List of Baylor University people

List of Baylor University people

The list of Baylor University people includes notable alumni, faculty, and former students of Baylor University.


Medal of Honor recipients

* Jack Lummus
* John "Killer" Kane [ [ Baylor University || Marketing & Communications || News ] ]


* Don Baker - political scientist
* William Bennett Bizzell - the fifth president of the University of Oklahoma and president of Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas (now Texas A&M University)
* Jerry Cain - President of Judson College in Elgin, IL
* Gilberto Freyre - Brazilian sociologist, cultural anthropologist and historian.
* Guy Benton Johnson - a sociologist and cultural anthropologist. He was a distinguished student of black culture in the rural South and a pioneer advocate of racial equality.
*Glenn McGee - American professor of medicine, philosophy, law and public health

Arts and entertainment

*Nancy Barrett - an American actress, best known for her roles in the soap opera "Dark Shadows"
*Crystal Bernard - singer & actress who starred in the television series "Wings"
*David Burrows - film and television producer, director and writer
*David Crowder Band, a Christian rock group
*Jim Dickinson - record producer, singer and pianist
*Monroe E. Dodd - Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Shreveport, Louisiana, from 1912–1950, the former Dodd College for Girls, and pioneer radio minister
*Phil Driscoll - Grammy-winning trumpet player [ [ Baylor University || Marketing & Communications || News ] ]
*Jeff Dunham - Award-winning ventriloquist and comedian, and star of ""
*Robert Fulghum - Best-selling author, philosopher
*Grant Garrison - film and television actor
*Bruce Greer - award winning composer
*Shaun Groves - Contemporary Christian musician, singer, songwriter []
*John Lee Hancock - Director of "The Alamo"; producer of "My Dog Skip" [ [;fc=1;ft=13 IMDB Link] ]
*Robin Hardy - author of numerous books including "The Annals of Lystra: Chataine's Guardian"
*Thomas Harris - Best-selling author of "Silence of the Lambs"
*Mark Hayes (composer) - Christian vocal and instrumental arranger
*Jim Hillin - Visual effects artist for such films as "Beauty and the Beast", "Aladdin", "Spider-Man 2", and "Dinosaur" [ [ Baylor University || The Lariat Online || News ] ]
*Julie Kenner - author and former lawyer
*Jack Hurst - actor on "The Cleaner", "The Mist", and "Walking Tall 3"
*Angela Kinsey - actress on the US television series "The Office" [ [ Baylor University || The Lariat Online || News ] ]
*Austin Miller - actor, singer, and dancer on "" [ [ Baylor University || The Lariat Online || News ] ]
*Willie Nelson - country music star and winner of six grammys
*Derek Phillips, III - actor, plays the role of Billy Riggins on the "Friday Night Lights" television show []
*Alfred Reed - composer and conductor
*Kevin Reynolds (director) - director of "Fandango", "", "Waterworld", and "The Count of Monte Cristo"
*Robert Sterling - songwriter, produce, arranger. His songs have been performed and recorded by Christian artists Point of Grace, Gold City, and Sandi Patty
*Johnny Rad - street artist
*Steven Stucky - Pulitzer Prize winner for music [ [ Baylor University || Marketing & Communications || News ] ]
* David Sullivan - film and television actor
* Alex Cole Taylor - actor, acting teacher, director
*Allen Wier - writer
* Orian Williams - associate producer of Oscar nominated film "Shadow of the Vampire" [ [ Baylor University || The Lariat Online || News ] ]
* Noble Willingham - television and film actor
*Trey Wingo - co-host of ESPN's "SportsCenter" [ [ Baylor University || Marketing & Communications || News ] ]
*Jennifer Vasquez, contestant on Season 6 of CBS's "Big Brother" and an actress in Mike Judge's comedy "Idiocracy" as well as "Prison Break", and "Friday Night Lights"
*Roxanne Wilson, finalist on Season 5 of NBC's "The Apprentice" [ [ Baylor University || Hankamer School of Business || Will Roxanne Hear 'You're Hired' From The Donald? ] ]

