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

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

Items here include everything from Bob Backlund to Tyrone Braxton.

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

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Bob Backlund is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous North Dakota State University Alumni
Bob Backlund Wrestler Bob Backlund is a wrestler.

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Brad Rheingans is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous North Dakota State University Alumni
Brad Rheingans Wrestler Brad Rheingans is an American former Greco-Roman and professional wrestler.

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Rick Hutchinson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous North Dakota State University Alumni

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Roger Moe is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous North Dakota State University Alumni
Roger Moe Politician, Legislator, Consultant Roger Moe is an American politician and a former member and majority leader of the Minnesota Senate. He was also the state Democratic Party's endorsed candidate for governor in 2002.

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Donald Pederson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous North Dakota State University Alumni
Donald Pederson Engineer Donald Oscar Pederson is a 1963 Guggenheim Fellow in Natural Sciences.

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Mancur Olson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous North Dakota State University Alumni
Mancur Olson Political scientist, Economist Mancur Lloyd Olson, Jr. was an American economist and social scientist who taught economics at the University of Maryland, College Park. His most influential contributions were in institutional ...more

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Jim Pomeroy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous North Dakota State University Alumni
Jim Pomeroy Jim Pomeroy is a North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party member of the North Dakota Senate, representing the 27th district since 2007.

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Humayun Ahmed is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous North Dakota State University Alumni
Humayun Ahmed Professor, Novelist, Author Humayun Ahmed was a Bangladeshi author, dramatist, screenwriter, playwright and filmmaker. Dawn referred to him as the cultural legend of Bangladesh. Ahmed reached peak of his fame with the ...more

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Tyrone Braxton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous North Dakota State University Alumni
Tyrone Braxton American football player Tyrone Scott Braxton is a former American football safety who played for the Denver Broncos for most of his career from 1987 to 1999. Braxton played in four Super Bowls with the Broncos, and won ...more

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Joseph E. Duncan III is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous North Dakota State University Alumni
Joseph E. Duncan III Joseph Edward Duncan III is an American convicted serial killer and sex offender who is on death row in federal prison in conjunction with the 2005 kidnappings and murders of members of the ...more

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David W. Bernauer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous North Dakota State University Alumni
David W. Bernauer Businessperson David Bernauer is the former chairman and CEO of the pharmacy chain Walgreens, the largest drugstore chain in the United States.

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Merle Boucher is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous North Dakota State University Alumni
Merle Boucher Farmer, Teacher Merle Boucher is a North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party politician who served in the North Dakota House of Representatives, representing the 9th district from 1991 to 2011. He served as Minority ...more

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Earl Mindell is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous North Dakota State University Alumni
Earl Mindell Nutritionist, Writer Earl Lawrence Mindell is a Canadian-American writer and nutritionist who is a strong advocate of nutrition as preventive medicine and homeopathy. Mindell left his role at FreeLife following a ...more

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Eldon W. Joersz is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous North Dakota State University Alumni
Eldon W. Joersz Major General Eldon Wayne Joersz is an American pilot, who jointly holds the World Air Speed Record. Joersz and Ltc George T. Morgan Jr. set the air speed record on July 28, 1976 in SR-71A ...more

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Robert Hunt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous North Dakota State University Alumni
Robert Hunt American football player Nathan Robert "Rob" Hunt was an American football center and offensive lineman in the National Football League. Originally drafted by the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football ...more

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Stacy Robinson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous North Dakota State University Alumni
Stacy Robinson American football player Stacy Ladell Robinson was a professional American football wide receiver in the NFL for the New York Giants. Robinson's most notable game was in week 13 of the 1986 season, when the Giants were ...more

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Steve Nelson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous North Dakota State University Alumni
Steve Nelson American football player Steven Lee Nelson is a former professional American football linebacker who played for the New England Patriots from 1974 to 1987. Nelson was a three sport athlete at Anoka High School earning ...more

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Paul Cornick is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous North Dakota State University Alumni
Paul Cornick American football player Paul Cornick is an American football tackle.

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Lamar Gordon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous North Dakota State University Alumni
Lamar Gordon American football player Lamar DeShawn Gordon is a former American football running back. He played college football at North Dakota State University. He attended Cudahy High School in Cudahy, Wisconsin. He was a high ...more

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Cecil Sturgeon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous North Dakota State University Alumni
Cecil Sturgeon American football player Cecil Owen Sturgeon was an American football offensive tackle in the National Football League for the Philadelphia Eagles. He attended North Dakota State University. Sturgeon served with the ...more

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Craig Dahl is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous North Dakota State University Alumni
Craig Dahl American football player Craig Dahl is an American football safety for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League. He was signed by the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent in 2007. He played college ...more

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Rick Berg is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous North Dakota State University Alumni
Rick Berg Politician Richard Alan "Rick" Berg is an American politician who served as the U.S. Representative for North Dakota's at-large congressional district from 2011 to 2013. Berg served on the House ...more

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Arthur A. Link is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous North Dakota State University Alumni
Arthur A. Link Politician Arthur Albert Link was an American politician for the North Dakota Democratic Party, and later the Democratic-NPL. He was elected as a one-term congressman in 1970 and as the 27th Governor of ...more

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Mark Andrews is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous North Dakota State University Alumni
Mark Andrews Mark Andrews is an American politician from the state of North Dakota. He is a member of the United States Republican Party. Andrews was born in Cass County, North Dakota, where he attended ...more

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Tim Faust is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous North Dakota State University Alumni
Tim Faust Pastor, Legislator Tim D. Faust is a Minnesota politician and former member of the Minnesota House of Representatives. A member of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party, he represented District 11B, which ...more

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Alf Clausen is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous North Dakota State University Alumni
Alf Clausen Conductor, Film Score Composer, Bassist Alf Clausen is an American film and television composer. He is best known for his work scoring many episodes of The Simpsons, of which he has been the sole composer since 1990. Clausen has ...more

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Joe Cichy is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous North Dakota State University Alumni
Joe Cichy American football player Joe Cichy is a former American football safety. He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1997.

