pilot of the "Enola Gay"
*W. Fred Turner, Successful in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case Gideon v. Wainwright
*Charles T. Wells, Current justice on the Florida Supreme Court
*Jim Williams, Former Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Former Florida lieutenant governor

United States Ambassadors

*Lucius D. Battle, U.S. Ambassador to Egypt, former President of the Middle Eastern Institute
*William Bradford, Ambassador to the United Nations
*Carey Cavanaugh, U.S. Ambassador and Director of Patterson School of Diplomacy
*Stanley Tuemler Escudero, U.S. Ambassador to Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Azerbaijan
*Barbara J. Stephenson, U.S. Ambassador to Panama
*Donald L. Tucker, U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic, former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives

United States Senators

*Charles O. Andrews, Former U.S. Senator
*Lawton Chiles, Former U.S. Senator and Florida governor
*Bob Graham, Former U.S. Senator, Florida governor, and Presidential Candidate
*William Luther Hill, Former U.S. Senator
*Spessard Holland, Former U.S. Senator, Founder of Holland & Knight, and Former Florida governor
*Connie Mack III, Former U.S. Senator and U.S. Representative
*Bill Nelson, Current U.S. Senator, and former U.S. Representative
*George A. Smathers, Former U.S. Senator, Presidential Candidate, and benefactor for the George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida

Federal Judges

*Sidney M. Aronovitz, United States District Judge
*C. Clyde Atkins, United States District Judge
*Rosemary Barkett, United States Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit
*Susan H. Black, United States Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit
*William J. Castagna, United States District Judge
*Anne Conway, United States District Judge
*Edward B. Davis, United States District Judge
*Miles Davis, United States Magistrate Judge
*William Dimitrouleas, United States District Judge
*Patricia C. Fawsett, United States District Judge
*Peter T. Fay, United States Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit
*Jose A. Gonzalez, Jr., United States District Judge
*William Terrell Hodges, United States District Judge
*Marcia Morales Howard, United States District Judge
*Paul Huck, United States District Judge
*Elizabeth Jenkins, United States Magistrate Judge
*Bruce Kasold, United States Appeals Judge for Veterans Claims
*James W. Kehoe, United States District Judge
*James Lawrence King, United States District Judge
*Ben Krentzman, United States District Judge
*Richard A. Lazzara, United States District Judge
*Howell W. Melton, United States District Judge
*Steven D. Merryday, United States District Judge
*Stephan P. Mickle, United States District Judge
*Donald M. Middlebrooks, United States District Judge
*James S. Moody, Jr., United States District Judge
*Jon B. Morgan, United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit
*Thomas Morris, United States Magistrate Judge
*Ralph Wilson Nimmons, Jr., United States District Judge
*Maurice M. Paul, United States District Judge
*S. Jay Plager, United States Circuit Judge for the Federal Circuit
*Gregory A. Presnell, United States District Judge
*William C. Sherrill, Jr., United States Magistrate Judge
*John M. Bryan Simpson, United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit
*John Richard Smoak, Jr., United States District Judge
*Ursula Mancusi Ungaro-Benages, United States District Judge
*James Whittemore, United States District Judge
*George C. Young, United States District Judge

United States Representatives

*Charles Edward Bennett, Former U.S. Representative
*Gus Bilirakis, Current U.S. Representative
*Michael Bilirakis, Former U.S. Representative
*Corrine Brown, Current U.S. Representative
*William V. Chappell, Jr., Former U.S. Representative
*Ander Crenshaw, Current U.S. Representative
*Jim Davis, Former U.S. Representative, ran unsuccessfully for Governor of Florida
*Don Fuqua, Former U.S. Representative
*Sam Gibbons, Former U.S. Representative
*James W. Grant, Former U.S. Representative
*Robert A. Green, Former U.S. Representative
*Bill Gunter, Former U.S. Representative
*Albert S. Herlong, Jr., Former U.S. Representative
*Marjorie Holt, Former U.S. Representative
*William C. Lantaff, Former U.S. Representative
*Tom Lewis, Former U.S. Representative
*Craig T. James, Former U.S. Representative
*Harry Johnston, Former U.S. Representative
*Buddy MacKay, Former U.S. Representative
*Connie Mack III, Former U.S. Representative and U.S. Senator
*Connie Mack IV, Current U.S. Representative
*Donald Ray Matthews, Former U.S. Representative
*Bill McCollum, Former U.S. Representative and Current Florida Attorney General
*Chester B. McMullen, Former U.S. Representative
*Daniel Mica, Former U.S. Representative
*John Mica, Current U.S. Representative
*Dan Miller, Former U.S. Representative
*Jeff Miller, Current U.S. Representative
*Bill Nelson, Former U.S. Representative and Current U.S. Senator
*J. Hardin Peterson, Former U.S. Representative
*Adam Putnam, Current U.S. Representative
*Paul G. Rogers, Former U.S. Representative
*Joe Scarborough, Former U.S. Representative and Current MSNBC talk show host
*Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Current U.S. Representative
*Robert L. F. Sikes, Former U.S. Representative
*Karen Thurman, Former U.S. Representative
*Robert Wexler, Current U.S. Representative

