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Famous East Tennessee State University Alumni

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

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

The list you're viewing is made up of graduates like Kenny Chesney and Tom Buchanan.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to East Tennessee State University?” and “Which celebrities are East Tennessee State University alumni?”
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Kenny Chesney is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous East Tennessee State University Alumni
Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter

Age: 50

Birthplace: Knoxville, Tennessee, United States of America

Kenneth Arnold Chesney (born March 26, 1968) is an American country music singer, songwriter, and record producer. He has recorded 20 albums, 20 of which have been certified Gold or higher by ...more

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Eric Axley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous East Tennessee State University Alumni
Professional golfer

Age: 44

Birthplace: Athens, Tennessee

Eric Allen Axley (born April 22, 1974) is an American professional golfer. Axley was born in Athens, Tennessee. He turned professional in 1997. He is one of the few natural left-handers to win ...more
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Tom Buchanan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous East Tennessee State University Alumni
Farmer

Age: 63

Birthplace: Rich Valley, Virginia

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Timothy Busfield is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous East Tennessee State University Alumni
Television director, Theatre Director, Theatrical producer

Age: 61

Birthplace: Michigan, USA, Lansing

Timothy Busfield (born June 12, 1957) is an American actor and director. He has played Elliot Weston on the television series thirtysomething; Mark, Kevin Costner's brother-in-law in Field of ...more
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Brennan Webb is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous East Tennessee State University Alumni
Professional golfer

Age: 44

Birthplace: Huntsville, Canada

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David Davis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous East Tennessee State University Alumni

Age: 59

Birthplace: Unicoi, Tennessee, United States of America

David Lee Davis (born November 6, 1959) is a Republican politician from Tennessee and one-term member (2007–2009) of the United States House of Representatives and Tennessee House of ...more
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Mike Hulbert is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous East Tennessee State University Alumni
Mike Hulbert Golfer

Age: 60

Birthplace: Elmira, New York

Michael Patrick Hulbert (born April 14, 1958) is an American professional golfer and sportscaster. Hulbert was born in Elmira, New York. He grew up in Horseheads, New York, and was a childhood ...more
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Ric Keller is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous East Tennessee State University Alumni

Age: 54

Birthplace: Johnson City, Tennessee, United States of America

Richard Anthony "Ric" Keller (born September 5, 1964) is an American politician, and was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Florida's 8th ...more
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Gerald Sensabaugh is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous East Tennessee State University Alumni
American football player

Age: 35

Birthplace: Oakland, California

Gerald Lind Sensabaugh Jr. (born June 13, 1983) is a former American football safety. He was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fifth round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He also played for the ...more
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Amy Colley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous East Tennessee State University Alumni
Amy Colley

Age: 34

Birthplace: Jonesborough, Tennessee

Amy Estella Colley is a beauty queen from Jonesborough, Tennessee who has competed in the Miss USA pageant. She graduated from David Crockett High School in 2002. Colley first competed in the ...more
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Darrell Castle is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous East Tennessee State University Alumni
Lawyer

Age: 71

Darrell Lane Castle (born October 11, 1948) is an American politician and attorney from Memphis, Tennessee. He was the Constitution Party's nominee for Vice President of the United States in the ...more
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Earl Gladstone Hunt, Jr.... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous East Tennessee State University Alumni
Earl Gladstone Hunt, Jr. Writer

Age: Dec. at 87 (1918-2005)

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Joseph R. Garber is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous East Tennessee State University Alumni
Joseph R. Garber Novelist, Writer

Age: Dec. at 62 (1943-2005)

Joseph R. Garber (August 14, 1943 – May 27, 2005) was an American author, best known for his 1995 thriller Vertical Run and for the articles he wrote on technology for Forbes magazine. Garber ...more
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J. C. Snead is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous East Tennessee State University Alumni
J. C. Snead Golfer

Age: 78

Birthplace: Hot Springs, Virginia

Jesse Carlyle "J. C." Snead (born October 14, 1940) is an American professional golfer who has won many tournaments on both the PGA Tour and Champions Tour. Snead is the nephew of the ...more
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Keith Cate is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous East Tennessee State University Alumni
Journalist, TV Journalist
Keith Alvin Cate has been a main anchor for WFLA-TV (Channel 8) in Tampa, Florida since 2000. Cate has won 12 Emmy Awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences along with ...more
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Van Williams is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous East Tennessee State University Alumni
Van Williams American football player

Age: 59

Birthplace: Johnson City, Tennessee

George Van Williams (born March 15, 1959 in Johnson City, Tennessee) is a former American football running back in the National Football League for the Buffalo Bills and the New York Giants. He ...more
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Dennis Law is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous East Tennessee State University Alumni
Dennis Law American football player

Age: 63

Birthplace: Commerce, Georgia

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Larry Hinson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous East Tennessee State University Alumni
Larry Hinson Golfer

Age: 74

Birthplace: Gastonia, North Carolina

Larry Hinson (born August 5, 1944) is an American professional golfer who played on the PGA Tour from 1968–1976. Hinson was born in Gastonia, North Carolina, but has lived almost his entire life ...more
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Donnie Abraham is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous East Tennessee State University Alumni
American football player

Age: 45

Birthplace: Orangeburg, South Carolina

Nathaniel Donnell Abraham (born October 8, 1973) is an American football coach and former cornerback who was recently the defensive backs coach for the Orlando Apollos of the Alliance of ...more

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Earl Ferrell is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous East Tennessee State University Alumni
Earl Ferrell American football player

Age: 60

Birthplace: Halifax, Virginia

Earl Thomas Ferrell (born March 27, 1958 in Halifax, Virginia), is a former professional American football player who was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 5th round of the 1982 NFL ...more
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Bud Phillips is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous East Tennessee State University Alumni
Bud Phillips Lawyer

Age: 68

Birthplace: Clintwood, Virginia

Clarence Edward "Bud" Phillips (born April 8, 1950) is an American politician. A Democrat, he served 11 terms in the Virginia House of Delegates, 1990–2012. He represented a portion of ...more
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John Shulman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous East Tennessee State University Alumni
Basketball Coach, Coach

Age: 52

Birthplace: Johnson City, Tennessee

John Shulman (born June 28, 1966) is a former head varsity boys' basketball coach at The McCallie School. He is the former head men's basketball coach at the University of Tennessee at ...more
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Besse Cooper is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous East Tennessee State University Alumni
Teacher

Age: Dec. at 116 (1896-2012)

Birthplace: Tennessee

Besse Berry Cooper (née Brown; August 26, 1896 – December 4, 2012) was an American supercentenarianwho was the world's oldest living person from June 21, 2011, until her death. She was ...more
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Roy Carter is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous East Tennessee State University Alumni
Roy Carter Politician

Age: 75

Birthplace: Mars Hill, North Carolina

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Keith Jennings is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous East Tennessee State University Alumni
Basketball player

Age: 50

Birthplace: Culpeper, Virginia

Keith Russell "Mister" Jennings (born November 2, 1968) is an American basketball coach, who formerly played professional in the National Basketball Association (NBA).