List of University of Kentucky alumni: Wikis


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This is a list of encyclopedic people associated with the University of Kentucky in the United States of America.


Notable alumni

Name Years attended Interest
James Patrick Dunne songwriter, recording artist, composer, film and television producer, entrepreneur, and president of Inspire
Sam Abell National Geographic photographer.
George Akin Scientist on the Manhattan Project.
Percival Baker Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta in 1921.
Wendell Berry Poet, essayist and farmer.
Steve Beshear Current Governor of Kentucky.
Mark Berger World renowned economist.
Sarah Gibson Blanding First female president of Vassar College.
Joe Blanton Currently a pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies; member of the 2008 World Series Champion Philadelphia Phillies, winner of Game 4 of the 2008 World Series.
Robert A. Bryan M.A., Ph.D. President of the University of Florida, University of Central Florida and University of South Florida.
Albert B. "Ben" Chandler U.S. Representative from Kentucky's Sixth Congressional District.
Albert B. "Happy" Chandler He was Governor of Kentucky, a U.S. Senator from Kentucky, a Commissioner of Major League Baseball who integrated Major League Baseball, and has been inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Brady J. Deaton Chancellor of the University of Missouri
Nick Dimengo Editor for Maxim Magazine.
Leonard S. Echols He was an American politician who represented West Virginia in the United States House of Representatives.
Keith Feltner Founder of First Flix,and Trinity Investment Group, parent company of Bay Breeze Carwash and Lube, Bay Breeze Express Wash, AutoBrite Chemicals, The Carwash People, Frost Shield, entrepreneur.
Steve Flesch Golfer on the PGA TOUR.
Ernie Fletcher Former Governor of Kentucky.
James Michael Guiler A doctor who has been accused in civil suits [1] of unnecessarily branding the uteruses of several women while performing their hysterectomies. The letters "UK" — referring to his alma mater [2] — were allegedly used to show orientation during the laparoscopic procedures. As of 2008, there have been no trials or settlements.
Carol Martin "Bill" Gatton A businessman and major contributor to the university. The College of Business and Economics was named after him.
Jenny Hansen 13-time All-American gymnast, who continues to hold every individual gymnastics record in UK school history; also selected as the "NCAA 25th Anniversary Most Outstanding Gymnast".
Tom Hammond American Sportscaster
J. B. Holmes Golfer on the PGA TOUR.
W. James Host Founder of Host Communications.
Neil Jarboe Got "loose" on the sideline after Steve Johnson's game-winning TD against UL in 2007. Excels at FIFA 2009.
Harry Dean Stanton Actor. Known for playing Roman Grant on Big Love.
Ashley Judd Actress. Also a noted celebrity fan of the Wildcats (men's) basketball team.
Larry Kelley Kentucky prosecutor, former Lee and later Ballard County Attorney, imposter, disbarred attorney and identity thief.
William English Kirwan Chancellor of the University System of Maryland. Son of former university president A. D. Kirwan.
Glenn Kotche A drummer for Chicago rock band Wilco.
Jim Leyritz A former player for several Major League Baseball teams, most notably the New York Yankees.
William Lipscomb 1976 winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
Ken Lucas Former U.S. representative from Kentucky's fourth congressional district.
Mitch McConnell U.S. Senator from Kentucky, current Senate Minority Leader.
Russ Mobley A theatre arts graduate and a former state representative from Taylor and Adair counties.
Read Morgan 1950–1952 Actor (The Deputy); Wildcats basketball player.
Hugh M. Milton II United States Under Secretary of the Army from 1958 to 1961.
Thomas Hunt Morgan Natural scientist and winner of the 1933 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
Thomas Volney Munson graduated 1870 Horticulturalist.
Story Musgrave An astronaut.
Richard RoBards Journalist in Campbellsville
Edwin O. Ware, Sr. Baptist clergyman and principal founder of Louisiana College in Pineville, Louisiana.
Paul E. Patton A two term governor of Kentucky.
Beverly Perdue Current governor of North Carolina.
Jean Ritchie Folk musician, singer, and songwriter who plays the Appalachian dulcimer, and is from Perry County, Kentucky.
Elizabeth Madox Roberts Kentucky poet and novelist.
Don Rosa A Disney comic book artist, especially for Donald Duck.
Warren Rosenthal Former CEO of Jerrico, the original parent company of Denny's, Long John Silver's, and Fazoli's.
John T. Scopes A defendant in the Scopes Trial.
Ted Strickland Current Governor of Ohio.
Chris Sullivan Founder of Outback Steakhouse.
M. E. Hart Played role as “MC Double Def DP” in the Software Publishers Association video, Don’t Copy That Floppy.
Tom Jefferson Terral former Governor of Arkansas.
Lee T. Todd, Jr. The president of University of Kentucky, inventor, entrepreneur.
Brandon Webb Currently a pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Ed Whitfield U.S. Representative from Kentucky's First Congressional District
Cecil Williams 1947–1950 Journalist and business writer in Louisiana
Name Years attended Interest
Derek Anderson 1994-971 NBA Charlotte Bobcats player (2005-06 NBA champion).
Kelenna Azubuike 2002-05 NBA Golden State Warriors player.
Scotty Baesler Former U.S. Representative from Kentucky.
Keith Bogans 1999–2003 NBA Milwaukee Bucks player.
Sam Bowie 1979-84² 2nd pick in 1984 NBA Draft(ahead of Michael Jordan).
Dwane Casey Former Minnesota Timberwolves Head Coach.
Rex Chapman 1986-88 Former NBA player and first-ever draft choice in Hornets franchise history.
Joe Crawford (basketball) 2004–2008 NBA New York Knicks player.