Governors

*Reubin O'Donovan Askew, Florida governor
*C. Farris Bryant, Florida governor
*Lawton Chiles, Florida governor and U.S. Senator
*Bob Graham, Florida governor and U.S. Senator & Presidential Candidate
*Spessard Holland, Florida governor and U.S. Senator, and Founder of Holland & Knight
*Buddy MacKay, Florida governor and Florida lieutenant governor
*Daniel T. McCarty, Florida governor
*Wayne Mixson, Florida governor
*Fuller Warren, Florida governor

Mayors

*Ed Austin, Former Mayor of Jacksonville, Florida
*John Delaney, Former Mayor of Jacksonville, Florida
*Buddy Dyer, Current Mayor of Orlando, Florida
*Randy Ewers, Current Mayor of Ocala, Florida
*Robert L. Floyd, Former Mayor of Miami, Florida
*Merle Graser, Former Mayor of Venice, Florida
*Pegeen Hanrahan, Current Mayor of Gainesville, Florida
*John Land, Currently the longest serving Mayor in the history of the State of Florida
*Julian Barnes Lane, Former Mayor of Tampa, Florida
*William F. Poe, Former Mayor of Tampa, Florida
*Jeronimo S. Sorto, Former mayor in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, and Honduras Congressman
*Hans Tanzler, Former Mayor of Jacksonville, Florida

Generals & Admirals

*John R. Alison, Retired Major General of the U.S. Air Force, and father of Air Force Special Operations
*George F. Baughman, Retired Rear Admiral of the U.S. Navy, and founding President of New College of Florida
*Albert H. Blanding, Retired Lieutenant General of the U.S. Army
*Richard E. Cellon, Active Rear Admiral of the U.S. Navy
*Leonard F. Chapman, Jr., Retired General of the United States Marine Corps and Commandant of the Marine Corps
*Charles W. Dorman, Retired Brigadier General, & Chief Judge for the U.S. Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals
*Mark T. Emerson, Active Rear Admiral of the U.S. Navy, current Commander of the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center
*David C. Hague, Retired Brigadier General of the United States Marine Corps
*Joseph C. Joyce, Retired Brigadier General of the U.S. Army, and current Vice President of IFAS
*Richard B. Landolt, Active Rear Admiral of the U.S. Navy
*Leon E. Salomon, Retired General of the U.S. Army, current Vice President for Rubbermaid
*Alan S. Thompson, Active Rear Admiral of the U.S. Navy
*Paul Tibbets, Retired Brigadier General of the U.S. Air Force, pilot of the Enola Gay