Baptist leaders

* B. H. Carroll (1843-1914) - (attended but did not graduate), first president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
* James T. Draper, Jr. -- pastor of First Baptist Euless (1975–1991) and president of Southern Baptist LifeWay Resources (1991-2006)
* Curtis W. Freeman - Research Professor of Theology and Director of the Baptist House of Studies, Duke University Divinity School, Durham, NC
* Kyle Lake - pastor and leader in the Emerging Church movement
* J. Frank Norris - popular fundamentalist Baptist preacher and controversial critic of Baylor University embracing evolution in the 1920s
* Paul Powell - Dean of George W. Truett Theological Seminary, pastor, BGCT leader, author
*John R. Rice - Baptist evangelist and pastor and the founding editor of The Sword of the Lord, an influential fundamentalist newspaper
* Lester Roloff - fundamentalist Baptist preacher, storyteller, and author
* George W. Truett - Pastor First Baptist Church Dallas 1897 to 1944, president Baptist World Alliance and Southern Baptist Convention


* John Baugh - founder and former CEO of Sysco Corporation, former Baylor University regent and benefactor [ [ Baylor University || Marketing & Communications || News ] ]
* Ed Crenshaw - President of Publix Supermarkets, Inc. [ [ Baylor University || Marketing & Communications || News ] ]
* Robert Darby - Chief Auditor, Dallas-Fort Worth Airport [ [ - Airport Administration ] ]
* Paul Foster - President and CEO of Western Refining [ [ Western Refining ] ]
* Mary Goodrich - Prominent Dallas, Texas attorney
* Mark Hurd - CEO of Hewlett-Packard Corp. [ [ Baylor University || Marketing & Communications || News ] ]
* Gary Keller - Co-founder and chairman of Keller Williams Realty International [ [ Baylor University || Hankamer School of Business || News ] ]
* Rebecca Mark - former head of Enron International [ [ Baylor University || Marketing & Communications || News ] ]
* Michaelanne Roberts Pelleya, SLP/CCC - Founder, Beyond Speech Therapy Group, LLC.
* Bob J. Perry - Founder of Perry Homes
* Andrew Rayburn - noted American
* Sid W. Richardson - rancher, oilman, and philanthropist

* Marjorie Scardino - CEO of Pearson, a major media group; former CEO of the Economist Group; also a non-executive director of Nokia Corporation [ [ Baylor University || Marketing & Communications || News ] ]
*Bob R. Simpson - Co-founder, Chairman, and CEO of XTO Energy, a Fortune 500 company. [ [ Executive Officers ] ] [ [ FORTUNE 500 2007: XTO Energy ] ]
* Bill Townsend - Internet entrepreneur
* Jim L. Turner - CEO of Dr Pepper/Seven Up Bottling Group [ [ Baylor University || Marketing & Communications || News ] ]

Judges and Justices

* Charles Barrow - former Justice to the Texas Supreme Court and a Dean of Baylor Law School
* Leonard E. Davis - U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Texas [ [ Judges of the United States Courts ] ]
* James Kinkeade - Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas [ [ Judges of the United States Courts ] ]
*Thomas R. Phillips - former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas
*Priscilla Owen - Judge, United States Court of Appeals-5th Circuit, and spoken about nominee to Supreme Court
* Walter S. Smith - Chief Judge, Western District of Texas [ [ Chief Judge Walter Smith, Western District of Texas ] ]
* William Steger - long time U.S. District judge for the Eastern District of Texas, ran unsuccessfully for Texas governor in 1960 and United States House of Representatives in 1962
*Steve M. King - Judge, Probate Court #1, Tarrant County, Texas
*Don Willett - Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas

Medical community

*H. Bentley Glass - geneticist and columnist
* W. Roy Smythe - Chairman of Surgery for the Scott & White Memorial Hospital and Health System and professor for the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine


*Former Governors of Texas:
**Sul Ross (former student; did not graduate but is an alumnus since he completed a semester)
**Pat Morris Neff (later president of the University)
**Price Daniel
**Mark White
**Ann Richards
*James B. Adams - Texas legislator, and former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
*Kip Averitt - Texas State Senator [ [ Texas Senate Web Site] ]
*Charlotte Beers - American businesswoman and former Under Secretary of State
*Bob Bullock (Baylor Law School) - Lieutenant Governor, State Comptroller of Public Accounts, Secretary of State, State Representative
* Laura Bush - Received honorary J.D. in 1998
* Victor Carrillo - Member of the Texas Railroad Commission [ [ RRC: About RRC Commissioner Victor G. Carrillo ] ]
* Sam Houston Clinton - former Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Judge. Lawyer represented both atheist leader Madalyn Murray O'Hair and Jack Ruby, the man who shot and killed alleged presidential assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald
*Tom Connally - Represented Texas in U.S. Senate from 1929-1953. [ [ Baylor University || Communication Studies || History of the program ] ]
*Bill Daniel - former Governor of Guam and Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives
*Price Daniel, Jr. - Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, 1973–1975
*Craig Eiland - member of the Texas House of Representatives []
*James Walter Elder - Congressman from Louisiana
*Louie Gohmert - Congressman from Texas 1st District
*Sam B. Hall - former Congressman and federal judge
*Andrew Jackson Houston - son of famous Texas hero and statesman Sam Houston and an American politician
*Temple Lea Houston - son of Samuel Houston, Attorney, Texas District Attorney, and State Legislator
*Ernest Istook - former Congressman From Oklahoma's 5th Congressional
*Leon Jaworski (Baylor Law School) - special prosecutor during the Watergate Scandal and one of the first partners of the major international law firm Fulbright & Jaworski
*Julie Myers - Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
*Chip Pickering - current Congressman from Mississippi's 3rd Congressional District
*William R. Poage - Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1937 – 1979
*Joe Rubio, Jr. -- District Attorney of Webb and Zapata counties, 1989-2008
*J. T. Rutherford - former Congressman from Texas
*Max Sandlin - former Congressman from Texas' 1st Congressional District 1997-2005
*William S. Sessions - former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (1987 - 1993)
*W. Marvin Watson - former advisor to President Lyndon Johnson and Postmaster General


*Gordon K. Teal - worked in early efforts to improve transistors



*Pat Combs - Pitcher, first round draft pick for the Philadelphia Phillies, played for the Phillies from 1989 to 1992
*Jason Jennings - Pitcher, Texas Rangers of Major League Baseball (MLB)
*Ted Lyons - Pitcher, Chicago White Sox, 1923-1946, member of the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame
*Drayton McLane, Jr. - Owner of Houston Astros in MLB, major food distribution entrepreneur
*David Murphy - Outfielder, 2003 1st round draft pick by the Boston Red Sox; now with the Texas Rangers
*Kelly Shoppach - Catcher, Cleveland Indians (MLB)
*Kip Wells - Pitcher, Colorado Rockies (MLB)


*Jody Conradt - Legendary women's basketball coach at the University of Texas.
*Sonja Hogg - Head women's basketball coach at Louisiana Tech and Baylor.
*Vinnie Johnson - NBA basketball player who played for the Detroit Pistons; known as "The Microwave" for being able to come off the bench heated up and ready to play.
*Brian Skinner - NBA F/C for the Phoenix Suns
*Terry Teagle - NBA Shooting guard in the NBA from 1982-1993, playing for the Houston Rockets, Detroit Pistons, Golden State Warriors, and Los Angeles Lakers
*David Wesley - Shooting guard for Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA
*Micheal Williams - NBA point guard from 1988 to 1999 with the Detroit Pistons, Phoenix Suns, Charlotte Hornets, Indiana Pacers, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Toronto Raptors
*Sophia Young - All-Star forward for the San Antonio Silver Stars of the WNBA


