- List of Michigan State University people
Michigan State University alumni number around 460,000 worldwide. Famous Spartans include NBA stars Earvin "Magic" Johnson and Steve Smith, MLB stars Kirk Gibson, Steve Garvey, Robin Roberts and John Smoltz, NFL stars Brad Van Pelt, Bubba Smith, Herb Adderley and Joe DeLamielleure, actors James Caan and Robert Urich, Evil Dead trilogy director Sam Raimi, former Michigan governors James Blanchard, Fred M. Warner, and John Engler, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, former U.S. Senator Spencer Abraham, billionaires Eli Broad, Drayton McLane, Jr., Harley Hotchkiss, Thomas H. Bailey, Tom Gores and Dan Gilbert.
Michigan State's faculty and academic staff numbers around 4,500 researchers. Throughout the years, notable researchers have included William J. Beal, who developed hybrid corn, psychologist Erich Fromm, G. Malcolm Trout, who invented the process for the homogenization of milk, and Barnett Rosenberg, the discoverer of cancer fighting drug cisplatin.
In addition to faculty, Michigan State has around 6,000 members of its administration and non-academic staff. This includes the university's [governing board, the Board of Trustees. Elected by statewide referendum every two years, trustees have eight-year terms, with two of the eight elected every other year. As of 2007, the Board is made up of three Republicans and five Democrats, and has a 4:4 gender balance. Other notable staff members include athletic director Mark Hollis, men's basketball coach Tom Izzo, ice hockey coach Tom Anastos, and football coach Mark Dantonio.
Table of contents
Academia: Education • Medicine • Science • Social science
Arts & media: Cinema • Journalism • Literature • Music • Television & radio• Visual arts
Business: Consumer goods • Finance • Industry
Politics & government: Activism • Diplomacy • Law • Public office
Sports & athletics: Baseball • Basketball • Football • Ice hockey • Running • Soccer • Olympians • MMA
Name Degree/Year Comments Reference Debra D. Austin B.A. former chancellor, State University System of Florida  William Chandler Bagley B.S. 1895 Educator, pedagogy reformer championing essentialism (as opposed to progressivism championed by John Dewey), founder, School and Society, editor in chief, Journal of the National Education Association,1920–25  Charles Fuller Baker B.S. 1892 professor of biology, botany  Hugh P. Baker B.S. 1901 President, University of Massachusetts; Dean, New York State College of Forestry at Syracuse University.  Christine L. Borgman B.A. 1973 Presidential Chair in Information Studies, Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, UCLA  Warren W. Brandt B.S. 1944 First president of Virginia Commonwealth University  Edgar A. Burnett B.S. 1887 chancellor, University of Nebraska, 1927–1938  Kenyon Butterfield B.S. 1891 President of University of Rhode Island, UMass, and Michigan State University, appointed to Country Life Commission by Pres. Theodore Roosevelt  Charles Butterworth B.A. 1959 political philosophy scholar focusing on the Greek, medieval Islamic, and Enlightenment periods  Louis G. Carpenter B.S. 1879, M.S. 1883 pioneer, expert on irrigation engineering  Oscar Clute B.S. 1862 president, Michigan State, Florida Agricultural College (predecessor to Univ. of Florida), ordained minister  William H. Cunningham B.B.A. 1966, M.B.A. 1967 Former Chancellor, University of Texas System  William W. Daniells B.S. 1864 early chemistry professor, University of Wisconsin  Paul D'Anieri B.A. 1986 Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Florida  Eugene Davenport B.S. 1878, M.S. 1884 agriculture educator, invited in 1891 by government of Brazil to duplicate Michigan State with “Little Lansings” there, later appointed dean of University of Illinois, College of Agriculture  Grover C. Dillman B.S. 1913 president, Michigan College of Mining and Technology, 1935–1956  Karen Brown Dunlap B.A. President and managing director, The Poynter Institute  Michael R. Ferrari B.A., M.A., D.B.A. Senior VP, EFL Associates, a consulting firm focusing on higher education, former chancellor of Texas Christian University, past president of Drake University  Glenn Goerke Ph.D. 1962 Former president/chancellor of the University of Houston, University of Houston–Clear Lake, University of Houston–Victoria, and Indiana University East  Charles Christian Georgeson B.S. 1877 founding director of Alaska Agricultural Experiment Station, Georgeson Botanical Garden at Univ. of Alaska, is named after him  Ken Gornstein B.A. 1980 vice president of communications at Brandeis University  Byron Halsted B.S. 1871 botany educator, past president of the Botanical Society of America  Lloyd Vincent Hackley B.A. former chancellor, Fayetteville State University  Clare M. Hasler B.S. 1981 founding executive director, Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science, Univ. of