Notable Austin Peay Alumni
Austin Peay alumni have gained success in many fields, including
business, art, science, entertainment and athletics. Here are just a few.
Wayne H. Pace (’68), Executive Vice
President and Chief Financial Officer of Time
Phil Sanford (‘78),
Former Chair of the Board and CEO of The
Dr. J. Lannett
Edwards (’89), did postdoctoral
research in cloning under Dr. Ian Wilmut, who became
famous for cloning Dolly the sheep.
David Hackworth (’64),
the late author and Army colonel, served as an
in-the-field reporter for "Newsweek"
and, because of his intelligence and expertise, was
a regular guest on MSNBC’s "Hardball with
Dr. Monte A. Gates
(’89), Boston, is conducting research on
the brain’s circuits at Harvard Medical
Center, Division of Neuroscience.
Dr. Peggy Meszaros
(’62), provost and senior vice
president of Virginia Polytechnic Institute
and State University—highest ranking female
administrator in Virginia Tech’s history.
The Hon. Mary C.
Noble (’71,’75), Lexington, Ky., is the
first woman to hold the position as chief
judge of the Fayette Circuit Court in the court’s
Peter Minetos (’89),
president of Diversified Computer Solutions, thecomputer troubleshooters for the Broadcast Center of
the 1994 World Cup and the 1996 Olympic Games.
- Paula Wall (’76), author of "My
Love is Free But the Rest of Me Don’t Come Cheap" and "If I were a Man,
I’d Marry Me." Her syndicated column "Off the Wall" is printed in
newspapers across the nation. Its success won her the 1996 "Best
Humor Columnist" title by the National Society of Newspaper
- Valerie Moore (’71), underwater
dive expert and writer, was the technologies director, co-expedition
leader and documentarian for film director James Cameron for his
film "Titanic." Moore collaborated with the crew of the Russian
ship Keldysh as well as the Hollywood film crew.
- Bob Harper, fitness
trainer on NBC's "The Biggest Loser," Harper has become one of the most
credible and sought-after motivational experts on television.
- James "Fly" Williams, 1970's streetball and
ABA basketball legend.
- Bonnie Sloan (‘73), the first Austin Peay Governor to play in the National Football League and the first deaf player to play in the NFL.
- Percy Howard (‘75), former APSU basketball player,
played wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys (1975). He caught a 34-yard
TD pass in Super Bowl X for his only career NFL catch.
- Jeff Gooch (‘96), NFL player for Tampa Bay Buccaneers
and Detroit Lions (1996-2004)
- Charles "Bubba" Wells (‘97), NBA player with Chicago Bulls and Phoenix
- Trenton Hassell (‘01), NBA player with Minnesota Timberwolves, Dallas
Mavericks and New Jersey Nets
- George Sherrill (‘99), relief pitcher for Seattle Mariners and Baltimore
Orioles. Sherrill was the first APSU hurler named to
the MLB All-Star team (2008).
- Jamie "Cat" Walker (‘92), relief pitcher for Detroit
Tigers and Baltimore Orioles.
- Jimmy Stewart (‘61), played for the Chicago Cubs,
Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds and the Houston Astros from 1963-73.
He became the first APSU alum to play both in a Division League
championship series and the World Series (1970, Reds).
- Michael Swift ('97), played cornerback in the NFL for San Diego (1997), Carolina (1999) and Jacksonville (2000).
- A.J. Ellis (‘03), catcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers.