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

This list includes Justin Verlander, Bruce Sutter and more.

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

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Alex Sánchez is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Novelist, Author, Writer
Alex Sánchez is a Mexican-American author of award-winning novels for teens and adults. His first novel, Rainbow Boys, was selected by the American Library Association, as a Best Book for ...more

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Michael J. Bloomfield is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Astronaut, Athlete, Test pilot
Michael John "Bloomer" Bloomfield is an American former astronaut and a veteran of three Space Shuttle missions.

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Magnum T.A. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Wrestler, Actor
Terry Wayne Allen is an American retired professional wrestler, better known by his ring name, Magnum T.A..

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Jodi Rell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Politician, Official, Legislator
Mary Jodi Rell is an American former Republican politician and the 87th Governor of the U.S. state of Connecticut from 2004 until 2011. Rell also served as the state's 85th Lieutenant Governor, ...more

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Justin Verlander is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Baseball player
Justin Brooks Verlander (born February 20, 1983) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Detroit Tigers ...more

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Richard C. McCarty is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Psychologist
Richard C. McCarty is a professor of psychology and the former provost and vice chancellor of academic affairs at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Prior to serving as provost, he ...more

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Thelma Drake is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Thelma Drake Politician
Thelma D. Drake is an American politician and former member of Congress of the Republican party from the state of Virginia. She was first elected to the United States House of Representatives in ...more

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Oliver Purnell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Basketball Coach, Basketball player, Coach
Oliver Purnell is an American college basketball coach. He was most recently the head coach at DePaul University. Purnell previously served as the head coach for Clemson University, the ...more

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Kenneth Cooper Alexander is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Funeral director, Teacher
Kenneth Cooper "Kenny" Alexander is an American politician of the Democratic Party. From 2002 - 2012, he was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing the 89th District ...more

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George Thomas Coker is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
George Thomas Coker is a retired US Navy Commander, honored with the Navy Cross for his leadership as a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War, and a Distinguished Eagle Scout noted for his ...more

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Tzipora Obziler is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Tennis player
Tzipora "Tzipi" Obziler is a former Israeli professional right-handed tennis player. She reached her career-high singles world ranking of #75 in on July 8, 2007, and doubles ranking of ...more

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Winsome Sears is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Politician
Winsome Earle Sears is an American politician. She was a Republican member of the Virginia House of Delegates 2002–2003, and ran unsuccessfully for the United States House of Representatives ...more

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Tom DiCillo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Television director, Musician, Screenwriter
Thomas A. "Tom" DiCillo is an American film director, screenwriter and cinematographer.

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Benjamin S. Griffin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Benjamin S. Griffin, was a four-star general in the United States Army. He served as the Commanding General, United States Army Materiel Command from November 5, 2004 to November 13, 2008. Prior ...more

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Kenny Gattison is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Basketball player
Kenneth Clay Gattison is an American former professional basketball player and current NBA assistant coach.

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Ben Bailey is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Comedian, Television producer, Game Show Host
Benjamin Ray "Ben" Bailey is an American comedian, licensed taxi cab driver, and Emmy Award winning former game show host and executive producer for Discovery Channel's Cash Cab in New

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Meyera E. Oberndorf is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Politician
Meyera E. Oberndorf was the 23rd mayor of Virginia Beach, Virginia. She was Virginia Beach's longest serving mayor, and she previously served as the city's vice mayor. She was the city's first ...more

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Brandon Vera is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Brandon Michael Vera is a Filipino-American mixed martial artist currently signed with ONE FC. A professional competitor since 2002, he has formerly competed for the UFC and the WEC. Vera is the ...more

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Kenneth R. Plum is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Educator, Teacher
Kenneth Ray "Ken" Plum is a Democratic member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing the 36th District since 1982. He earlier served from 1978 through 1980. His district ...more

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Harry Purkey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Stock broker
Harry R. "Bob" Purkey is an American politician. Since 1986 he has been a Republican member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing the 82nd district in Virginia Beach. Purkey ...more

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Jim McGovern is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Jim McGovern Golfer
James David McGovern is an American professional golfer who has played on the PGA Tour and the Nationwide Tour. McGovern was born in Teaneck, New Jersey. He grew up in Oradell, New Jersey in a ...more

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LaShawn Merritt is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Track and field athlete
LaShawn Merritt is an American track and field athlete who competes in sprinting events, specializing in the 400 meters. He is a former Olympic champion over the distance and his personal best ...more

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Bruce Sutter is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Baseball player
Howard Bruce Sutter is a former Major League Baseball right-handed relief pitcher. He was arguably the first pitcher to make effective use of the split-finger fastball. One of the sport's ...more

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Ashton Lewis, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Race car driver
Ashton Lewis Jr. is a former NASCAR Busch Series driver. He was educated at the Sears Point Raceway road racing school as well as obtaining a degree in mechanical engineering from Old Dominion ...more

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Joe Daley is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Joe Daley Golfer
Joe Daley is an American professional golfer formerly of the PGA Tour and Nationwide Tour. He now plays on the Champions Tour. On 1 July 2012, Daley won the Senior Players Championship for his ...more