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Michigan State University

EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION

Founded 1855 as the Agricultural College of the State of Michigan, it underwent various awkward name changes and in 1964 became Michigan State University.

Location:
East Lansing, MI

Founding Date:
1855

Team:
Spartans

Mascot:
Sparty

Enrollment:
44,000

Official Website:
http://www.msu.edu/

STUDENTS

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Spencer Abraham
Politician
12-Jun-1952   US Secretary of Energy, 2001-05
Herb Adderley
Football
8-Jun-1939   NFL Hall of Famer
Darryl F. Allen
Business
c. 1942   CEO of Aeroquip-Vickers, 1986-99
Dennis Archer
Politician
1-Jan-1942   Mayor of Detroit, 1994-2001
George Ariyoshi
Politician
12-Mar-1926   Governor of Hawaii, 1974-86
William Bagley
Educator
15-Mar-1874 1-Jul-1946 Opponent of Dewey's progressive education
Ray Stannard Baker
Journalist
17-Apr-1870 12-Jul-1946 Biographer of Woodrow Wilson
W. Scott Bales
Judge
c. 1956   Justice, Arizona Supreme Court
Richard C. Barkley
Diplomat
23-Dec-1932   US Ambassador to East Germany, 1988-90
James J. Blanchard
Politician
8-Aug-1942   Governor of Michigan, 1983-91
Ivan Boesky
Business
6-Mar-1937   Investment banker did insider trades
Debra Bowen
Politician
27-Oct-1955   California Secretary of State
Eli Broad
Business
6-Jun-1933   Billionaire
Robert K. Burgess
Business
c. 1944   CEO of Pulte Homes, 1993-2001
Plaxico Burress
Football
12-Aug-1977   NFL free agent
Joseph J. Buttigieg III
Business
c. 1945   Vice Chairman of Comerica
James Caan
Actor
26-Mar-1940   Vegas
Michael R. Cannon
Business
1953   Dell President of Global Operations
Bob Carr
Politician
27-Mar-1943   Congressman from Michigan, 1975-95
Stephen I. Chazen
Business
c. 1946   President and CFO, Occidental Petroleum
Gary L. Convis
Business
22-Sep-1942   Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky
Donald G. Cook
Military
1946   Retired USAF General
Richard Cordray
Government
3-May-1959   Acting Director, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
James M. Cornelius
Business
c. 1943   CEO of Bristol-Myers Squibb
William H. Cunningham
Educator
5-Jan-1944   Chancellor, UT System, 1992-2000
Gerald M. Czarnecki
Business
c. 1941   Deltennium Group
William J. Danhof
Attorney
c. 1949   Miller, Canfield, Paddock, & Stone
Joe DeLamielleure
Football
16-Mar-1951   NFL Hall of Famer
Dan Devine
Football
22-Dec-1924 9-May-2002 Packers, NCAA head coach
Anthony Diekema
Educator
3-Dec-1933   President of Calvin College, 1976-95
Charles Diggs, Jr.
Politician
2-Dec-1922 24-Aug-1998 Congressman from Michigan, 1955-80
Carol Duvall
TV Personality
?   HGTV's Carol Duvall Show
Anthony S. Earl
Politician
12-Apr-1936   Governor of Wisconsin, 1983-87
Dale F. Elliott
Business
c. 1957   CEO of Snap-on, 2001-04
John Engler
Politician
12-Oct-1948   Governor of Michigan, 1991-2003
William C. Van Faasen
Business
c. 1949   Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Chuck Fairbanks
Football
10-Jun-1933 2-Apr-2013 New England Patriots Head Coach, 1973-78
Kevin M. Farr
Business
c. 1958   CFO of Mattel
Richard A. Fennessy
Business
c. 1964   CEO of Insight Enterprises
Carolyn Forché
Poet
28-Apr-1950   The Country Between Us
Richard Ford
Novelist
16-Feb-1944   Independence Day
John D. Forsyth
Business
c. 1947   Wellmark Blue Cross & Blue Shield
Dennis E. Foster
Business
c. 1940   Vice Chairman of Alltel, 1998-2000
William Friedman
Scientist
24-Sep-1891 12-Nov-1969 Cryptography pioneer
Mark T. Gaffney
