List of Auburn University people

List of Auburn University people

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


*Walter Merritt Riggs (1892); president of Clemson University (1910-1924), "father of Clemson football";
*Luther Duncan (1900 and 1907); 4-H pioneer, Cooperative Extension administrator; Auburn University President.
*Gen. Holland Smith (1901); United States Marine Corps General, "father of modern U.S. amphibious warfare"
*P. O. Davis (1916); Agricultural Editor, radio pioneer, Alabama Extension Service director, and national agricultural leader and spokesman
*Major Gen. Wilton B. Persons (1916); Special Adviser to President Eisenhower
*William Spratling (1921); silversmith and artist, "father of Mexican silver"
*Gordon Persons (1922); Governor of Alabama, 1951-1955
*James Harrison (1925); Founder of Harco Drugs, which later merged with Rite Aid
*Kenneth R. Giddens (1931); director of Voice of America and founder of WKRG-TV, Inc. in Mobile, Alabama
*Ralph "Shug" Jordan (1932); National Championship Winning Coach of Auburn Tigers Football Team
*Jimmy Hitchcock (1932); Pro baseball player; former Auburn assistant football coach, head baseball coach, and trustee
*Billy Hitchcock (1938); Former pro baseball player, coach, manager, and scout
*Paul Rudolph (1940); architect, chairman of Yale Department of Architecture - 1958 to 1965
*E. T. York Jr. (1942); former Alabama Cooperative Extension System director; Chancellor emeritus of the State University System of Florida
*John M. Harbert (1946); billionaire businessman and founder of Harbert Corporation, philanthropist
*Hal Herring (1948); Pro football player and coach
*Alvin Vogtle - World War II fighter pilot who inspired Steve McQueen's character in "The Great Escape"
*Vince Dooley (1954, M. His 1963); University of Georgia Head Football Coach 1964-1988, Athletic Director 1979-2004
*Hank Hartsfield (1954); astronaut, STS-4, STS-41-D, STS-61-A
*Clifton Williams (1954); Gemini astronaut, test pilot
*Millard Fuller (1957); founder of Habitat for Humanity
*Fob James (1957); Governor of Alabama, 1979-1983, 1995-1999
*Carl Mundy Jr. (1957); Commandant of the United States Marine Corps (1991-1995)
*Jim Phillips (football player) (1957); Three time NFL Pro-Bowler
*Ken Mattingly (1958); astronaut, Apollo 13 (pulled), Apollo 16 (spacewalk), STS-4, STS-51-C
*Byron Lavoy Cockrell (1957); aeronautical engineer and rocket scientist
*Anne Rivers Siddons (1958); best-selling author
*Samuel Ginn (1959); wireless communications pioneer and former chairman, Vodafone.
*Toni Tennille (1962); award winning singer, half of the singing group "The Captain & Tennille."
*Dr. Lester Crawford (1963); former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner.
*Richard Myers (1967, M.S.); Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for the United States of America
*Joe Forehand (1971); Chairman, Accenture
*James Voss (1972); astronaut, STS-44, STS-53, STS-69, STS-101, ISS
*Pat Sullivan (1972); 1971 Heisman trophy winner
*Hugh Shelton (1973, M.S.); retired general, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (US) from 1997-2001
*Jimmy Johnson (1974); cartoonist, "Arlo and Janis"
*Samuel Mockbee (1974); architect, founder of Auburn's Rural Studio, 2004 AIA Gold Medal
*Kathryn Thornton (1974); astronaut, second US woman in space, spacewalk, STS-33, STS-73
*Thom Gossom Jr (1975); actor
*Charles Durward Griffin (1975); biomedical engineer, member of the Alabama Engineers Hall of Fame as of 2006 []
*Cynthia Tucker (1976); syndicated columnist, Atlanta Journal-Constitution editorial page editor, Pulitzer Prize winner
*Jan Davis (1977); astronaut, STS-47, STS-60
*Rheta Grimsley Johnson (1977); syndicated newspaper columnist
*Paul Saia (1978); businessman and father, American Cancer Society Lifetime Achievement Award
*Ali Abdelghany (1980); Egyptian academic and prominent marine biologist
*Bill Holbrook (1980); cartoonist, "On The Fast Track", "Safe Havens" and "Kevin & Kell"
*James Brooks (1980); 4-time pro bowl NFL running back
*Donda West (1980, Ph.D); mother to rapper Kanye West, former chair of English department at Chicago State University. [,0,2705594.story?coll=chi_business_ugc]
*Rowdy Gaines (1982); Olympic gold medalist, world record holder and television sports commentator
*Timothy D. Cook (1982); Apple Computer COO
*Tim Dorsey (1983); author
*Kevin Greene (1985); Pro-Bowl NFL linebacker and WCW pro wrestler
*Donald J. Boudreaux (1986); economist
*Chuck Person (1986); NBA forward, 1987 NBA Rookie of the Year
*Harold D. Melton (1988); Georgia Supreme Court Justice, 2005-current
*Jimmy Wales (1989); founder of Wikipedia
*Mark Thornton (1989 Ph.D.); economist
*Kimberly Page (1990); American actress & professional wrestling valet
*Travis S. Taylor (1991); science fiction author.
*Susan Whitson (1991); Press Secretary, Office of First Lady Laura Bush
*Bo Jackson (1992); 1985 Heisman trophy winner, former professional football and baseball player
*Johnny Micheal Spann (1992); first American killed in combat after the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan
*Ace Atkins (1994); Author and journalist
*Eric O'Neill (1995); FBI Investigative Specialist who played a pivotal role in the investigation and arrest of his fellow agent, Robert Hanssen, for spying on behalf of the Soviet Union and Russia. The story is the subject of the 2007 film "Breach", in which O'Neill is portrayed by Ryan Phillippe.
*Willie Anderson (1996); NFL offensive tackle
*Chad Boswell (1998); Christian Music Artist
*Mark Spencer (1999); President and CEO, Digium. Creator of Asterisk PBX.
*Stephen Huss (2000); 2005 Wimbledon Men's Doubles champion - the first ever as a qualifier
*Rob Bironas (2000); professional football player
*Roderick Hood (2003); professional football player
*Carnell Williams (2004); professional football player and 2005 NFL first round draft pick
*Ronnie Brown (2004); professional football player and first round NFL draft pick
*Jason Campbell (2004); professional football player and first round NFL draft pick
*Carlos Rogers (2004); professional football player and first round NFL draft pick
*Kirsty Coventry (2006); Olympic gold medal swimmer for Zimbabwe
*Richard Marcinko (M.A. Political Science); founder U.S. Navy SEAL Team SIX and Red Cell; author of "Rogue Warrior" and several other fictional and non-fictional books.
*Big Bill Morganfield (Communications); blues singer and guitarist

