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Famous Grand Valley State University Alumni

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

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

The list you're viewing is made up of different graduates like Ruud Lubbers and Nick McDonald.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Grand Valley State University?” and “Which celebrities are Grand Valley State University alumni?”
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Brian Calley is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Grand Valley State University Alumni
Politician, Banker

Age: 41

Birthplace: Dearborn, Michigan, United States of America

Brian Nelson Calley (born March 25, 1977) is an American politician who served as the 63rd lieutenant governor of Michigan, from 2011 to 2019. A member of the Republican Party, Calley served as ...more
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Ruud Lubbers is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Grand Valley State University Alumni
Activist, Businessperson, Politician

Age: 79

Birthplace: Rotterdam, Netherlands

Rudolphus Franciscus Marie "Ruud" Lubbers (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈryt ˈlʏbərs] (listen); 7 May 1939 – 14 February 2018) was a Dutch politician and diplomat of the Christian Democratic ...more
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Matt Thornton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Grand Valley State University Alumni
Baseball player

Age: 42

Birthplace: Three Rivers, Michigan

Matthew Thornton was a signer of the US Declaration of Independence. Matthew Thornton or Matt Thornton may also refer to: Matt Thornton (baseball) (born 1976), Major League Baseball relief ...more

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Rob Rubick is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Grand Valley State University Alumni
American football player

Age: 55

Birthplace: Newberry, Michigan

Robin (Rob) James Rubick is a former NFL Tight End for the Detroit Lions. He attended Grand Valley State. He was drafted in the 1982 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions in the twelfth round. As an ...more
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John Beyrle is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Grand Valley State University Alumni

Age: 65

Birthplace: Muskegon, Michigan, United States of America

John Ross Beyrle (born February 11, 1954) is an American diplomat. A career Foreign Service Officer and specialist in Russian and Eastern European affairs, he served as Ambassador of the United ...more
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Allyssa DeHaan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Grand Valley State University Alumni

Age: 30

Birthplace: Grandville, Michigan

Allyssa DeHaan (born June 21, 1988 in Grand Rapids, Michigan) is an American former collegiate basketball and volleyball player. She played for Michigan State University from 2006 to 2010. She ...more
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Jeff Chadwick is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Grand Valley State University Alumni
Jeff Chadwick American football player

Age: 55

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan

Jeffrey Allan Chadwick (born December 16, 1960), is a former professional American football player. A 6'3", 185-lb. wide receiver from Grand Valley State University, Chadwick was never ...more
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Keyonta Marshall is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Grand Valley State University Alumni
American football player

Age: 37

Birthplace: Saginaw, Michigan

Keyonta D. Marshall (August 13, 1981 – March 22, 2019) was an American football defensive lineman who played in the National Football League. The Philadelphia Eagles signed him out of Grand ...more
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Eric Fowler is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Grand Valley State University Alumni
Eric Fowler American football player

Age: 34

Birthplace: New Haven, Michigan

Eric Fowler (born October 17, 1984) is a former American football wide receiver who played for the Detroit Lions. He was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted free agent in 2007. He ...more
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Cullen Finnerty is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Grand Valley State University Alumni
Cullen Finnerty American football player

Age: Dec. at 31 (1982-2013)

Birthplace: Michigan

Cullen Finnerty (August 18, 1982 – May 27, 2013) was an American football quarterback. He was originally signed by the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2007. He played college ...more
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David Kircus is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Grand Valley State University Alumni
David Kircus American football player

Age: 39

Birthplace: Imlay City, Michigan

David Kircus (born February 19, 1980) is a former gridiron football wide receiver. He was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the sixth round of the 2003 NFL Draft after playing college football at ...more
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Frosty Wooldridge is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Grand Valley State University Alumni
Frosty Wooldridge Journalist

Age: 72

Forrest "Frosty" Wooldridge is an American journalist, writer, environmentalist, traveler, and figure in the anti-illegal immigration movement in the United States. Wooldridge has had ...more
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Josh Bourke is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Grand Valley State University Alumni
Josh Bourke American football player

Age: 36

Birthplace: Windsor, Canada

Joshua Nathan Bourke (born October 16, 1982) is a former Canadian football offensive lineman. He spent the majority of his professional career with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian ...more
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Derrick Jones is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Grand Valley State University Alumni
American football player

Age: 34

Derrick Jones may refer to: Derrick Jones Jr., basketball player Derrick Jones (cornerback), American football cornerback Derrick Jones (defensive end), American football defensive end Derrick ...more
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David R. Hekman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Grand Valley State University Alumni
David R. Hekman

Age: 41

David R. Hekman (born 1978) is an associate professor of organizational leadership and information analytics at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Hekman's research focuses on improving ...more
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Mike Gravier is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Grand Valley State University Alumni
Mike Gravier

Age: 58

Mike Gravier (born September 27, 1960) is an American football coach and former player. He played college football at Grand Valley State University and is currently an associate coach at North ...more
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Brandon Carr is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Grand Valley State University Alumni
American football player

Age: 32

Birthplace: Flint, Michigan

Brandon Carey Carr (born May 19, 1986) is an American football cornerback for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Grand Valley State and was ...more
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Bill Sheridan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Grand Valley State University Alumni
Bill Sheridan Coach

Age: 60

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan

Bill Sheridan (born January 27, 1959) is an American football coach who is currently the linebackers coach for the Boston College Eagles of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). Sheridan was ...more
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Thomas Hooker is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Grand Valley State University Alumni
Thomas Hooker Politician

Age: 68

Birthplace: Wyoming, Michigan

Thomas Hooker is a Republican politician from the U.S. state of Michigan. He is currently a member of the Michigan House of Representatives, representing the 77th District which covers the city ...more
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Nick McDonald is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Grand Valley State University Alumni
American football player

Age: 31

Birthplace: Salinas, California

Nicholas James "Nick" McDonald (born June 27, 1987) is an American football center who is currently a free agent. McDonald was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Green Bay ...more
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Rick Outman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Grand Valley State University Alumni
Rick Outman Politician

Birthplace: Michigan

Rick Outman is a Republican politician from the U.S. state of Michigan. He is currently a member of the Michigan House of Representatives, representing the 70th District which covers Montcalm ...more
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Virgil L. Sharpton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Grand Valley State University Alumni
Virgil L. Sharpton
Virgil L. (Buck) Sharpton is the Associate Director for Science at the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) in Houston, Texas. Prior to joining the LPI in 2011, he was Vice Chancellor for ...more
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Dan Skuta is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Grand Valley State University Alumni
American football player

Age: 29

Birthplace: Burton, Michigan

Dan Skuta (born April 21, 1986) is an American football linebacker who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Grand Valley State and was signed by the Cincinnati Bengals as an ...more
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Frank Foster is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Grand Valley State University Alumni
Frank Foster Politician

Age: 32

Birthplace: Michigan

Frank Foster is a Republican politician from the U.S. state of Michigan. He was a member of the Michigan House of Representatives, representing the 107th District. Foster was elected in 2010 and ...more
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Derek Bailey is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Grand Valley State University Alumni
Derek Bailey
Derek J. Bailey served as Tribal Chairman of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians beginning in 2008. He also served prior on Tribal Council from 2004-2008. On October 1, 2011, ...more