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

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

List ranges from Adam Vinatieri to Jim Langer and more.

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

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Adam Vinatieri is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous South Dakota State University Alumni
Adam Vinatieri American football player Adam Matthew Vinatieri is an American football placekicker for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League. He has played in five Super Bowls, four with the New England Patriots and ...more

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Mike Rounds is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous South Dakota State University Alumni
Mike Rounds Insurance broker, Businessperson, Politician Marion Michael "Mike" Rounds is an American politician who is the junior United States Senator from South Dakota, in office since 2015. A member of the Republican Party, Rounds served ...more

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Tom Daschle is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous South Dakota State University Alumni
Tom Daschle Politician, Consultant Thomas Andrew "Tom" Daschle is a policy advisor, lobbyist, former U.S. Senator from South Dakota, and former U.S. Senate Majority Leader. He is a member of the Democratic Party. A ...more

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Theodore Schultz is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous South Dakota State University Alumni
Theodore Schultz Economist Theodore William "Ted" Schultz was an American economist, who was the 1979 winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences.

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Gene Amdahl is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous South Dakota State University Alumni
Gene Amdahl Businessperson, Physicist, Entrepreneur Gene Myron Amdahl is an American computer architect and high-tech entrepreneur, chiefly known for his work on mainframe computers at IBM and later his own companies, especially Amdahl ...more

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Frank E. Denholm is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous South Dakota State University Alumni
Frank E. Denholm Lawyer Frank Edward Denholm was a member of the United States House of Representatives from South Dakota. He was born in Scotland Township of Day County, South Dakota in 1923.

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Al Lance is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous South Dakota State University Alumni
Al Lance Lawyer Alan G. Lance, Sr. is a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, and previously served as Attorney General of Idaho from 1995 to 2003. Born in McComb, Ohio, Lance grew up ...more

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Steve Heiden is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous South Dakota State University Alumni
Steve Heiden American football player Steve Allen Heiden is a former American football tight end.

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William E. DePuy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous South Dakota State University Alumni
William E. DePuy William Eugene DePuy was a U.S. Army general and the first commander of the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command. He is widely regarded as one of the principal architects of the ...more

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Jim Langer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous South Dakota State University Alumni
Jim Langer American football player James John Langer is a former American football center who played for the National Football League's Miami Dolphins and Minnesota Vikings. He is considered one of the greatest NFL centers of all ...more

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Richard Engels is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous South Dakota State University Alumni
Richard Engels Lawyer Richard Engels was a Democratic member of the South Dakota House of Representatives. He represented the 9th district from 2003 to 2004, and again from 2007 to 2010. Engels was a Legislative ...more

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Adam Timmerman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous South Dakota State University Alumni
Adam Timmerman American football player Adam Larry Timmerman is a retired American football guard in the National Football League, and Super Bowl champion for the St. Louis Rams and Green Bay Packers. He played for the Green Bay ...more

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Wayne Rasmussen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous South Dakota State University Alumni
Wayne Rasmussen American football player Wayne Rasmussen was an American football player who played defensive back for the Detroit Lions. After his football career, he spent many years as an executive for Citibank at their Sioux Falls, ...more

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Rodney L. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous South Dakota State University Alumni
Rodney L. Johnson Brigadier General Rodney L. Johnson is a former Provost Marshal General of the Army and Commanding General United States Army Criminal Investigation Command.

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Mitchell Olson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous South Dakota State University Alumni
Mitchell Olson Songwriter, Singer Mitchell Olson is a former contestant on the reality television show Survivor: The Australian Outback.

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Gen. Myrna Williamson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous South Dakota State University Alumni
Gen. Myrna Williamson Gen. Myrna Williamson is a retired Army General.

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Sandy Jerstad is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous South Dakota State University Alumni
Sandy Jerstad Sandra Isabelle "Sandy" Jerstad is a Democratic member of the South Dakota Senate, representing the 12th district since 2006. Senator Jerstad sought reelection in 2010 but was defeated ...more

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Frank Kloucek is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous South Dakota State University Alumni
Frank Kloucek Farmer Frank J. Kloucek is a former Democratic member of the South Dakota House of Representatives and South Dakota Senate for District 19. He served a term in the South Dakota House from 1991 through ...more

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Larry Lucas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous South Dakota State University Alumni
Larry Lucas Teacher Larry James Lucus is a Democratic member of the South Dakota House of Representatives, representing the 26A district since 2007. He previously served from 1991 through 2000.

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Steve Street is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous South Dakota State University Alumni
Steve Street Farmer Steven T. "Steve" Street is a Democratic member of the South Dakota House of Representatives, representing District 4 since 2005.

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Richard F. Kneip is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous South Dakota State University Alumni
Richard F. Kneip Politician, Veteran Richard Francis "Dick" Kneip was the 25th Governor of the U.S. state of South Dakota from 1971 until 1978. He was a member of the Democratic Party and the first Catholic Governor of

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Sigurd Anderson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous South Dakota State University Alumni
Sigurd Anderson Politician Sigurd Anderson was the 19th Governor of South Dakota. Anderson, a Republican from Webster, South Dakota, served in that office from 1951 to 1955.

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David Gilbertson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous South Dakota State University Alumni
David Gilbertson Lawyer David Gilbertson is chief justice of the South Dakota Supreme Court.