California, Davis  Charles Ingersoll B.S. second president (1882–91), Colorado State University, credited with broadening and liberalizing school's formerly narrow, vocational curriculum  Stanley O. Ikenberry M.A. 1957, Ph.D. 1960 former president (twice), University of Illinois  William Kedzie B.S. 1870 chemistry professor, introduced the laboratory method of teaching science to Oberlin College  Charles Kiesler B.A. 1958 former chancellor, University of Missouri  Ezra J. Kraus B.S. 1907 past chair of Botany Dept., University of Chicago  William E. Lavery B.A. 1953 Former President, Virginia Tech  Eduard C. Lindeman B.A. 1911 pioneer/champion of adult education  W.J.T. Mitchell B.A. 1963 Gaylord Donnelley Distinguished Service Professor of English and Art History, University of Chicago, Guggenheim Fellow  Henry J. Oosting M.S. 1927 eminent ecologist at Duke Univ  Russell Palmer B.A.1956 Former Dean, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (1983–90); former CEO, Touche Ross International (now Deloitte & Touche), (1974–83);  Roy Pea B.A. 1974 education scholar, Rhodes Scholar  Adrian Ponce B.S. 1993 chair, Chemical Safety Committee, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Caltech  George E. Ross B.A., M.B.A. former president, Alcorn State University, selected 14th president, Central Michigan University, effective March 2010  Barbara Ross-Lee D.O. 1969 First African-American woman dean of a U. S. medical school, New York College of Osteopathic Medicine  William H. Sewell B.A 1933, M.A. 1934 former chancellor, University of Wisconsin-Madison  James D. Spaniolo B.A. 1968 President, University of Texas at Arlington  Theda Skocpol B.A. 1969 former dean, Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, appointed senior adviser in the social sciences to Harvard's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study  Albert Sobey B.S. 1909 Founder and first president, Kettering University  Douglas V. Steere B.S. 1923 Quaker philosopher, religious leader, Rhodes Scholar (1925)  Marilyn Stokstad M.A. Art historian, author of several art history textbooks.  Teresa A. Sullivan B.A. 1970 President, University of Virginia  Marta Tienda B.A. Director, Graduate Studies, former director, Office of Population Research, Princeton Univ, TIAA Trustee since 2005  Marcellette G. Williams B.A., M.A., PH.D. Former Chancellor (first African American, first woman), University of Massachusetts  Frances C. Wilson B.S. immediate past president, National Defense University, retired lieutenant general, United States Marine Corps  John D. Wilson B.A. 1952 former president, Washington and Lee University, Wells College  W.P. Wilson B.S. 1868 early professor of botany, University of Pennsylvania  Richard Yarborough B.A. 1973 professor of English and African American literature, Faculty Research Associate, past interim director, Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies, UCLA 
Name Degree/Year Comments Reference Andrea Amalfitano B.S., Ph.D 1989, D.O. 1990 pioneering gene therapist, formerly of Duke Medical School, Mayo Clinic, et al., returned to take newly-endowed chair in MSU’s Osteopathic Medical School, chairman of Etubics Corp’s Scientific Advisory Board and consultant to the Company  Alfred D. Hershey B.S. 1930
1969 Nobel Laureate for physiology or medicine  Delano Meriwether B.S. 1963 noted immunologist, first African American accepted to Duke University School of Medicine, champion sprinter  Walter Willett B.S. 1966 Noted epidemiology professor, Harvard School of Public Health  Cornelia Dekker B.S. 1973 Noted Pediatric Infectious Disease professor, Stanford University Medical School 
Name Degree/Year Comments Reference Edgar Anderson B.S. 1918 botanical genetisist  John G. Anderson B. S. Physics, 1970 noted seismologist  Susan K. Avery B.S. 1972 first woman president and director, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution  Liberty Hyde Bailey B.S. 1882 World famous botanist and horticulturist, often called the "Father of Modern Horticulture"; also, author and philosopher  Charles E. Bessey B.S. 1869 Pioneer 19th century botany educator; past president, American Association for the Advancement of Science  Lyman J. Briggs B.S. 1893 Physicist, chair, National Bureau of Standards, chaired the Uranium Commission (precursor to the Manhattan Project)  Rolla C. Carpenter B.S. 1873, M.S. 1876 Pioneer in heating and ventilating buildings as an engineering professor at Michigan State and Cornell; co-planned "Collegeville", the first subdivision in what later became East Lansing  Robert L. Carroll B.S. 1959 vertebrate paleontologist, former director of Redpath Museum, McGill University  Gregory Charvat BS 2002, MS 2003, Ph.D 2007 led an MIT research team to develop radar that can penetrate walls and display real-time video of the activity on the other side  William James Clench B.S. 1921 former