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

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

This list has a variety of graduates in it, from Tony Hale to Bobby Bowden.

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

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Bobby Bowden is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Samford University Alumni
American Football coach, Coach, American football player Robert Cleckler "Bobby" Bowden is a retired American football coach. He coached the Florida State Seminoles football team from the 1976 to 2009 seasons. During his time at Florida ...more

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Cortland Finnegan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Samford University Alumni
American football player Cortland Temujin Finnegan is a former American football cornerback who played in the National Football League. He played college football for Samford University, and was drafted by the Tennessee ...more

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Robert Aderholt is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Samford University Alumni
Politician Robert Brown Aderholt is the U.S. Representative for Alabama's 4th congressional district, serving since 1997. He is a member of the Republican Party. The district includes most of Tuscaloosa, ...more

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Tony Hale is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Samford University Alumni
Television producer, Actor, Voice acting Anthony "Tony" Hale is an American actor, best known for his role in the Fox comedy series Arrested Development as the neurotic Buster Bluth. He currently plays Gary Walsh, the ...more

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Albert Mohler is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Samford University Alumni
Albert Mohler Richard Albert Mohler, Jr., is an American theologian and the ninth president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Kenneth A. Roberts is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Samford University Alumni
Politician Kenneth Allison Roberts was a U.S. Representative from Alabama.

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Harold E. Martin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Samford University Alumni
Journalist, Newspaper publisher, Newspaper editor Harold Eugene Martin is a Pulitzer-prize winning writer.

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Van Hilleary is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Samford University Alumni
William Vanderpool Hilleary, usually known as Van Hilleary is a Republican politician from Tennessee.

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Elizabeth Futral is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Samford University Alumni
Actor, Singer Susan Elizabeth Futral is an American coloratura soprano who has won acclaim throughout the United States as well as in Europe, South America, and Japan.

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DuBose Porter is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Samford University Alumni
Editor, Lawyer DuBose Porter is the current Chairman of the Democratic Party of Georgia and served as a member of the Georgia House of Representatives from 1982 to 2011. He served as Minority Leader in the ...more

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John Strohm is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Samford University Alumni
John Strohm Lawyer John Strohm is an American guitarist, singer, and lawyer. He began his musical career playing drum set in Indiana's punk rock scene, then moved to Boston in 1985 and switched to guitar. With ...more

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Sarah Smiley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Samford University Alumni
Sarah Smiley Author Sarah Smiley is a syndicated newspaper columnist and the author of three memoirs: DINNER WITH THE SMILEYS, I'M JUST SAYING...", and GOING OVERBOARD.

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James H. Street is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Samford University Alumni
Journalist, Novelist, Writer James Howell Street was a United States journalist, minister, and writer of Southern historical novels.

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Deidre Downs is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Samford University Alumni
Deidre Downs is an American physician and former beauty pageant titleholder. Downs was Miss America 2005 and Miss Alabama 2004. Downs initially attended the University of Virginia on a ...more

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Jim Folsom is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Samford University Alumni
Businessperson, Sailor James Elisha Folsom, Sr., commonly known as Jim Folsom or Big Jim Folsom, was the 42nd governor of the U.S. state of Alabama, having served from 1947 to 1951, and again from 1955 to 1959.

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Douglas S. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Samford University Alumni
Douglas S. Jackson Lawyer Douglas S. "Doug" Jackson was a Tennessee State Senator, attorney, and executive director of the Renaissance Center.

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Wayne Flynt is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Samford University Alumni
Wayne Flynt Historian, Professor Wayne Flynt is Professor Emeritus in the Department of History at Auburn University. He has won numerous teaching awards and been a Distinguished University Professor for many years. His ...more

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Efrem Hill is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Samford University Alumni
Efrem Hill American football player Efrem Dale Hill is a professional American and Canadian football wide receiver who is currently a free agent. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Carolina Panthers in 2005. He played ...more

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Sam Goldman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Samford University Alumni
Sam Goldman Samuel Goldman was an American professional football end for the Boston Yanks. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio. He went to Samford University and Ohio State University. He stood 6' 3" and ...more