Labor Leader
18-Oct-1955   President, Michigan State AFL-CIO
Steve Garvey
Baseball
22-Dec-1948   Former LA Dodger
Yousif B. Ghafari
Business
27-Sep-1952   US Ambassador to Slovenia
Kirk Gibson
Baseball
28-May-1957   1988 National League MVP
Jeffrey C. Girard
Business
c. 1946   Vice Chairman of ShopKo, 2002-04
Ronald E. Goldsberry
Business
12-Sep-1942   Former VP, Ford
Linda A. Goodspeed
Business
c. 1962   Former EVP, Lennox International
Lloyd V. Hackley
Educator
c. 1940   Chancellor of Fayetteville State University
Edward E. Hagenlocker
Business
c. 1940   Vice Chairman of Ford, 1996-99
Chris Hansen
Journalist
26-Mar-1959   To Catch A Predator
Jim Harrison
Novelist
11-Dec-1937   Legends of the Fall
Thom Hartmann
Radio Personality
7-May-1951   The Thom Hartmann Program
Clare M. Hasler
Educator
c. 1957   Director, Robert Mondavi Institute
Anthony Heald
Actor
25-Aug-1944   Scott Guber on Boston Public
Alfred D. Hershey
Scientist
4-Dec-1908 22-May-1997 Molecular structure of viral genes
Jon-Erik Hexum
Actor
5-Nov-1957 18-Oct-1984 Actor accidently shot himself
Walter Hill
Film Director
10-Jan-1942   48 Hrs.
James P. Hoffa
Labor Leader
19-May-1941   Jimmy Hoffa's son
Paul L. Howes
Business
c. 1955   CEO of Newpark Resources
Donna Hrinak
Diplomat
c. 1950   US Ambassador, Latin America
Stanley O. Ikenberry
Educator
1935   University of Illinois President, 1979-95
Susan Jacoby
Author
4-Jun-1945   Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism
Wallace B. Jefferson
Judge
22-Jul-1963   Texas Chief Justice
Jay Johnson
Politician
30-Sep-1943 17-Oct-2009 Congressman from Wisconsin, 1997-99
Magic Johnson
Basketball
14-Aug-1959   Lakers star, AIDS spokesman
Tim Johnson
Politician
28-Dec-1946   US Senator from South Dakota
David Cay Johnston
Journalist
24-Dec-1948   Perfectly Legal
Michael F. Johnston
Business
c. 1947   CEO of Visteon
Gregory P. Josefowicz
Business
c. 1952   CEO of Borders, 1999-2006
Howard Kaloogian
Politician
30-Dec-1959   Conservative activist
Daniel P. Kearney
Business
1939   EVP at Aetna, 1991-98
Andrew Kehoe
Criminal
1-Feb-1872 18-May-1927 Bath School Bomber
Kenneth E. Keiser
Business
c. 1952   President of PepsiAmericas
James L. Kemerling
Business
c. 1939   Riiser Oil Company
Kwame Kilpatrick
Politician
8-Jun-1970   Mayor of Detroit, 2002-08
Jack Kingston
Politician
24-Apr-1955   Congressman, Georgia 1st
Fred Kleisner
Business
c. 1944   CEO of Wyndham International
Kay Koplovitz
Business
c. 1945   Co-Founder, USA Network
John Kornblum
Diplomat
6-Feb-1943   US Ambassador to Germany, 1997-2001
Frank Kush
Football
20-Jan-1929   ASU Head Coach, 1958-79
Philip E. Lippincott
Business
c. 1935   CEO of Scott Paper, 1982-94
Mitchel D. Livingston
Educator
c. 1944   Diversity Officer, University of Cincinnati
Frank E. Macher
Business
c. 1940   Former CEO of Collins & Aikman, Federal Mogul
Timothy L. Main
Business
c. 1957   CEO of Jabil Circuit
Jackie Martling
Comic
14-Feb-1949   Writer for Howard Stern
Rollo May
Psychologist
21-Apr-1909 22-Oct-1994 Love and Will
James A. McClung
Business
c. 1938   Former VP at FMC
Michael W. McConnell
Attorney
18-May-1955   Stanford Constitutional Law Center
Thomas McGuane
Novelist
11-Dec-1939   The Sporting Club
M. Peter McPherson
Business
27-Oct-1940   President of Michigan State University, 1993-2004
Roger A. Meece
Diplomat
1949   US Ambassador to Congo, 2004-07
Michael G. Morris
Business
c. 1947   CEO of American Electric Power
Dennis Muchmore
Business
c. 1947   Muchmore Harrington Smalley & Associates
Frederick H. Mueller
Government