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Phil Hansen is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous North Dakota State University Alumni
Phil Hansen American football player Phillip Allen Hansen is a former American football defensive end in the National Football League for the Buffalo Bills, drafted in the second round, making the 1991 all-rookie team, and playing ...more

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Mike Dragosavich is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous North Dakota State University Alumni
Mike Dragosavich American football player Mike Dragosavich is a former American football punter. He was signed by the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent in 2008. He played college football at North Dakota State. Dragosavich ...more

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John Warner is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous North Dakota State University Alumni
John Warner Farmer John M. Warner is a North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party member of the North Dakota Senate, representing the 4th district since 2004. He was previously a member of the North Dakota House of ...more

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Morrie Lanning is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous North Dakota State University Alumni
Morrie Lanning Legislator Morris L. "Morrie" Lanning is a Minnesota politician and a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives representing District 9A, which includes portions of Clay County in the ...more

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Thomas E. Knoll is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous North Dakota State University Alumni
Thomas E. Knoll Thomas E. Knoll is Vice President, Worldwide Supply Management and Logistics, a position he has held since August 2007. Knoll is responsible for the leadership of all global supply management ...more

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Bruce Ough is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous North Dakota State University Alumni
Bruce Ough Bruce R. Ough is a United Methodist Church bishop, elected in 2000.

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Charles F. Wald is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous North Dakota State University Alumni
Charles F. Wald General Charles "Chuck" F. Wald is the former Deputy Commander of United States European Command. He retired on July 1, 2006, and was succeeded by General William E. Ward.

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Scot Kelsh is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous North Dakota State University Alumni
Scot Kelsh Architect Scot Kelsh is a North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party member of the North Dakota House of Representatives, representing the 11th district since 1997.

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Fritz Hanson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous North Dakota State University Alumni
Fritz Hanson Melvin "Fritz" Hanson was a Canadian football player for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and the Calgary Stampeders. Hanson was signed by the Blue Bombers for $125 a game and free room and ...more

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Jeff Bentrim is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous North Dakota State University Alumni
Jeff Bentrim Jeff Bentrim was an American football player who played quarterback. He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1998. He was recruited by the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian ...more

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William L. Guy is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous North Dakota State University Alumni
William L. Guy William Lewis Guy was the governor of the U.S. state of North Dakota from 1961 to 1973. Guy was North Dakota's longest serving governor in state history, serving two consecutive two-year terms ...more

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Carolyn Nelson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous North Dakota State University Alumni
Carolyn Nelson Carolyn Nelson is a North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party member of the North Dakota Senate, representing the 21st district since 1994. She currently serves as Assistant Minority Leader. She was ...more

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Pam Gulleson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous North Dakota State University Alumni
Pam Gulleson Farmer, Nutritionist Pam Gulleson is a former member of the North Dakota House of Representatives for the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party, representing the 26th district from 1993 to 2009. She is now staff ...more

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Joe Satrom is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous North Dakota State University Alumni
Joe Satrom Joe Satrom is a businessman and environmental lobbyist from the U.S. state of North Dakota. He won the 2004 Democratic-NPL nomination for Governor, but was defeated by the Republican incumbent, ...more

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Evangelina Villegas is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous North Dakota State University Alumni
Evangelina Villegas Biochemist Evangelina Villegas is a Mexican cereal biochemist whose work with maize led to the development of high-quality protein maize. She and her colleague, Dr. Surinder Vasal, shared the 2000 World ...more

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Tony Clark is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous North Dakota State University Alumni
Tony Clark Tony Clark is a North Dakota Republican politician who served as a Public Service Commissioner from 2001 until 2012 when he was appointed to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

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Dean Knudson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous North Dakota State University Alumni
Dean Knudson Businessperson, Politician, Veterinarian Dean Knudson is a Wisconsin State Assemblyman for the 30th district. He is also the former Mayor of Hudson, Wisconsin. He was elected to his first term as mayor of Hudson on April 1, 2008, with ...more

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Tim Mathern is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous North Dakota State University Alumni
Tim Mathern Tim Mathern is a state senator in North Dakota. He also unsuccessfully ran for Governor of North Dakota in 2008.

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Dale V. Sandstrom is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous North Dakota State University Alumni
Dale V. Sandstrom Dale V. Sandstrom is a North Dakota Republican Party politician who served as a North Dakota Public Service Commissioner from 1983 to 1992, and as a Justice on the North Dakota Supreme Court ...more

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Philip E. Austin is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous North Dakota State University Alumni
Philip E. Austin Philip E. Austin was the thirteenth President of the University of Connecticut from October 1, 1996 to September 2007, and returned to serve as Interim President in May 2010 following the ...more

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Rudy Rosatti is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous North Dakota State University Alumni
Rudy Rosatti Rudoph F. "Rudy" or "Rosy" Rosatti was an American football player. Rosatti was a native of Norway in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. He played football at North Dakota State ...more

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Joe Mays is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous North Dakota State University Alumni
Joe Mays American football player Joseph Lamont Mays is an American football linebacker for the New York Jets of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL Draft ...more

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Ron Erhardt is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous North Dakota State University Alumni
Ron Erhardt Ronald Peter Erhardt was an American football coach at both the collegiate and professional levels, and from 1979-1981 served as head coach of the National Football League's New England