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Lists of notable alumni, faculty, and current students of the George Washington University.

Notable alumniEdit


  • Derek Curtis Bok (1958), President - Harvard University
  • Scott S. Cowen (1975), President - Tulane University
  • Walter Bortz, President, Hampden-Sydney College


  • Kun-Hee Lee (MBA), Chairman of Samsung Group
  • Abby Joseph Cohen, Managing Director of Goldman Sachs
  • Anousheh Ansari (M.S., 1992), entrepreneur & patroness of private space flight. First female space tourist.
  • Pedro Heilbron (MBA) CEO of Copa Holdings, S.A.

Elected officialsEdit

  • Jason Altmire (1998), US Representative from Pennsylvania
  • Ross "Rocky" Anderson (JD 1978), current mayor of Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Bob Barr (1972), former US Representative from Georgia
  • Helen Delich Bentley, former US Representative from Maryland, 1985-1995
  • Michael Bilirakis (1960), US Representative from Florida
  • Eric Cantor (1985), US Representative from Virginia
  • Mel Carnahan (1955), Governor of Missouri
  • Jean Carnahan (1955), US Senator from Missouri
  • Kent Conrad (1975), US Senator from North Dakota
  • Larry Craig (1970), US Senator from Idaho
  • John James Duncan, Jr. (1973), US Representative from Tennessee
  • Randall Edwards (MBA 1990), Oregon State Treasurer
  • Michael B. Enzi (1966), US Senator from Wyoming
  • J. William Fulbright (1934, 1959), US Senator from Arkansas
  • Dan Glickman (JD 1969), former US Representative from Kansas
  • Daniel Inouye (JD 1952), US Senator from Hawaii
  • Steve Israel (1985), US Representative from New York
  • Samuel R. Johnson (1974), US Representative from Texas
  • Blair Lee I (1882), US Senator from Maryland, 1914 - 1917
  • Tim Mahoney (1983), US Representative from Florida
  • Jim Ramstad (1973), US Representative from Minnesota
  • Harry Reid (JD 1964), US Senator from Nevada, Senate Majority Leader
  • George W. Romney (attended 1929-30), Governor of Michigan
  • Christopher B. Shank, (1998), Maryland House of Delegates.* Gladys Noon Spellman, Maryland Congresswoman, 1975-1981
  • Cliff Stearns (1963), US Representative from Florida
  • Robert Wexler (1985), US Representative from Florida
  • Mark Warner (1977), former Governor of Virginia


  • Casey Affleck (attended), actor Ocean's Eleven, Ocean's Twelve
  • Angela Aki (2000), singer-songwriter (of Final Fantasy XII fame)
  • Alec Baldwin (attended 1979), actor/activist
  • Courtney Cox Arquette, the Mount Vernon College for Women
  • Dan Glickman (JD 1969), former United States Secretary of Agriculture, currently the president of the Motion Picture Association of America
  • Kerry Washington (1998), actress
  • Scott Wolf (1991), actor
  • Warren Brown (Joint JD & MA 1998), host of "Sugar Rush" on the Food Network, chef, owner of Cake Love
  • Ina Garten (MBA, attended) host of Barefoot Contessa on the Food Network, chef, owner of Barefoot Contessa fine foods
  • Haroon, Graduate in Business Administration, Pakistani singer, composer, musician and engineer
  • Tommy Seigel of Jukebox the Ghost and Master Boater.

First FamilyEdit

  • Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis (1951), First Lady of President of the United States John F. Kennedy
  • Margaret Truman Daniel (1946, 1975), author and daughter of US President Harry S. Truman
  • Lynda Bird Johnson (attended 1965), daughter of US President Lyndon Johnson
  • D. Jeffrey Carter (1978), son of US President Jimmy Carter


  • Charles W. Colson, chief counsel for US President Richard Nixon, spent time in prison for his part in the Watergate scandal
  • Allen Dulles (1920), Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
  • John Foster Dulles (1912), US Secretary of State
  • W. Mark Felt (1940), Associate Director - FBI, "Deep Throat" informant
  • Dan Glickman (JD 1969), former Secretary of Agriculture
  • J. Edgar Hoover (1916, 1917, 1935), Director - Federal Bureau of Investigation Noted closet "Bone" Smuggler.
  • Patrick J. Hurley (1912, 1932), US Secretary of War
  • Leon Jaworski (1926), Special Prosecutor for the Watergate hearings
  • Stephen L. Johnson (M.S.), Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency 2005-present
  • Kenneth P. Moritsugu, M.D. 1971- Surgeon General of the United States (August 2006-present)[1]
  • Susan Schwab, United States Trade Representative
  • John W. Snow (1967), former US Secretary of the Treasury
  • Kenneth W. Starr (1968), United States Solicitor General, and Independent Counsel during the Whitewater and Monica Lewinsky scandals
  • Travis Korson (1982), Member of Congress, and Delagate to the UN