Former students

*Charles Barkley; former professional basketball player (joined the NBA after his junior year in 1984)
* John Mengelt; former NBA player 1971-1981 and network ABC basketball analyst
*Jimmy Buffett; singer/songwriter (attended Auburn and was a pledge of Sigma Pi Fraternity, but graduated from The University of Southern Mississippi)
* Jon Coffelt attended Auburn in 1986 - New York Artist, Painter, Sculptor
*Taylor Hicks; singer, "American Idol" season five winner
*Victoria Jackson; comedian of "Saturday Night Live" fame (attended Auburn for one year but graduated from Furman University)
*Frank Thomas; professional baseball player
*Kate Higgins-Voice actress, notably Sakura Haruno on "Naruto"
*Rudi Johnson; NFL running back
*Takeo Spikes; NFL linebacker
*Brandon Jacobs; NFL running back
*Red Smith (1912); Major League Baseball third baseman for Brooklyn.


*Wayne Flynt; Professor Emeritus; a leading authority on Alabaman history and Baptist history in Alabama. The author of eleven books, including the Pulitzer Prize nominated "Poor But Proud: Alabama's Poor Whites".
*Krystyna Kuperberg; mathematician, known for creating a counterexample to the Seifert conjecture.
*Ronald A. Putt, Associate Research Professor at Center for Microfibrous Materials Manufacturing (CM3) [ [ Center for Microfibrous Materials Manufacturing ] ] , Department of Chemical Engineering, known for his research about systems for microalgae cultivation and harvesting and algal fuel. [ [ Ronald A. Putt - Algae as a Biodiesel Feedstock | Algae As A Biodiesel Feedstock ] ]
*Roderick Long; libertarian political commentator.
*James Voss; former US astronaut and veteran of five spaceflights; teaching courses on Space Mission Design.
*Olav Kallenberg; mathematician known for research in the field of probability theory.


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