Prominent Pikes

Epsilon Gamma Prominent Pikes


Preston Smith

Preston Smith – Governor of the State of Texas, 1968-1972

When Preston Smith came to Texas Tech as a freshman in 1930, he already knew he would one day be Governor of Texas. Born in 1912, Preston was one of 13 children of a poor tenant farmer, but had already announced his intention to hold the highest office in the state by the age of nine. Preston held office as State Representative, State Senator and Lieutenant Governor before winning the race for Texas Governor in 1962. Preston was special initiated, by the chapter and his son Michael Smith (Epsilon Gamma ’60), into Pi Kappa Alpha in 1964.

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Texas Tech University honored Smith by erecting a statue of him in the Administration Building courtyard on the campus.

Many Texans remember Preston’s term in office for his enactment of the first minimum wage laws in the state, the first effort of law enforcement to fight drug abuse and his “Drive Friendly” campaign. Preston did not forget Texas Tech – the university that prepared him to achieve his dream. As governor, Preston established the schools of law and medicine at Texas Tech and devoted himself to increasing student funding for higher education.

His commitment to Texas Tech continued through service as special advisor to presidents and chancellors until his death in 2003.

The city of Lubbock honored Smith by renaming its airport the Preston Smith International Airport in 2004.

The city of Lubbock honored Smith by renaming its airport the Preston Smith International Airport in 2004.

James M. Johnston III – Air Force Brigadier General

General Johnston was born in 1940, in Stamford, Texas. He graduated from Anton (Texas) High School in 1957 and earned a bachelor of arts degree in retailing and marketing from Texas Technological University in 1962. He completed Air Command and Staff College in 1972, and the National War College in 1982.

The general was a command pilot with more than 4,600 flying hours in the F-100, T-39, A-1 H/E, F-4, F-15 and F-16. His military awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Air Medal with nine oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Vietnam Service Medal with three service stars, and Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm.

He was promoted to brigadier general April 1, 1988, with same date of rank. Retired May 01, 1992.


Tommy Turner

Thomas J. Turner – International President (1992-1994) 

Thomas J. Turner graduated Texas Tech with a BBA in 1971 and graduated Baylor University School of Law, where he was the Associate Editor of the Baylor Law Review, with his JD in 1974. Upon graduation he was admitted to State Bar of Texas in 1974.

Tommy professionally has 37 years of trial experience. He is a member of the American Association for Justice, the Texas Trial Lawyers Association (Director Emeritus), the American Board of Trial Advolcates, and has served as a faculty member of the Trial Advocacy College of Texas, also lecturing in statewide seminars on jury selection.

Locally he has served as a board member of several non-prifit charitable organizations, most recently serving as President of CASA of the South Plains. From 2009 through 2011 he served as the Chair of the United Way Campaign Legal Division.

Thomas J. Turner was elected international president at the Phoenix 1992 Convention. His service to the international fraternity includes international vice president, legal counsel to the Supreme Council, chairman of the International Alumni Commission, Foundation trustee, and Lone Star regional president. He received the Fraternity’s Loyalty Award in 2007.


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Allan J. Tomlinson, Jr.

Allan J. Tomlinson, a Houston native, was the very first Epsilon Gamma President when chartered in 1953. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Texas Tech in 1954. After graduation he spent four years in the US. Air Force and then entered the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration where he received an M.B.A. in 1960.

Mr. Tomlinson began his professional career as marketing manager for Dow Chemical Company in 1960. In August 1966, he was employed by McKinsey & Co. in Cleveland, Ohio, as a business consultant. It was not until August 1968 that he joined Diamond Shamrock Corporation (now known as Valero Energy Corporation), where he became president and chief operating officer.

His engineering and business abilities merged to accelerate his steady rise within the Corporation. He joined Diamond Shamrock as manager of corporate planning; and in 1969, he became director of planning for Diamond Shamrock Chemical Company, a unit of the Corporation. In 1972, he was appointed director of corporate development, and in 1975 he was elected an executive vice president–planning and development. He was elected an executive vice president of the Corporation and became president of the International and Diversified Technology Unit in August 1978. Then, in April 1980, he was elected to his present position as president and chief operating officer of the Corporation.

