37 Notable alumni of
Abilene Christian University

Abilene Christian University is 1135th in the world, 410th in North America, and 385th in the United States by aggregated alumni prominence. Below is the list of 37 notable alumni from Abilene Christian University sorted by their wiki pages popularity. The directory includes famous graduates and former students along with research and academic staff.

  1. Daniel Johnston

    Daniel Johnston
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1961-2019 (aged 58)
    Occupations
    musiciansingerguitaristsinger-songwriterpainter
    Biography

    Daniel Dale Johnston was an American singer-songwriter and visual artist regarded as a significant figure in outsider, lo-fi, and alternative music scenes. Most of his work consisted of cassettes recorded alone in his home, and his music was frequently cited for its "pure" and "childlike" qualities.

  2. Art Briles

    Art Briles
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1955-.. (age 67)
    Occupations
    American football player
    Biography

    Arthur Ray Briles is an American football coach. Briles was the head coach of the Houston Cougars from 2002 to 2007 and the Baylor Bears from 2008 to 2015. His college coaching career ended with his dismissal from the team in 2015 as a result of the Baylor University sexual assault scandal. He is the author of Beating Goliath: My Story of Football and Faith (2014). He is the subject of a biography written by Nick Eatman entitled Looking Up: My Journey from Tragedy to Triumph (2013).

  3. Max Lucado

    Max Lucado
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1955-.. (age 67)
    Occupations
    theologianwriter
    Biography

    Max Lucado is an American author and minister at Oak Hills Church (formerly the Oak Hills Church of Christ) in San Antonio, Texas.

  4. Ronnie Dunn

    Ronnie Dunn
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1953-.. (age 69)
    Occupations
    singersinger-songwriter
    Biography

    Ronald Gene Dunn is an American country music singer-songwriter and record executive. Starting in 2011, Dunn has worked as a solo artist following the temporary dissolution of Brooks & Dunn. He released his self-titled debut album for Arista Nashville on June 7, 2011, reaching the Top 10 with its lead-off single "Bleed Red". In 2013, after leaving Arista Nashville in 2012, Dunn founded Little Will-E Records. On April 8, 2014, Ronnie Dunn released his second solo album, Peace, Love, and Country Music through his Little Will-E Records. On November 11, 2016, he released his third album Tattooed Heart on NASH Icon label. His fourth album Re-Dunn was released on January 10, 2020.

  5. Jeev Milkha Singh

    Jeev Milkha Singh
    Born in
    India Flag India
    Years
    1971-.. (age 51)
    Occupations
    golfer
    Biography

    Jeev Milkha Singh is an Indian professional golfer who became the first player from India to join the European Tour in 1998. He has won four events on the European Tour, becoming the most successful Indian on tour. He was the first Indian golfer to break into the top 100 of the Official World Golf Ranking in October 2006. The Government of India awarded him the civilian honour of Padma Shri in 2007.

  6. Aaron Watson

    Aaron Watson
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1977-.. (age 45)
    Occupations
    singersinger-songwriter
    Biography

    James Aaron Watson is an American country music singer and songwriter. Active since 1999, Watson has recorded several independent albums in his career. His 2015 album The Underdog reached No. 1 on Top Country Albums that year, and in 2017, Watson had his first major radio airplay hit with "Outta Style", which reached top 10 on Country Airplay.

  7. Ted Poe

    Ted Poe
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1948-.. (age 74)
    Enrolled in Abilene Christian University
    In 1970 graduated with Bachelor of Arts
    Occupations
    judgeteacherlawyerpolitician
    Biography

    Lloyd Theodore Poe is an American politician who represented Texas's 2nd congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 2005 to 2019. Poe was the first Republican to represent the 2nd district.

  8. Janice Hahn

    Janice Hahn
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1952-.. (age 70)
    Enrolled in Abilene Christian University
    In 1974 graduated with Bachelor of Science
    Occupations
    politicianteacher
    Biography

    Janice Kay Hahn is an American politician serving as the member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors from the 4th district since 2016. A member of the Democratic Party, she was a U.S. Representative from California from 2011 to 2016, elected in the 36th congressional district until 2013 and later in the 44th congressional district. She was previously a member of the Los Angeles City Council, representing the 15th district from 2001 to 2011. From 1997 to 1999, she served as an elected representative on the Los Angeles Charter Reform Commission.

  9. Bobby Morrow

    Bobby Morrow
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1935-2020 (aged 85)
    Occupations
    woodworkerfarmerathletics competitorsprinter
    Biography

    Bobby Joe Morrow was an American sprinter who won three gold medals at the 1956 Olympics. He has been called "the dominant sprinter of the 1950s" and "the most relaxed sprinter of all time, even more so than his hero Jesse Owens".

  10. Wilbert Montgomery

    Wilbert Montgomery
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1954-.. (age 68)
    Occupations
    American football player
    Biography

    Wilbert Montgomery is an American former professional football player who was a running back in the National Football League (NFL) for nine years with the Philadelphia Eagles and Detroit Lions. He was also the running backs and tight ends coach for St. Louis Rams (1997–2005), the running backs coach for the Lions (2006–2007), the running backs coach for the Baltimore Ravens (2008–2013), and the running backs coach for the Cleveland Browns (2014–2015).