Business executives, policy leaders, and others

*William J. Alcorn, Current Senior Vice President for JCPenney
*Raymond W. Alden III, Current Provost and Executive Vice President of Northern Illinois University
*Alan Paul Anderson, Current Commissioner of the Federal Maritime Commission
*DuBose Ausley, Former Chairman of the Florida Board of Regents
*Holly Benson, Current Secretary of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation for Florida
*Alan Stephenson Boyd, Former Secretary of the United States Department of Transportation
*Robert B. Bradley, Current Vice President at Florida State University
*Malcolm Bricklin, Automotive entrepreneur and creator of the Bricklin SV-1
*Carol Browner, Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Current Chairman of the Audobon Society
*Dana Bullen, Former director of the Press Freedom Committee, former foreign editor of The Washington Star
*Leighton Campbell, Prominent investment advisor, and author of "The Other Way"
*Kiki Carter, Former environmental activist, organizer, songwriter, and columnist
*Robert B. Carter, Current CIO of the FedEx Corporation
*Alan Cohen, Current owner of the Florida Panthers hockey team
*John J. Considine, Current Senior Minister for the Unity Church, former member of the Florida House of Representatives
*Marshall Criser, Former Chairman of Scripps Florida, and former President of the University of Florida
*J. Broward Culpepper, First Chancellor of the State University System of Florida, and former Dean at Florida State University
*J.J. Daniel, Former Publisher of the Florida Times-Union and Jacksonville Journal
*John Dillin, Former editor for the Christian Science Monitor
*Paul Rand Dixon, Former Chairman and Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission
*Ngo Dong, Founder of Cuong Nhu
*William A. Emerson, Former Senior Vice President for Merrill Lynch
*Mark Erstling, Senior Vice President and COO for the Association of Public Television Stations
*Mark S. Fowler, Former Federal Communications Commissioner
*Kevin Freeland, Current Vice President for Advance Auto Parts
*Bill Gurley, General Partner at Benchmark Capital
*Mason Hawkins, Founder of Southeastern Asset Management
*W. Michael Heekin, Founding COO of WebMD, and Dean at the Florida State University College of Law
*Kenneth T. Henson, Current Dean of Education at The Citadel
*Lawrence J. Hoffman, Founder of Greenberg Traurig
*Willis N. Holcombe, Current Chancellor of the Community College System of Florida
*Van Ellis Huff, Inventor of the Jalousie Window
*Maryfran Johnson, Former Editor-in-Chief of Computerworld, current VP & Editorial Director, CIO Decisions Media Group
*Frank Karel III, Former Vice President of the Rockefeller Foundation
*Mark E. Kaplan, Former Secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation
*Jack Katz, Founder of the "Panama Jack Company"
*Douglas Leigh, American advertising executive, and pioneer in signage and outdoor advertising, and created New York City's Times Square
*Chris Linn, Current Vice President for MTV
*Robert Love, Developer that uses open source, known for his contributions to the Linux kernel
*Shannon McAleavey, Current Vice President for Walt Disney World
*Bill McBride, Successful Florida businessman & lawyer, ran unsuccessfully for Governor of Florida in 2002
*Marshall McDonald, Former Chairman of Florida Power and Light
*James E. McLean, Current Dean of Education at the University of Alabama
*Jennifer McMillin, Current Executive Vice President for Golin Harris International
*Howell W. Melton Jr., Current Managing Partner for Holland & Knight
*Richard Monroe, Current Vice President for Darden Restaurants Inc.
*Dianna Fuller Morgan, Former Senior Vice President of Walt Disney World, currently Chairwoman of the Board of Trustees for UF
*Mortimer Neufville, Former Executive Vice-President for the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges
*Rosemarie Rolando Nye, Current Vice President for Avaya Inc
*Wilford B. Poe, Current Vice President for the Space Systems Group
*David Ropes, Former Vice President of Reebok
*Joan D. Ruffier, Former Chairman of the Florida Board of Regents
*Frank Shorter, Former Chairman of the United States Anti-Doping Agency, and Olympic Gold Medalist
*Eric J. Smith, Current Education Commissioner of Florida
*Hal Steinbrenner, Current Executive Vice President and General Partner for the New York Yankees
*Haywood Sullivan, Former owner of the Boston Red Sox
*Donald Thomas, Current COO of American Cancer Society
*Melinda Lou Thomas, Namesake of Wendy's Restaurants and daughter of Wendy's founder Dave Thomas
*James R. Thompson, Jr., Former Director of the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
*Jon L. Thompson, Former Vice President of the Exxon Mobil Corporation
*Karen Thurman, Current Chairman for the Florida Democratic Party, and Former U.S. Representative
*W. Brad Todd, Former Chair of the Dept. of Advertising's Professional Advisory, principal for the Richards Group
*Julie K. Underwood, Current dean of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education
*Lilya Wagner, Current Vice President for Counterpart International
*Craig Waters, Spokesman for the Florida Supreme Court during the 2000 presidential election controversy
*James L. Wattenbarger, Creator of the Florida Community Colleges System
*Miles Wilkin, Current COO of Clear Channel Entertainment
*Harry Wismer, Founding owner of the New York Titans, which ultimately became the New York Jets
*Jean Hoehn Zimmerman, Current Vice President for CHANEL