He is known for a great sense of humor and a very sharp wit which can impale the unwary in a verbal joust.


National Prominent Pikes


      • Bruce A. Aguilera – Vice President and General Counsel, Bellagio Hotel
      • Michael T. Ainslie – Former Vice President, Sotheby’s Europe
      • Dr. Gilbert F. Amelio – Inventor and Entrepreneur
      • A. Scott Anderson – President and CEO, Zions First National Bank
      • John A. Balch – Former President of Royal Appliance Manufacturing
      • J. Frank Bell, III – Chairman and CEO, Intellinet
      • Arthur S. Bowes* – Industrialist
      • W. Todd Bowling – President, Solutions-II, Inc.
      • Chester M. Brown* – Former Chairman of the Board, Allied Chemical
      • Lawrence Owen Brown – Entrepreneur, President and CEO, Owen Brown Enterprises
      • Nolan Bushnell – Founder of Atari and Chuck E. Cheese’s Pizza Time Theater
      • William M. Byrne – Entrepreneur, Author
      • R. Don Cash – Chairman, President and CEO, Questar Corp.
      • S. Truett Cathy – Founder/CEO, Chick-Fil-A
      • W. E. Chope* – Former President, Industrial Nucleonics Corp.
      • Randall Churchey – Chief Executive Officer, Education Realty Trust
      • Edward N. Cole* – Former President, General Motors Corp.
      • Dr. Stephen R. Covey* – Cofounder and Vice Chairman, FranklinCovey
      • Thomas H. Davis* – Founder, Former President and CEO, Piedmont Airlines
      • Robert H. Dedman, Jr. – President and CEO, Club Corp. International
      • William H. Dial* – Founder, Sun Banks of Florida
      • Jeffrey T. Dunn – Former COO and Sr. Vice President, Coca-Cola Americas
      • R. Lamar Durrett – Former CEO, Air Canada
      • Gordon E. Eubanks, Jr. – President, Oblix
      • Ike Evans – President and COO, Union Pacific Corp.
      • Joe T. Ford – Chairman of the Board/Director, ALLTEL Corporation
      • David D. Greenberg – Former New York Mercantile Exchange Executive Committee Member / CEO Greenberg Capital LLC
      • W. George Hairston III – CEO, Southern Nuclear
      • Pete M. Hanna – Chairman and CEO, Hanna Steel
      • Neal C. Hansen – Chairman and CEO, CSG Systems International, Inc.
      • Lawrence Hariton – CFO, Universal Studios Home Video
      • Tom Harken – Chairman and CEO, Tom Harken and Associates
      • Lewis Hay III – CEO, FPL Group, Inc.
      • Daniel T. Hendrix – President and CEO, Interface, Inc.
      • Aaron Hendry – President, Hendry Corporation
      • R. Craig Hoenshell* – Former Chairman and CEO, Avis, Inc.
      • James P. Holden – Former President and CEO, Daimler-Chrysler Corporation
      • J. R. Holland, Jr. – President and CEO, Unity Hunt
      • Chad O. Holliday – Chairman, Royal Dutch Shell; former Chairman, Bank of America; former Chairman and CEO, DuPont
      • Edward S. Hyman, Jr. – Economist
      • Hjalma Johnson – Former President, American Bankers Association