  11. Robert L. Pitman

    Robert L. Pitman
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1962-.. (age 60)
    Occupations
    judgelawyer
    Biography

    Robert Lee Pitman is an American attorney and jurist who serves as a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas and former United States Attorney for the Western District of Texas. He was previously a United States Magistrate Judge of the same court.

  12. Ove Johansson

    Ove Johansson
    Born in
    Sweden Flag Sweden
    Years
    1948-.. (age 74)
    Occupations
    American football player
    Biography

    Ove Claes Johansson is a former American football placekicker and the current holder of the record for the longest field goal ever kicked during an American football game, at 69 yards (63 m), for Abilene Christian University in their October 16, 1976 victory over East Texas State. Johansson is the oldest player to be drafted in the NFL Draft, being 28 years, 281 days old when he was selected in the 12th round of the 1977 NFL Draft by the Houston Oilers.

  13. Clyde Gates

    Clyde Gates
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1986-.. (age 36)
    Occupations
    American football player
    Biography

    Edmond Darell "Clyde" Gates is a former American football wide receiver. Gates was drafted by the Miami Dolphins as the 111th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. He is the cousin of running backs Bernard Scott and Daryl Richardson.

  14. Louie Welch

    Louie Welch
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1918-2008 (aged 90)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Louie Welch was an American politician who served from 1964 to 1973 as the mayor of Houston, Texas.

  15. Everett Ferguson

    Everett Ferguson
    Years
    1933-.. (age 89)
    Occupations
    historian of religion
    Biography

    Everett Ferguson currently serves as Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas. He is author of numerous books on early Christian studies and served as co-editor of the Journal of Early Christian Studies.

  16. K. J. Maura

    K. J. Maura
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1995-.. (age 27)
    Occupations
    basketball player
    Biography

    Kevin "K. J." Maura Colón is a Puerto Rican professional basketball player for Cariduros de Fajardo of the Baloncesto Superior Nacional (BSN). He played college basketball for the UMBC Retrievers. A native of San Juan, he competed at the high school level with Arlington Country Day School in Jacksonville, Florida. He began his college career representing the Abilene Christian Wildcats but transferred to College of Central Florida after his freshman season. He spent his final two years of eligibility with the UMBC Retrievers, earning America East Defensive Player of the Year and All-Conference honors as a senior. Listed as a 5-foot-8, 140-pound point guard, he was measured as the lightest player in NCAA Division I basketball while at UMBC.

  17. Joe Shirley, Jr

    Joe Shirley, Jr
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1947-.. (age 75)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Joe Shirley Jr. is a Navajo politician who is the only two-term President of the Navajo Nation. He served as president from 2003 to 2011. He lives in Chinle, Arizona, and is Tódích'íi'nii, born for Tábaahá.

  18. Jeffrey S. Boyd

    Jeffrey S. Boyd
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1961-.. (age 61)
    Occupations
    judgelawyer
    Biography

    Jeffrey Scott Boyd is a member of the Texas Supreme Court, the court of last resort for civil and juvenile appeals in the State of Texas. He was appointed to Place 7 on the court by Governor Rick Perry in the fall of 2012 to fill the seat vacated by Justice Dale Wainwright, and he won a full six-year term on the court in the 2014 election.

  19. John Pilley

    John Pilley
    Years
    1928-2018 (aged 90)
    Occupations
    academicdog trainerethologist
    Biography

    John W. Pilley was an American behavioral psychologist best known for his research into canine cognition and language learning with his Border collie, Chaser, who had the largest tested memory of any non-human animal. He was a professor emeritus in the Department of Psychology at Wofford College and was an avid kayaker throughout his life. Pilley was awarded an honorary Doctor of Psychology from Wofford College in 2016.

  20. Earl Young

    Earl Young
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1941-.. (age 81)
    Occupations
    athletics competitor
    Biography

    Earl Verdelle Young is a retired American sprinter. He competed at the 1960 Olympics and won a gold medal in the 4 × 400 m relay setting a new world record at 3.02.2. He finished sixth in 400 m, in a time of 45.9 s that matched the former Olympic Record. At the 1963 Pan American Games, Young won gold medals in both 4 × 100 m and 4 × 400 m relays.

  21. Jack Pope

    Jack Pope
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1913-2017 (aged 104)
    Occupations
    judgelawyer
    Biography

    Andrew Jackson Pope Jr., known as Jack Pope, was an American judge, attorney, author and legal scholar who served as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas.

  22. Billy Olson

    Billy Olson
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1958-.. (age 64)
    Occupations
    athletics competitor
    Biography

    Billy Richard Olson is a retired American Olympic pole vaulter who held several world records, including the first 19-foot indoor pole vault. Olson finished 12th at the 1988 Summer Olympics, and was to have been part of the U.S. team for the boycotted 1980 Summer Olympics.

  23. David A. Sampson

    David A. Sampson
    Years
    1957-.. (age 65)
    Occupations
    Christian ministerchief executive officer
    Biography

    David Allan Sampson is the president and CEO of the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI), headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. He was born in Washington, Indiana. He joined PCI in September 2007.