2nd round draft; pick 58th overall in the 2008 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers.

Erik Daniels 2000-04 NBDL Fayetteville Patriots player.
Tony Delk 1992-96 NBA Detroit Pistons player.
Heshimu Evans 1998-00 Major Standout in Europe, Multiple time All-Star
Richie Farmer 1988-92 Never played professional basketball; currently Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture.
Gerald Fitch 2000-04 TBL Galatasaray Cafe Crown player.
Fabulous Five N/A 1948 Olympic basketball gold medalists.
Travis Ford 1990-943 Oklahoma State University men's basketball head coach.
Jack Givens 1974-78 1978 NCAA Basketball Tournament Most Outstanding Player.
Kevin Grevey 1972-75 Former NBA player.
Chuck Hayes 2001-05 NBA Houston Rockets player.
Dan Issel 1966-70 All-time leading scorer and former Denver Nuggets head coach.
Kyle Macy 1976-794 Former Morehead State University men's basketball head coach.
Jamaal Magloire 1996–2000 NBA Miami Heat player.
Jamal Mashburn 1990-93 Former NBA All-Star; current ESPN basketball analyst.
Walter McCarty 1992-965 Former NBA player; current assistant coach at the University of Louisville.
Ron Mercer 1995-97 Current NBA free agent who has played with 7 different teams.
Dirk Minniefield 1979-83 Former NBA player.
Nazr Mohammed 1995-98 NBA Charlotte Bobcats player; member of the 2004-05 NBA champion San Antonio Spurs.
Randolph Morris 2004-07 NBA Atlanta Hawks player.
Cotton Nash 1961-64 Former NBA player and MLB outfielder.
Scott Padgett 1994-996 ACB CB Granada player.
John Pelphrey 1988-92 University of Arkansas men's basketball head coach.
Mark Pope 1993-967 Former NBA player.
Tayshaun Prince 1998–2002 NBA Detroit Pistons player; member of the 2003-04 NBA champion Detroit Pistons.
Frank Ramsey 1950-54 Seven-time NBA champion.
Pat Riley 1963-67 NBA Miami Heat former coach, and current team president; coached the 2005-06 NBA champion Miami Heat.
Rajon Rondo 2004-06 NBA Boston Celtics player; member of the 2007-08 NBA champion Boston Celtics.
Jeff Sheppard 1993-988 1998 NCAA Basketball Tournament Most Outstanding Player.
Wayne Turner 1995-99 ANBL New Zealand Breakers player; NCAA all-time leader in games played.
Antoine Walker 1994-96 NBA Memphis Grizzlies player (2005-06 NBA champion).
Kenny Walker 1982-86 1985-86 All American and 5th pick in 1986 NBA Draft.
Sean Woods 1988-92 Current Head Coach at Mississippi Valley State University.


  • For players who enrolled between 1954 and 1972, their actual playing career did not start until a year after they first attended. At that time, freshmen were ineligible to play at varsity level.

1Did not play until 1995, as he had to sit out the 1994-95 season after transferring from Ohio State.
2Did not play in the 1981-82 or 1982-83 seasons due to injury.
3Did not play until 1991, as he had to sit out the 1990-91 season after transferring from Missouri.
4Did not play until 1977, as he had to sit out the 1976-77 season after transferring from Purdue.
5Did not play in the 1992-93 season for academic reasons.
6Did not play in 1995-96 or the first half of the 1996-97 season for academic reasons.
7Did not play until 1994, as he had to sit out the 1993-94 season after transferring from Washington.
8Did not play in the 1996-97 season due to injury.

Football alumni

Name Years attended Interest
Glenn Holt NFL Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver.
Derek Abney NFL Former Chicago Bears wide receiver.
George Blanda American Football League MVP, 1961, two-time AFL champ, and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Shane Boyd Former Arizona Cardinals quarterback.
Vincent "Sweet Pea" Burns NFL Former Indianapolis Colts defensive end.
Jerry Claiborne Former head football coach.
Tim Couch 1996–1999 Former Cleveland Browns & Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback.
Dermontti Dawson Former NFL offensive lineman for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Mark Higgs Former NFL running back.
Dennis Johnson Former San Francisco 49ers defensive end. Currently participating with the Lexington Horsemen.
Jared Lorenzen Former New York Giants quarterback.
Marlon McCree Former San Diego Chargers, current Denver Broncos safety.
Babe Parilli Three-time American Football League all-star and 1968 Super Bowl champ.
Artose Pinner Former Minnesota Vikings running back.
Dewayne Robertson Former New York Jets, current Denver Broncos defensive tackle.
Howard Schnellenberger Florida Atlantic Head Coach.
Art Still Former Kansas City Chiefs player and 4-time Pro Bowler.
Jeff Van Note Former Atlanta Falcons offensive lineman and 6-time Pro Bowler.
Moe Williams Former St. Louis Rams running back.
Craig Yeast 1995–1998 Former Cincinnati Bengals receiver.

Baseball alumni

Soccer alumni

Masumi Turnbull Canadian Defender.


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