      • Earl D. Johnson* – Former President, General Dynamics Corp.
      • John E. Jones – Former Chairman and CEO, Cummins Allison, Inc.
      • Gerald Kiser – CEO, La-Z-Boy, Inc.
      • Ken Lowe – President and CEO, The E. W. Scripps Company
      • Bill McCartney – Founder, Promise Keepers
      • Graham K. McCorkle* – Former President, Illinois Bell Telephone Company
      • Grant Macfarlane* – Attorney and Philanthropist
      • Powell B. McHaney* – Former President, General American Life Insurance Company
      • Stan L. McLelland – Former Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Valero Energy Corporation
      • John F. McNair III – Chairman, Wachovia Bank
      • James R. Moffett – Chairman and CEO, Freeport-McMohan Copper & Gold, Inc.
      • F. Anderson Morse – Senior Vice President, PNC Financial Services Group
      • Paul J. Orfalea – Founder, Kinko’s
      • E. Sanders Partee – President and CEO, ViewGate Networks
      • Neal Patterson – Chairman of the Board, CEO and Co-Founder, Cerner Corporation
      • Edward A. Pease – Sr. Vice President, Government Relations, Rolls-Royce North America, Inc.
      • Jed Pitcher – CEO, Regence Blue Cross/Blue Shield
      • Joseph Plumeri – Former Chairman and CEO, Primerica Financial Services
      • David Porter – Corporate Vice President of Retail Stores, Microsoft
      • Lou Pritchett – Author, Teacher, Public Speaker
      • Donald T. Regan* – Chairman, Merrill Lynch (retired) and Former White House Chief of Staff (Reagan administration)
      • Donald W. Reynolds* – Media Magnate
      • Rodger Riney – Founder and CEO, Scottrade
      • Bernie Rosner – Holocaust Survivor, Author, Corporate Executive, Public Speaker
      • Samuel K. Skinner – President, Commonwealth Edison; Former Secretary of Transportation and Chief of Staff under President George Bush
      • Jack O. Snyder* – Former President, Sea World, Inc.
      • John S. Stein – Chairman and CEO, Golden Flake Snack Foods, Inc.
      • Charles Sullivan – CEO, Interstate Bakeries
      • Lee Talley* – Former Chairman of the Board, Coca-Cola Co.
      • Jeff Taylor – Founder,
      • Ralph Terkowitz – Chief Technology Officer, Washington Post
      • Michael Tokarz – Chairman and Portfolio Manager, MVC Capital
      • Kevin Turner – COO, Microsoft
      • L. Jack Van Fossen – Former President and CEO, Red Roof Inns
      • Robert N. Wilson – Vice Chairman of the Board, Johnson & Johnson
      • Quentin E. Wood – CEO and Chairman of the Board (retired), Quaker State Oil
      • E. S. Woolard, Jr. – Former Chairman, E. I. Du Pont; Chairman, Telex Communications Corp.
      • Charles J. Wyly, Jr.* – Chairman, Michaels Stores
      • Samuel E. Wyly – Vice Chairman, Michaels Stores
      • William W. Bain Jr. – Founder, Bain & Company, Bain Capital LLC * deceased