International leadersEdit

  • Ghazi Mashal Ajil al-Yawer, Interim President of Iraq
  • Ashley Slye, President of the Republic of Oil City
  • Syngman Rhee (1907, 1954), first President of South Korea
  • His Majesty King Mohammed VI of Morocco (2000), Honoris Causa Degree for his efforts to expand the scope of democracy in the Kingdom of Morocco
  • Kenkichi Kodera (1900, 1901), key Japanese pan-Asianist writer; expert on Western law; mayor of Kobe
  • Maximo Kalaw (1916), noted Philippine nationalist, political scientist, novelist
  • Henrique Valle, Deputy Ambassador of Brazil to the United Nations
  • Elizabeth Ogbon (1977), first female ambassador of Nigeria to West Germany and the Philippines
  • Philip Jaisohn (So Chae-p'il) (M.D., 1892), Korean nationalist, first Korean to get a medical degree in the United States.
  • Jose Abad Santos (1909), Chief Justice of the Philippine Supreme Court
  • Mikhail Saakashvili (1995), President of Georgia 2003-Present
  • Eric Denman (B.S., M.S.), Prime Minister of the Republic of Sausage
  • Omar Ayub Khan (BA, MBA) Current Pakistani Minister of State for Finance. His father , Gohar Ayub Khan, is the former Foreign Minister of Pakistan and his grandfather, Field Marshal Muhammad Ayub Khan, was the president of Pakistan from 1958-1969.


  • Carlos F. Lucero (1964), first Hispanic Judge - US 10th circuit court of appeals
  • William Barr (1977), US Attorney General
  • Glenn Greenwald (1990), Prominent legal blogger and author.
  • Luna Ross (2002), Youngest member of the 9th court of appeals, Kentucky
  • London Steverson (1977), Federal Administrative Law Judge with the Office of Hearings and Appeals, Social Security Administration


  • Dana Bash, CNN White House correspondent
  • Rowland Evans (1951), news commentator from CNN's Evans, Novak, Hunt and Shields
  • Chuck Todd (1991), NBC News political director
  • Brian Williams, attended but transferred to The Catholic University of America, NBC Nightly News Anchor


  • L. Ron Hubbard (attended 1930-1932), author and founder of the Church of Scientology
  • George Murry, SJ Bishop of St. Thomas, VI
  • Gideon Y. Zelermyer (1997), Cantor, Congregation Shaar Hashomayim, Westmount, Quebec, Canada


  • Captain Michael Coats (1977), astronaut and Space Shuttle Commander
  • Michael Griffin, NASA Administrator
  • Howard Judd, menopause expert and medical researcher


  • Arnold J. 'Red' Auerbach (1940, 1941), President/coach - Boston Celtics
  • Yinka Dare (attended 1993-1994), basketball player, New Jersey Nets
  • David Falk (J.D., 1975), sports agent
  • John Flaherty (1988), catcher, New York Yankees
  • Wayne Hart (1912), member of the All-South Atlantic football team for four years; coached the Washington Vigilants professional football team in 1913 and did not lose a game; coached at Clemson Agricultural College for one season in 1916.
  • Randy Levine (B.A., 1977), President, New York Yankees
  • Lubomir Kavalek (1975), Chess Grandmaster
  • Sam Perlozzo (1973), former manager, Baltimore Orioles...Now third base coach Seattle Mariners
  • Abe Pollin (1945), owner/chairman - Washington Wizards & Washington Capitals
  • Jerry Reinsdorf (1957), owner - Chicago White Sox & Chicago Bulls
  • Chet Simmons (1950), founder of ESPN
  • Theodore N. Lerner (1948), owner - Washington Nationals
  • Michael O'Connor (2002), baseball pitcher - Washington Nationals
  • Pops Mensah-Bonsu (2006), basketball forward - Benetton Treviso
  • Mike Hall (2006), basketball forward - Washington Wizards, free agent
  • J. R. Pinnock (2006), basketball guard - Rio Grande Valley Vipers

United States ambassadors and diplomatsEdit

  • H. F. Arthur Schoenfeld (1911), Minister to Dominican Republic, Finland, and Hungary
  • Rudolf E. Schoenfeld (1917), Minister to Romania, Ambassador to Guatemala, and Colombia
  • Edward "Skip" Gnehm (1966/1968), Ambassador to Jordan, Kuwait and Australia
  • Joseph W. Prueher (1973), Ambassador to China
  • Thomas J. Dodd, Junior (1966), Ambassador to Uruguay & Costa Rica
  • Thomas A. Loftus (1975), Ambassador to Norway
  • Sarah J. Wagner (2000), Ambassador to Fiji
  • Thomas A. McDonald (1976), Ambassador to Zimbabwe
  • David H. Shinn (1980), Ambassador to Ethiopia & Burkina Faso
  • William Dale Montgomery (1972), Ambassador to Croatia, Bulgaria, Serbia and Montenegro
  • Edward T. DeJarnette (1978), Ambassador to Angola & Tanzania
  • Amelia E. Shippy (1977), Ambassador to Malawi
  • Everett E. Briggs (1972), Ambassador to Portugal
  • Tibor P. Nagy (1978), Ambassador to Ethiopia
  • Donald K. Bandler (1979), Ambassador to Cyprus
  • Michael Myron Einik (1972), Ambassador to Finland
  • William Tapley Bennett Jr. (1941), Permanent Representative to NATO

