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

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

This list includes John Thune, Tom Brokaw and more graduates.

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

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Bill Janklow is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous University Of South Dakota Alumni
Bill Janklow Politician, Lawyer William John "Bill" Janklow was an American politician and member of the Republican Party who holds the record for the longest tenure as Governor of South Dakota - sixteen years in ...more

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Tom Brokaw is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous University Of South Dakota Alumni
Tom Brokaw Journalist, Screenwriter, Author Thomas John "Tom" Brokaw is an American television journalist and author best known as the anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News from 1982 to 2004. He is the author of The ...more

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Cindy Preszler is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous University Of South Dakota Alumni
Cindy Preszler TV Meteorologist, Meteorologist Cindy Preszler is a television weathercaster who is the chief meteorologist at KSDK-TV 5, the NBC affiliate in St. Louis, Missouri. She is one of five female chief meteorologists that are on ...more

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Dennis Daugaard is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous University Of South Dakota Alumni
Dennis Daugaard Politician, Lawyer Dennis M. Daugaard is an American politician who has been the 32nd Governor of South Dakota since January 2011. Upon winning the 2010 South Dakota gubernatorial election, Daugaard became the ...more

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Ernest Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous University Of South Dakota Alumni
Ernest Lawrence Physicist Ernest Orlando Lawrence was a pioneering American nuclear scientist, winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1939 for his invention of the cyclotron. He is also known for his work on ...more

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Tom Daschle is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous University Of South Dakota 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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Kevin Brady is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous University Of South Dakota Alumni
Kevin Brady Politician Kevin Patrick Brady is the U.S. Representative for Texas's 8th congressional district, serving since 1997. He is a member of the Republican Party. The district includes a large swath of suburban ...more

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Tim Johnson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous University Of South Dakota Alumni
Tim Johnson Politician, Lawyer Timothy Peter "Tim" Johnson was a United States Senator from South Dakota from 1997 to 2015. A member of the Democratic Party, he previously served as the United States Representative ...more

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Larry Pressler is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous University Of South Dakota Alumni
Larry Pressler Politician, Lawyer Larry Lee Pressler is a U.S. politician from South Dakota. He served two terms in the U.S. House of Representatives and three terms in the U.S. Senate, losing re-election to Tim Johnson. He was ...more

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Josh Stamer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous University Of South Dakota Alumni
Josh Stamer American football player Joshua Lee Stamer is a former American football linebacker. He was signed by the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent in 2001. He played college football and college basketball at the ...more

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George S. Mickelson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous University Of South Dakota Alumni
George S. Mickelson Politician, Lawyer George Speaker Mickelson was an American politician from the U.S. state of South Dakota. Mickelson, a Republican, served as the 28th Governor of South Dakota from January 6, 1987 until his death ...more

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Mark McLoughlin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous University Of South Dakota Alumni
Mark McLoughlin Banker Mark McLoughlin is a former placekicker in the Canadian Football League for the Calgary Stampeders from 1988 to 2003 and the BC Lions in 2005. He won three Grey Cups for the Stampeders in 1992, ...more

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Matt Chatham is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous University Of South Dakota Alumni
Matt Chatham American football player Matt Chatham is a former American football linebacker. He played college football at South Dakota. He played for the New England Patriots and New York Jets.

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Greg Mortenson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous University Of South Dakota Alumni
Greg Mortenson Author, Humanitarian Greg Mortenson is an American humanitarian, professional speaker, writer, and former mountaineer. He is a co-founder and former executive director of the non-profit Central Asia Institute and ...more

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James Abourezk is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous University Of South Dakota Alumni
James Abourezk Politician, Lawyer James George Abourezk is a former Democratic United States Representative and United States Senator, and was the first Greek Orthodox Christian of Lebanese-Antiochite descent to serve in the ...more

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Frank E. Denholm is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous University Of South Dakota 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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Dave Knudson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous University Of South Dakota Alumni
Dave Knudson Lawyer David L. "Dave" Knudson is an American lawyer, former Majority Leader of the South Dakota Senate, and a member of the Republican Party.

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Marc Feinstein is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous University Of South Dakota Alumni
Marc Feinstein Lawyer Marc S. Feinstein is a Democratic member of the South Dakota House of Representatives, representing District 14 since 2007.

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Peter Norbeck is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous University Of South Dakota Alumni
Peter Norbeck Politician Peter Norbeck was an American politician from South Dakota. He served one term as the ninth Governor of South Dakota and three terms as a United States Senator. Norbeck was the first native-born ...more

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John H. Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous University Of South Dakota Alumni
John H. Lawrence John Hundale Lawrence was an American physicist and physician best known for pioneering the field of nuclear medicine.

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John Thune is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous University Of South Dakota Alumni
John Thune Politician John Randolph Thune is the senior United States Senator from South Dakota and a member of the Republican Party. He previously served as a United States Representative for South Dakota's at-large ...more

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A.J. Schable is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous University Of South Dakota Alumni
A.J. Schable American football player Andrew Joel "A. J." Schable is a former American football defensive end. He was signed by the Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted free agent in 2006. He played college football at South ...more

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Ordell Braase is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous University Of South Dakota Alumni
Ordell Braase American football player Ordell Wayne Braase is a retired American football defensive end in the National Football League. He played with the Baltimore Colts throughout his career. While Braase was with the Colts they ...more

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Jamel White is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous University Of South Dakota Alumni
Jamel White American football player Jamel White is a professional American football running back currently playing for the Canadian Football League Toronto Argonauts. White is a former NFL player for the Cleveland Browns and ...more

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Richard Engels is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous University Of South Dakota 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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David Dahlin is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous University Of South Dakota Alumni
David Dahlin Physician David Carl Dahlin, Jr., was a North American physician and pathologist who trained and worked at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota for virtually his entire career in medicine. He was ...more

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Richard Barrett Lowe is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous University Of South Dakota Alumni
Richard Barrett Lowe Richard Barrett Lowe was the 42nd Governor of American Samoa and the eighth American Governor of Guam. He was also a prominent educator and United Nations observer.