Public Service

Pete Sessions

Pete Sessions – U.S. Congressman [R-TX]
A conservative community leader, United States Congressman Pete Sessions has combined hard work, innovative thinking, free-market solutions and common sense principles and values to build a successful family, business and congressional career. First elected in 1996, Congressman Sessions was re-elected in 1998, and 2000 by the people of Dallas and the Fifth Congressional District to represent them in the United States House of Representatives in Washington, DC. In the 2002 elections, Congressman Sessions was re-elected to a fourth term in the House in the newly created Thirty-Second Congressional District. As a member of the majority party in Congress, and a friend of President Bush and Vice President Cheney, Congressman Sessions has become a national leader on issues of great importance to the people of Texas.

      • Nicholas Lampson – U.S. Congressman [D-TX]
      • Robert Pearson – Ambassador to Turkey
      • Jon Kyl – U.S. Senator [R-AZ]
      • Doug Ducey – Arizona State Treasurer
      • Leslie C. Arends* – Former United States Congressman, Illinois
      • Dick Armey – Former United States Representative, Texas
      • Herbert H. Bateman* – Former United States Congressman, Virginia
      • Marmaduke (Duke) Gresham Bayne* – Vice Admiral, U. S. Navy; Former Commander of U.S. Forces in the Middle East
      • Tom Bevill – Former United States Representative, Alabama
      • Brooks E. Blitch, III – Chief Judge, Superior Court of Georgia
      • Charles A. Bowsher – Former Comptroller General of the United States
      • Dr. Earl W. Brian, Jr. – Former Secretary, State of California Health and Welfare Agency
      • Cavendish W. Cannon* – Former Diplomat, U.S. Foreign Service
      • Melvin E. Carnahan* – Former Governor of Missouri
      • John R. Carter – United States Representative, Texas
      • A. B. Chandler* – Former Governor of Kentucky
      • Earle C. Clements* – Former Governor of Kentucky
      • Thad Cochran – United States Senator, Mississippi
      • Bud Cramer – United States Representative, Alabama
      • Charlie Crist – Governor of Florida
      • Arthur B. Culvahouse, Jr. – Former Counsel to President Ronald Reagan
      • Harry S. Dent* – Former Special Counsel to the President
      • Everett M. Dirksen* – Former United States Senator, Illinois
      • Franklin S. Forsberg* – Former United States Ambassador to Sweden
      • David Haight* – 1 of 12 Apostles in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints; former mayor of Palo Alto, CA
      • John V. Hendry – Chief Justice, Nebraska Supreme Court
      • Roy D. Hickman* – Former President, Rotary International
      • General Courtney Hodges* – Former U.S. Army Chief of Infantry
      • Leo A. Hoegh* – Former Governor of Iowa
      • John E. Horne* – Former Chairman, Federal Home Loan Bank Board
      • Mario Jaramillo – Panama’s Ambassador to The United States of America
      • William N. LaForge – President, Federal Bar Association
      • Laurence F. Lee* – Former President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
      • Jack Lucas – Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient
      • David F. Maxwell* – Former President, American Bar Association
      • Dr. John P. McGovern* – Doctor
      • Stan L. McLelland – Former Ambassador to Jamaica
      • John W. McNair, Jr. – Head Program/Budget Coordinator, Office of the Comptroller, Dept. of the Navy
      • Clarence W. Meadows* – Former Governor of West Virginia
      • Alan B. Mollohan – United States Representative, West Virginia
      • Frank E. Moss* – Former United States Senator, Utah
      • Edward A. Pease – Former United States Congressman, Indiana
      • Donald T. Regan* – Former White House Chief of Staff (Reagan administration)
      • C. Patrick Roberts – United States Senator, Kansas
      • C. Wesley Roberts* – Former Chairman, Republican National Convention
      • A. Willis Robertson* – Former United States Senator, Virginia
      • Karl C. Rove – Chief political consultant, and chief of staff in charge of policy under President George Bush
      • Dr. John C. Ruddock* – Medical Research
      • General Richard Seitz – General (Ret.) United States Army
      • Samuel K. Skinner – Former Secretary of Transportation and Chief of Staff under President George Bush
      • John J. Sparkman* – Former United States Senator, Alabama
      • Luther L. Terry* – Former Surgeon General of the United States
      • J. Strom Thurmond* – Former United States Senator, South Carolina
      • Dr. Malcolm C. Todd* – Former President, American Medical Association
      • Elbert P. Tuttle* – Former General Counsel, U.S. Treasury Department
      • Most. Rev. Bishop Henry St. George Tucker* – Bishop of the Episcopal Church
      • James van Hoften – Space Shuttle Astronaut
      • Milo J. Warner* – Former National Commander, American Legion
      • Claude R. Wickard* – Former Secretary of Agriculture
      • General Louis Wilson* (Retired) – Marine Corps Commandant, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient
      • Major Carl E. Wuertele – War Ace

* deceased

News, Art, and Entertainment

Tim Mcgraw

Tim McGraw – Country Music Artist
A 1986 initiate of Eta Omicron Chapter at Louisiana-Monroe, Tim McGraw’s achievements are as remarkable as they are numerous: nine albums spawning 25 #1 singles and selling 33 million copies, successful tours, and scores of awards including a 2001 CMA Entertainer of the Year nod, 2 Grammys and the 2004 People’s Choice Award for Favorite Male Musical Performer. He was the headline act at the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize Concert, and in November 2004 made his major motion picture acting debut in “Friday Night Lights”. McGraw is a celebrity cabinet board member with the American Red Cross, and continues his involvement as an alum with Eta Omicron Chapter.

