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List Rules People 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?”

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Marcia Angell is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous James Madison University Alumni
Editor, Physician Marcia Angell 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 the Department of ...more

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LeRoi Moore is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous James Madison University Alumni
Songwriter, Musician LeRoi Holloway Moore was an American saxophonist. He was a founding member of the Dave Matthews Band. Moore often arranged music for the songs written by frontman Dave Matthews. Moore also ...more

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Elliott Sadler is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous James Madison University Alumni
Race car driver Elliott William Barnes Sadler is an American stock car racing driver. He currently drives the No. 1 OneMain Financial Ford Mustang for Roush Fenway Racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Sadler is ...more

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Steve Buckhantz is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous James Madison University Alumni
Announcer, Sports commentator Steve Buckhantz is a television play-by-play announcer for the Washington Wizards.

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Lindsay Czarniak is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous James Madison University Alumni
Journalist, Sports Anchor, Actor Lindsay Ann Czarniak, is an American sports anchor and reporter. After spending six years with WRC-TV, the local NBC television affiliate in Washington, D.C., Czarniak joined ESPN as a ...more

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Gary Clark is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous James Madison University Alumni
American football player Gary C. Clark is a former professional American football wide receiver in the National Football League who played for the Washington Redskins, Phoenix Cardinals and Miami Dolphins.

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Akeem Jordan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous James Madison University Alumni
American football player Akeem Raphael Jordan is an American football linebacker who is currently a free agent. He was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent in 2007. He has also played for the ...more

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Charles Haley is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous James Madison University Alumni
American football player Charles Lewis Haley is a retired American football linebacker and defensive end who played in the National Football League for the San Francisco 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys. He was selected in ...more

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Christopher Soghoian is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous James Madison University Alumni
Researcher Christopher Soghoian is a privacy researcher and activist. He is currently the principal technologist at the American Civil Liberties Union.

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Angela Orebaugh is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous James Madison University Alumni
Computer scientist Angela Orebaugh is a cyber technology and security author, researcher, and industry leader.

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Emmett Hanger is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous James Madison University Alumni
Real Estate Broker Emmett Wilson Hanger, Jr. is an American politician of the Republican Party. He was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates from 1983 to 1991, when he was unseated by Creigh Deeds. Since ...more

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John Hinshaw is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous James Madison University Alumni
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 ...more

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Phil Vassar is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous James Madison University Alumni
Songwriter, Singer-songwriter, Film Producer Phillip George "Phil" Vassar 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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Ross Copperman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous James Madison University Alumni
Singer-songwriter, Singer Ross Copperman is an American singer-songwriter most well known for his song "All She Wrote" which was released in the UK in the beginning of 2007 and "Holding On and Letting ...more

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Kirk Cox is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous James Madison University Alumni
Kirk Cox Teacher Marvin Kirkland "Kirk" Cox is an American politician. Since 1990 he has served in the Virginia House of Delegates, representing the 66th district, made up of the southern Richmond ...more

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Dion Foxx is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous James Madison University Alumni
American football player Dion Lamont Foxx is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League for the Miami Dolphins, the Washington Redskins, and the Green Bay Packers. He played college football ...more

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Scott Norwood is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous James Madison University Alumni
American football player Scott Allan Norwood is a former American football placekicker in the NFL who played for the Buffalo Bills. Norwood was an integral part of its offense during the late 1980s and early 1990s, and ...more

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Ed Perry is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous James Madison University Alumni
American football player Edward Lewis Perry, Jr. is an American football player in the National Football League.

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Tony Schiavone is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous James Madison University Alumni
Announcer, Television producer, Actor Noah Anthony "Tony" Schiavone is an American sports broadcaster. He is the play-by-play broadcaster for the Gwinnett Braves of the International League. He has been a sports radio host ...more

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Phoef Sutton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous James Madison University Alumni
Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter 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

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Butch Taylor is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous James Madison University Alumni
Musician, Composer, Writer Butch Taylor is a composer, writer, keyboardist and long time guest musician with Dave Matthews Band. Although not a formal member of the band he acted as a permanent sixth member of the group ...more

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Karen McCullah Lutz is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous James Madison University Alumni
Novelist, Film Producer, Screenwriter Karen McCullah Lutz is an American screenwriter and novelist. McCullah Lutz was born in the Philippines, where her father had been assigned with the United States Navy performing ...more

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Ron Burke is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous James Madison University Alumni
Ron Burke Ronald A. "Ron" Burke is an American anchor/reporter and television personality for NBA TV and Comcast SportsNet in Philadelphia. He joined the all-sports regional cable network in ...more

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Tamera Young is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous James Madison University Alumni
Tamera Young Tamera Young is an American basketball player for the Chicago Sky.