22-Nov-1893 31-Aug-1976 US Commerce Secretary, 1959-61
Judith A. Muhlberg
Business
c. 1952   Public relations consultant, Gagen MacDonald
James E. Oesterreicher
Business
c. 1942   CEO of JC Penney, 1995-2000
Russell E. Palmer
Business
13-Aug-1934   Dean of the Wharton School, 1983-90
Eugene Parker
Astronomer
10-Jun-1927   Solar winds
Roy E. Parrott
Business
c. 1940   CEO of Simpson Industries, 1994-2000
Gary Peters
Politician
1-Dec-1958   Congressman, Michigan 9th
Gilbert Plass
Physicist
22-Mar-1922 1-Mar-2004 Climate change scientist
James Quello
Government
21-Apr-1914 24-Jan-2010 FCC Commissioner, 1974-97
Sam Raimi
Film Director
23-Oct-1959   Spider-Man
John Ramsey
Relative
7-Dec-1943   JonBenét's father
Robert K. Ressler
Author
15-Feb-1937   Whoever Fights Monsters
Don Riegle
Politician
4-Feb-1938   US Senator from Michigan, 1976-95
Andre Rison
Football
18-Mar-1967   Bad Moon Rison
Ross E. Roeder
Business
c. 1937   CEO of Smart & Final, 1999-2004
Craig A. Rogerson
Business
c. 1957   CEO of Hercules
David Safavian
Government
c. 1967   Former OMB administrator
Thomas A. Sansone
Business
c. 1949   Vice Chairman of Jabil Circuit
Gloria Santona
Business
c. 1948   General Counsel for McDonald's
Glenn S. Schafer
Business
c. 1949   President of Pacific Life, 1995-2005
Mark Schauer
Politician
2-Oct-1961   Congressman from Michigan, 2009-11
Ulrich Schmidt
Business
c. 1949   CFO of Goodrich, 2000-05
Peter Secchia
Diplomat
15-Apr-1937   US Ambassador to Italy, 1989-93
Gary L. Seevers
Economist
c. 1938   Council of Economic Advisers, 1973-75
David L. Shedlarz
Business
c. 1948   Vice Chairman of Pfizer
Lou Sheldon
Activist
1934   Traditional Values Coalition
Lou Anna K. Simon
Educator
c. 1947   President, Michigan State University
Scott Skiles
Basketball
5-Mar-1964   Head Coach, Milwaukee Bucks
Theda Skocpol
Educator
4-May-1947   Harvard sociologist, political scientist
Bubba Smith
Football
28-Feb-1945 3-Aug-2011 Athlete, Police Academy star
Nick Smith
Politician
5-Nov-1934   Congressman from Michigan, 1993-2005
Debbie Stabenow
Politician
29-Apr-1950   US Senator from Michigan
David Stockman
Government
10-Nov-1946   Ronald Reagan's chief economist
Paul Stookey
Singer/Songwriter
30-Dec-1937   The Paul in Peter, Paul, and Mary
Teresa A. Sullivan
Educator
9-Jul-1949   President, University of Virginia
Glendon Swarthout
Novelist
8-Apr-1918 23-Sep-1992 Bless the Beasts and Children
Jerald F. ter Horst
Government
11-Jul-1922 31-Mar-2010 Gerald Ford's short-term press secretary
Larry D. Thompson
Attorney
15-Nov-1945   General Counsel of Pepsi
William R. Tiefel
Business
c. 1934   Vice Chairman of Marriott, 1998-2002
Bob Traxler
Politician
21-Jul-1931   Congressman from Michigan, 1974-93
Niki Tsongas
Politician
26-Apr-1946   Congresswoman, Massachusetts 5th
Robert Urich
Actor
16-Dec-1946 16-Apr-2002 Dan Tanna on Vega$
Sam Vincent
Basketball
18-May-1963   Head Coach, Charlotte Bobcats
Vernor Vinge
Author
10-Feb-1944   A Fire Upon The Deep
James Von Ehr
Business
c. 1950   Nanotech entrepreneur
John Walters
Government
c. 1951   American Drug Czar, 2001-2009
Lloyd D. Ward
Business
c. 1948   CEO of Maytag, 1999-2000
George E. Wardeberg
Business
c. 1935   CEO of WICOR, 1994-2000
Jane L. Warner
Business
c. 1948   Illinois Tool Works executive
Kenneth L. Way
Business
c. 1939   CEO of Lear, 1988-2000
Paul Welday
Business
c. 1959   Lobbyist, Strategic Public Affairs
Tyrone Willingham
Football
30-Dec-1953   Head Football Coach, Washington Huskies
Michael T. Yonker
Business
1942   CEO of Portec, 1988-98