curator of the mollusk collection, Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology  Albert John Cook B.S. 1862 zoology, entomology educator, later, chairman, California State Commission of Horticulture  Lloyd Groff Copeman B.S. 1903 invented first electric stove (precursor to the microwave oven)  Larry Dalton B.S. 1965 noted chemical researcher, recipient Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, and an NIH Research Career Development Award  Mary Ruth Dawson B.S. 1952 curator emeritus of vertebrate paleontology, Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh  Michael J. Donoghue B.A. 1976 vice president, Evelyn Hutchinson Professor Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Yale Univ., former director of the University's Peabody Museum of Natural History, elected U.S. National Academy of Sciences in 2005  Charles E. Ferris B.S. 1890 first dean, University of Tennessee engineering school; organized East Tennessee chapter of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)  Ulysses P. Hedrick B.S. 1893 botanist, horticulturalist  Maurice G. Kains B.S. 1895 botanist and horticulturalist, best-selling author on farm management  James H. Kimball B.S. 1912 meteorologist who pioneered oceanic weather mapping facilitating early transatlantic aviation  F.B Mumford B.S. 1891 Dean of Agriculture, University of Missouri, Mumford Hall there named for him  T. A. Heppenheimer B.S. 1967
Noted aeronautics and space scholar, researcher and author; researcher associate fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics; has held research fellowships at Caltech and the Max Planck Institute  Perry G. Holden M.S. 1895 First professor of agronomy in the US (1896)  Minakata Kumagusu Did not graduate Naturist known for study of slime molds in early 20th Century Japan  Harold H. McKinney B.S. 1918 noted cereal virologist, USDA, in Madison, Wis. and Arlington, Va.  Eugene C. Ogden B.S. 1932 former New York State Botanist  Eugene Parker B.S. 1948 astrophysicist, developed concept of supersonic solar wind; Bruce Prize, Kyoto Prize winner  Albert N. Prentiss B.S. 1861 member of inaugural faculty, chair of Botany & Horticulture, Cornell University  John R. Reeder B.S. 1939 former chair of Botany Department, curator of herbarium, Yale University  Charles E. St. John B.S. 1887 Noted physicist at Mt. Wilson observatory, starred scientist, American Men of Science, 1903–1943  Gary Starkweather B.S. 1960 invented the laser printer  Charles E. Thorne B.S. (attended 1860s, did not graduate) director, Ohio Agricultural Experiment Station for over 33 years  James W. Toumey B.S. 1889 botanist, co-founder, early dean of Yale School of Forestry; honored in the cactus genus Toumeya, and in New Hampshire’s Yale-Toumey Forest  Samuel Mills (S.M.) Tracy B.S. 1868, M.S. 1871 botany educator, donator/founder of Tracy Herbarium at Texas A&M Univ.  William F. Uhl B.S. 1902 hydraulic engineer, author  Clarence M. Weed B.S. 1883, M.S. 1884 noted entomologist, leading opiliones researcher  Stephen T. Warren B.A. 1976, Ph.D. 1981 geneticist  Truman G. Yuncker B.S. 1915 bacteriologist, botanist, chair of Botany Dept, DePauw University, appointed curator of DePauw herbarium, later named the “T.G. Yuncker Herbarium” 
Name Degree/Year Comments Reference Theodore J. Lowi B.A. 1954 Political science scholar, author of treatise: The End of Liberalism; distinguished professor, Cornell University; voted one of the most influential political thinkers of the modern era by the American Political Science Association  Rollo May Transferred Renowned scholar, called the "Father of American Existential Psychology"  Stephen O. Murray B.A. 1972 scholar, gay anthropology, sociology 
Arts & media
Name Degree/Year Comments Reference James Caan did not graduate Actor, Las Vegas series, The Godfather, Mickey Blue Eyes  Jim Cash B.A. 1970 Hollywood writer, Top Gun, Legal Eagles, Dick Tracy  Edward S. Feldman B.A. film, television producer  Greg Harrison B.A. 1991 Film director of Groove (2000) and November (2004)  Anthony Heald B.A. 1971 Actor The Silence of the Lambs  Walter Hill B.A. 1962 Producer, director of Last Man Standing and 48 Hrs.  David Magee B.A. 1984 Screenwriter, nominated for 2004 Academy Award for Finding Neverland  Bill Mechanic B.A. 1973 CEO, Pandemonium Films, former CEO, 20th Century Fox, producer of 82nd Academy Awards  Bob Murawski B.A. film editor, winner, 2010 Academy Award for film editing of The Hurt Locker | Sam Raimi did not graduate Director, producer, actor (Spider-Man, Evil Dead series)  Tom Sizemore did not graduate Actor, noted for his appearance in Saving Private Ryan  Bernard White B.A. actor, screenwriter and film director 