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Harry George Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous University Of South Dakota Alumni
Harry George Armstrong Harry George Armstrong, known as "the father of space medicine", was a Major General in the United States Air Force, a physician, and an airman. Armstrong served in the Marines during ...more

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Joe Foss is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous University Of South Dakota Alumni
Joe Foss Joseph Jacob "Joe" Foss was the leading fighter ace of the United States Marine Corps during World War II and a 1943 recipient of the Medal of Honor, recognizing his role in the air ...more

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David Rumelhart is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous University Of South Dakota Alumni
David Rumelhart Cognitive scientist, Psychologist David Everett Rumelhart was an American psychologist who made many contributions to the formal analysis of human cognition, working primarily within the frameworks of mathematical psychology, ...more

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Sigurd Anderson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous University Of South Dakota 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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Stefan Logan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous University Of South Dakota Alumni
Stefan Logan American football player Stefan Logan is a professional American football player who is currently a member of the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. He was signed by the Miami Dolphins of the National ...more

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Pat O'Brien is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous University Of South Dakota Alumni
Pat O'Brien Journalist, Newsreader Patrick John "Pat" O'Brien is an American author and radio host, best known for his work as a sportscaster with CBS Sports from 1981 to 1997, as well as his work as the anchor and host ...more

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Al Neuharth is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous University Of South Dakota Alumni
Al Neuharth Journalist Allen Harold "Al" Neuharth was an American businessman, author, and columnist born in Eureka, South Dakota. He was the founder of USA Today, The Freedom Forum, and its Newseum.

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Harvey L. Wollman is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous University Of South Dakota Alumni
Harvey L. Wollman Politician Harvey Lowell Wollman was the 26th Governor of South Dakota. He was the first Lieutenant Governor in the history of South Dakota to move into the Governor's office. As of 2014, he is also the ...more

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Pete Dexter is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous University Of South Dakota Alumni
Pete Dexter Novelist, Screenwriter Pete Dexter is an American novelist. Dexter won the U.S. National Book Award in 1988 for his novel Paris Trout.

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Sandy Jerstad is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous University Of South Dakota 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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David Gilbertson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous University Of South Dakota Alumni
David Gilbertson Lawyer David Gilbertson is chief justice of the South Dakota Supreme Court.

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Abby Whiteside is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous University Of South Dakota Alumni
Abby Whiteside Abby Whiteside was an influential American piano teacher. She challenged the finger-centric approach of much classical piano teaching and instead advocated a holistic attitude in which the arm ...more

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Joe Glenn is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous University Of South Dakota Alumni
Joe Glenn American Football coach, Coach Joe Glenn is an American football coach and former player. He is the current head football coach at the University of South Dakota, his alma mater. He was named head coach on December 5, 2011 ...more

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Derek Miles is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous University Of South Dakota Alumni
Derek Miles Coach, Track and field athlete Derek Miles is an American pole vaulter, from Tea, South Dakota. A former pole vaulter for The University of South Dakota Track and Field team, Miles is currently an assistant coach for the ...more

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Judith Meierhenry is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous University Of South Dakota Alumni
Judith Meierhenry Judge, Lawyer Judith Meierhenry is an associate justice and the first woman to serve on the South Dakota Supreme Court. Meierhenry attended the University of South Dakota, receiving her Bachelor of Science in ...more

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Frank Farrar is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous University Of South Dakota Alumni
Frank Farrar Judge, Politician, Lawyer Frank Leroy Farrar is a former American politician and the 24th Governor of South Dakota. A Republican from Britton, he served as the state's attorney general from 1963 to 1969, and as governor ...more

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Leslie Jensen is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous University Of South Dakota Alumni
Leslie Jensen Politician Leslie Jensen was an American politician. He served as the 15th Governor of South Dakota.

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Scott Heidepriem is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous University Of South Dakota Alumni
Scott Heidepriem Lawyer Scott Heidepriem is a Sioux Falls, South Dakota lawyer and politician, and a former Democratic member of the South Dakota Senate, representing the 13th district from 2007 to 2010. He was the ...more

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Carl Gunderson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous University Of South Dakota Alumni
Carl Gunderson Politician Carl Gunderson was the 11th Governor of South Dakota. Gunderson, a Republican from Mitchell, South Dakota, served from 1925 to 1927.

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Carole Hillard is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous University Of South Dakota Alumni
Carole Hillard Politician Carole Hillard was the first woman to serve as Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota.

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Robert A. Miller is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous University Of South Dakota Alumni
Robert A. Miller Lawyer Robert Arthur Miller is a former chief justice of the South Dakota Supreme Court.

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Roger Wendt is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous University Of South Dakota Alumni
Roger Wendt Teacher Roger F. Wendt was a Democratic member of the Iowa House of Representatives, representing the 2nd District from 2003 until 2011, though he "stepped down" from the Iowa House in ...more

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Jason Anderson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous University Of South Dakota Alumni
Jason Anderson Jason Maurice Anderson is a former professional American football running back in the National Football League. He was with the Houston Texans for 2 seasons but only saw action in 1 game in