TEACHERS AND PROFESSORS

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Cleveland Abbe
Physicist
3-Dec-1838 28-Oct-1916 America's first weatherman
Dennis Archer
Politician
1-Jan-1942   Mayor of Detroit, 1994-2001
Frederick M. Bernthal
Administrator
10-Jan-1943   President, Universities Research Association
Andrew Brimmer
Economist
13-Sep-1926 7-Oct-2012 Federal Reserve Governor, 1966-74
William F. Durand
Engineer
5-Mar-1859 9-Aug-1958 National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics
Homer S. Ferguson
Politician
25-Feb-1889 17-Dec-1982 US Senator from Michigan, 1943-55
Erich Fromm
Psychologist
23-Mar-1900 18-Mar-1980 Psychoanalyst, Humanist
David F. Gordon
Government
?   State Dept. Dir. Policy Planning, 2007-08
Robert H. Grubbs
Chemist
27-Feb-1942   Metathesis
Clifford M. Hardin
Government
9-Oct-1915 4-Apr-2010 US Secretary of Agriculture, 1969-71
Russell Kirk
Author
19-Oct-1918 29-Apr-1994 The Conservative Mind
Abba Lerner
Economist
28-Oct-1903 27-Oct-1982 The Economics of Control
Thomas Gale Moore
Economist
6-Nov-1930   Council of Economic Advisers, 1985-89
Percy A. Pierre
Educator
3-Jan-1939   President, Prairie View A&M University, 1983-89
Arthur F. Raper
Sociologist
8-Nov-1899 10-Aug-1979 The Tragedy of Lynching
Robert K. Ressler
Author
15-Feb-1937   Whoever Fights Monsters
Thomas A. Sansone
Business
c. 1949   Vice Chairman of Jabil Circuit
Stanley K. Sheinbaum
Activist
12-Jun-1920   Publisher, New Perspectives Quarterly
Lou Anna K. Simon
Educator
c. 1947   President, Michigan State University
Glendon Swarthout
Novelist
8-Apr-1918 23-Sep-1992 Bless the Beasts and Children
Diane Wakoski
Poet
3-Aug-1937   Coins & Coffins
John Walters
Government
c. 1951   American Drug Czar, 2001-2009
Clifton R. Wharton, Jr.
Business
13-Sep-1926   CEO of TIAA-CREF, 1987-92
George Will
Columnist
4-May-1941   Conservative pundit, baseball lover

ADMINISTRATORS AND TRUSTEES

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Joseph J. Buttigieg III
Business
c. 1945   Vice Chairman of Comerica
Richard Cordray
Government
3-May-1959   Acting Director, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Clifford M. Hardin
Government
9-Oct-1915 4-Apr-2010 US Secretary of Agriculture, 1969-71
M. Peter McPherson
Business
27-Oct-1940   President of Michigan State University, 1993-2004
Percy A. Pierre
Educator
3-Jan-1939   President, Prairie View A&M University, 1983-89
Lou Anna K. Simon
Educator
c. 1947   President, Michigan State University
Bart Stupak
Politician
29-Feb-1952   Congressman from Michigan, 1993-2011
Bob Traxler
Politician
21-Jul-1931   Congressman from Michigan, 1974-93
James Von Ehr
Business
c. 1950   Nanotech entrepreneur
Clifton R. Wharton, Jr.
Business
13-Sep-1926   CEO of TIAA-CREF, 1987-92

COACHES

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Mark Dantonio
Football
9-Mar-1956   Head Coach, Michigan State
Duffy Daugherty
Football
8-Sep-1915 25-Sep-1987 MSU Head Coach, 1954-72
Bob Devaney
Football
13-Apr-1915 9-May-1997 Cornhuskers Head Coach, 1962-72
Dan Devine
Football
22-Dec-1924 9-May-2002 Packers, NCAA head coach
Walt Harris
Football
9-Nov-1946   Former NCAA coach
Tom Izzo
Basketball
30-Jan-1955   Head Coach, Michigan State
Frank Leahy
Football
27-Aug-1908 21-Jun-1973 Longtime Notre Dame Head Coach
Josh McDaniels
Football
22-Apr-1976   Denver Broncos coach, 2009-10
Pete Newell
Basketball
3-Aug-1915 17-Nov-2008 Influential NCAA coach
Nick Saban
Football
31-Oct-1951   Head Coach, Alabama Crimson Tide
Kelvin Sampson
Basketball
5-Oct-1955   Head Coach, IU-Bloomington
Tyrone Willingham
Football
30-Dec-1953   Head Football Coach, Washington Huskies
Bill Yeoman
Football
26-Dec-1927   Houston Head Coach, 1962-86


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