Name Degree/Year Comments Reference Ray Stannard Baker B.S. 1889 Early 20th century "muckraker" journalist, later (1940) won Pulitzer Prize for last two volumes of biography of U.S. Pres. Woodrow Wilson  Sue Burzynski B.A. 1974 Former Managing Editor, The Detroit News  Dick Cooper B.A. 1969 Won 1972 Pulitzer Prize for Attica (N.Y.) prison riot coverage  Kelley L. Carter B.A. pop-culture journalist, Emmy Award winner  M.L. Elrick B.A. 1990 2009 Pulitzer Prize for local reporting, Detroit Free Press  Susan Goldberg B.A.1984 Executive editor, Bloomberg News, former editor, The Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio)  Don Gonyea B.A. 1978 White House correspondent, National Public Radio; won Peabody Award  Chris Hansen B.A. Dateline NBC correspondent  Tanya Hart B.A. Emmy Award winning commentator, current host of "Hollywood Live with Tanya Hart," syndicated on American Urban Radio Networks; owns Tanya Hart Communications, Inc., a multimedia company  Thom Hartmann B.A. broadcaster, currently on Free Speech TV (formerly of Air America Radio), author  Carole Leigh Hutton B.A.1978 Former vice president, news, Knight Ridder; formerpublisher & editor, The Detroit Free Press; current: president and CEO of United Way Silicon Valley  Jemele Hill B.A. 1997 ESPN Page 2 columnist, formerly sports columnist, Orlando Sentinel  Jim Mitzfeld B.A. 1984 Pulitzer Prize winner, former journalist, federal attorney  James C. Moore B.A. 1974 award winning writer (including an Emmy, the Edward R. Murrow Award, Dartmouth College National Media Award for Economic Understanding, etc.), and New York Times bestseller (as co-author) of Bush's Brain: How Karl Rove Made George W. Bush Presidential  David K. Norton B.A. 1977 senior vice president, human resources, The New York Times Company  Suzanne Sena B.A. Fox News Anchor  Robin Sloan B.A.2002 Media partnerships at Twitter in San Francisco. Formerly strategist at Current TV, a participatory cable and satellite network also based in San Francisco. Blogs with Tim Carmody (MSU '01) and Matt Thompson at snarkmarket.com  Dan Springer B.A. 1987 Fox News Channel Reporter since 2001, based in Seattle Bureau  Kristin Clark Taylor B.A.1982 Director, White House Media Relations in Pres. George H.W. Bush (41) Admin.; formerly on USA Today start-up team and served on its editorial board  Rhoda Weiss B.A. 1971 APR, Chair and CEO, Public Relations Society of America  Fay Gillis Wells did not graduate First woman to parachute from an aircraft; later, White House correspondent for Storer Broadcasting Co. 
Name Degree/Year Comments Reference Verna Aardema B.A. 1934 Award-winning author of children's novels using an African motif  Wilton Barnhardt B.A. 1982 novelist, director of M.F.A. program in Creative Writing, NC State University, former Sports Illustrated reporter  Tom Bissell B.A.1996 Noted author, journalist; works acclaimed in New York Times Book Review, The New York Times Magazine, Salon, and The Virginia Quarterly Review, etc.  Carolyn Forché B.A. 1972 Noted poet, editor, and human rights advocate  Richard Ford B.A. 1966 Novelist; first to win both a Pulitzer Prize and PEN/Faulkner Award for the same book: Independence Day  Dan Gerber B.A.1962 Award-winning poet, novelist, and essayist  N. Katherine Hayles M.A. 1970 Postmodern literary critic and theorist  Jim Harrison B.A. 1960
author, Guggenheim Fellowship recipient; novel, Legends of the Fall, basis for Hollywood film of same name  Helen Hull attended 1905-07 novelist, early feminist, English professor, Wellesley, Columbia  Beverly Jenkins B.A. award-winning novelist of mainly African-American historical romance, recently noted as one of the “100 most popular African American authors”  Geoff Johns B.A. 1995 Award-winning comic book author (Sinestro Corps War, Blackest Night), New York Times bestselling author  Josh Kilmer-Purcell B.A. 1991 Author of best-selling novelized memoir, I Am Not Myself These Days  Michael P. Kube-McDowell B.A. 1976 Award-winning science fiction writer; author of more than 500 nonfiction articles  Tom McGuane B.A., 1962 Novelist  Janice Radway B.A. 1971 author, literary and cultural studies scholar  Helen Topping Miller B.S. 1905 novelist, prolific writer  Vernor Vinge B.S. noted science fiction writher, retired math and computer science professor at San Diego State University  Bob Wood B.A. 1980 Author of Dodger Dogs to Fenway Franks and Big Ten Country.  Timothy Zahn B.S. 1973 science fiction writher, Hugo Award winner for his novella, Cascade Point, author of the New York Times best-selling Star Wars novel, Heir to the Empire 