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Josh Ranek is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous South Dakota State University Alumni
Josh Ranek Josh Ranek is a former Canadian football player. Ranek was a running back in the Canadian Football League for the Ottawa Renegades, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, the Edmonton Eskimos, and the ...more

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Pete Retzlaff is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous South Dakota State University Alumni
Pete Retzlaff Palmer Edward "Pete" Retzlaff, nicknamed "Pistol Pete" and "The Baron", is a former professional American football player and general manager. Retzlaff played ...more

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Mary Glenski is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous South Dakota State University Alumni
Mary Glenski Teacher Mary H. Glenski is a former Democratic member of the South Dakota House of Representatives, representing District 15 from 2001 to 2008. She did not run in 2008 because she had reached the term ...more

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Austin Mardon is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous South Dakota State University Alumni
Austin Mardon Scientist Austin Albert Mardon, CM Ph.D. is an academic, author, and community leader who has participated in community based volunteerism and is an advocate for the disabled.

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Ben Reifel is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous South Dakota State University Alumni
Ben Reifel Politician Benjamin "Ben" Reifel, also known as Lone Feather was a public administrator and politician of Lakota Sioux and German-American descent. He had a career with the Bureau of Indian ...more

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Carole Hillard is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous South Dakota State University Alumni
Carole Hillard Politician Carole Hillard was the first woman to serve as Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota.

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James Tausz is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous South Dakota State University Alumni
James Tausz

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Irwin Gunsalus is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous South Dakota State University Alumni
Irwin Gunsalus Irwin C. "Gunny" Gunsalus was an American biochemist who discovered lipoic acid, a vitamin-like substance that has been used as a treatment for chronic liver disease, and pyridoxal ...more

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Jerome Clark is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous South Dakota State University Alumni
Jerome Clark Ufologists, Writer Jerome Clark is an American researcher and writer, specializing in unidentified flying objects and other paranormal subjects. He has appeared on ABC News Special Report, Unsolved Mysteries, ...more

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Henry A. Lardy is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous South Dakota State University Alumni
Henry A. Lardy Biochemist Henry A. Lardy was a biochemist and professor emeritus in the Biochemistry Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1958. Research ...more

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Robert H. Burris is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous South Dakota State University Alumni
Robert H. Burris Robert H. Burris was a professor in the Biochemistry Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1961. Research in Burris's lab ...more

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Tom Black is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous South Dakota State University Alumni
Tom Black Thomas Donald "Tom" Black is a retired American professional basketball player. He was a 6'10" 220 lb center and played collegiately at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and ...more

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Alexandra Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous South Dakota State University Alumni
Alexandra Hoffman Athlete Alexandra "Alex" Hoffman is a beauty queen and athlete from Eureka, South Dakota, who competed in the Miss Teen USA pageant and placed in the Top 15 at Miss America 2009.

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Hani Al-Mazeedi is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous South Dakota State University Alumni
Hani Al-Mazeedi Hani Mansour M. Al-Mazeedi is a Kuwaiti scientist who specializes in Halal requirements, quality and Safety systems for food and Halal services for the Halal Industry. Mazeedi, through Kuwait ...more

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Al Arndt is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous South Dakota State University Alumni
Al Arndt Alfred Herman Arndt is a former professional American football guard and halfback in the National Football League.

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Clarence Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous South Dakota State University Alumni
Clarence Hoffman Clarence C. Hoffman served in the Iowa House of Representatives 1998–2008, most recently from the 55th District. In his final Iowa House term, Mr. Hoffman served on the Commerce committee; the ...more

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Doug Magnus is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous South Dakota State University Alumni
Doug Magnus Farmer, Legislator Douglas Rudy "Doug" Magnus is a Minnesota politician and a former member of the Minnesota Senate who represented District 22, which includes all of Cottonwood, Jackson, Murray, Nobles, ...more

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Lynn Boden is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous South Dakota State University Alumni
Lynn Boden Lynn Ray Boden is a former professional American football offensive guard. He played five seasons in the National Football League with the Detroit Lions and the Chicago Bears. He played college ...more

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Jon Madsen is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous South Dakota State University Alumni
Jon Madsen Jonathan Michael Madsen is an American mixed martial artist currently competing in the Heavyweight division of Titan FC. A professional competitor since 2008, Madsen has also formerly competed ...more

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Mitch Erickson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous South Dakota State University Alumni
Mitch Erickson Mitch Erickson is a former American football guard. He was signed by the Denver Broncos as an undrafted free agent in 2008. He played college football at South Dakota State. Erickson has also ...more

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Cal Ludeman is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous South Dakota State University Alumni
Cal Ludeman Politician, Farmer Cal R. Ludeman is a Minnesota politician, former Secretary of the Minnesota Senate, and a former member of the Minnesota House of Representatives from southwestern Minnesota. First elected in ...more

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Cleveland L. Abbott is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous South Dakota State University Alumni
Cleveland L. Abbott Cleveland Leigh "Cleve" Abbott was an African-American football player, coach and educator.

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JaRon Harris is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous South Dakota State University Alumni
JaRon Harris JaRon Jacob Harris is a former American football wide receiver. He was signed by the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent. He played college football at South Dakota State.

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Vern L. Schramm is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous South Dakota State University Alumni
Vern L. Schramm Vern L. Schramm is a Professor & Ruth Merns Chair in Biochemistry at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. Schramm was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in ...more

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Chris Wagner is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous South Dakota State University Alumni
Chris Wagner

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Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous South Dakota State University Alumni
Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve is an American author, with a focus on books about Native Americans for children. The daughter of James Driving Hawk, an Episcopalian priest, and Rose Driving Hawk, ...more

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Wuert Engelmann is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous South Dakota State University Alumni
Wuert Engelmann Wuert Engelmann was a professional American football player who played running back for four seasons for the Green Bay Packers.