Presidents & Chief Executive Officers

*Carlos Alfonso, Current CEO of Alliant Partners, currently serving on the UF Board of Trustees
*Cesar L. Alvarez, Current CEO of Greenberg Traurig
*Martha Barnett, Former President of American Bar Association
*Barry Berrish, Former President of the James B. Beam Distilling Company
*Alan Stephenson Boyd, Former President of Amtrak, Airbus, and Illinois Central Railroad
*J. Thomas Cardwell, Current CEO of Akerman Senterfitt
*William A. Chen, Current President of the Asia America Multitechnology Association
*Gay Culverhouse, Former President of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
*J. Michael Cook, Former CEO of Deloitte & Touche
*Joe B. Cordell, Current CEO of the Jim Walter Corporation
*Sandy D'Alemberte, Former President the American Bar Association, and Florida State University
*John Dasburg, Former CEO of Northwest Airlines and Former Chairman of the Burger King Corporation
*Chris A. Davis, Former Chairman and CEO of McLeodUSA, and Current General Partner of Forstmann Little & Company
*Deborah Dugan, Current President of Disney Publishing Worldwide, Former Vice President of Angel Records
*Kurt Feazel, Current President of Pecten Trading Company, Former USAF Pilot, Former Gator Basketball player
*Manuel Fernandez, Former CEO of Gartner, and Former Chairman of the UF Board of Trustees
*Alvin Flanagan, Former President & Chairman of Gannett Broadcasting and Former Vice Chairman of United Television
*Bill France, Jr., Former President of NASCAR
*C. Del Galloway, Current CEO of Public Relations Society of America
*Mércio Pereira Gomes, Former President of the National Foundation for Indigenous Peoples (FUNAI)
*Harbert Gregory, Founder of the Gregory-Salisbury & Company, Former Chairman and CEO of Electrical Equipment, Inc.
*Ben Hill Griffin III, Former Chairman and CEO of Alico Inc.
*Glenda K. Griffin, Current President & CEO of Corporate Growth Consultants Inc.
*Kelsie B. Harder, Former President of the American Name Society and Professor
*Debra Harvey, Current President of Ron Jon Inc.
*Susan Ivey, Current Chairman and CEO of Reynolds American
*John Janick, Current Founder and CEO of Fueled by Ramen Records
*William King, Former President of the National Academy of Design
*Keith Koenig, Co-founder and current President of City Furniture
*Josh Linkner, Founder and CEO of ePrize
*Alan Levine, Current CEO of the Broward Hospital District, former Secretary of Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration
*Stephen Knopik, Current CEO of Bealls Inc.
*Hyung Khu Lim, Current CEO of Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology
*James Mandell, Current President and CEO of Children's Hospital Boston
*Betsy Markey, Current CEO of Syscom Services, currently a US Congressional candidate
*Daniel Mica, Current President and CEO of the Credit Union National Association and former U.S. Congressman
*David Miller, Former President of JC Penney
*J. Keith Moyer, Current President for Minneapolis Star Tribune
*David Nelms, Current CEO of Discover Financial
*Donna Pastore, Current President of the National Association for Gils & Women in sports
*Herb Peyton, Founder and President of the Gate Petroleum Company
*Howard Roffman, Current President of Lucas Licensing
*Al Rosen, Former President of the Houston Astros, and the New York Yankees
*Sachio Semmoto, Current CEO for eAccess and eMobile
*Eleanor Smeal,Former President of National Organization for Women
*Chesterfield Smith, Former President of the American Bar Association, investigated the Watergate Scandal
*W. Reece Smith Jr., Former President of the American Bar Association, Rhodes Scholar, and Former President of the University of South Florida
*Dianne Snedaker, Current President of Ketchum Advertising, first female head of a major West Coast advertising agency
*Sung Won Sohn, Current CEO of Hanmi Financial Corp, former Vice President of Wells Fargo
*Carlos O. Torano, Current President of Toraño Cigars and Central America Tobacco
*Herb Yalof, Former President of Macy's
*Mark E. Yegge, Former CEO and Chairman of NexTrade Holdings
*Jose Zaglul, Current President of EARTH University in Costa Rica
*Jerry Zucker, Former CEO of the Polymer Group, Hudson's Bay Company, and made Forbes magazine's list of billionaires

Athletic Directors

*William Carr, Former Athletic Director for the University of Houston, and University of Florida
*Paul Dee, Former Athletic Director for the University of Miami
*Doug Dickey, Former Athletic Director for the University of Tennessee
*Bill Proctor, Former Athletic Director for Florida State University
*Keith R. Tribble, Current Athletic Director for the University of Central Florida