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Billy Sample is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous James Madison University Alumni
Basketball player, Baseball player William Amos Sample, is a former professional baseball player who played in the Major Leagues primarily as an outfielder from 1978-1986. Sample played for the Texas Rangers, New York Yankees, ...more

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Mike Venafro is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous James Madison University Alumni
Baseball player Michael Robert Venafro is a retired Major League Baseball left-handed relief pitcher. He played professionally for the Texas Rangers, Oakland Athletics, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Los Angeles Dodgers ...more

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Ryan McDougle is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous James Madison University Alumni
Lawyer Ryan T. McDougle is an American politician. A Republican, he served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 2002 until 2005, when he was elected to the Senate of Virginia. Since 2006, he ...more

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Kellen Kulbacki is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous James Madison University Alumni
Kellen Kulbacki

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Samuel A. Nixon is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous James Madison University Alumni
Samuel A. Nixon Samuel Anthony "Sam" Nixon, Jr. is an American politician. He served in the Virginia House of Delegates from March 1994 to April 2010, representing the 27th district in Chesterfield ...more

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Margaret Becker is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous James Madison University Alumni
Singer Margaret Becker is an American Christian rock singer, guitarist, and songwriter. She has had twenty-one No. 1 Christian radio hits, won four Dove Awards, and been nominated for four Grammy

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Kurt Morsink is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous James Madison University Alumni
Kurt Morsink Footballer Kurt Morsink is a retired American-Costa Rican soccer player.

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Kelly Wiltshire is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous James Madison University Alumni
Kelly Wiltshire Kelly Kenny Wiltshire is a former linebacker who played ten seasons in the Canadian Football League from 1997 to 2006 for four different teams. He was a CFL Eastern All-Star twice. During his ...more

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Amy Stein is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous James Madison University Alumni
Amy Stein Photographer Amy Stein is an American photographer known for her Domesticated, Stranded and Halloween in Harlem series. She was raised in Karachi, Pakistan and Washington, DC. Stein now lives in Echo Park, ...more

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Spencer Short is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous James Madison University Alumni
Spencer Short Poet Spencer Ryun Short is an American poet.

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Andrew York is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous James Madison University Alumni
Andrew York is an American classical guitarist and composer. York was born in 1958 in Atlanta, Georgia and grew up in Virginia. He received a Bachelor of Music degree in Classical Guitar ...more

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Tee Morris is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous James Madison University Alumni
Tee Morris Novelist, Writer Thomas Earl "Tee" Morris is a contemporary American author of Epic Fantasy, Detective Fiction, and Steampunk as well as a classical actor and podcaster. He is a graduate of James ...more

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Alan Mayer is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous James Madison University Alumni
Alan Mayer Alan Mayer, a native of Islip, New York is a retired American soccer goalkeeper. He played professionally in the North American Soccer League and Major Indoor Soccer League and earned six caps ...more

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John Allen is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous James Madison University Alumni
John Allen American football player John Allen is an American football coach and former player. He is currently the head football coach at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania, a position he has held since the 2011 season. Allen ...more

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John-Paul Lee is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous James Madison University Alumni
John-Paul Lee John-Paul Lee is the Co-Founder and CEO of Tavalon Tea, a New York City based tea company that sells premium teas and related tea products from all over the world. John-Paul received his BBA ...more

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Cliff Lee is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous James Madison University Alumni
Cliff Lee Not to be confused with Cliff Lee or Cliff Lee. Cliff Lee raised in Taiwan, is a ceramic artist living in Stevens Township, Pennsylvania and known for his meticulously carved and beautifully ...more

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Richard Bell is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous James Madison University Alumni
Richard Bell Teacher Richard P. "Dickie" Bell is an American politician. He has been a Republican member of the Virginia House of Delegates since 2010, representing the 20th district, which includes parts ...more

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Charles A. Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous James Madison University Alumni
Charles A. Jenkins Charles A. Jenkins is a former member of the Maryland House of Delegates representing Maryland District 3B, which covered Frederick and Washington County, Maryland. He was appointed by Governor ...more

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Curtis Keaton is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous James Madison University Alumni
Curtis Keaton Curtis Isaiah Keaton is a former American football running back in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the fourth round of the 2001 NFL Draft and also ...more

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Jennifer Harris is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous James Madison University Alumni
Jennifer Harris Basketball player Jennifer Harris is a former player of the Pennsylvania State University Lady Lions basketball team.

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Macey Brooks is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous James Madison University Alumni
Macey Brooks Barry Macey Brooks is a former professional American football wide receiver in the National Football League. He was also the wide receivers coach for the Kane County Dawgs of the Continental ...more

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Nathan Lyon is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous James Madison University Alumni
Nathan Lyon Presenter, Chef Nathan Lyon is an American chef and television personality. He hosted the Discovery Health television series A Lyon in the Kitchen. A native of Arlington, Virginia, Lyon earned an undergraduate ...more

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Michael Wissot is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous James Madison University Alumni
Michael Wissot Mike Wissot is a political pollster and market research specialist. His firm, SymAction Communications, has offices in Los Angeles, CA and Washington, DC. Wissot is an adjunct professor of ...more

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Reshma Shetty is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous James Madison University Alumni
Actor, Singer Reshma Shetty is a British-American television and film actress and singer best known for her role as Divya Katdare on the USA Network television series Royal Pains.

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David Hisey is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous James Madison University Alumni
David Hisey David Hisey is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Fannie Mae and has been since appointed by the Board Of Directors on August 27, 2008. He is also a Certified Public ...more

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Steve Hood is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous James Madison University Alumni
Steve Hood Steve Lamarr Hood is an American former professional basketball player born in Lynchburg, Virginia. In high school Hood starred for DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Maryland, from ...more