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

You can rank all of these graduates, from Jason Taylor to Yvette Nicole Brown.

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

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Yvette Nicole Brown is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous University Of Akron Alumni
Comedian, Actor, Voice acting Yvette Nicole Brown is an American actress and comedian. Brown has appeared in numerous commercials, television shows, and films throughout her career. From 2009 to 2014, she starred as Shirley ...more

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Jason Taylor is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous University Of Akron Alumni
Athlete, American football player Jason Paul Taylor is a former American football defensive end and linebacker who spent a majority of his career for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League. Over the course of his ...more

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Joshua I. Smith is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous University Of Akron Alumni
Businessperson Joshua I. Smith is an African-American businessman and former chairperson of the Commission on Minority Business Development. Smith, a native of Loveland, Ohio, graduated from Central State ...more

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Frances McGovern is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous University Of Akron Alumni
Politician, Author, Lawyer Frances McGovern was a member of the Ohio House of Representatives and the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. She was born in Akron, Ohio and lived there all of her life. She was a lawyer by ...more

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Kermit L. Hall is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous University Of Akron Alumni
Educator, Historian Kermit Lance Hall was a noted legal historian and university president. He served from 1994 to 1998 on the Assassination Records Review Board to review and release to the public documents ...more

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Chase Blackburn is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous University Of Akron Alumni
American football player Chase Wyatt Blackburn is an American football linebacker for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League. He was signed by the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent in 2005. He ...more

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Mark Scatterday is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous University Of Akron Alumni
Conductor Mark Davis Scatterday is an American conductor.

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Domenik Hixon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous University Of Akron Alumni
American football player Domenik Hixon is a former American football wide receiver and return specialist in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft. ...more

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Dwight Smith is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous University Of Akron Alumni
American football player Dwight L. Smith is an American former college and professional football player who was a safety in the National Football League for eight seasons. He played college football for the University ...more

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Jack Lengyel is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous University Of Akron Alumni
American Football coach, Businessperson, Coach Jack Robert Lengyel is a software executive and former American football coach, lacrosse coach, and college athletics administrator. He served as the head football coach at the College of ...more

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Andy Alleman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous University Of Akron Alumni
American football player Andrew "Andy" Alleman is a former American football guard. Alleman last played for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League in 2010. He was drafted by the New Orleans ...more

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Betty Sutton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous University Of Akron Alumni
Politician Betty Sue Sutton served as a U.S. Representative for Ohio's 13th congressional district from 2007 to 2013. She is a member of the Democratic Party. Betty Sutton lost her 2012 re-election ...more

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George Wallace is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous University Of Akron Alumni
Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor George Henry Wallace is an American comedian and actor. He is best known for his show at the Flamingo Las Vegas where he is known as "The New Mr. Vegas" and for his catchphrase,

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Charlie Frye is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous University Of Akron Alumni
American football player Charles Frye is a former American football quarterback. He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played college football at Akron.

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Gregory N. Akers is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous University Of Akron Alumni
Engineer Gregory N. Akers is Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Global Government Solutions group with Cisco Systems. He plays a crucial role as an interface between the U.S. federal ...more

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E. J. Burt is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous University Of Akron Alumni
E. J. Burt American football player Emmanuel Jamaal 'E.J.' Burt is a former American football defensive lineman.

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Alice M. Batchelder is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous University Of Akron Alumni
Judge, Lawyer Alice Moore Batchelder is an American attorney and jurist. She currently is a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and she served as that ...more

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Jake Schifino is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous University Of Akron Alumni
Jake Schifino American football player Vernon Martin "Jake" Schifino is an American football wide receiver who is currently a free agent in the National Football League. Schifino was originally drafted in the fifth round of ...more

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Tom Letson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous University Of Akron Alumni
Lawyer Tom Letson is a former Democratic member of the Ohio House of Representatives, representing the 64th District from 2007 to 2014.

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Victor Green is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous University Of Akron Alumni
American football player Victor Bernard Green is a former American football safety in the National Football League. He was signed by the New York Jets as an undrafted free agent in 1993. He played college football at ...more

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Deborah L. Cook is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous University Of Akron Alumni
Judge Deborah L. Cook is a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, based in Akron, Ohio.

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Thomas C. Sawyer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous University Of Akron Alumni
Thomas C. Sawyer Thomas C. "Tom" Sawyer is the state Senator for the 28th District of the Ohio Senate. Previously, he served in the United States Congress, in the Ohio House of Representatives and as ...more

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Brian Ulrich is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous University Of Akron Alumni
Photographer Brian Ulrich is an American photographer known for his photographic exploration of consumer culture. Born in Northport, New York, Ulrich lives in Richmond, Virginia. In 2001 in response to a ...more

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Dan Moldea is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous University Of Akron Alumni
Dan Moldea Author Dan E. Moldea is a best-selling author and investigative journalist who has reported on organized crime and political corruption since 1974. He is the author of books about the rise and fall of ...more

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James R. Black is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous University Of Akron Alumni
Actor, Footballer James Richard Black is an American actor and former professional football player.