University Benefactors

*Ben Hill Griffin, Jr., Florida citrus farmer, University benefactor for the Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at the University of Florida
*William R. Hough, Prominent investment banker, namesake of the "Hough Graduate School of Business" at the University of Florida
*Fred Levin, Prominent attorney, namesake of the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida
*Alfred A. McKethan, Former Chairman of the SunTrust Bank, namesake of the Alfred A. McKethan Stadium
*George Smathers, Benefactor for The George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida
*Al Warrington, Former CEO of Sanfill, namesake of the Warrington College of Business at the University of Florida

Art, literature, humanities, and entertainment

*Don Addis, Columnist and comic strip artist
*Chris Adrian, Prominent American author who wrote "God's Grief"
*Alex Anmahian, Notable architect and currently a faculty member at Harvard University
*Chris Bachelder, American writer, e-book pioneer
*Todd Barry, Stand-up comedian
*Joseph Beckham, Winner of the McGhehey award, and currently a Professor at Florida State University
*Mike Bianchi, Columnist for the Orlando Sentinel
*Rita Mae Brown, Author and famous activist
*Alan Burnett, Television producer and writer
*Al Burt, Writer for the Miami Herald, and the Atlanta Journal
*Kevin Canty, American author who wrote "Into the Great Wide Open", "Nine Below Zero", and "Winslow in Love"
*Juliana Catlin, Interior Design authority
*Jean Chance, Chairman of the Hearst Awards Committee for 25 years, Professor of Journalism at UF
*Harry Crews, American novelist, short story writer, and essayist
*Michael Connelly, Best-selling author and Alumnus of Distinction
*Jonathan Demme, Director, won an Academy Award for directing the The Silence of the Lambs
*Karen DeYoung, Won the Pulitzer Prize, and is the associate editor for The Washington Post
*Kate DiCamillo, Award-winning children's novelist and screenwriter
*Micki Dickoff, Multiple Emmy Award winning Director & Producer
*Brian Doherty, Senior Editor at Reason Magazine, author
*Gregg Doyel, Writer for CBS Sports
*Rich Fields, Announcer of "The Price Is Right", meteorologist, radio personality, voice-over actor
*Dexter Filkins, Nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for his journalism
*Jesse Hill Ford, Writer and screenwriter
*Michael France, Prominent screenwriter for "Golden Eye", "Hulk", and "Punisher"
*Robert Fulton, Award winning writer and naturalist
*Michael Gannon, Notable Military Historian and Catholic Priest
*Merrill Gerber, Award-winning author
*Norman Gilliland, Notable Author and current host on WERN
*MaryAnne Golon, Current picture editor for "Time" magazine
*Philip Graham, Former publisher of the Washington Post
*Richard Grayson, Famous writer and political activist
*Edwin Granberry, Long-time writer of the comic strip Buz Sawyer
*Rebecca Greer, Current editor for Woman's Day
*James Grippando, Novelist and lawyer
*Israel Gutierrez, Columnist for the Miami Herald, and previously for the Palm Beach Post
*Robert Haiman, Executive editor of the St. Petersburg Times, current President of the Poynter Institute
*Carl Hiaasen, Novelist and Miami Herald columnist, also won the Newbery Honor
*Shere Hite, Author of the "Hite Report", she is also a sex educator & feminist
*Noy Holland, Author of "What Begins With Bird" and "Spectacle of the Body"
*Yoanna House, Fashion model and winner of cycle 2 of the show "America's Next Top Model"
*Judith Ivory, Best-selling American author of historical romance novels
*Eberhard Jäckel, Notable German Historian
*Bharat Jhunjhunwala, Notable Indian columnist and consultant
*Clint Johnson, Famous American historian and author of nonfiction books
*Ed Johnson, Senior Editor for the New York Times
*Steve Jones, Notable Hypnotherapist
*Mindi Keirnan, Current Vice President of Operations for Knight-Ridder
*Stetson Kennedy, Award-winning author and human rights activist
*Tom Kennedy, Current managing editor for the Washington Post and Newsweek Interactive
*Jeff Kiel, Former Publisher for the San Jose Mercury News
*Eliot Kleinberg, Author and writer for the Palm Beach Post
*Dennis Kneale, Managing editor of Forbes Magazine
*Michael Koretzky, Journalist, editor, and writer
*Larry Lancit, Received an Emmy Award for Reading Rainbow
*David Lawrence Jr., Former publisher of the Miami Herald, and former editor of the Detroit Free Press
*Ken Leebow, Author, speaker and TV personality – 300 Incredible Things to Do on the Internet book series
*Moss Mabry, Famed Costume designer, and nominated for four Academy Awards
*Ron Magill, Renown photographer and wildlife expert
*Guillermo Martinez, Syndicated columnist, two-time Pulitzer Prize nominee
*Frances Mayes, Author of New York Times bestselling book "Under the Tuscan Sun"
*Andrew McClurg, Legal humor writer for the American Bar Association Journal
*Diane McFarlin, Publisher of the Sarasota Herald Tribune
*Tom Meek, Columnist and author of "Another Day In Cyberville", "Reflections On Media", and "The Video Audio Overdose Galore"
*Sam Michel, Author of "Under the Light" and Lecturer at University of Massachusetts, Amherst
*Andrew Mondshein, Nominated for an Oscar for his film editing
*Rodney Mullen, Entertainer and one of the most influential skateboarders in the sport
*Lorraine Murray, Author of "Why Me, Why Now?", and "Grace Notes"
*Lee Ann Newsom, Famous anthropologist, named a MacArthur Fellow for 2002
*Patricia O'Connor, Top scholar of Spanish theater and literature
*Ivan Osorio, Columnist and editor at the Competitive Enterprise Institute
*Mike Papantonio, Prominent trial lawyer, and co-hosts of Ring of Fire
*John Parker Jr., Prominent American writer
*David Penzer, Current professional wrestling ring announcer for the "WWE"
*Sam Proctor, One of the world's foremost scholars of Florida history
*Imad Rahman, Author who wrote "I Dream of Microwaves"
*Jeff Randall, Former business editor of BBC News
*James Rizzi, Prominent American pop artist
*Thane Rosenbaum, Notable novelist, essayist, and Professor of Law at Fordham University
*Joan Ryan, Author and Columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle
*Alex Scott, Activist for Young Men's Society of Chapel Hill, North Carolina
*Edward Sears, Former Editor for the Palm Beach Post
*George Solomon, Former sports editor and columnist for The Washington Post, and the first ombudsman for ESPN
*Julian Sprung, American writer
*Angie Swindell, contestant on Big Brother 10
*Janet Todd, Welsh-born author on books about women's literature, and Professor at the University of Aberdeen
*Kendra Todd, Real estate businesswoman and winner of The Apprentice 3 reality TV show
*Fredrick Ward, Writer and photographer
*Sterling Watson, Writer, "Weep No More My Brother", "The Calling", and "Blind Tongues"
*Miles Wilken, Co-producer of the Broadway hit "The Producers"
*Andrew Wilkow, Conservative political talk radio host on Sirius Satellite Radio
*Hugh Wilson, Famous director, writer, and actor
*Dale Van Sickel, Former president of the Stuntmen's Association of Motion Pictures
*Edward Yang, Renowned Taiwanese film-maker, winner of Best Director Award at Cannes for his 2000 film Yi yi
*Hugo Zacchini, Entertainer known as the "Human Cannonball"
*Phyllis Zatlin, Prominent author, received the Fulbright Fellowship, named a Woodrow Wilson Fellow

