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