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Famous Grand Valley State University Alumni

Updated March 4, 2019 8.1k views32 items

List RulesPeople 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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  • 1
    Politician, Banker

    Age44

    BirthplaceDearborn, 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 a...  more
  • 2
    Activist, Businessperson

    Age82

    BirthplaceRotterdam, 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 Appeal (CDA)...  more
  • 3
    Baseball player

    Age45

    BirthplaceThree 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
  • 4
    American football player

    Age61

    BirthplaceNewberry, 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 NFL...  more
  • 5
    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
  • 6
    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 is...  more
  • 7
    American football player

    Age60

    BirthplaceDetroit, 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 drafted by a...  more
  • 8
    American football player

    Age40

    BirthplaceSaginaw, 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 Valley...  more
  • 9
    American football player

    Age36

    BirthplaceNew 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
  • 10
    American football player

    AgeDec. at 30 (1982-2013)

    BirthplaceMichigan

    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 football...  more
  • 11
    American football player

    Age41

    BirthplaceImlay 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 Grand...  more
  • 12

    Age74

    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 an active...  more
  • 13
    American football player

    Age39

    BirthplaceWindsor, 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 Football...  more
  • 14
    American football player

    Age36

    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 Jones...  more
  • 15
    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
  • 16
    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 Park...  more
  • 17
    American football player

    Age35

    BirthplaceFlint, 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
  • 18

    Age62

    BirthplaceDetroit, 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
  • 19
    Politician

    Age71

    BirthplaceWyoming, 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 of...  more
  • 20
    American football player

    Age34

    BirthplaceSalinas, 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 Packers in 2010. In...  more
  • 21
    Politician

    BirthplaceMichigan

    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 County...  more
  • 22
    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 Research at...  more
  • 23
    American football player

    Age35

    BirthplaceBurton, 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
  • 24
    Politician

    Age35

    BirthplaceMichigan

    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 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