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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Cleveland State University and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Cleveland State University, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Cleveland State University include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Cleveland State University alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Cleveland State University are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Cleveland State University.

The list you're viewing contains graduates like Manute Bol and Dennis Kucinich.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Cleveland State University?” and “Which celebrities are Cleveland State University alumni?”

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Dennis Kucinich is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Cleveland State University Alumni
Politician Dennis John Kucinich is a former U.S. Representative from Ohio, serving from 1997 to 2013. He was also a candidate for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States in the 2004 ...more

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Manute Bol is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Cleveland State University Alumni
Basketball player Manute Bol was a Sudanese-born basketball player and political activist. At 7 ft 7 in tall, he was one of the tallest men ever to play in the National Basketball Association, along with Gheorghe ...more

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Steve LaTourette is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Cleveland State University Alumni
Lawyer Steven C. "Steve" LaTourette is an American politician who served as the U.S. Representative for Ohio's 19th congressional district and then Ohio's 14th congressional district from ...more

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Timothy J. Russert is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Cleveland State University Alumni
Journalist, Author, Lawyer Timothy John "Tim" Russert was an American television journalist and lawyer who appeared for more than 16 years as the longest-serving moderator of NBC's Meet the Press. He was a ...more

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Marye Anne Fox is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Cleveland State University Alumni
Chemist Marye Anne Payne Fox is a physical organic chemist and university administrator. She was the first female chief executive of North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. In April ...more

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Jean O'Leary is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Cleveland State University Alumni
Jean O'Leary Politician Jean O'Leary was an American gay and lesbian rights activist. She had been a Roman Catholic Religious Sister before this involvement, and would later write about her experience in a 1984 ...more

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Frank G. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Cleveland State University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Frank George Jackson is an American attorney and politician. He is currently the Mayor of Cleveland, Ohio. He was elected on November 8, 2005, unseating incumbent Jane Campbell, and re-elected ...more

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Mary Jo Kilroy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Cleveland State University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Mary Jo Kilroy is the former U.S. Representative for Ohio's 15th congressional district, serving from 2009 until 2011. She is a member of the Democratic Party from Ohio. In her first term she ...more

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Lloyd G. Trotter is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Cleveland State University Alumni
Businessperson Lloyd G. Trotter is a partner at GenNx360 Capital Partners, a position he has held since February 2008. He served as Vice Chairman of General Electric and as President and Chief Executive ...more

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Jong Won Park is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Cleveland State University Alumni
Conductor, Singer, Writer

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Annie Easley is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Cleveland State University Alumni
Mathematician, Computer scientist Annie J. Easley was an African-American computer scientist, mathematician, and rocket scientist. She worked for the Lewis Research Center of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and ...more

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Marcia Fudge is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Cleveland State University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Marcia L. Fudge is the U.S. Representative for Ohio's 11th congressional district, serving since 2008. She is a member of the Democratic Party. The district includes an area from Cleveland to ...more

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William O'Neill is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Cleveland State University Alumni
William O'Neill Politician William "Bill" Michael O'Neill is an American lawyer, judge and political figure. He was elected to the Ohio Supreme Court in 2012, for a term beginning January 2013. He served as an ...more

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Robert A. Steele is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Cleveland State University Alumni

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Louis Stokes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Cleveland State University Alumni
Lawyer Louis Stokes is a Democratic politician from Ohio. He served in the United States House of Representatives.

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Tim Hagan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Cleveland State University Alumni
Tim Hagan Politician Timothy Hagan, is a Democratic politician in Ohio. He served as Cuyahoga County Commissioner and other local offices from the 1980s through 2000s, and was his party's nominee for the ...more

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Jerry Dybzinski is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Cleveland State University Alumni
Jerry Dybzinski Baseball player Jerome Matthew "Jerry" Dybzinski is a former Major League Baseball shortstop who played for three teams from 1980 to 1985. Dybzinski attended Collinwood High School. He attended ...more

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Ed Feighan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Cleveland State University Alumni
Edward Farrell "Ed" Feighan is a former American politician. He served as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives, and as a Democratic Party U.S. Representative from 1983 to ...more

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Stephen Ademolu is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Cleveland State University Alumni
Stephen Ademolu Stephen Ademolu is a Canadian soccer player for the Windsor Stars of League1 Ontario and sports journalist for the Urban Book Circle.

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Larry C. Glasscock is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Cleveland State University Alumni
Larry C. Glasscock Larry C. Glasscock was elected as Chairman of the board for WellPoint, Inc. on November 30, 2005. He served as president and chief executive officer of the company from November 2004 (following ...more

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Charles J. Carney is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Cleveland State University Alumni
Politician Charles Joseph Carney was a U.S. Representative from Ohio. Born in Youngstown, Ohio, Carney attended schools in Youngstown and neighboring Campbell, Ohio. He later attended Youngstown State ...more

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Dale Mohorcic is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Cleveland State University Alumni
Dale Mohorcic Baseball player Dale Mohorčič is a former relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who played from 1986 to 1990. Mohorcic was a star at Cleveland State University. After playing on farm teams for the Toronto ...more

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Franklin Edwards is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Cleveland State University Alumni
Franklin Delano Edwards is an American former professional basketball player who was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 1st round of the 1981 NBA Draft. A 6'1" point guard from ...more

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Kid Leo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Cleveland State University Alumni
Radio personality, Music executive, Presenter Lawrence James Travagliante—better known by his on-air moniker Kid Leo—serves as both program director and afternoon disc jockey on Little Steven's Underground Garage on Sirius XM Radio. He ...more

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Timothy F. Murphy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Cleveland State University Alumni
Politician, Psychologist Timothy "Tim" F. Murphy is the U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania's 18th congressional district, serving since 2003. He is a member of the Republican Party. He previously served in ...more

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David A. Scott is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Cleveland State University Alumni
David A. Scott Dave Scott serves as Executive Vice President of Finance and Administration for Comcast Cable.