Name Degree/Year Comments Reference Bethany Beardslee B.A. 1948 soprano particularly noted for her performances of contemporary classical music  Dee Dee Bridgewater Did not graduate Grammy & Tony Award winning jazz singer, actress  William David Brohn B.A. 1955 Tony Award winning (for Ragtime) Broadway musical arranger; also won Drama Desk Award for Miss Saigon orchestration  Dorothy DeLay B.M. 1936 Master violin teacher; trained superstars: Itzhak Perlman, Cho-Liang Lin, Midori, and Sarah Chang  Clare Fischer B.M. 1951 Grammy Award winning composer, arranger, and pianist; Latin Jazz motif  Milt Jackson Did not graduate jazz (vibraphonist); was member of the Modern Jazz Quartet  Dave Kirchgessner B.A. singer, Mustard Plug  Angela Lanza B.A. 2006 Singer, toured overseas with USO  Dika Newlin B.M. 1940 musicologist, composer, pianist  Michael P. Price B.A. 1969 executive director of Goodspeed Musicals, the major producer of American musical theatre  Izler Solomon B.M. Renowned conductor, lead major Midwest city orchestras, founder, Lansing Symphony Orchestra  Noel Paul Stookey Did not graduate "Paul" of 60s folk group, Peter, Paul and Mary  Ben Williams B.M. 2007 jazz bassist, winner of the 2009 Thelonius Monk Award 
Television & radio
Name Degree/Year Comments Reference John Ahlers B.A. Anaheim Ducks Play-by-Play Announcer  Tom Bodett did not graduate author, satirist, pitchman for Motel 6  Clark Bunting B.A. 1977, M.A. 1984 president, CEO The Discovery Channel  Carol Duvall B.A. long running host, The “Carol Duvall Show,” HGTV  Chad Everett did not graduate actor, starred in Medical Center  Pat Foley B.A. 1977 TV play-by-play announcer for the Chicago Blackhawks, inductee, Chicago Sports Hall of Fame  Bob Guiney B.A. 1993 The Bachelor fourth season  Chris Hansen B.A. NBC News correspondent  Jon-Erik Hexum B.A. 1980 Actor, starred in Voyagers!, Making of a Male Model, and Cover Up (TV series)  Andre Langston B.S. CEO of WDKX  Kay Koplovitz M.A. 1968 founded USA Networks and the SCI FI Channel in 1992, women’s business advocate  Dennis Lewin B.A. 1965 Senior Vice President, ABC Sports producing broadcasts for the Olympic Games, Monday Night Football, and Wide World of Sports, for 30 years, achieving 13 Emmy Awards; currently board chairman, Little League Baseball International  Jackie Martling B.S. 1971 Stand up comedian, member of The Howard Stern Show till 2001  Nathan Matatall B.S.M.E. 2006 Dell engineer & company television spokesman on QVC and The Shopping Channel  Tim O’Brien B.A. lawyer, professor, award-winning legal correspondent at ABC News and CNN  Michael Olman B.A. 1990 TV/film audio recording specialist, won Emmys for 24 (2) and Dinosaur Planet  Susan Packard B.A. 1979, M.A. 1981 founding CEO of HGTV (1997 Cable TV "Woman of the Year"), currently president of brand outreach for Scripps Networks New Ventures  James Quello B.A. 1935 retired chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)  Jay Schadler B.A. 1974 ABC News correspondent, Emmy Award winner  Susan Spencer B.A. 1968 CBS News correspondent, Emmy Award winner  Ed Swiderski B.S 2002 The Bachelorette season 5 contestant and winner  Robert Urich M.A. 1971 Actor (Vega$ and Spenser: For Hire) 
Name Degree/Year Comments Reference Eric Millikin Painter, webcomics artist, Pulitzer winner  Ginger Gilmour special course Sculptor 
Name Degree/Year Comments Reference Julie Aigner-Clark B.A. 1988 founder, the Baby Einstein company  Michael R. Cannon B.A. president of Global Operations, Dell James M. Cornelius B.A. 1965, M.B.A. 1967 CEO of Bristol-Myers Squibb  Dale F. Elliott B.S. 1979 president, American Standard Brands  Kevin M. Farr B.A. 1980 CFO, Mattel Inc.  James L. Kemerling B.A. 1961 president and CEO, Riiser Oil Company  Brad Kruchten B.S. Engineering president of the Film, Photofinishing and Entertainment Group, Eastman Kodak Company  Timothy L. Main B.S. CEO of Jabil Circuit  Drayton McLane, Jr. M.B.A. 1959 Owner of Houston Astros and director of Wal-Mart Stores Inc.  Mark A. Murray B.A. president and CEO, Meijer., formerly (2001–2006) president, Grand Valley State University  Jane L. Warner B.A. 1970, M.A. 1973 president, Plexus Systems 
Name Degree/Year Comments Reference Thomas H. Bailey B.A. 1961 founder and former CEO, Janus Capital Group  Eli Broad B.B.A. 1954 Billionaire industrialist and philanthropist: formerly CEO of AIG  Randy Cowen B.A. 1974 CIO, Goldman Sachs, founder, The Phyllis Green and Randolph Cowen Institute for Pediatric Neuroscience at NYU  Carl English B.A. 1968 COO, American Electric Power Company, Inc  Dan Gilbert B.B.A. 1982 chairman and Founder of Quicken Loans; owner, NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers  Linda A. Goodspeed B.A. 1984 Vice President, Chief Information Officer, Nissan North America  Jeffrey C. Girard B.A. 1968 board of directors, Winn-Dixie, former vice Chairman, Finance and Administration at Shopko Stores, Inc.  Ernest Green B.A. 1962
Little Rock Nine member, Assistant Labor Secretary (Carter administration), V.P./manager at Lehman Brothers  Gregory P. Josefowicz B.A. 1974 board of directors, Winn-Dixie, former chairman, CEO, Borders, Inc.  M. Peter McPherson B.A. 1963 chairman, Dow Jones; president of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges; was MSU president 1993–2004  Robert Olstein B.A. 1964, M.B.A. 1966 chairman, founder/CFO, the Olstein Capital Management (Olstein Funds)  Albert B. Ratner B.S. Co-Chairman of the Board, former CEO, Forest City Enterprises  Edward W. Scott B.A., M.A. businessman, philanthropist 
