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With more than 100,000 graduates around the nation, Stephen F. Austin State University  has plenty to brag about. While this list is not complete, some of SFA's notable successes follow. Do you have someone to add to the list or a story to share? Please contact us with details.

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Dianne Baker ’79, Denton, TX: Former Head Coach softball, Texas Woman’s University; Led SFA softball team to 1985 NCAA National Championship Title
Paul Beran ’79 & ’80, Fort Smith, AR: Chancellor, University of Arkansas - Fort Smith
Roy Blake Jr. ’79, Nacogdoches, TX: Former Texas State Representative
Peggy Bozeman (also Peggy Morse and Peggy Moreland): Waldenbooks and USA Today best-selling American writer
Kim Brimer ’67, Arlington, TX: Former Texas State Senator
Shane Carruth, ’95 Myrtle Beach, SC: Award-winning writer, director, actor and producer; "Primer" received the Grand Jury Prize & Alfred P. Sloane Award at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival
Debi Carson, Tortola, British Virgin Islands: Contemporary artist and interior designer; her abstract paintings on canvas and surfboards are found in public and private collections throughout the world
Larry Centers**, Tatum, TX: NFL veteran; Top 20 Receivers Pro Football Hall of Fame; New England Patriots; Arizona Cardinals, Washington Redskins
Wayne Christian ’73, Center, TX: Former Texas State Representative
Casey Coffman ’89, New York, NY: Executive Vice President, Business Development and Operations for Madison Square Garden (MSG) Sports whose franchises include the New York Knicks and the New York Rangers
James S. Cole ’67, Dallas, TX: Dean, Baylor College of Dentistry
Deana Bolton Covin ’43, Kilgore, TX: Former director, Kilgore College Rangerettes
Rodney Crowell**, Crosby, TX: Grammy Award-winning musician
Kristy Sims Curry ’94, Lubbock, TX: Head Coach of Women’s Basketball, Texas Tech University, Former Head Coach of Women’s Basketball, Purdue University 136-31 record at Purdue; 3 Big 10 titles; 2000-01 Final Four title game runner-up to Duke University
Kelvin Davis ’88, Acworth, GA: CNN news executive
Nancy Dickey ’72, College Station, TX: President, Texas A&M University Health Science Center; Past President of the American Medical Association; first woman to be elected AMA president
John Dickson ’86, Sherman Oaks, CA: Musician, Composer for Film/TV
Spike Dykes ’59, Lubbock, TX: Former Head Coach, Texas Tech University Football
Michael Easley ’80, Chicago, IL: President, Moody Bible Institute
Nell Fortner ’87, Auburn, AL: Head coach, women’s basketball at Auburn University; Former Head Coach of USA Basketball; Led Team USA to a Gold Medal in Summer 2000 Olympic Games.
Don Gaston ’54, Greenwich, CT: Former General Manager, Boston Celtics
Vance Gipson ’69 & ’71, Odessa, TX: President, Odessa College
Yvonne Gonzalez ’91, New York, NY: Opera Singer
Jill Grove ’90, Boston, MA: Opera Singer
Susan Gwin ’77, Dallas, TX: Executive Director, Cushman & Wakefield of Texas; Former Senior Vice President with Roger Staubach Company
Don Henley**, non-degree holder,Gilmer, TX: Grammy Award-winning musician, the Eagles
Will Jennings ’65 & ’67, Los Angeles, CA: Oscar and Grammy Award winning songwriter, "Up We Belong” from An Officer and a Gentleman; "My Heart Will Go On” from Titanic; "Tears in Heaven” with Eric Clapton; Songwriter Hall of Fame Inductee
Joseph W. Kennedy ’35*, Co-discoverer of plutonium
Ron Lewis ’73, Mauriceville, TX: Former Texas State Representative; library at Lamar State Orange named in his honor
Donnie Marshall ’69, Oak Hill, VA: Former DEA Administrator; the first career DEA special agent to rise through the ranks to become Administrator
Brad Maule ’74, Nacogdoches, TX: 14+ years as Dr. Tony Jones on ABC's "General Hospital;" Scholarship with SFA Alumni Association; Adjunct Faculty, SFA College of Fine Arts
Joe May ’76 & ’77, Pueblo, CO: Retired President, Colorado Community College System
Dee Ann McWilliams ’68 & ’69, Alexandria, VA: Major General, USArmy (two-star)
Ellen Melton ’74, Jackson, MS, & Tyler, TX: Pediatrician
Frank Melton ’74*, Former Chairman, CEO of TV-3 Inc. Foundation; Former Mayor of Jackson, MS.
Rosie Walker Montgomery ’82, Center, TX: Former Ladyjack basketball player; Member of the National Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame
Jack Morton ’77, Austin, TX: Vice Chancellor, University of North Texas System
Mark Moseley ’69, Livingston, TX: Retired from NFL Washington Redskins
Mike Moses ’74 & ’75 , Dallas, TX: Former Superintendent of Dallas ISD,  Former Texas Commissioner of Education
Monte Moses ’76, Englewood, CO: 2005 National Superintendent of the Year Cherry Creek School District
Kevin Mullally ’71, Washington, DC: Mission director for Rwanda, US Agency for International Development, US State Department
Bob Murphey ’42*, Nacogdoches, TX: Noted Texas humorist; Mark Twain Award recipient from International Platform Association; named "Texas Best Good Old Boy” by Texas Monthly
Bill Owens ’73, Denver, CO: Former Governor of Colorado
O.A. "Bum" Phillips ’50, Goliad, TX: Former Houston Oilers Head Coach (currently a rancher)
Greg Powell ’80, Carthage, TX: President, Panola College
Mike Quinn ’96, Houston, TX: played with Houston Texans; Pittsburgh Steelers, Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins
Brad Roll ’80 & ’81, Orchard Park, NY: NFL Strength & conditioning coach, Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills; 3 NCAA National Championship rings
Charles Runnels ’48, Malibu. CA: Chancellor Emeritus, Pepperdine University
Michael Schneider ’65, Houston, TX: USDistrict Judge for Eastern District of Texas
Terrance Shaw ’94, Marshall, TX: 2003 Super Bowl runner-up Oakland Raiders; 2002 Super Bowl champions New England Patriots
James Silas ’72, Houston, TX: Retired from the San Antonio Spurs Former Students
Brady Smith ’94, Los Angeles, CA: TV Actor—McDonald's, Sears, Hertz, Bud Light, Aflac and Acura commercials; "Jag," "CSI-Miami" and "ER"
Steve Stagner ’91, Bellaire, TX: President, CEO of Mattress Firm
Chad Stanley ’98, Ore City, TX: played with Houston Texans; San Francisco 49ers
Jeremiah Trotter**, Hooks, TX: Currently with Philadelphia Eagles, played with Washington Redskins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, multi Pro Bowl choice
Gen. O.R. "Cotton" Whiddon ’55, Lufkin, TX: Three-star General, US Army retired

*Deceased
**Non-Degree Holder


 

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