*Walter Abercrombie - NFL running back and kick returner 1982-1988 for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles
*Willie Andrews - NFL defensive back and special teams ace for the New England Patriots
*Gary Baxter - NFL safety and cornerback for the Cleveland Browns
*Robert Blackmon - NFL defensive back (1990 - 1998) with the Seattle Seahawks and Indianapolis Colts
*Matt Bryant - NFL placekicker for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
*Cody Carlson - NFL QB Primarily with Houston Oilers 1988-1994
*Cotton Davidson - played and coached at Baylor, quarterback in the NFL and AFL
*Santana Dotson - Defensive Lineman for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Green Bay Packers
*Lawrence Elkins - wide receiver, first round draft choice of the NFL Green Bay Packers in 1965. Played two seasons with the AFL Houston Oilers [cite web |url= |title=Pro Football Draft History: 1965
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*Thomas Everett - NFL defensive back with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Dallas Cowboys, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1987 - 1995
*James Francis - NFL linebacker from 1990-1999 for the Cincinnati Bengals and Washington Redskins
*Malcolm Frank - Canadian Football League defensive back
*Hayden Fry - NCAA Division I-A college football coach from 1962 to 1998
*Dennis Gentry - Baylor University and NFL running back for the Chicago Bears
*Bill Glass - Round 1 draft pick and defensive tackle with the Detroit Lions from 1958 to 1961 and the Cleveland Browns from 1962 to 1968
*Greg Hawthorne - NFL running back with the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots
*Jeff Ireland - kicker at Baylor and General Manager of the Miami Dolphins NFL football club.
*Morley Jennings - head coach at Ouachita Baptist, and Baylor
*Greg Jerman - Guard for the Buffalo Bills
*Khari Long - Defensive end for the Chicago Bears
*Gerald McNeil - "The Ice Cube", NFL and USFL wide receiver that played in the 1980s
*Fred Miller - Offensive Lineman with the Chicago Bears
*Jerry Moore - current head football coach at Appalachian State University
*Mike Nelms - all-pro NFL and CFL defensive back
*Luke Prestridge - former all-pro NFL punter with the Denver Broncos
*Del Shofner - NFL split end with the Los Angeles Rams and New York Giants (1957-1967)
*Mike Singletary - "Samurai" former NFL linebacker & current assistant head coach of the San Francisco 49ers as well as being in the NFL Hall of Fame
*Justin Snow - long snapper for the Indianapolis Colts
*Jack Steadman - the former chairman, vice president, president and general manager for the Kansas City Chiefs
*Don Trull - All American quarterback at Baylor. Played 6 seasons with the AFL Houston Oilers (1964-1969) [] []
*Bob Woodruff - head football coach at University of Florida and athletic director at University of Tennessee


*Benjamin Becker - Professional tennis player. Defeated Andre Agassi in Agassi's final match the [ 2006 U.S. Open]

Track and field

*Michael Johnson - Winner of five Olympic gold medals and nine-time world champion
*Jeremy Wariner - Winner of gold medals at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece for the individual 400 meter and the 4x400 meter
*Darold Williamson - Winner of a gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece in the 4x400 meter


*Laura Daniela Lloreda - Puerto Rican volleyball player

Faculty and staff


*George Washington Baines - maternal great-grandfather of U.S. President Lyndon Baines Johnson, served briefly as natural science professor and president of Baylor University at its first location in Independence, Texas


*Francis J. Beckwith - Associate Professor and Christian philosopher
*Jonathan Kvanvig - Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Christian philosopher, specialist in Epistemology and Philosophy of Religion.


*Scott Drew - men's basketball coach
*Clyde Hart - former head track coach, currently director of track and field
*Glenn Moore - softball coach, played both football and baseball in college and softball with "The King and His Court"
*Art Briles - current Baylor football coach, won 4 state titles as coach at Stephenville(TX) High School
*Kim Mulkey - Lady Bear basketball coach, college player at the Louisiana Tech University and on the US Olympic Team
*Grant Teaff - former football head coach (1972-1992), member of the College Football Hall of Fame and executive director of the American Football Coaches Association
*George Woodruff - Former Baylor football coach


* Earl Grinols - Distinguished Professor of Economics, notable works include contributions to the study of the economic effect of gambling and casinos [ [ Baylor University || Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost || Earl Grinols ] ]
* David VanHoose - Herman W. Lay Professor of Private Enterprise. He has written text books and papers used in the field of economics. Areas of focus are international economics, monetary economics, macroeconomics, and banking.


* Greg Garrett- Professor of English, winner of the Pirate's Alley William Faulkner Prize for Fiction, and author of several books [ [ Baylor University English Department] .]

Honors College

* David Lyle Jeffrey - Distinguished Professor of Literature and the Humanities, noted scholar of literature and Christianity. His works include the "Dictionary of Biblical Tradition in English Literature", "Houses of the Interpreter: Reading Scripture, Reading Culture", "English Spirituality in the Age of Wesley", et al.


* Ralph Wood - University professor and author of "The Gospel According to Tolkien" [ [ Baylor University || Marketing & Communications || News ] ] [ [ Ralph C. Wood - Catholic Culture Series - Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture ] ]

ocial sciences

* Marc H. Ellis - controversial author of numerous articles and books on Israel and Jewish affairs [ [ Baylor University || Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost || Marc Ellis ] ]
* Rodney Stark - advocate of the application of rational choice theory in the sociology of religion. [ [ Baylor University || Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost || Rodney Stark ] ]

Truett Seminary

*Roger E. Olson - Professor of Theology, author of "The Story of Christian Theology Twenty Centuries of Tradition & Reform"
*Jimmy Dorrell - Professor of Missions, author of "Trolls and Truth"


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