Actors & actresses

*Jonathan Chase, Actor, "One on One", "Another Gay Movie", "Gingerdead Man", and "7eventy 5ive"
*Cathy Jenéen Doe, Actress, "Passions", "Ed", and "Buds for Life"
*Kahil Dotay, Actor, director, writer, and he won an award for his performance in "Frank & Flo"
*Faye Dunaway, Actress, won an Academy Award for the movie "Network"
*Brian F. Durkin, Actor, "Broken Bridges", "The O.C.", and "Deja Vu"
*Buddy Ebsen, Actor, best known as Jed Clampett on "The Beverly Hillbillies"
*Malcolm Gets, Actor, "Caroline in the City"
*Darrell Hammond, Actor and comedian, "Saturday Night Live", "Scary Movie 3", "Epic Movie", and "Agent Cody Banks"
*Patty Maloney, Actress, "Far Out Space Nuts"
*Patrick O'Neal, American television and film actor
*Adrian Pasdar, Actor on "Heroes", "Profit", and "Near Dark"
*John Posey, TV actor on "Seinfeld", "Cheers" and "The Pretender"
*Stephen Root, Actor, best known as "Milton" in "Office Space" and for his performance in "Dodgeball", In addition Root received an Emmy nomination
*Wil Shriner, Prominent actor, director and game show host
*Rachel Specter, Actress in "Prom Night", "The House Bunny", and "Alone in the Dark II"
*Nancy Stafford, Actress on "Sidekicks", "Matlock", and "Judging Amy", and former Miss Florida
*Bob Vila, Actor, home-improvement guru and former host of "This Old House"
*Sally Wheeler, Actress, "Two of a Kind", and "Spin City"
*Jack Youngblood, Emmy-nominated actor, author, and NFL/College Football Hall of Famer