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Jimbo Fisher is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Samford University Alumni
American Football coach, Coach Jimbo Fisher, Jr. is an American college football coach and former player. He is currently head coach at Florida State University. As a senior student at Samford University Fisher was the 1987 ...more

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Eric Motley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Samford University Alumni
Eric Motley Dr Eric Lamar Motley was born near Montgomery, Alabama, United States and grew up in the Madison Park community. He currently serves as Vice President of the Aspen Institute and Executive ...more

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Marc Salyers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Samford University Alumni
Marc Salyers Marc Douglas Salyers is an American professional basketball player who last played for BC Orchies of the LNB Pro B. He is a small forward-power forward.

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Perry Stephens is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Samford University Alumni
Actor Perry Stephens, born Perry Stephens Moody in Frankfurt, Germany, was an American actor known primarily for his roles on daytime soap operas, including the role of Jack Forbes on Loving from 1983 ...more

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Lee Emmett Thomas is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Samford University Alumni
Lee Emmett Thomas was an attorney and banker who served as the mayor of Shreveport, Louisiana, from 1922–1930. He was also from 1912–1916 the Speaker of the Louisiana House of Representatives.

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Karon O. Bowdre is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Samford University Alumni
Karon O. Bowdre Judge Karon Owen Bowdre is the Chief Judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. She joined the court in 2001 after being nominated by President George W. Bush.

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Melinda Toole is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Samford University Alumni
Melinda Toole Melinda Toole is a native of the Birmingham, Alabama, area. Toole won the title of Miss Alabama 2006 as Miss Samford University. She had previously placed in the top ten of the 2005 event. She ...more

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Glenn Hearn is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Samford University Alumni
Glenn Hearn Glenn Hubbard Hearn was an American politician who served as mayor of Huntsville, Alabama, from 1964 to 1968. He also served as a special agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 1941 ...more

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Ed Stetzer is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Samford University Alumni
Ed Stetzer is an author, speaker, researcher, pastor, church planter, and Christian missiologist. Stetzer is a contributor to the North American discussion on missional church and church

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Martha Roby is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Samford University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Martha Dubina Roby is the U.S. Representative for Alabama's 2nd congressional district. She is a member of the Republican Party. She defeated incumbent Representative Bobby Bright on November 2 ...more

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Michael Neimkin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Samford University Alumni
Michael Neimkin

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Raleigh Kirby Godsey is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Samford University Alumni
Raleigh Kirby Godsey Raleigh Kirby Godsey, better known as R. Kirby Godsey, served as the seventeenth president of Mercer University, an independent, coeducational, private university, located in the U.S. state of ...more

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Karen Fairchild is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Samford University Alumni
Musician, Singer Karen Fairchild is a member of the musical group, Little Big Town.

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Kimberly Schlapman is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Samford University Alumni
Singer Kimberly Schlapman is a member of the musical group, Little Big Town.

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Bill Foster is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Samford University Alumni
Bill Foster Lawyer Bill Foster is a former mayor of St. Petersburg, Florida. He was elected in 2009. Before being elected mayor Foster served on the city council and worked as a lawyer. A fourth generation St. ...more

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C. Hassell Bullock is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Samford University Alumni
C. Hassell Bullock Clarence Hassell Bullock is an American professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College in Illinois and former president of the Evangelical Theological Society.

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Robert K. Dawson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Samford University Alumni
Robert K. Dawson Robert K. Dawson was United States Assistant Secretary of the Army from 1985 to 1987.

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Jennifer Pharr Davis is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Samford University Alumni
Jennifer Pharr Davis Jennifer Pharr Davis is an American long distance hiker and author. She currently holds the unofficial record for the fastest thru hike of the Appalachian Trail with a time of 46 days, 11 hours, ...more

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Charles Billingsley is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Samford University Alumni
Charles Billingsley Songwriter Charles Billingsley was a junior in high school when a friend dared him to sing for his Sunday school class. From the first note he sang, he felt very comfortable and natural, like he was doing ...more