      • Rick Dees – Radio Personality
      • Ted Koppel – Retired ABC’s Nightline Anchor
      • Jimmie Baker* – Emmy Award winning director and producer retired from ABC
      • Josh Bernstein – Discovery Channel host
      • Brad Booker – Drummer, Stir
      • Craig Campbell – Country music star
      • Lowell Cauffiel – Best selling crime novelist
      • Christopher “Chiz” Chisholm – President and CEO at Two Lights Entertainment, co-founder of E! Entertainment TV and marketing and convergence executive at Microsoft
      • Mike Dopud – Actor
      • Richard L. Evans* – Former Editor & Producer, CPS Tabernacle Choir Program
      • Kevin Gagnepain – Bassist, Stir
      • Mason Gamble – Actor
      • Joe Garvey – Lead Guitarist, Hinder
      • Cody Hanson – Drummer, Hinder
      • Alex Hawkins – Television Sports Personality
      • Serge Kovaleski – New York Times National Correspondent, 2009 Pulitizer Prize winner in the category of breaking news
      • Bob Losure – Former Anchor of CNN Headline News, Author
      • David Nail – Country Music Artist
      • Kenneth T. Ober* – Game Show Host
      • Fess Parker* – Actor
      • Buddy Jewell – Country music star
      • James Joseph “Jim” Parsons – television and film actor
      • Jeremy Piven – Actor
      • William Sanderson – Actor
      • Josh Schwartz – Screenwriter and Television Producer, The O.C., Gossip Girls, Chuck
      • William F. Shortz – Editor, New York Times Crossword Puzzle; Founder, American Crossword Puzzle Tournament
      • Jon Stewart – Host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”
      • Scott Van Pelt – ESPN Anchor
      • Eric A. Stonestreet – Professional Actor; won the 2010 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his role as Cameron Tucker in Modern Family
      • Robert L. Ward – Senior Vice President and Creative Director, Universal Studios
      • Matt Winer – Anchor, SportsCenter on ESPN
      • Craig Morgan – Country music singer
      • Morgan Woodward – Actor
      • Dean W. Young – Co-creator, Dagwood & Blondie Comic
      • Ned Luke – Actor and voice of Michael De Santa from Grand Theft Auto V
      • Mike Dopud – Actor

* deceased



Bobby Bowden


Bobby Bowden – Retired Head Football Coach, Florida State
Coach Bowden has been coaching football at Florida State University since 1976 and has led the Seminoles to a National title twice (1993, 1999), second place twice (1987, 92), third, four times (1988, 89, 97, 99), fourth, five times (1990, 91, 94, 95, 96) and fifth in 2000. No team in college football history can match the run. Bobby Bowden was initiated into Pi Kappa Alpha’s Alpha Pi Chapter at Samford University in 1949. He served as chapter president in 1954 and has supported Pi Kappa Alpha ever since.


Horace Grant

Horace Grant – Professional Basketball Player
Horace Grant (Clemson, Eta Alpha ’91) is best known for his work with the Chicago Bulls organization where he won three NBA championships (1990-91, 1991-92, 1992-93). He was also a member of the 2000-01 champion L.A. Lakers team. At the 1991 Pi Kappa Alpha Officers Leadership Academy, Grant addressed an audience and spoke of how the Bull’s formula for success can be used within the Fraternity – “We came together as a team. With a fraternity, we are a team. When everyone has the same focus the sky is the limit,” Grant said.

