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Famous North Dakota State University Alumni

Updated June 14, 2019 12.0k views65 items

List RulesPeople 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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    Alf Clausen

    Conductor, Film Score Composer


    BirthplaceMinneapolis, Minnesota

    Alf Heiberg Clausen (born March 28, 1941) is an American film and television composer. He is best known for his work scoring many episodes of The Simpsons, of which he had been the sole composer...  more
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    Joe Cichy

    American football player


    BirthplaceFargo, North Dakota

    Joe Cichy (born May 12, 1948) is a former American football safety. He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1997....  more
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    Phil Hansen

    American football player


    BirthplaceOakes, North Dakota

    Phillip Allen Hansen (born May 20, 1968) 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...  more
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    Mike Dragosavich

    American football player


    BirthplaceOak Lawn, Illinois

    Mike Dragosavich (born May 10, 1985) is an American businessman and former American football punter. He was signed by the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent in 2008. He played college...  more
  • 30


    BirthplaceMinot, North Dakota, United States of America

    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
  • 31

    Morrie Lanning



    BirthplacePortland, Oregon

    Morris L. "Morrie" Lanning (born August 27, 1944, in Portland, Oregon) is a Minnesota politician and former member of the Minnesota House of Representatives representing District 9A, which included...  more
  • 32

    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 and...
  • 33

    Bruce Ough

    Bruce Robert Ough ( "oh"; born 12 February 1951) is a United Methodist Church bishop, elected in 2000....  more
  • 34

    Charles F. Wald

    General Charles "Chuck" F. Wald (; born 1948) is the former Deputy Commander of United States European Command. He retired on July 1, 2006, and was succeeded by General William E. Ward....  more
  • 35

    Scot Kelsh



    BirthplaceEllendale, North Dakota

    Scot Kelsh is a North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party member of the North Dakota House of Representatives, representing the 11th district since 1997....  more
  • 36
    Melvin "Fritz" Hanson (July 13, 1914 – February 14, 1996) was a Canadian football player for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and the Calgary Stampeders. Hanson was signed by the Blue Bombers for $125 a...  more
  • 37

    Jeff Bentrim

    Jeff Bentrim (born June 21, 1965) is a former American football player who played quarterback. He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1998. He was recruited by the Saskatchewan...  more
  • 38

    William L. Guy

    William Lewis Guy (September 30, 1919 – April 26, 2013) was an American politician who was the governor of the U.S. state of North Dakota from 1961 to 1973. Guy was North Dakota's longest-serving...  more
  • 39
    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
  • 40

    Pam Gulleson

    Farmer, Nutritionist


    BirthplaceNorth Dakota, United States of America

    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 Vice President of...  more
  • 41

    Joe Satrom

    Joe Satrom (born 10 October 1945) is an American businessman and environmental lobbyist from the U.S. state of North Dakota. He won the 2004 Democratic-NPL nomination for Governor, but was defeated...  more
  • 42


    BirthplaceMexico City, Mexico

    Evangelina Villegas (October 24, 1924 – April 24, 2017) was a Mexican cereal biochemist whose work with maize led to the development of quality protein maize (QPM). She and her colleague, Surinder...  more
  • 43

    Tony Clark

    Tony Clark (born December 31, 1971) 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...  more
  • 44

    Dean Knudson

    Businessperson, Politician


    BirthplaceMayville, North Dakota

    Dean Knudson (born April 29, 1961) is the Chair of the Wisconsin Elections Commission. Knudson is a former State Representative, serving three terms in the Wisconsin State Assembly from the 30th...  more
  • 45

    Tim Mathern

    Tim Mathern (born April 19, 1950) is a state senator in North Dakota. He also unsuccessfully ran for Governor of North Dakota in 2008....  more
  • 46

    Dale V. Sandstrom

    Dale V. Sandstrom (born March 9, 1950) is a North Dakota Republican Party politician who served as a North Dakota Public Service Commissioner from 1983 to 1992, and as a Justice of the North Dakota...  more
  • 47

    Philip E. Austin

    Philip E. Austin (born March 25, 1942) was the thirteenth President of the University of Connecticut (UConn) from October 1, 1996 to September 2007, and returned to serve as Interim President in May...  more
  • 48
    Rudoph F. "Rudy" or "Rosy" Rosatti (September 12, 1895 – July 9, 1975) was an American football player. Rosatti was a native of Norway in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. He played football at North...  more
  • 49

    Joe Mays

    American football player


    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    Joseph Lamont Mays (born July 6, 1985) is a former American football linebacker. He played college football at North Dakota State and was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the sixth round of the...  more
  • 50

    Ron Erhardt

    Ronald Peter Erhardt (February 27, 1931 – March 21, 2012) was an American football coach at both the collegiate and professional levels. From 1979 to 1981 he served as head coach of the National...  more