Name Degree/Year Comments Reference Jerry Best B.A. 1959 president & CEO, Omni Hotels North America  Montie Brewer B.B.A. former president & CEO, Air Canada  Michael Budman B.A. 1969 Co-Founder of Roots Canada athletic wear  Rufus T. Bush did not graduate 19th Century oil refining industrialist, yachtsman and New York socialite  Jack P. DeBoer B.B.A 1952 founder, former CEO, Candlewood Hotel Co., Inc.  Jim Delligatti B.A. 1964 creator of the Big Mac sandwich, owner of over 50 McDonald's Restaurants  Molly Fletcher B.A. 1993 sports agent, president of client representation, Career Sports & Entertainment  Mark T. Gaffney B.A.1982, M.A. 1984 president, Michigan State AFL-CIO; director, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago  Don Green B.A. 1969 Co-Founder of Roots Canada athletic wear  Richard Golden B.A. 1967 founder, D.O.C. eyeglasses  Mary Kay Henry B.A. 1979 president, Service Employees International Union  James P. Hoffa B.A. 1963 president, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, son of Jimmy Hoffa  Fred J. Kleisner B.A. hotelier, CEO, Morgan’s Hotel Group Co., former CEO, Wyndham International, Inc.  Thomas LaTour B.A. 1966 chair & CEO of Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants, LLC, founder of LaTour Vineyards winery  Joanne Maguire B.A. V.P. Special Programs, Lockheed Martin Space & Strategic Missiles  Russell Mawby B.S., Ph.D. 1959 philanthropist, 25-year CEO, W.K. Kellogg Foundation  John H. McConnell B.B.A. 1949 founder, chairman-emeritus, Worthington Industries; former majority owner, chairman and governor of the NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets  Herb Pastor B.A. 1958 President & CEO, Pastor Casino Enterprises  Rick Sirvaitis B.A. 1971, M.A. 1976 president of Storeboard Media LLC,  Robert C. Stempel M.B.A. 1970 former chairman, CEO, General Motors  William H. Van Dervoort B.S. 1889 engineering author, researcher and magnate, co-founder (with Michigan State roommate, Orlando J. Root) of the Root & Vandervoort Engineering Co., early builder of gasoline engines and the Moline-Knight automobile, produced 1904-19, major U.S. Navy supplier during World War I 
Politics & government
Name Degree/Year Comments Reference Emma Genevieve Gillette B.S. 1920 Called the "Mother of Michigan's State Park system"  Jon Hoadley B.A. 2006 Former Executive director, National Stonewall Democrats  Susan Jacoby B.A. 1965 Journalist, author, Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism, NYC Program Director, Center for Inquiry  Russell Kirk B.A. 1940 National Review magazine co-founder, often called the "Father of the Modern Conservative Movement"  Jeffrey Miller Transferred Kent State shootings victim  Lou Sheldon B.A. 1957 Evangelical conservative activist, founder and chairman of the Traditional Values Coalition  Jim Wallis B.A. 1970 Liberal Christian evangalical activist; author, God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It 
Name Degree/Year Comments Reference Sami Al-Araji B.S. 1967, Ph.D. 1973 chairman of the Iraq National Investment Commission  Donna Hrinak B.A. 1972 U.S. ambassador to Venezuela  John C. Kornblum B.A. 1964 Former ambassador to Germany  Moussa Koussa B.A. 1978 Former Libyan Minister of Foreign Affairs who defected in 2011  Peter F. Secchia B.A. 1963 Former U.S. Ambassador to Italy 
Name Degree/Year Comments Reference Dennis Archer J.D. 1970† Former president of the American Bar Association, the first African American elected to the position; former justice, Michigan Supreme Court; former mayor of Detroit, and chairman of Detroit-based law firm, Dickinson Wright.  W. Scott Bales B.A. 1978 Justice, Arizona Supreme Court  Debra Bowen B.A. 1979 California Secretary of State  William L. Carpenter (Michigan jurist) B.S. 1876 Justice, Michigan Supreme Court  Geoffrey Fieger J.D. 1979† Attorney for Jack Kevorkian. 1998 Democratic candidate for Michigan governor.  John Warner Fitzgerald B.A. former chief justice, Michigan Supreme Court  Patricia Geoghegan B.A. 1969 partner (retired), Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, trustee, Academy of the Holy Angels of NJ, (her high school alma mater); co-chair, MSU's $1.2 billion Capital Campaign  Lucius W. Hoyt B.S. 1882 early dean, University of Denver Law School, founding president, Colorado Bar Association  John D. Hutson B.A. 1969 President, Franklin Pierce Law Center Rear Admiral (retired), U.S. Navy  Wallace B. Jefferson B.A. 1985 First African American Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Texas  Carlotta Walls LaNier Transferred Little Rock Nine member, currently, a real estate entrepreneur in Englewood, Colorado  Michael W. McConnell B.A. 1976 Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit  Allen B. Morse graduated 1859 Justice, Michigan Supreme Court, 1886–93  Robert Ressler B.S., M.S. 1972 noted criminologist, coined the term “serial killer”  Andree Layton Roaf B.S. 1972 First African-American woman on the Arkansas Supreme Court  Gloria Santona B.S. 1971 General Counsel, McDonald's Corp.  †Graduate of the Detroit College of Law before its merger with Michigan State
Name Degree/Year Comments Reference Spencer Abraham B.A. 1974 former U.S. Secretary of Energy and U.S. Senator from Michigan  George R. Ariyoshi B.A. 1949 third Governor of Hawaii  Adnan Badran M.A. 1961
Former Prime Minister of Jordan  James Blanchard B.A. 1964 former Michigan governor (1983–1991) and former Ambassador to Canada (1993–1996; appointed by President Bill Clinton)  Albert J. Campbell attended 1870s representative, U.S. Congress, Montana 1899-1901  Linda Chapin B.A. First Chairman of the Orange County Commission in Florida and unsuccessful candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2000  Ted Chudleigh B.S. 1965 member, Legislative Assembly of Ontario, (Canada)  Donald G. Cook B.S. 1969 Commander, Air Education and Training Command, U.S. Air Force  Richard Cordray B.A. 1981 Ohio State Treasurer (2007–2009), Ohio Attorney General (2009–2011), Chief of the United States Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (2011–present)  Nancy Dick B.A. 1951 former Lieutenant Gov, Colorado  Tony Earl B.A. 1958 Former Wisconsin governor, (currently on governing board, Common Cause-Wisconsin)  John Engler B.S. 1971 Former Michigan governor (1991–2003)  Robert A. Ficano B.A. 1974 Wayne County (Michigan) Executive  Tim Johnson 1970–1971 Democratic Senator of South Dakota (1997–present)  Wilson Livingood B.A. 1961 United States House Sergeant at Arms  Frederick H. Mueller B.S. 1914 Former United States Secretary of Commerce under Pres. Dwight Eisenhower  Debbie Stabenow B.A. 1972
U.S. Senator from Michigan  David A. Stockman B.A. 1968 Former Director, Office of Management and Budget under President Ronald Reagan  Marta Suplicy B.A. in Psychology Mayor of São Paulo, 2001–2004; Senator for São Paulo, 2010–present  Bob Traxler B.A. 1953 U.S. Congress, Michigan, 1974–93;
Mackinac Island State Park Commission, 1992–present
 John P. Walters B.A. 1974 former director, Office of National Drug Control Policy  Fred M. Warner attended in 1880s, did not graduate Governor of Michigan, 1905–1911  Mussa Kussa B.A. 1978 Foreign Minister of Libya 2009–present 
Sports & athletics
Name Degree/Year Comments Reference Steve Garvey B.A. 1968 Former third baseman, Los Angeles Dodgers  Kirk Gibson B.A. 1979 Former outfielder, Detroit Tigers  Mike Marshall B.S. 1965
Former closer for several Major League teams  Mark Mulder B.A. 1998 Pitcher, St. Louis Cardinals  Dale Petroskey B.A. 1978 President, National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum  Robin Roberts B.A. 1947 Former pitcher, Philadelphia Phillies. Hall of Fame member 
Name Degree/Year Comments Reference Shannon Brown - Current professional basketball player with the Los Angeles Lakers  Alan Anderson - Current professional basketball player  Paul Davis - Basketball player  Charlie Bell B.S. 2000 Basketball player  Mateen Cleaves B.S. 2000 Basketball player  Mark Hollis B.S. 1985 Former team-manager; Current athletic director Earvin "Magic" Johnson Did not graduate Businessman and former Los Angeles Lakers basketball player  Greg Kelser Broadcaster and former Detroit Pistons basketball player  Matt Mazza Former professional basketball player  Morris Peterson B.S. 2000 Current professional basketball player with the Oklahoma City Thunder  Zach Randolph Did not graduate Current professional basketball player with the Memphis Grizzlies.  Shawn Respert B.S. 1995 Former professional basketball player Jason Richardson Did not graduate Current professional basketball player with the Orlando Magic.  Scott Skiles B.S. 1986 Former professional basketball player, former coach of the Chicago Bulls.  Steve Smith B.S. 1991 NBA player; philanthropist  Eric Snow B.S. 1995 Current professional basketball player with the Cleveland Cavaliers.  Kevin Willis B.S. 1984 Former professional basketball player. 
Name Degree/Year Comments Reference Rod Brind'Amour B.S. 1989 Right wing, Carolina Hurricanes  Anson Carter B.S. 1996 Right wing, Carolina Hurricanes  Adam Hall B.S. 2002 Right wing, Minnesota Wild.  John-Michael Liles B.S. 2003 Defense, Colorado Avalanche  Donald McSween B.S. 1987 Defense, Buffalo Sabres  Drew Miller Did Not Graduate Left wing, Detroit Red Wings  Kelly Miller B.S. 1985 Former left wing, Washington Capitals  Kip Miller B.S. 1990 Former forward, Washington Capitals. 1990 Hobey Baker Award winner  Ryan Miller B.S. 2002 Goaltender, Buffalo Sabres. 2001 Hobey Baker Award winner  Duncan Keith Defense, Chicago Blackhawks.  Justin Abdelkader Winger, Detroit Red Wings. 
