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

List of famous alumni from East Central University, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from East Central University include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished East Central University alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended East Central 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 East Central University.

List is made up of graduates like Mark Gastineau and Todd Graham.

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

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Ernest McFarland is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous East Central University Alumni
Ernest McFarland Ernest William McFarland was an American politician and, with Warren Atherton, is considered one of the "Fathers of the G.I. Bill". He is the only Arizonan to serve in the highest ...more

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James D. Thurman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous East Central University Alumni
James D. Thurman James David Thurman is a retired United States Army general who served as the Commander of United Nations Command, R.O.K.-U.S. Combined Forces Command, and U.S. Forces Korea from July 14, 2011 ...more

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Mark Gastineau is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous East Central University Alumni
Mark Gastineau American football player Marcus Dell Gastineau is a former American football player who was a leading defensive end for the New York Jets from 1979 to 1988. A five-time Pro Bowler, his 107½ quarterback sacks in ...more

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Hallie Ford is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous East Central University Alumni
Hallie Ford Hallie Brown Ford was an American business person and philanthropist. A native of Oklahoma, she acquired her wealth in Oregon through the timber industry. As a philanthropist she made donations ...more

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Ronald G. Sheppard is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous East Central University Alumni
Ronald G. Sheppard Politician, Retailer, Teacher Ronald G. Sheppard was a member of the 37th Legislature in the Oklahoma House of Representatives, representing District 28. He ran against the District 28 Incumbent Ryan Kiesel in 2008 but

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George Nigh is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous East Central University Alumni
George Nigh Politician George Patterson Nigh, is a politician and civic leader in the U.S. state of Oklahoma. Nigh served as the 17th and the 22nd Governor of Oklahoma. He was the first Oklahoma governor to be ...more

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Gil Morgan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous East Central University Alumni
Gil Morgan Golfer Gilmer Bryan Morgan II, OD is an American professional golfer. Morgan was born in Wewoka, Oklahoma. He graduated from East Central State College in Ada, Oklahoma in 1968. In 1972, Morgan earned ...more

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Todd Graham is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous East Central University Alumni
Todd Graham American Football coach, American football player Todd Graham is an American football coach and former player. He is currently the head football coach at Arizona State University, a position he assumed in December 2011. Graham previously served ...more

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Barbara McKinzie is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous East Central University Alumni
Barbara McKinzie Barbara A. McKinzie was from 2006 to 2010 the twenty-seventh International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha, the first Greek-lettered sorority established and incorporated by African-American ...more

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Cliff Thrift is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous East Central University Alumni
Cliff Thrift American football player Clifford Thrift is a former professional American football player who played linebacker for eight seasons for the San Diego Chargers, Chicago Bears, and Los Angeles Rams. Thrift attended Purcell ...more

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Kris Steele is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous East Central University Alumni
Kris Steele Politician Kris Steele is a United States politician from the U.S. state of Oklahoma who served as state representative. Steele served in the Oklahoma House of Representatives as the Speaker of the House, ...more

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Leon Polk Smith is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous East Central University Alumni
Leon Polk Smith Artist Leon Polk Smith was an American painter. His geometrically oriented abstract paintings were influenced by Piet Mondrian and his style has been associated with the Hard-edge school, of which he ...more

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Art Staed is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous East Central University Alumni
Art Staed Teacher Art Staed is a current Iowa State Representative from the 66th District. A Democrat, he was in the Iowa House of Representatives for one term, from 2007 to 2009. Staed holds a B.A. in Philosophy ...more

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Brad Calip is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous East Central University Alumni
Brad Calip Brad Calip is a former American football player. He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2003. He would later play professionally with the Denver Gold of the United States ...more

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Justin Brown is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous East Central University Alumni
Justin Brown American football player Justin O'Mara Brown is a former professional American, Canadian football and arena football defensive end. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Indianapolis Colts in 2005. He played ...more

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Dustin Rowe is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous East Central University Alumni
Dustin Rowe Lawyer Dustin Rowe is the City Attorney and one-time city councilman and mayor of Tishomingo, a city of about 3,000 people in the U.S. state of Oklahoma. In October 1993, upon the resignation of a city ...more

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B. Kevin Turner is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous East Central University Alumni
B. Kevin Turner B. Kevin Turner is an American businessman known for his executive leadership roles at Wal-Mart and Microsoft. He is the Chief Operating Officer of Microsoft and a member of the Board of ...more

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Randy Grinnell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous East Central University Alumni
Randy Grinnell Randy Grinnell is the Deputy Director, Indian Health Service in the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

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Paula Casey is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous East Central University Alumni
Paula Casey Paula J. Casey served as United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas. She earned her B.A. degree in 1973 at East Central University in Oklahoma and her J.D. in 1977 at University ...more

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Bill Anoatubby is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous East Central University Alumni
Bill Anoatubby Bill Anoatubby is the Governor of the Chickasaw Nation, a position he has held since 1987. From 1979 to 1987, Anoatubby served two terms as Lieutenant Governor in the administration of Governor ...more

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Bart Carlton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous East Central University Alumni
Bart Carlton Bart Carlton was an American standout college basketball player at Ada Teachers College in Ada, Oklahoma during the early 1930s. He was a two-time All-American in 1930 and 1931. Carlton was also ...more

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Susan Paddack is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous East Central University Alumni
Susan Paddack Susan Paddack is a Democratic politician and former educator in the U.S. state of Oklahoma. She currently serves in the Oklahoma State Senate representing District 13, which includes Pontotoc ...more

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Joe Dickinson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous East Central University Alumni
Joe Dickinson Joe Dickinson is a former American football coach and player. Most notably, he served as the offensive coordinator at the University of Northern Illinois from 1991 to 1995, and the University of ...more