      • Bob Bowman (Florida State, Delta Lambda ’85)
      • Matt Doherty – Head Basketball Coach, Southern Methodist University
      • Hubert Green – Professional Golfer
      • Todd Hays – 2002 U. S. Olympian
      • Kent Bazemore – Pro Basketball Player, Golden State Warriors
      • Jimbo Fisher – Head coach of the Florida State Seminoles
      • Lance Alworth – Pro Football Hall of Fame
      • Jamie Asher – Professional Football Player, Philadelphia Eagles
      • Randy Bartz – 1994 U.S. Olympian, Silver Medalist, Short Track Speed Skating Relay
      • Trevino Betty – 2000 Canadian Olympian, Sprinter
      • Pat Bowlen – Owner, Denver Broncos
      • Chad Clifton – Offensive Tackle, Green Bay Packers
      • Jason Collier* – Forward, Atlanta Hawks
      • Dustin Colquitt – NFL Player, Kansas City Chiefs
      • Jeff Feagles – NFL Player, New York Giants
      • Wesley E. Fesler* – Former Head Football Coach, Ohio State
      • Gus Frerotte – Quarterback, St. Louis Rams
      • Breaux Greer – 2000 U.S. Olympian, Javelin
      • Bill Guthridge – Retired Head Basketball Coach, University of North Carolina
      • Matt Hansen – PGA Golfer
      • Fred Hoiberg – Pro Basketball Player, Minnesota Timberwolves
      • Jeff Ireland – General Manager, Miami Dolphins
      • Dan Issel – Former Head Coach and General Manager, NBA’s Denver Nuggets; Professional Basketball Hall of Fame
      • Garth Jax – Former Pro Football, Arizona Cardinals
      • Travis Knight – Pro Basketball Player, Los Angeles Lakers
      • Jeff MacMunn – 1996, 2000 and 2004 Paralympian – USA Volleyball Team, Eastern Illinois University
      • Bill McCartney – Former Head Football Coach, University of Colorado; Founder of Promise Keepers
      • William H. Moos – Athletic Director, Washington State University
      • Dick Motta – Former NBA Coach, Dallas Mavericks
      • Chris Myers – NFL Player, Denver Broncos
      • Lonnie Nielsen – PGA Golfer
      • George Nissen – Inventor of the trampoline; the Nissen Award is given annually to the top collegiate gymnast
      • Kyle Orton – NFL Quarterback, Chicago Bears
      • Steve Prefontaine* – Former World Class Runner, National Track and Field Hall of Fame
      • Bob Pruett – Head Football Coach, Marshall University
      • Joel Rodriguez – NFL Player, Tennessee Titans
      • Howard Schnellenberger – Head Football Coach, Florida Atlantic University
      • Frank Sinkwich* – Heisman Trophy Winner, University of Georgia
      • Kevin Stallings – Head Basketball Coach, Vanderbilt University
      • Gene Stephenson – Head Baseball Coach, Wichita State University
      • Dabo Swinney – Head Football Coach, Clemson University
      • Gino Torretta – Heisman Trophy Winner, University of Miami; College Football Hall of Fame
      • Mike Trigg – Head Coach, The Rampage Arena Football Team
      • Esera Tuaolo – NFL Player
      • Craig Veasey – Former NFL Player, Houston Oilers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Miami Dolphins
      • Jake Voskuhl – Center, Phoenix Suns
      • Pappy Waldorf* – Coach, University of California; National Football Hall of Fame
      • Randall Whitehead – Miami University Cradel of Coaches Hall of Fame
      • Matt Whiteside – Professional Baseball Player, San Diego Padres
      • Woody Widenhofer – Former Head Football Coach, Vanderbilt University
      • Eric Winston – NFL Player, Houston Texans
      • Larry Zimmer – Elected into the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame



Kenneth Jackson

Kenneth T. Jackson – Jacques Barzun Professor of History and the Social Sciences-Columbia University, Editor-in-Chief of The Encyclopedia of New York City

Kenneth T. Jackson, Jacques Barzun Professor of History and the Social Sciences, specializes in American social and urban history. He received his B.A. from the University of Memphis in 1961 and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1966. His publications include The Ku Klux Klan in the City, 1915 to 1930 (1967), Cities in American History (1972), Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States (1985), Silent Cities: The Evolution of the American Cemetery, with Camilo Vergara (1990), and, as editor The Encyclopedia of New York City (1995). He is presently working on two books to be entitled Gentlemen’s Agreement: Race, Class, and Differential Development in Newark, White Plains, and Darien, 1840 to 1990 and The Road to Hell: Transportation Policy and the Decline of the United States.

