21 Notable alumni of
South Carolina State University

South Carolina State University is 1371st in the world, 499th in North America, and 470th in the United States by aggregated alumni prominence. Below is the list of 21 notable alumni from South Carolina State University sorted by their wiki pages popularity. The directory includes famous graduates and former students along with research and academic staff.

  1. Jim Clyburn

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    Jim Clyburn
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1940-.. (age 81)
    Enrolled in South Carolina State University
    In 1961 graduated with Bachelor of Science
    Occupations
    politicianteacheremployment counsellorchief executive officer
    Biography

    James Enos Clyburn is an American politician and retired educator serving as a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from South Carolina. He has served as House Majority Whip since 2019. He is a two-time Majority Whip, previously serving in the post from 2007 to 2011, and served as House Assistant Minority Leader from 2011 to 2019.

  2. Kára McCullough

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    Kára McCullough
    Born in
    Italy Flag Italy
    Years
    1991-.. (age 30)
    Occupations
    chemistphysicistmodel
    Biography

    Kára Deidra McCullough is an American beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss USA 2017. As Miss USA, McCullough represented the United States at Miss Universe 2017, where she placed in the top ten.

  3. Armstrong Williams

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    Armstrong Williams
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1959-.. (age 62)
    Occupations
    radio personalityjournalist
    Biography

    Armstrong Williams is an American political commentator, entrepreneur, author, and talk show host. Williams writes a nationally syndicated conservative newspaper column, has hosted a daily radio show, and hosts a nationally syndicated television program called The Armstrong Williams Show. He is the owner of Howard Stirk Holdings, a media company affiliated with Sinclair Broadcasting that has purchased numerous television stations. Williams is a longtime associate of former HUD Secretary and 2016 presidential candidate Ben Carson. In 2021, Williams received an honorary doctorate degree from South Carolina State University.

  4. Ernest Everett Just

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    Ernest Everett Just
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1883-1941 (aged 58)
    Occupations
    biologistzoologistuniversity teachermarine biologist
    Biography

    Ernest Everett Just was a pioneering African-American biologist, academic and science writer. Just's primary legacy is his recognition of the fundamental role of the cell surface in the development of organisms. In his work within marine biology, cytology and parthenogenesis, he advocated the study of whole cells under normal conditions, rather than simply breaking them apart in a laboratory setting.

  5. Marion Motley

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    Marion Motley
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1920-1999 (aged 79)
    Occupations
    American football player
    Biography

    Marion Motley was an American professional football player who was a fullback and linebacker for the Cleveland Browns in the All-America Football Conference (AAFC) and National Football League (NFL). He was a leading pass-blocker and rusher in the late 1940s and early 1950s, and ended his career with an average of 5.7 yards per carry, a record for running backs that still stands. A versatile player who possessed both quickness and size, Motley was a force on both offense and defense. Fellow Hall of Fame running back Joe Perry once called Motley "the greatest all-around football player there ever was".

  6. Benjamin Mays

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    Benjamin Mays
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1894-1984 (aged 90)
    Occupations
    pastorwriter
    Biography

    Benjamin Elijah Mays was an American Baptist minister and American rights leader who is credited with laying the intellectual foundations of the American civil rights movement. Mays taught and mentored many influential activists, including Martin Luther King Jr, Julian Bond, Maynard Jackson, and Donn Clendenon, among others. His rhetoric and intellectual pursuits focused on Black self-determination. Mays' commitment to social justice through nonviolence and civil resistance were cultivated from his youth through the lessons imbibed from his parents and eldest sister. The peak of his public influence coincided with his nearly three-decade tenure as the sixth president of Morehouse College, a historically black institution of higher learning, in Atlanta, Georgia.

  7. Joe Thomas

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    Joe Thomas
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1991-.. (age 30)
    Occupations
    American football player
    Biography

    Joe Lewis Thomas Jr. is an American football linebacker for the Houston Texans of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at South Carolina State, and was signed by the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent in 2014.

  8. Houston Person

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    Houston Person
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1934-.. (age 87)
    Occupations
    jazz musiciansaxophonistrecording artist
    Biography

    Houston Person is an American jazz tenor saxophonist and record producer. Although he has performed in the hard bop and swing genres, he is most experienced in and best known for his work in soul jazz. He received the Eubie Blake Jazz Award in 1982.

  9. Rafael Bush

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    Rafael Bush
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1987-.. (age 34)
    Occupations
    American football player
    Biography

    Rafael Bush is a former American football safety who played nine seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at South Carolina State and was signed by the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted free agent in 2010. He has also played for the Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, New Orleans Saints, and Buffalo Bills.