  24. Sally Gary

    Sally Gary
    Years
    1961-.. (age 61)
    Occupations
    lawyer
    Biography

    Sally Gary is a Christian speaker and author on faith and sexuality. She is founder of CenterPeace, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that fosters belonging for LGBTQ people in the Church, as well as provides resources for Christian leaders, parents, and organizations to respond in Christ-like ways to the LGBTQ community. Gary is the subject of the 2020 biographical documentary Loves God, Likes Girls by Film Mavericks.

  25. Omar Truman Burleson

    Omar Truman Burleson
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1906-1991 (aged 85)
    Occupations
    special agentlawyersecretarypolitician
    Biography

    Omar Truman Burleson was an attorney, judge, FBI agent and veteran of World War II when he was first elected in 1946 as a Democratic U.S. Representative from Texas's 17th congressional district. He was re-elected to Congress from this rural district for more than 30 years, resigning in December 1978 rather than run again for office.

  26. Lindley Beckworth

    Lindley Beckworth
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1913-1984 (aged 71)
    Occupations
    judgeteacherlawyerpolitician
    Biography

    Lindley Garrison Beckworth Sr. was an American judge and politician who served as a United States Representative from Texas and a Judge of the United States Customs Court.

  27. Royce Money

    Royce Money
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1942-.. (age 80)
    Occupations
    academic
    Biography

    Royce Lynn Money is an American academic administrator who served as president of Abilene Christian University) from 1991 to 2010, whereupon he became Chancellor. He was succeeded as president by Phil Schubert.

  28. Vitamin Smith

    Vitamin Smith
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1923-2000 (aged 77)
    Occupations
    American football player
    Biography

    Verda T. "Vitamin" Smith, Jr. was a National Football League (NFL) running back for the Los Angeles Rams from 1949 through 1953.

  29. B. F. Sisk

    B. F. Sisk
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1910-1995 (aged 85)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Bernice Frederic Sisk was an American politician who served as a Congressman from California from 1955 to 1979. He was a Democrat.

  30. Garrett Harencak

    Garrett Harencak
    Occupations
    military officer
    Biography

    Major General Garrett Harencak is the Commander of the U.S. Air Force Recruiting Service. Previously, he served as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear Integration, Headquarters U. S. Air Force. Prior this position, Harencak served as commander of the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center, Air Force Material Command at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico. The AFNWC is responsible for the entire scope of U.S. Air Force nuclear weapons support functions and in addition to its headquarters at Kirtland, comprises several other units in the U.S and abroad.

  31. Cline Paden

    Cline Paden
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1919-2007 (aged 88)
    Occupations
    missionary
    Biography

    Cline Rex Paden was a prominent Churches of Christ evangelist and missionary who, in 1962, founded what became the Sunset International Bible Institute in Lubbock, Texas. The institute offers college-style instruction in Lubbock and a series of satellite schools in forty-six states and in such countries as Austria, Bahamas, Belarus, Bermuda, Canada, Cuba, El Salvador, England, Germany, Ghana, Guyana, Indonesia, Lithuania, Mexico, Nigeria, Philippines, Russia, South Africa, and Trinidad. Such schools allow individuals to study the Bible in depth with instruction adapted to their schedules and particular circumstances.

  32. Robert Dean Hunter

    Robert Dean Hunter
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1928-.. (age 94)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Robert Dean Hunter, known as Robert D. Hunter or Bob Hunter, is a retired vice president at Church of Christ-affiliated Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas, and a Republican former member of the Texas House of Representatives, in which from 1986 to 2007 he represented District 71.

  33. Tonto Coleman

    Tonto Coleman
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1907-1973 (aged 66)
    Occupations
    American football player
    Biography

    Arthur Marvin "Tonto" Coleman was an American football coach and college athletics administrator. He served as the head football coach at Abilene Christian University from 1942 to 1949, compiling a record of 28–15–2. After working as an assistant football coach at the University of Florida and the Georgia Institute of Technology, Coleman was appointed the commission of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) in 1966, a position he filled until 1972.

  34. Bob McLeod

    Bob McLeod
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1938-.. (age 84)
    Occupations
    American football player
    Biography

    Robert Don McLeod was a former professional American football player. A 6'5", 232 lbs. tight end from Abilene Christian University, McLeod was drafted by the American Football League's Houston Oilers in 1961. McLeod played 6 seasons in professional football, from 1961 to 1966.

  35. Chris Beard

    Chris Beard
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1973-.. (age 49)
    Occupations
    basketball coach
    Biography

    Chris Beard may refer to:

  36. Dudley E. Faver

    Dudley E. Faver
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1916-2011 (aged 95)
    Occupations
    military officer
    Biography

    Major General Dudley Ervin Faver was a United States Air Force major general who was director, Secretary of the Air Force Personnel Council, Washington, D.C.

  37. Kolton Kohl

    Kolton Kohl
    Years
    1998-.. (age 24)
    Occupations
    basketball player
    Biography

    Kolton Alan Kohl is an American basketball player. He played college basketball for the Abilene Christian Wildcats.