Samuel Smith

Dr. Samuel H. Smith – President Emeritus, Washington State University
Dr. Samuel H. Smith has enjoyed a distinguished career in higher education, first at the University of California, Berkeley, then at Pennsylvania State University. He served 15 years (July 1, 1985 – June 8, 2000) as president of Washington State University. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Western Governors University, the Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board, and the Talaris Research Institute. His background includes serving as chair of the Executive Committee of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. He became active in the NCAA when he was elected as the Division I representative to the Presidents Commission. He later was elected chair of that commission and then was elected chair of the Executive Committee, the NCAAs newly formed primary governing body, and served in that capacity until completion of his term.


E. Gordon Gee – President, West Virginia University
One of the most experienced chief executives in higher education, Gordon Gee previously served as chancellor of Vanderbilt University (2000-2007), president of Brown University and the University of Colorado. He also previously served The Ohio State University from 1990-1997, and in July of 2007 was selected as its president. A joint degree recipient in law and education from Columbia University, he completed a federal judicial clerkship, after which he served as an Assistant Dean for the University of Utah College of Law. After holding this position, Gee served as a Judicial Fellow and Senior Staff Assistant for United States Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger. He then became Associate Dean and Professor at J. Reuben Clark Law School of Brigham Young University and next served as Dean at West Virginia University. Active in a number of professional and service organizations, Gee has been a Trustee for the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation since 1995. He has carried out research on behalf of the Ford Foundation, the Guy Anderson Foundation, and the American Bar Foundation, among others. He is the co-author of six books, and the author of numerous papers and articles in fields relating to both law and education. The recipient of a number of awards and honors, he was a Mellon Fellow for the Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies and a W.K. Kellogg Fellow. In 1994 he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from University of Utah, and in 1994 he received the same award from Teachers College, Columbia University.

  • Joseph Ajello – Team Chief, Galileo UV Spectrometer Experiment/Jet Propulsion Lab
  • Dr. Richard Blankenbecler – Professor Emeritus, Stanford, renowned work with Stanford Linear Accelerator Center
  • Dr. Tom Bonner* – President, Wayne State University
  • Gene C. Crume – President, Judson University
  • John A. DiBiaggio – President, Tufts University
  • Nick Dunagan – Chancellor, University of Tennessee-Martin
  • Dr. Benjamin B. Graves* – Past President, Millsaps College and University of Alabama-Huntsville
  • John R. Hargrave – President, East Central University
  • Dr. Walter L. Harrison – President, University of Hartford
  • Dr. James D. Hoskins* – Former President, University of Tennessee
  • David L. Jorns – Former President, Eastern Illinois University
  • Dr. Matthew A. Klein – Dean, College of Arts & Sciences, Ferris State University
  • William Mankin – Senior Scientist, National Center for Atmospheric Research
  • Thomas McGraw – Pulitzer Prize Winner
  • Dr. Allen C. Meadors – President, University of Central Arkansas
  • Wayne L. Morse* – Former Dean, University of Oregon
  • Dr. William R. Nester* – Chancellor Emeritus, University of Nebraska-Kearney
  • Dr. John Lloyd Newcomb* – Former President, University of Virginia
  • Dr. J. Michael Ortiz – President, California Polytechnic State University – Pomona
  • W. Taylor Reveley, Jr.* – Former President, Hampden-Sydney College
  • Eldridge W. Roark, Jr.* – Former National President, Omicron Delta Kappa
  • Cecil O. Samuelson – President, Brigham Young University
  • Dr. Otis A. Singletary, Jr.* – Former President, University of Kentucky
  • W. Christian Sizemore – Chancellor, William Jewel College
  • Dr. Samuel H. Smith, President Emeritus, Washington State University
  • Dr. Andrew A. Sorensen – Former President, The University of South Carolina
  • Edwin B. Strong, Jr. – President, Culver-Stockton College
  • William P. Tolley* – Former President and Chancellor, Syracuse University
  • Gary Trennepohl – President, Oklahoma State University-Tulsa
  • Michael Turner – President, Southeastern Oklahoma State University
  • Robert F. Vagt – President, Davidson College
  • Glen Weissenberger – Dean of DePaul University School of Law
  • William H. Willimon – Dean of Chapel at Duke University and professor of theology; author * deceased


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