Head coaches

*Kerwin Bell, Current head coach for Jacksonville University
*Gene Chizik, Current head coach for the Iowa State Cyclones
*Doug Dickey, Former head coach for the Tennessee Volunteers and the Florida Gators
*Chan Gailey, Former head coach for the Dallas Cowboys and former head coach of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
*Kim Helton, Former head coach for the University of Houston Cougars
*Lindy Infante, Former head coach for the Green Bay Packers, and the Indianapolis Colts
*Mike Mularkey, Former head coach for the Buffalo Bills
*Steve Spurrier, Current head coach for the University of South Carolina, former coach of the Washington Redskins & Florida Gators, and Quarterback who won the Heisman Trophy in 1966 for the University of Florida
*Kay Stephenson, Former head coach for the Buffalo Bills
*Charlie Strong, Interim Head Coach for the Florida Gators, current Co-Defensive Coordinator for the Florida Gators

Musicians

*Stat Quo, Rapper Shady Aftermath Records
*Gene Adkinson, Baritone for the band The Dream Weavers
*David M. Bellamy, Country music artists the Bellamy Brothers
*Howard Bellamy, Country music artists the Bellamy Brothers
*Stanley Benton, Hip-Hop Artist who goes by the name Stat Quo
*Jett Beres, Plays bass guitarist and vocals for Sister Hazel
*Ken Block, Sings lead vocals for Sister Hazel
*Bob Bryar, Drummer for the band My Chemical Romance
*Wade Buff, Lead singer for the band The Dream Weavers
*Andrew Copeland, Plays baritone, rhythm and acoustic guitar for Sister Hazel, and in 2004 he released a solo album titled "No Regrets"
*Chris Demakes, Co-founder and lead singer for Less than Jake
*Vinnie Fiorello, Co-founder and drummer for Less than Jake
*James Melton, Singer, Actor, and named to the Hollywood Walk of Fame
*Ryan Newell, Plays guitar for the band Sister Hazel
*Stephen Stills, Member of bands CSNY and Buffalo Springfield
*Keni Thomas, Country music singer
*Mel Tillis, Singer, songwriter, and comedian
*Johnny Tillotson, Singer, and songwriter
*Peter Traub, Composer of electronic and acoustic music

Pageant winners

*Kristen Berset, The Miss Florida USA for 2004, was a finalist for Miss USA, current Model
*Michelyn Butler, The Miss Wisconsin USA for 2008
*Ann Gloria Daniel, The Miss Florida for 1954
*Julie Donaldson, The Miss Florida USA for 2001, current host for Mets Weekly & Heat TV
*Andrea Duke, The Miss North Carolina USA for 2008
*Allison Kreiger, The Miss Florida for 2006
*Kristin Ludecke, The Miss Florida for 1995, and Miss Florida USA for 2000
*Carrie Ann Mewha, The Miss Florida USA for 2003, current Medical Doctor
*Ann Schmalzried, The Miss Florida for 1975, Top 10 finalist at Miss America
*Nancy Stafford, The Miss Florida for 1976, and actress
*Tonoya Toyloy, The Miss Jamaica for 2004, and Miss World 2004 contestant
*Mari Wilensky, The Miss Florida for 2005, Top 10 finalist at Miss America
*Melissa Witek, The Miss Florida USA for 2005, Top 5 at Miss USA, and contestant on NBC's "Treasure Hunters"

Poets

*Deborah Ager, Notable American poet
*Joe Bolton, American poet who wrote "Days of Summer Gone", "The Last Nostalgia Poems", and "Breckinridge County Suite"
*Geoffrey Brock, American poet and translator
*Geri Doran, Famous American Poet
*Robert Bernard Hass, American poet, literary critic, and professor
*Gail Paige Shepherd, Award winning poet and food writer
*C. Dale Young, Award-winning poet

