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Prominent SMU Alumni

SMU has approximately 110,000 alumni worldwide. About 60,000 live in Texas, with nearly 40,000 alumni living in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Notable alumni include:

Public Service

  • First Lady Laura Bush
  • Former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Antonio O. Garza Jr.
  • U.S. House of Representatives members John Culberson, Ralph Hall, Sam Johnson, Eddie Bernice Johnson and Lamar Smith
  • Karen Hughes, former Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs
  • Harriet Miers, former Counsel to the President
  • Jeanne L. Phillips, former U.S. Representative to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, based in Paris
  • The late Roy M. Huffington, former U.S. Ambassador to Austria
  • R. Richard Rubottom, former Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs and Ambassador to Argentina
  • William P. Clements, former Texas governor and Deputy Secretary of Defense

Science and Education

  • Nobel Prize-winning physicist James Cronin
  • Computer memory pioneer Robert Dennard
  • Former University of Texas-Austin President Larry R. Faulkner
  • University of North Texas Chancellor Lee Jackson
  • Michael Bunnell, winner of 2010 Scientific and Engineering Oscar award

Performing and Visual Arts

  • Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates
  • Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Beth Henley
  • Emmy Award-winning actor Powers Boothe
  • Filmmaker-artist-author William Joyce
  • The late television producer Aaron Spelling
  • Tony Award winning actor Scott Waara


The Master’s degree program in comparative and international law of Dedman School of Law has graduated more than 1,400 lawyers from more than 75 countries. Many have since occupied prominent leadership positions around the world, including:

  • Two Supreme Court Justices in Japan and one in the Philippines
  • President of the Thailand Senate
  • Minister of Justice in Argentina
  • Member of the Brazilian Supreme Court of Accounts


  • Robert H. Dedman Jr., chair, ClubCorp International
  • David Dillon, chairman and CEO of the Kroger supermarket chain
  • James R. Gibbs, chair, president and CEO, Frontier Oil Corporation
  • Ray L. Hunt, chair and CEO, Hunt Oil Company
  • Kenneth R. Morris, co-founder, PeopleSoft
  • Melissa Reiff, president, Container Store
  • Angela Braly, president and CEO, WellPoint, Inc.
  • Helmut R. Sohmen, chair, World-Wide Shipping Group, Hong Kong


  • Olympic gold medal swimmers Lars Frolander, Steve Lundquist, and Ryan Berube; and gold medal track and field athlete Kevin Robinzine
  • The late Lamar Hunt, founder of the American Football League
  • Jim Irsay, owner and CEO, Indianapolis Colts
  • The late Doak Walker, recipient of football’s Heisman Trophy
  • The late Payne Stewart, championship golfer
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame members Raymond Berry, Eric Dickerson, Forrest Gregg, Lamar Hunt and Doak Walker
  • Jerry LeVias, National College Football Hall of Fame and NFL Rookie of the Year