Name Degree/Year Comments Reference Michael Wardian 1996 Marathoner 
Name Degree/Year Comments Reference Kevin Reiman B.S. 2008 Midfielder, Real Salt Lake. 
Name Degree/Year Comments Reference Fred Alderman B.S. 1927 Winner of gold medal in 4x400 m relay at the 1928 Summer Olympics  Clark Scholes B.A. 1952 Winner of gold medal in 100 m freestyle at the 1952 Summer Olympics  Savatheda Fynes B.S. Winner of gold medal in 4x100 m relay at the 2000 Summer Olympics  Allan Kwartler B.S. 1948 Three-time Olympic saber champion 
Mixed Martial Arts
Name Degree/Year Comments Reference Rashad Evans B.S. 2003 Former UFC Light-Heavyweight Champion  Gray Maynard 2003 UFC Lightweight title challenger 
Faculty & administration
Arts & humanities
Name Tenure Comments Reference Theophilus C. Abbot 1858–1889 Professor of English Literature, President, State Agricultural College  Wes "Warmdaddy" Anderson present Associate Professor of Jazz studies, Michigan State University  John T. Madden 1989–present Director, Michigan State University Spartan Marching Band  H. Owen Reed 1939–1976 Composer, conductor, music theorist  A. J. M. Smith 1943–1972 Canadian poet and anthologist  Rodney Whitaker present Director of Jazz Studies, Michigan State University 
Name Tenure Comments Reference Selman Akbulut 1986–present Mathematician specializing in Kirby calculus  James C. Anthony 2003–present Psychopathologist  Warren Babcock 1891–1913 Professor of Mathematics; secretary of the faculty, 1898–1913; second mayor of East Lansing.  William J. Beal 1871–1910 Developed hybrid corn; co-planned "Collegeville", the first subdivision in what later became East Lansing, Michigan  Marc Breedlove 2001–present Neuroscientist specializing in steroid hormones and sexual behavior  John C. Holmes 1855–1861 Horticulturalist. Founder of MSU.  Richard Lenski 1991–present Microbiologist. Conductor of the E. coli long-term evolution experiment.  Robert Root-Bernstein 1987–present Physiologist, author, MacArthur Fellow.  Dennis R. Heldman 1966–1984 Food scientist. President-elect, Institute of Food Technologists  Barnett Rosenberg 1961–1997 Discoverer of cisplatin.  Anatoliy Skorokhod 1993–present World Famous Probabilist  Horst Stöcker 1982–1985 Theoretical physicist  Walter M. Urbain 1965–1975 Food scientist 
Name Tenure Comments Reference Walter Adams 1947–1992 Economist, former president of Michigan State (1969)  Mohammed Ayoob 1990–present Professor of international relations and Muslim studies  Kent John Chabotar 1972–1975 Political scientist. President, Guilford College  Wesley R. Fishel 1951–1977 Political Science, head of MSU Vietnam Advisory Group (1955–1958)  Erich Fromm 1957–1961 Psychologist and philosopher 
Board of Trustees
Name Term Comments Reference Lou Anna Simon 2005–present University president, ex officio board member  Joel I. Ferguson (R) 2005–2013 Chairperson  Melanie Foster (R) 2005–2013 Vice Chairperson  Dorothy V. Gonzales (D) 2001–2009 -  Colleen M. McNamara (D) 2003–2011 -  Donald W. Nugent (R) 2003–2011 -  Faylene Owen (D) 2007–2015 -  George Perles (D) 2007–2015 -  G. Scott Romney (R) 2001–2009 - 
Name Tenure Comments Reference Mark Hollis 2008–present Athletic director  Rick Comley 2002–present Men's ice hockey coach  Mark Dantonio 2006–present Men's football  Tom Izzo 1995–present Men's basketball  Suzy Merchant 2007–present Women's basketball 
Name Administration Comments Reference Joseph R. Williams 1857–1859 First president of the college. Went on to serve as lieutenant governor of Michigan.  Lewis R. Fiske 1859–1862 Methodist minister. Later served as president of Albion College.  Theophilus C. Abbot 1862–1885 Professor of English literature. Later earned an LL.D. from the University of Michigan.  Edwin Willits 1885–1889 Former principal for the State Normal School. Later Assistant Secretary of Agriculture for the Cleveland administration.  Oscar Clute 1889–1893  Lewis G. Gorton 1893–1895  Jonathan L. Snyder 1896–1915  Frank S. Kedzie 1915–1921  David Friday 1922–1923  Kenyon L. Butterfield 1924–1928  Robert S. Shaw 1928–1941  John A. Hannah 1941–1969  Walter Adams 1969–1970  Clifton Reginald Wharton, Jr. 1970–1978  Edgar L. Harden 1978–1979  M. Cecil Mackey 1979–1985  John A. DiBiaggio 1985–1992  Gordon Guyer 1992–1993  M. Peter McPherson 1993–2004  Lou Anna Simon 2004–present 
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