Reporters, correspondents, and anchormen

*Stephanie Abrams, Reporter for The Weather Channel
*Deborah Amos, Correspondent to the ABC News Magazine "Turning Point"
*Erin Andrews, Reporter for ESPN
*Sharyl Attkinson, Correspondent to CBS News
*Pam Bondi, Correspondent for Fox News
*Linda Church, Morning Weather Anchor for WPIX in New York
*H. G. Davis, Jr., Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter
*Jamie Dupree, Correspondent for Cox Broadcasting Washington News Bureau
*David Finkel, Journalist, and also is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the Washington Post
*Kristin Harmel, Reporter and novelist for "People"
*Dan Hicken, Sports Director and Anchor for WTLV/WJXX in Jacksonville, Florida
*Lauren Hills, Correspondent for WNCN NBC 17 in Raleigh, North Carolina
*Ian D. Johnson, Current Berlin bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal, and won a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of China's suppression of the Falun Gong movement
*David Johnson, American news anchorman for WPXI-TV
*Clarence Jones, Three time winner of the duPont-Columbia Award for investigative reporting
*Lexie Kaye, American Radio Personality
*Mark Long, Model, reality TV star of Road Rules, and correspondent for Reality Remix
*Jamie McIntyre, Senior Pentagon correspondent for CNN
*Jim McGee, Won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on the Iran-Contra Affair
*Jeff Nesmith, American journalist and winner of a Pulitzer Prize
*Howard Norton, Won the Pulitzer Prize in 1947 for his reporting
*Forrest Sawyer, Current anchorman for ABC News and winner of the George Foster Peabody Award, five National Emmy Awards, two Edward Murrow Awards, and an Associated Press Award

portcasters

*Red Barber, Radio sportscaster principally for the Brooklyn Dodgers
*Bob Coldeen, TV sports commentator for KSPN-Saipan
*Cris Collinsworth, TV commentator for HBO's "Inside the NFL" and for "FOX NFL Sunday"
*Gene Deckerhoff, Current radio announcer for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Florida State Seminoles, and also for the Arena Football League
*Ferdie Pacheco, Current Showtime boxing analyst, and personal physician to Muhammad Ali
*Jesse Palmer, TV commentator for ESPN, former NFL Quarterback and star of ABC's The Bachelor
*Guy Rawlings, TV sports anchor for NBC-Miami
*Elfi Schlegel-Dunn, Sports/gymnastics commentator for NBC

ports

Baseball

Basketball

Football

Golf

Tennis

*Nicole Arendt, Former pro tennis player, her highest ranking was 49th overall
*Dawn Buth, Former pro tennis player
*Halle Cioffi, Former pro tennis player
*Jill Craybas, Current pro tennis player, her highest ranking was 51st overall
*Andrea Farley, Former pro tennis player
*Jill Hetherington, Former pro tennis player, she has won 15 WTA Tour titles
*Jessica Lehnhoff, Current pro tennis player
*Jesse Levine, Current pro tennis player
*Mark Merklein, Former pro tennis player
*Jeff Morrison, Current pro tennis player
*Lisa Raymond, Current pro tennis player, in doubles she has ranked 1st overall
*Shaun Stafford, Former pro tennis player
*Tammy Whittington, Former pro tennis player

Olympians

Board of Trustees

*Carlos Alfonso, Current CEO of Alliant Partners, currently serving on the UF Board of Trustees
*Frank Bova, Faculty member of Neurosurgery at the UF and appointed Professor of Neurosurgery. Member of the Graduate research Faculty and the Doctoral Research faculty
*Courtney Cunningham, He is a Fellow of the British-American Project, which is sponsored by the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and the Royal Institute of International Affairs
*Roland C. Daniels, President of Saturn of Gainesville and an active participant in the community and civic organizations
*W.A. "Mac" McGriff III, Private investor in Jacksonville
*Joelen Merkel, Consultant for News Corporation and Fox Television Stations' Chris-Craft division
*Dianna Fuller Morgan, Former Senior Vice President of Walt Disney World
*Cynthia O'Connell, Senior Vice President of Hill and Knowlton and widow of former UF president Stephen C. O'Connell
*Daniel Ponce, Partner in Miami based law firm "Leon, Ponce and Fodiman, P.A."
*Earl Powell, Founding Partner and Chairman Emeritus of Trivest Partners, L.P and Director of SouthernSun Asset Management, Inc. and a Principal of Westshore Capital Partners, L.P
*Kevin Reilly, UF student body president
*Steven M. Scott, Chairman of Scott Holdings, LLC, an entrepreneurial medical investment company and founder of Vista HealthPlan
*Al Warrington, Former CEO of Sanfill, namesake of the Warrington College of Business at the University of Florida

Honorary Degree Recipients

List of University of Florida Presidents

References


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