All People Famous Kansas State University Alumni

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

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

Kirstie Alley and Josh Freeman are included on this list.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Kansas State University?” and “Which celebrities are Kansas State University alumni?”

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Kirstie Alley is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Kansas State University Alumni
Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter Kirstie Louise Alley is an American actress and comedian known for her role in the TV series Cheers, in which she played Rebecca Howe from 1987 to 1993, winning an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe ...more

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Claude McKay is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Kansas State University Alumni
Poet, Writer Festus Claudius "Claude" McKay was a Jamaican-American writer and poet, who was a seminal figure in the Harlem Renaissance. He wrote four novels: Home to Harlem, a best-seller that won ...more

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Gordon Jump is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Kansas State University Alumni
Actor Alexander Gordon Jump was an American actor best known as the clueless radio station manager Arthur "Big Guy" Carlson in the TV series WKRP in Cincinnati and the incompetent ...more

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Jim Roth is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Kansas State University Alumni
Politician Jim Roth is an American politician from the state of Oklahoma. A Democrat, Roth was appointed by Republican Governor Mary Fallin to serve on the Oklahoma State Election Board as the panel's lone ...more

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Theresa Sparks is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Kansas State University Alumni
Engineer Theresa Sparks is the Executive Director of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission and was a candidate for San Francisco Supervisor for District 6 in the November 2010 election. She is a ...more

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Jerry Wexler is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Kansas State University Alumni
Record producer, Businessperson Gerald "Jerry" Wexler was a music journalist turned music producer, and was regarded as one of the major record industry players behind music from the 1950s through the 1980s. He ...more

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Erin Brockovich is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Kansas State University Alumni
Paralegal, Businessperson, Environmentalist Erin Brockovich-Ellis is an American legal clerk and environmental activist, who, despite the lack of a formal education in the law, was instrumental in building a case against the Pacific Gas ...more

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Sam Brownback is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Kansas State University Alumni
Politician, Farmer, Lawyer Samuel Dale "Sam" Brownback is an American politician currently serving as Governor of Kansas. A member of the Republican Party, Brownback was first elected to the U.S. House of ...more

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Christof Ebert is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Kansas State University Alumni
Computer scientist Christof Ebert is a German computer scientist and entrepreneur working in the field of systems and software engineering. He studied electrical engineering and computer sciences from 1984 to 1990 ...more

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Lynn Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Kansas State University Alumni
Politician Lynn Jenkins is an American politician and member of the Republican Party who serves as the U.S. Representative for Kansas's 2nd congressional district, in office since 2009. As of the 113th ...more

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Todd Weiner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Kansas State University Alumni
American football player Todd Michael Weiner is former American football offensive tackle of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the second round of the 1998 NFL Draft. He played ...more

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Rock Cartwright is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Kansas State University Alumni
American football player Roderick Rashaun Cartwright is a former American football running back in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the seventh round of the 2002 NFL Draft. He ...more

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George P.
Professor, Engineer George P. "Bud" Peterson is the 11th president of the Georgia Institute of Technology. Peterson is a graduate of Kansas State University, where he earned B.S. degrees in Mechanical ...more

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John W. Carlin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Kansas State University Alumni
Politician, Farmer John William Carlin is an American politician. He served as the fortieth Governor of Kansas from 1979 to 1987, and the Archivist of the United States from May 30, 1995, to February 15, 2005.

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James Harbord is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Kansas State University Alumni
James Guthrie Harbord was a Lieutenant General in the United States Army and President and Chairman of the Board of RCA. Harbord was born in Bloomington, Illinois, and raised in Bushong, Kansas ...more

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Jarrod Cooper is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Kansas State University Alumni
American football player Jarrod Alexander Cooper is a former American football safety with the Oakland Raiders and Carolina Panthers. He was drafted by the Panthers in the fifth round of the 2001 NFL Draft. He played ...more

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Del Close is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Kansas State University Alumni
Actor, Voice acting, Writer Del P. Close was an American actor, writer, and teacher who coached many of the best-known comedians and comic actors of the late twentieth century. In addition to a prolific acting career in ...more

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Samuel Wendell Williston is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Kansas State University Alumni
Scientist Samuel Wendell Williston was an American educator and paleontologist who was the first to propose that birds developed flight cursorially, rather than arboreally. He was also an entomologist, ...more

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Frances B. Emerson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Kansas State University Alumni
Frances B. Emerson is Vice President, Corporate Communications and Global Brand Management of Deere Company. In her position at John Deere, Emerson is responsible for a broad range of external, ...more

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John Jacob Rhodes is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Kansas State University Alumni
Lawyer John Jacob Rhodes, Jr. was an American lawyer and politician. A member of the Republican Party, Rhodes was elected as a U.S. Representative from the state of Arizona. He was the Minority Leader ...more

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David Thibodaux is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Kansas State University Alumni
Activist, Politician, Professor David Glenn Thibodaux was a respected English professor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette for 27 years, a member and officer of the Lafayette Parish School Board for twelve years, and ...more

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Ben Leber is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Kansas State University Alumni
American football player Ben Leber is a retired American football linebacker in the National Football League. He was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the third round of the 2002 NFL Draft and later played for the ...more

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Jerametrius Butler is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Kansas State University Alumni
American football player Jerametrius Tarell Butler is a former American football cornerback in the National Football League. He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the fifth round of the 2001 NFL Draft. He played ...more

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Nick Leckey is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Kansas State University Alumni
American football player Nicholas Nathan Leckey is a former American football center who played in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the sixth round of the 2004 NFL Draft. He ...more

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DeMarcus Faggins is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Kansas State University Alumni
DeMarcus Faggins American football player DeMarcus Faggins is a former American football cornerback. He was drafted by the Houston Texans in the sixth round of the 2002 NFL Draft. He played college football at Kansas State. Faggins was ...more

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Mark Simoneau is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Kansas State University Alumni
American football player Mark Lee Simoneau is a former American college and professional football player who was a linebacker in the National Football League for ten seasons. He played college football for Kansas State ...more

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Philip Fox is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Kansas State University Alumni
Astronomer Philip Fox was an American astronomer and an officer in the U.S. Army. He was the first director of the Adler Planetarium in Chicago, the first planetarium in the western hemisphere.

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Jim Geringer is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Kansas State University Alumni
Politician, Farmer James Edward "Jim" Geringer was the 30th Governor of Wyoming, serving from 1995 to 2003.

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Solon Toothaker Kimball is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Kansas State University Alumni
Solon Toothaker Kimball was a noted educator and anthropologist. Kimball was born and raised in Manhattan, Kansas. He graduated from Kansas State University in 1930, then received a masters ...more

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Cartier Martin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Kansas State University Alumni
Basketball player Cartier Alexander Martin is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association.

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Daniel Forbes is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Kansas State University Alumni
Pilot, Military Officer Daniel Hugh Forbes, Jr. was an American aviator.

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Darren Howard is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Kansas State University Alumni
American football player Darren M. Howard is a former American football defensive end. He was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the second round of the 2000 NFL Draft. He played college football at Kansas State. ...more

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Hermann Otto Solms is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Kansas State University Alumni
Politician Hermann Otto Solms is a German politician of the Free Democratic Party. From 1991 to 1998 he was Chairman of the FDP Bundestag parliamentary party. From 1998 to 2013, he was Vice President of ...more

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Darren Sproles is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Kansas State University Alumni
American football player Darren Lee Sproles is an American football running back for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League. He was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the fourth round of the 2005 NFL ...more

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Jon McGraw is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Kansas State University Alumni
American football player Jon Michael McGraw is a former American football safety. He was selected by the New York Jets with a second-round pick in the 2002 NFL Draft out of Kansas State University. He has most recently ...more

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Monty Beisel is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Kansas State University Alumni
American football player Monty Gene Beisel is a former American football linebacker. He was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the fourth round of the 2001 NFL Draft. He played college football at Kansas State. Beisel ...more

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Ryan Lilja is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Kansas State University Alumni
American football player Ryan Matthew Lilja is an American football center and guard. He has previously played for the Kansas City Chiefs and the Indianapolis Colts. He was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs as an ...more

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Terence Newman is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Kansas State University Alumni
American football player Terence Newman is an American football cornerback for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys fifth overall in the 2003 NFL Draft and has also ...more

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Fred Andrew Seaton is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Kansas State University Alumni
Politician Frederick Andrew "Fred" Seaton was an American newspaperman and politician. He represented Nebraska in the U.S. Senate and served as United States Secretary of the Interior during ...more

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Pat Roberts is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Kansas State University Alumni
Politician, Journalist Charles Patrick "Pat" Roberts is the senior United States Senator from Kansas. A member of the Republican Party, he has served since 1997. He previously served as the Chairman of the ...more

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Earl Woods is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Kansas State University Alumni
Baseball player, Writer Earl Dennison Woods was a US Army infantry officer who served two tours of duty in Vietnam, and retired with the rank of lieutenant colonel. He was a college-level baseball player and writer, ...more

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JC Hsu is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Kansas State University Alumni
Real Estate Broker JC Hsu is a real estate broker serving San Marino, Pasadena, and Arcadia in Southern California. She is an International President's Elite at Coldwell Banker (top 2% internationally). What is ...more

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Michael Beasley is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Kansas State University Alumni
Basketball player Michael Paul Beasley, Jr. is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball for Kansas State ...more

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Michael Bishop is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Kansas State University Alumni
American football player Michael Paul Bishop is a former professional gridiron football quarterback. He was drafted in the seventh round of the 1999 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. Bishop was a member of the ...more

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Steve Grogan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Kansas State University Alumni
American football player Steve James Grogan is a former American football quarterback for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. Grogan played for the Patriots for his entire NFL career, from 1975 to

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Ernest Fox Nichols is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Kansas State University Alumni
Ernest Fox Nichols Ernest Fox Nichols was an American educator and physicist. He was born in Leavenworth County, Kansas, and received his undergraduate degree from Kansas State University in 1888. After working ...more

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Rolando Blackman is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Kansas State University Alumni
Basketball player Rolando Antonio Blackman is a retired professional basketball player. He was a four-time All-Star who spent most of his career with the Dallas Mavericks. Blackman was born in Panama City, ...more

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Mitch Holthus is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Kansas State University Alumni
Announcer, Sports commentator Mitchell G. "Mitch" Holthus, is the play-by-play announcer for the Kansas City Chiefs and a college basketball announcer for ESPN. Additionally, he hosts "Chiefs Insider". He ...more

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Glenn Zimmerman is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Kansas State University Alumni
TV Meteorologist, Meteorologist ' ' ' Glenn Zimmerman' ' ' is the Meteorologist for FOX 2 News in the morning starting at 5:00 am, He has been forecasting weather on the morning show, Since 1990, A St. Louis Native, Glenn ...more

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David Fairchild is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Kansas State University Alumni
Author, Botanist David Grandison Fairchild was an American botanist and plant explorer. Fairchild was responsible for the introduction of more than 200,000 exotic plants and varieties of established crops into ...more