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Famous James Madison University Alumni

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List RulesPeople on this list must have gone to James Madison University and be of some renown.

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

Charles Haley and Reshma Shetty are included on this list.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to James Madison University?” and “Which celebrities are James Madison University alumni?”
  • 1

    Marcia Angell

    Editor, Physician


    Marcia Angell (; born April 20, 1939) is an American physician, author, and the first woman to serve as editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine. She is currently a Senior Lecturer in...  more
  • 2

    LeRoi Moore

    Songwriter, Musician

    AgeDec. at 47 (1961-2008)

    BirthplaceDunn, North Carolina, United States of America

    LeRoi Holloway Moore (September 7, 1961 – August 19, 2008) was an American saxophonist. He was a founding member of the Dave Matthews Band. Moore often arranged music for songs written by Dave...  more
  • 3

    Elliott Sadler

    Race car driver


    BirthplaceVirginia, United States of America

    Elliott William Barnes Sadler (born April 30, 1975) is an American professional stock car racing driver. He currently competes part-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, driving the No. 10 Chevrolet...  more
  • 4

    Steve Buckhantz

    Announcer, Sports commentator


    BirthplaceWashington, D.C.

    Steve Buckhantz (born June 19, 1955) is a television play-by-play announcer. Most recently for the Washington Wizards....  more
  • 5

    Lindsay Czarniak

    Journalist, Sports Anchor


    BirthplaceHarrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Lindsay Ann Czarniak (born November 7, 1977), is an American sports anchor and reporter. She currently works as a studio host for Fox Sports NASCAR coverage. After spending six years with WRC-TV, the...  more

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  • 6

    Gary Clark

    American football player



    Gary C. Clark (born May 1, 1962) is an American former professional football player who was a wide receiver in the National Football League (NFL) for the Washington Redskins (1985–92), Phoenix...  more


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  • 7

    Akeem Jordan

    American football player


    BirthplaceHarrisonburg, Virginia

    Akeem Raphael Jordan (born August 17, 1985) is a Canadian football linebacker, most recently for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles...  more
  • 8

    Charles Haley

    American football player


    BirthplaceGladys, Virginia, Virginia

    Charles Lewis Haley (born January 6, 1964) is a former American football linebacker and defensive end who played in the National Football League (NFL) for the San Francisco 49ers (1986–1991,...  more

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  • 9



    Christopher Soghoian (born 1981) is a privacy researcher and activist. He is currently working for Senator Ron Wyden as the senator’s Senior Advisor for Privacy & Cybersecurity. From 2012 to 2016, he...  more
  • 10

    Angela Orebaugh

    Computer scientist
    Angela Orebaugh is a cyber technology and security author and researcher. She is known for her work on National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) security initiatives. ...  more
  • 11

    Emmett Hanger

    Real Estate Broker


    BirthplaceVirginia, United States of America

    Emmett Wilson Hanger Jr. (born August 2, 1948, in Staunton, Virginia) is an American politician of the Republican Party. He was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates from 1983 to 1991, when he...  more
  • 12
    As Boeing chief information officer (CIO) and vice president of the Information Technology (IT) organization, John Hinshaw is responsible for all IT strategy, operations, processes and people of the...  more
  • 13

    Phil Vassar

    Songwriter, Singer-songwriter


    BirthplaceLynchburg, Virginia, United States of America

    Phillip George Vassar Jr. (born May 28, 1964) is an American country music artist. Vassar made his debut on the country music scene in the late 1990s, co-writing singles for several country artists,...  more

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  • 14

    Ross Copperman

    Singer-songwriter, Singer


    BirthplaceRoanoke, Virginia

    Ross Copperman (born October 1, 1982) is a Grammy-nominated American singer-songwriter and producer with 19 number one radio hits. After his experience as an artist in the UK, Ross discovered his...  more
  • 15

    Kirk Cox




    Marvin Kirkland "Kirk" Cox (born August 17, 1957) is an American politician and a former high school teacher. A Republican, he has served in the Virginia House of Delegates since 1990, representing...  more
  • 16

    Dion Foxx

    American football player


    BirthplaceRichmond, Virginia

    Dion Lamont Foxx (born June 11, 1971 in Richmond, Virginia) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League. Dion Foxx played for the Miami Dolphins, the Washington Redskins,...  more
  • 17

    Scott Norwood

    American football player



    Scott Allan Norwood (born July 17, 1960) is a former American football placekicker who played in the National Football League (NFL) for seven seasons and spent the entirety of his career with the...  more

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  • 18

    Ed Perry

    American football player


    BirthplaceRichmond, Virginia

    Edward Lewis "Ed" Perry, Jr. (born September 1, 1974) is a former American football player who played in the National Football League....  more
  • 19

    Tony Schiavone

    Announcer, Television producer


    BirthplaceCraigsville, Virginia, United States of America

    Noah Anthony "Tony" Schiavone Jr. (, shə-VON-ee; born November 7, 1957) is an American broadcaster. He is the play-by-play broadcaster for the Gwinnett Stripers of Minor League Baseball's...  more
  • 20

    Phoef Sutton

    Television producer, Film Producer


    Robert Christopher Sutton is an American writer and producer. His film credits include Mrs. Winterbourne and The Fan, both released in 1996. Phoef — the nickname that he uses professionally — is...  more
  • 21

    Butch Taylor

    Musician, Composer


    BirthplaceShawsville, Virginia, United States of America

    Butch Taylor (born Clarence Francis Taylor on April 13, 1961 in Shawsville, Virginia) is a composer, writer, keyboardist and long time guest musician with Dave Matthews Band. Although not a formal...  more
  • 22

    Karen McCullah Lutz

    Novelist, Film Producer


    Karen McCullah Lutz, who uses the professional name Karen McCullah) is a Filipino-born American screenwriter and novelist. McCullah was born in the Philippines, where her father had been assigned...  more
  • 23

    Ron Burke

    Ronald A. "Ron" Burke (born September 27, 1963) is an American anchor/reporter and television personality for NBA TV and formerly NBC Sports Philadelphia. He joined the all-sports regional cable...  more
  • 24

    Tamera Young

    Tamera Young (born October 30, 1986) is an American basketball player for the Las Vegas Aces of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). After playing collegiately for James Madison...  more
  • 25

    Billy Sample

    Basketball player, Baseball player



    William Amos Sample (born April 2, 1955), is a former outfielder in Major League Baseball who played for the Texas Rangers, New York Yankees, and Atlanta Braves in part of nine seasons spanning...  more