Graduate School

The University of Mississippi

Alumni Notes

At the University of Mississippi Graduate School, we have a rich legacy of students who have gone forward and succeeded in their fields. Here are some notable alumni. You can be listed as well. Just complete the Alumni Notes Submission form.

Warner Alford (BBA 60, MA 66)

  • Member of Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame
  • Ole Miss Sports Hall of Fame
  • Football team captain of 1960 National Championship squad
  • Ole Miss athletics director (1978-94)
  • Executive director of the Ole Miss Alumni Association (2004-2008)

John Armistead (MA 87)

  • Author of three mystery novels and two novels for teenagers
  • Accomplished painter

Nadim M. Aziz   (BSCE 78, MS 80, PhD 84)

  • Department chair and professor of civil engineering, Clemson University

Brooke Bagley   (BM 03, MM 05)

  • Fulbright Scholar

Bill Beckwith II (MFA 76)

  • Sculptor whose works include statues of William Faulkner on the Square in Oxford and Jefferson Davis at the Beauvoir Presidential Library in Biloxi

Hank Bounds (PhD 00)

  • Mississippi Commissioner of Higher Education, 2009-
  • Mississippi Superintendent of Education, 2005-2009

Denver Brackeen (BSHPE 55, MED 56)

  • Member of Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame
  • Ole Miss Sports Hall of Fame
  • Led the SEC in scoring in 1955
  • Consensus All-America selection in 1955
  • Played three seasons for the New York Knicks
  • Was assistant adjutant general of the Mississippi National Guard

Van Chancellor (MED 74)

  • Member of Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame
  • Ole Miss Sports Hall of Fame
  • Compiled a 439-154 record during 19 years as head basketball coach of the Ole Miss Lady Rebels, leading the team to 14 NCAA Tournament appearances
  • Led U.S. team to 2004 Olympic Gold Medal

Roland Dale (BSHPE 49, MED 51)

  • Member of Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame
  • Ole Miss Sports Hall of Fame
  • Served as assistant football coach (1960-71) on some of the greatest teams in Rebel history
  • Served as athletics director at Southern Mississippi

J.W. (Wobble) Davidson (BSHPE 42, MED 52)

  • Member of Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame
  • Ole Miss Sports Hall of Fame
  • M-Club Scholarship at Ole Miss is named in his honor
  • Served as assistant football coach (1942; 1945-68) on some of the greatest teams in Rebel history

John (Kayo) Dottley (BSHPE 50, MED 51)

  • Member of Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame
  • Ole Miss Sports Hall of Fame
  • Ole Miss Team of the Century
  • First team All-America selection
  • Only player in Ole Miss football history to rush for more than 1,000 yards in two seasons
  • Played three years with the NFL Chicago Bears

William Dunlap (MFA 69)

  • Artist whose prolific body of work includes “Panorama of the American Landscape,” a 112-foot cyclorama for the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

Charles Daniel Goodgame   (BA 75, MA 84)

  • Rhodes Scholar

R. Glynn Holt   (BS 82, PhD 88)

  • NASA payload specialist (alternate) crew member for the Second United States Microgravity Laboratory, which flew aboard the space shuttle Columbia in 1995
  • Professor of physics, Boston University

Dan Jordan (BA 60, MA 62)

  • Executive director of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation
  • Scholar in Residence at the University of Virginia

Pedro Lecca (PhD 71)

  • Dean Emeritus of the Howard University College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Health Sciences

Alan McKay (MS 78, PhD 80)

  • Dean and professor of pharmacy administration, Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy, Shenandoah University

The Hon. John Palmer (MBA 59)

  • Head of Skytel Communications
  • Former U.S. ambassador to Portugal

George Barney Poole (BSHPE 48, MA 49)

  • Member of College Football Hall of Fame
  • Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame
  • Ole Miss Sports Hall of Fame
  • Helms Athletic Foundation Hall of Fame
  • Ole Miss Team of the Century
  • First team All-America selection at both Ole Miss and Army
  • Member of  “The Pooles of Ole Miss” and shares the honor of having a street on the Ole Miss campus named in their honor
  • Played professional football five years

Ray S. Poole (BSHPE 47, MA 50)

  • Member of Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame
  • Ole Miss Sports Hall of Fame
  • Member of  “The Pooles of Ole Miss” and shares the honor of having a street on the Ole Miss campus named in their honor
  • Played six years in the NFL with the New York Giants and also two years in the CFL

Ken Roberts (PhD 75)

  • Dean of the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy

Pedro “Pete” Rodriguez (PhD 97)

  • Director of the test laboratory in the Engineering Directorate at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center
  • Led the solid rocket booster accident investigation team following the Space Shuttle Columbia accident in February 2003
  • Inventor of a portable, battery-operated lift seat for people suffering from arthritis

Farid Sadik (PhD 68)

  • Dean of the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy and professor of pharmaceutics

Jeanne Shaheen   (MSS 73)

  • Governor of New Hampshire, 1996-2002
  • Director, Harvard University’s Institute of Politics
  • U.S. senator for New Hampshire, 2009-

David Slatkin (MS 71, PhD 72)

  • Dean and professor of pharmaceutical sciences at the Midwestern University College of Pharmacy in Glendale, Ill.

Mickey Smith (PhD 64)

  • Frederick A.P. Barnard Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Pharmacy Administration at the University of Mississippi
  • Research Professor Emeritus in the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Davis Temple Jr. (BSPh 66, PhD 69)

  • Retired vice president for central nervous system research, Bristol Myers Squibb Co.
  • Nationally recognized expert in a wide range of neuroscience-related areas, including depression, Alzheimer’s, and memory

T. Paul Teng  (MSCE 66)

  • Director, Office of Infrastructure R&D, Federal Highway Administration

Patrick Smith (BA 47, MA 59)

  • Renowned artist, historian and author
  • Three-time nominee for Pulitizer Prize, 1973,1974, 1978
  • 1985 nominee for Nobel Prize for Literature

Ella Torrey (MA 84)

  • Late president of the San Francisco Art Institute
  • Founder of Pew Fellowship in art

Glennray Tutor (MFA 76)

  • Artist known for popular town and city scenes

Nancy Van de Vate (MM 58)

  • Orchestral composer whose works include “Chernobyl,” “Der Herrscher und das Maedchen” and “In the Shadow of the Glen”
  • Resides in Vienna, where she was granted dual citizenship by the Austrian government in recognition of her accomplishments

Chun-Tsung Wang   (MSCE 66)

  • Former president of National Taiwan Ocean University