  10. Stephen Twitty

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    Stephen Twitty
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1963-.. (age 58)
    Occupations
    soldier
    Biography

    Stephen M. Twitty is a retired lieutenant general in the United States Army. Twitty assumed command of First United States Army on July 15, 2016, relinquishing command to become deputy commander of United States European Command on 9 August 2018. Previously, he was commanding general of Fort Bliss and the 1st Armored Division. Twitty was awarded the Silver Star during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Noted for his relationship with journalist David Bloom, who was embedded with his battalion during the invasion of Iraq in 2003. He has served in five combat deployments, including tours in the Gulf War, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Kuwait. He has commanded at the company, battalion, and brigade level during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Twitty is a graduate of South Carolina State University and a member of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity. He was inducted into the South Carolina State University ROTC Hall of Fame in 2009, and selected as one of the University's Distinguished Alumni in 2004.

  11. Alma Levant Hayden

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    Alma Levant Hayden
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1927-1967 (aged 40)
    Occupations
    chemist
    Biography

    Alma Levant Hayden was an American chemist, and one of the first African-American women to gain a scientist position at a science agency in Washington, D.C. She joined the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the 1950s. Hayden graduated from Howard University with a master's degree in chemistry, and became an expert in spectrophotometry, the measurement of how substances absorb light. She published work on infrared and other techniques for analyzing chemicals in a range of journals. Hayden was appointed Chief of the Spectrophotometer Research Branch in the Division of Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1963, and may have been the first African-American scientist at the FDA. Hayden came to national attention in 1963 when she led the team that exposed the common substance in Krebiozen, a long-controversial alternative and expensive drug promoted as anti-cancer.

  12. Roderick Blakney

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    Roderick Blakney
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1976-.. (age 45)
    Occupations
    basketball player
    Biography

    Roderick Bertrand Blakney is an American-born naturalized Bulgarian former professional basketball player.

  13. Gene Richards

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    Gene Richards
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1953-.. (age 68)
    Occupations
    baseball player
    Biography

    Eugene Richards Jr. is an American former Major League Baseball (MLB) outfielder. He played eight seasons in the Majors, from 1977 until 1984, for the San Diego Padres and San Francisco Giants. As a rookie with San Diego in 1977, he set a modern-day MLB rookie single-season record for stolen bases.

  14. Jay Joyner

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    Jay Joyner
    Occupations
    basketball playerbasketball coach
    Biography

    Jay Joyner is an American college basketball coach and former head coach for the North Carolina A&T Aggies men's basketball team.

  15. Clifford L. Stanley

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    Clifford L. Stanley
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1947-.. (age 74)
    Occupations
    military officer
    Biography

    Clifford Lee Stanley was the United States Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, having resigned that office in 2011.

  16. K'zell Wesson

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    K'zell Wesson
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1977-.. (age 44)
    Occupations
    basketball player
    Biography

    K'Zell Ray Wesson is an American former professional basketball player. He is 6' 7.5" (2.02 m) in height and he weighs 242 lbs. (110 kg). He plays the position of power forward-center.

  17. Ron Westray

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    Ron Westray
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1970-.. (age 51)
    Occupations
    jazz musiciancomposer
    Biography

    Ronald Kenneth Westray, Jr. is an American jazz trombonist, composer, and educator. He holds a B.A. from South Carolina State University and a Master of Arts degree from Eastern Illinois University. He has played with Marcus Roberts, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra (since its inception in 1993), and has been a regular member of the Mingus Big Band. In 2005 he joined the faculty of the University of Texas at Austin. In 2009 he was appointed to the Oscar Peterson Chair in jazz performance at York University. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest university music professors of all time.

  18. Tom Boswell

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    Tom Boswell
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1953-.. (age 68)
    Occupations
    basketball player
    Biography

    Tommy G. Boswell is a retired American professional basketball player.

  19. Andrew Hugine, Jr

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    Andrew Hugine, Jr
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1949-.. (age 72)
    Occupations
    academic
    Biography

    Andrew Hugine Jr. is an American educator and academic administrator, currently serving as the 11th President of Alabama A&M University. He was approved for the position on June 26, 2009. On June 22, 2018, the AAMU Board of Trustees extended Hugine's contract through 2023. Hugine was formerly president of South Carolina State University, his alma mater.

  20. Doris Funnye Innis

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    Doris Funnye Innis
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1933-2015 (aged 82)
    Occupations
    human rights activist
    Biography

    Doris Valdena Funnye Innis was an American writer, editor and educator, significantly in the area of civil rights. She was the editor of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) publications Rights and Reviews and CORE Magazine in the early 1970s and again in the 1980s.

  21. Henry Doctor, Jr

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    Henry Doctor, Jr
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1932-2007 (aged 75)
    Occupations
    military officer
    Biography

    Lieutenant General Henry Doctor Jr. was the Commanding General, 2nd Infantry Division, Eighth United States Army, based in South Korea. His last assignment was as The Inspector General of the U.S. Army.