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Jane L. Campbell is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Cleveland State University Alumni
Jane L. Campbell Jane Louise Campbell, is an American politician of the Democratic Party who served as the 56th and first female mayor of Cleveland, Ohio from January 1, 2002 to January 1, 2006.

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Darren Tillis is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Cleveland State University Alumni
Darren Tillis Darren Tillis is a retired American professional basketball player who was selected by the Boston Celtics in the 1st round of the 1982 NBA Draft. A 6'11" center from Cleveland State ...more

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Terry Pluto is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Cleveland State University Alumni
Terry Pluto Terry Pluto is an American sportswriter, newspaper columnist, and author who primarily writes columns for The Plain Dealer, and formerly for the Akron Beacon Journal about Cleveland, Ohio sports ...more

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Gerald Harris is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Cleveland State University Alumni
Gerald Harris is a retired American mixed martial artist and former stand-up comedian, who formerly fought in the World Series of Fighting's Welterweight division. He was a cast member of Spike ...more

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Carl Stern is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Cleveland State University Alumni
Journalist, Professor Carl Stern is a 30-year veteran journalist and currently a professor at GWU.

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Sandra Williams is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Cleveland State University Alumni
Sandra Williams Sandra Williams is a Democratic member of the Ohio Senate, serving the 21st district since 2015. She former served in the Ohio House of Representatives from 2007 to 2014. Her district includes ...more

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Chas Smith is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Cleveland State University Alumni
Chas Smith Chas Smith was an author, musician, radio personality, and a Cleveland State University music professor.

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Chris Ronayne is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Cleveland State University Alumni
Chris Ronayne Chris Ronayne is the President of University Circle Inc. in Cleveland, Ohio, a community development corporation responsible for the growth of the University Circle with a focus on health care, ...more

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Robert F. Busbey is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Cleveland State University Alumni
Robert F. Busbey Robert "Bob" F. Busbey was an athletic director, vice president, and head swimming coach at Cleveland State University. He served as athletic director from 1966 until 1990, head ...more

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Tom Zeller, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Cleveland State University Alumni
Tom Zeller, Jr. Tom Zeller, Jr. is an American reporter and writer who has covered poverty, technology, energy policy and the environment, among other topics, for a variety of publications, including The New ...more

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Ferolyn Powell is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Cleveland State University Alumni
Ferolyn Powell Ferolyn is an executive with over 20 years experience in the medical device industry. She is currently President, CEO and Director of Evalve. Prior to joining Evalve in 1999, Ms. Powell held ...more

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Donald E. Washkewicz is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Cleveland State University Alumni
Donald E. Washkewicz Businessperson Donald E. Washkewicz is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer and President of Parker Hannifin Corporation located in Cleveland, Ohio, effective October 27, 2004. He served as Chief ...more

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Thomas P. Riccio is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Cleveland State University Alumni
Thomas P. Riccio Thomas P. Riccio is an American multimedia artist and academic. He received his BA from Cleveland State University in English Literature in 1978, his MFA from Boston University in 1982, and ...more

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Alexander James Quinn is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Cleveland State University Alumni
Alexander James Quinn Alexander James Quinn was a bishop of the Catholic Church in the United States. He served as an auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Cleveland in the state of Ohio from 1983 until 2008.

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Ali Kazemaini is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Cleveland State University Alumni
Ali Kazemaini Ali Kazemaini is a retired Iranian-American soccer forward who currently coaches at Cleveland State. He spent eight seasons in the Major Indoor Soccer League and one in the National Professional ...more

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Ken Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Cleveland State University Alumni
Ken Carpenter, is an American journalist and journalism professor. He was an editor and reporter at The Plain Dealer in Cleveland; a senior editor at The National Sports Daily in New York; ...more

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Michael DeBose is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Cleveland State University Alumni
Michael DeBose Michael DeBose was an African-American politician who served as a Democratic member of the Ohio House of Representatives. He was first elected to that position on 13 February 2002.

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Nina Turner is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Cleveland State University Alumni
Nina Turner Nina Turner is the former Minority Whip for the Ohio Senate, and the state Senator for the 25th District. She is a Democrat.

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Victor Morris is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Cleveland State University Alumni
Victor Morris Victor "Money" Morris is an American professional basketball player currently playing for the Windsor Express of the National Basketball League of Canada. The 6 ft 1 in, 185 lb point ...more

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Tom Patton is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Cleveland State University Alumni
Tom Patton Tom Patton is a member and current majority leader of the Ohio Senate, representing the Twenty Fourth District since 2008. He formerly served in the Ohio House of Representatives from 2003 to

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Cedric Jackson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Cleveland State University Alumni
Cedric Lamar Jackson is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the New Zealand Breakers of the National Basketball League. He played college basketball for Cleveland ...more

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Stipe Miocic is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Cleveland State University Alumni
Stipe Miocic is an American mixed martial artist. He is currently under contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, competing in the Heavyweight division. As of October 6, 2014, he is #5 ...more

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J'Nathan Bullock is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Cleveland State University Alumni
J'Nathan Bullock Basketball player J'Nathan Bullock is an American professional basketball player. He played college basketball at Cleveland State University. He was signed by the New York Jets of the National Football League as ...more

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Josh Williams is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Cleveland State University Alumni
Josh Williams Josh Williams is an American soccer player currently playing for New York City FC in Major League Soccer.