United States Armed ForcesEdit

  • General Peter Pace, MBA, United States Marine Corps, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, 2005-
  • Major General Billy Mitchell (1919, but received degree as part of "class of 1899", having dropped out to serve in the Spanish-American War), advocate of air power in the military
  • General John W. Vessey, Jr., (1966), Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • General John M. Shalikashvili (1970), Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • General Colin Powell (MBA 1971), United States Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • Admiral Thad Allen (MPA), Commandant of the Coast Guard 2006–Present
  • Admiral John B. Hayes (M.A.) Commandant of the Coast Guard (Ret.) 1978—1982
  • Captain Edward L. Beach (M.A.)


  • William P. Magee (M.D., 1972), co-founder - Operation Smile
  • Irving Pinsley (M.D., 1926), pioneer of electroshock therapy application and occupational therapy
  • Frank Robinson (Honorary Doctor of Public Service degree), Baseball Hall of Famer, manager of the Washington Nationals
  • André Remondet (Diploma), former Chief Architect of Public Buildings (France) - Grand Prix de Rome Winner
  • George Herbert Walker Bush, (Honorary Doctor of Public Service degree), President of the United States
  • Barbara Bush (Honorary Doctor of Public Service degree), First Lady of the United States
  • Marilyn C. Solvay (M.A., Teaching in Museum Education, 1976) Museum Director, Art-Historian, Professor, Author, and Scholar
  • Rachel Zoe, celebrity fashion stylist
  • Jonathan D. Katz, (B.A., Philosophy/Art, 1981), founder, Queer Nation San Francisco
  • Chris Kilmore, turntablist for the band Incubus
  • Neil Portnow, President of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences which hands out the Grammy Awards
  • Dave Miranda, Creator, Matzah-Brie Catering Services (Premier Kosher Catering Service in Northeastern Ohio

Notable facultyEdit

  • George Gamow (1934-1954), physicist and cosmologist
  • Edward Teller (1935-1941), nuclear physicist and father of the hydrogen bomb
  • Jonathan "Television" Turley, Shapiro Chair for Public Interest Law and frequent guest on news programs. Indeed, his appearances are so in demand he hardly finds time to teach his classes.
  • Elizabeth Glass Geltman, Professor of Law
  • James N. Rosenau, former president of the International Studies Association
  • Amitai Etzioni, former president of the American Sociological Association
  • Seyyed Hossein Nasr, founder and first president of the Imperial Iranian Academy of Philosophy
  • Edward "Skip" Gnehm, former US Ambassador to Jordan, Kuwait and Australia
  • Lee Sigelman, Editor of the American Political Science Review.
  • Dr. Thomas Sewall, anatomist and founding member of medical department.
  • Leon Fuerth, former National Security Adviser to Vice President Al Gore
  • Lawrence Wilkerson, former Chief of Staff to United States Secretary of State Colin Powell
  • Yvonne Captain-Hidalgo, Executive Director Phi Beta Delta Honor Society
  • John Logsdon, member of Columbia Accident Investigation Board, NASA Advisory Council
  • Judith Butler, former assistant Professor of Philosophy
  • Steven V. Roberts, journalist, writer, commentator.
  • Congressman Tom Cole, Oklahoma Congressman from the 4th District.
  • Zalmi Azmi, current CIO of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Cecil Jacobson, rogue fertility doctor. [2]
  • Frank Sesno, CNN Special Correspondent
  • Karl Inderfurth, former Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs
  • Thomas E. McNamara, former Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs
  • Eric Newsom, former Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs
  • Lynda Maddox, Professor of Marketing and Advertising, past chair of the academic division of the American Advertising Federation
  • Pedro Rossello, Professor of Global Health. Former Governor of Puerto Rico.


  • William Staughton (1821-1827)
  • Stephen Chapin (1828-1841)
  • Joel Smith Bacon (1843-1854)
  • Joseph Getchell Binney (1855-1858)
  • George Whitefield Samson (1859-1871)
  • James Clarke Welling (1871-1894)
  • Samuel Harrison Greene (1894-1895)
  • Benaiah L. Whitman (1895-1900)
  • Samuel Harrison Greene (1900-1902)
  • Charles Willis Needham (1902-1910)
  • Charles Herbert Stockton (1910-1918)
  • William Miller Collier (1918-1921)
  • Howard L. Hodgkins (1921-1923) [first President that was a GWU Alumnus]
  • William Mather Lewis (1923-1927)
  • Cloyd Heck Marvin (1927-1959)
  • Oswald Symister Colclough (1959-1961)
  • Thomas Henry Carroll (1961-1964)
  • Lloyd Hartman Elliott (1965-1988)
  • Stephen Joel Trachtenberg (1988-2007)
  • Steven Knapp (2007 - Present)


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