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Famous Gardner-Webb University Alumni

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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Gardner-Webb University and be of some renown.

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

Alumni include Artis Gilmore, John Drew and many additional graduates as well.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Gardner-Webb University?” and “Which celebrities are Gardner-Webb University alumni?”
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Linda Combs is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Gardner-Webb University Alumni

Age: 73

Birthplace: Lenoir, North Carolina, United States of America

Linda Morrison Combs (born 1946) is a former U.S. federal government official. She was the Controller of the Office of Management and Budget in the Executive Office of the President at the White ...more
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Johnny Hunt is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Gardner-Webb University Alumni
Johnny Hunt Author, Pastor

Age: 66

Birthplace: Lumberton, North Carolina

Johnny M. Hunt (born July 17, 1952) is an evangelical Christian pastor, author, and former President of the Southern Baptist Convention. He was formerly the senior pastor of First Baptist Church ...more
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Artis Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Gardner-Webb University Alumni
Basketball player

Age: 69

Birthplace: Chipley, Florida

Artis Gilmore (born September 21, 1949) is an American retired basketball player who played in the American Basketball Association (ABA) and National Basketball Association (NBA). Gilmore was ...more

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Gabe Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Gardner-Webb University Alumni
Gabe Wilkins American football player

Age: 47

Birthplace: Cowpens, South Carolina

Gabriel Nicholas Wilkins (born January 9, 1971 in Cowpens, South Carolina) is a former American Football defensive end who played for the Green Bay Packers and the San Francisco 49ers in a ...more
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Jim Maxwell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Gardner-Webb University Alumni
Jim Maxwell American football player

Age: 37

Birthplace: Johnsonville, South Carolina

James Maxwell (born August 8, 1981 in Johnsonville, South Carolina) is a former American football linebacker. He was signed by the NFL New York Giants as an undrafted free agent in 2004. He ...more
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Ron Rash is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Gardner-Webb University Alumni
Novelist, Author, Writer

Age: 66

Birthplace: Chester, South Carolina

Ron Rash (born September 25, 1953), an American poet, short story writer and novelist, is the Parris Distinguished Professor in Appalachian Cultural Studies at Western Carolina University.
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John Drew is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Gardner-Webb University Alumni

Age: Dec. at 39 (1954-1993)

Birthplace: Vredenburgh, Alabama

John Edward Drew (born September 30, 1954) is a retired American professional basketball player. A 6'6" guard/forward from Gardner–Webb University, he played 11 seasons in the National ...more

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Orlando Early is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Gardner-Webb University Alumni
Orlando Early Coach

Age: 51

Birthplace: Lebanon, Virginia

Orlando Early (born November 27, 1967) is an American men's college basketball coach. He was most recently an assistant coach at North Carolina State University under head coach Mark Gottfried ...more
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Tim Behrendorff is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Gardner-Webb University Alumni
Tim Behrendorff

Age: 37

Birthplace: Gold Coast, Australia

Timothy "Tim" Behrendorff (born 26 September 1981) is an Australian professional basketball player. Behrendorff attended college at Gardner–Webb University in the United States from ...more
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Eddie Lee Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Gardner-Webb University Alumni
Eddie Lee Wilkins

Age: 56

Birthplace: Cartersville, Georgia

Eddie Lee Wilkins (born May 7, 1962) is an American former professional basketball player who was selected by the New York Knicks in the sixth round (133rd pick overall) of the 1984 NBA Draft. A ...more
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Brian Johnston is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Gardner-Webb University Alumni
Brian Johnston

Age: 32

Birthplace: San Diego, California

Brian Thomas Johnston (born May 2, 1986) is a former American football linebacker. He was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the seventh round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football ...more
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Jim Washburn is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Gardner-Webb University Alumni
Jim Washburn Coach

Age: 69

Birthplace: Shelby, North Carolina

Jim Washburn (born December 2, 1949) is an American football coach. He was the assistant defensive line coach for the Detroit Lions from 2013 to 2015, defensive line coach for the Philadelphia ...more
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Martha Mason is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Gardner-Webb University Alumni
Martha Mason

Age: Dec. at 72 (1937-2009)

Birthplace: Lattimore, North Carolina

Martha Mason (May 31, 1937 – May 4, 2009) was a writer born and based in Lattimore, North Carolina who spent 61 years in an iron lung.
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Dobson Collins is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Gardner-Webb University Alumni
Dobson Collins

Age: 31

Birthplace: Stone Mountain, Georgia

Dobson Collins (born July 12, 1987) is an American football wide receiver who is currently a free agent. He was originally signed by the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free agent in 2009. ...more