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Sandra Pianalto is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous University Of Akron Alumni
Sandra Pianalto Economist Sandra Pianalto took office on February 1, 2003, as the tenth chief executive of the Fourth District Federal Reserve Bank, at Cleveland. On August 8, 2013, Pianalto announced she would retire as ...more

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Peter Wolf Toth is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous University Of Akron Alumni
Peter Wolf Toth Peter Wolf Toth is a Hungarian-born sculptor, who immigrated to the United States and settled in Akron, Ohio. He later studied art at the University of Akron. He created a series of sculptures ...more

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Steve Zakuani is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous University Of Akron Alumni
Steve Zakuani Footballer Steve Zakuani is a Congolese former association football player. He was born in Zaire—now the Democratic Republic of the Congo—and grew up in London. He had a successful college career before ...more

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Daniel J Porter is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous University Of Akron Alumni
Dan Porter is Senior Vice President, Refining for Tesoro Corporation. Prior to joining Tesoro in 2001, Porter served in a variety of key management positions with BP/Amoco and Standard Oil of ...more

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Daniel Richard Crissinger is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous University Of Akron Alumni
Daniel Richard Crissinger Lawyer Daniel Richard Crissinger was a U.S. banker and lawyer. He served as chairman of the Federal Reserve Board between 1923 and 1927.

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Ray C. Bliss is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous University Of Akron Alumni
Ray C. Bliss Ray Charles Bliss was one of the important national U.S. Republican Party leaders of the 1960s and served as Chairman of the Republican National Committee from 1965 to 1969. He helped to pull ...more

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Rob Preston is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous University Of Akron Alumni
Rob Preston Robert Paul Preston is an American former professional basketball player.

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Karen Ziemba is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous University Of Akron Alumni
Actor, Singer, Dancer Karen Ziemba is an American actress, singer and dancer, best known for her work in musical theatre. In 2000, she won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance in ...more

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Luke Getsy is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous University Of Akron Alumni
Luke Getsy American football player Luke John Getsy is an American football coach and former quarterback. He is currently the offensive quality control coach for the Green Bay Packers. He previously served as the offensive ...more

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Jabari Arthur is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous University Of Akron Alumni
Jabari Arthur Jabari Arthur is a Canadian football wide receiver for the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League. Arthur prepped at Vanier College in Montreal, winning Offensive Player-of-the-Year ...more

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Mary Taylor is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous University Of Akron Alumni
Mary Taylor Politician Mary Taylor is the 65th and current Lieutenant Governor of Ohio.

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John Brickels is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous University Of Akron Alumni
John Brickels

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Evan Bush is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous University Of Akron Alumni
Evan Bush Evan Bush is an american soccer player.

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Evelyn Lundberg Stratton is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous University Of Akron Alumni
Evelyn Lundberg Stratton is an American jurist. She was a justice on the Ohio Supreme Court and is now an attorney with Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease.

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Ferolyn Powell is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous University Of Akron Alumni
Ferolyn Powell Ferolyn is an executive with over 20 years experience in the medical device industry. She is currently President, CEO and Director of Evalve. Prior to joining Evalve in 1999, Ms. Powell held ...more

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Zack Milkovich is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous University Of Akron Alumni
Zack Milkovich Real Estate Broker Zack Milkovich is a former member of the Ohio House of Representatives, serving the Thirty Fifth District from 2011 to 2014 and representing the City of Barberton and portions of Akron, Ohio. ...more

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Roy Mlakar is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous University Of Akron Alumni
Roy Mlakar Roy Mlakar is the former president and CEO of the Ottawa Senators professional ice hockey club of the National Hockey League and the Scotiabank Place arena. He was also the alternate governor of ...more

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Aaron Archer is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous University Of Akron Alumni
Aaron Archer Toy Designer Aaron C. Archer is an illustrator and creative professional who spent over 18 years at Hasbro, designing for toy brands like Transformers, G.I. Joe, and others. Aaron worked on the Transformers ...more

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Siniša Ubiparipović is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous University Of Akron Alumni
Siniša Ubiparipović Siniša Ubiparipović is a Bosnian-born American footballer who currently plays as a midfielder for Ottawa Fury FC in the North American Soccer League.

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Cinda Williams Chima is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous University Of Akron Alumni
Cinda Williams Chima Cinda Williams Chima is a New York Times bestselling author, best known for The Heir Chronicles and The Seven Realms series. Her Heir Chronicles young adult contemporary fantasy series includes ...more

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Ralph Waldsmith is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous University Of Akron Alumni
Ralph George "Fat" Waldsmith was a professional football player during the early years of the National Football League. Waldsmith won an NFL championship with the Canton Bulldogs in ...more

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Michael Morell is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous University Of Akron Alumni
Michael Joseph Morell was the deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency and served as acting director twice in 2011 and from 2012 to 2013. Morell retired from his post on August 9, ...more

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Nikola Resanovic is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous University Of Akron Alumni
Nikola Resanovic Nikola Resanovic is an American composer and professor of music. He is the winner of the 2003 Cleveland Arts Prize in Music and is one of Ohio's best known living composers. In 1955, he was born ...more

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Parke Kolbe is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous University Of Akron Alumni
Parke Kolbe Parke Rexford Kolbe was an American author, teacher, administrator, and president of three educational institutions; University of Akron, Polytechnic Institute of New York University, and Drexel ...more

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Fred Pestello is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous University Of Akron Alumni
Fred Pestello Fred P. Pestello is the 33rd President of Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri. He was appointed by the university's Board of Trustees on March 20, 2014. Prior to this, he was the 13th ...more