Prominent SMU Alumni


April 21, 2013


George W. Bush Institute Library and Museum

SMU has approximately 114,000 alumni worldwide, with 60,000 living in Texas, including 44,000 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Notable alumni include:

Public Service

  • Laura Bush, former First Lady of Texas and the United States
  • Rick Scott, governor of Florida
  • U.S. House of Representatives members John Culberson, Ralph Hall, Sam Johnson, Eddie Bernice Johnson and Lamar Smith
  • General Craig R. McKinley, member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • Karen Hughes, former Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs
  • Harriet Miers, former Counsel to President George W. Bush
  • Jeanne L. Phillips, former U.S. Representative to the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
  • Antonio O. Garza Jr., former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico
  • Roy M. Huffington, former U.S. Ambassador to Austria (deceased)
  • R. Richard Rubottom, former Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs and Ambassador to Argentina (deceased)
  • William P. Clements, Jr., former Texas governor and Deputy Secretary of Defense (deceased)
  • John G. Tower, former U.S. senator (deceased)

Science and Education

  • Nobel Prize-winning physicist James Cronin
  • Computer memory pioneer Robert Dennard
  • Former University of Texas at Austin President Larry R. Faulkner
  • University of North Texas Chancellor Lee Jackson


  • Kenneth R. Morris, co-founder, PeopleSoft
  • Melissa Reiff, president, Container Store
  • Helmut R. Sohmen, chair, World-Wide Shipping Group, Hong Kong
  • David Cush, president and CEO, Virgin America airlines
  • Blake Mycoskie, TOMS Shoes founder and philanthropist
  • John Tyson, chair, Tyson Foods
  • Edward B. Rust, Jr., chair and CEO, State Farm Insurance Companies
  • David Dillon, chair and CEO, Kroger Company
  • Ray L. Hunt, chair, president and CEO, Hunt Consolidated, Inc.
  • Robert H. Dedman, Jr., president and CEO, DFI Management, Ltd.


In Dedman School of Law, the master’s degree program for graduates of foreign law schools, among the first in the U.S., has graduated more than 2,000 lawyers from 80 countries. Many have since held 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

Performing Arts

  • Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates
  • Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Beth Henley
  • Emmy Award winners actor Powers Boothe, filmmaker-artist-author William Joyce and television producer Aaron Spelling (deceased)
  • Tony Award-winning actors Scott Waara and Debra Monk
  • “Gilmore Girls” and “Parenthood” actress Lauren Graham
  • Television and movie actor and author Stephen Tobolowsky
  • Country music singer Jack Ingram


  • Olympic gold medal swimmers Lars Frolander, Steve Lundquist and Ryan Berube and gold medal track and field athlete Kevin Robinzine
  • Lamar Hunt (deceased), founder of the American Football League
  • Doak Walker (deceased), recipient of football’s Heisman Trophy
  • Payne Stewart (deceased), championship golfer
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame members Raymond Berry, Eric Dickerson, Forrest Gregg, Lamar Hunt (deceased) and Doak Walker (deceased)
  • Don Meredith, Dallas Cowboys quarterback and “Monday Night Football” commentator (deceased)
  • Jerry LeVias, National College Football Hall of Fame member and NFL Rookie of the Year
  • Rodney Harmon, U.S. Olympic tennis coach
  • James Irsay, owner and CEO, Indianapolis Colts, NFL
  • Clark Hunt, chair of the board, Kansas City Chiefs, NFL