Prominent Bears

Throughout the university’s history, Baylor Bears have left their mark on the world around us. Some names may surprise while others will be familiar. All have inspired us.

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Quincy AcyQuincy Acy
NBA forward
Jay AllisonJay Allison
President and CEO of Comstock Resources and the 2009 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Joel AllisonJoel Allison
President and CEO of Baylor Scott & White Health
Joe and Barbara AllbrittonJoe and Barbara Allbritton
Founder of Allbritton Communications Company, which owns and operates Politico, 2011 Baylor Legacy Award recipients, 2003 Founders Medal recipients
Robert AskinsRobert Askins
Tony-nominated playwright
Dr. Michael AttasDr. Michael Attas
Cardiologist, architect of the Medical Humanities program, 2015 Medal of Service recipient for Contributions to the Professions: Healthcare & Medicine, for extraordinary service and philanthropy to Baylor
Dr. Lori BakerDr. Lori Baker
Baylor professor of anthropology; Founder and Executive Director of the Reuniting Families Project
Crystal BernardCrystal Bernard
Singer, songwriter, actress: "Wings"
Pearl BeverlyPearl Beverly
2014 W.R. White Meritorious Service Award recipient; helping Baylor recruit, retain and graduate minority students since 1988
Bill BickleyBill Bickley
Television writer, producer, director, original show runner for "Happy Days"
Sadie Jo BlackSadie Jo Black
2010 Baylor Legacy Award recipient; 35 year assistant professor of home economics (now family and consumer sciences)
Victor BoutrosVictor Boutros
U.S. Department of Justice prosecutor, 2015 Young Alumnus of the Year
Michael BrandtMichael Brandt
Co-author of the movies "Wanted," "3:10 to Yuma" and "2 Fast, 2 Furious", producer of television's "Chicago P.D.", "Chicago Fire", and "Chicago Med", 2014 Alumnus of the Year
Wes BrazellWes Brazell
Chief Financial Officer at TearLab Corporation
Bob BrewtonBob Brewton
President and owner of Brewton Investment Corporation, 2011 Alumnus of the Year
Jay BrownJay Brown
Senior vice president and CFO of Crown Castle International; 2012 Young Alumnus of the Year
Eric BruntmyerEric Bruntmyer
President of Hardin-Simmons University
Matt BryantMatt Bryant
NFL Kicker
Bob BullockBob Bullock
Lt. Governor of Texas 1991-1999; 1995 Founders Medal recipient
David BurrowsDavid Burrows
Film and television producer, director and writer, documentarian: "America Speaks Out!" and "Walking with Freedom"
Jess CagleJess Cagle
Editor of People Magazine
Fred and Princess CameronFred and Princess Cameron
2009 Founders Medal recipients for extraordinary service and philanthropy to Baylor
Dave CampbellDave Campbell
Founder and publisher, Texas Football Magazine
Anh Anh "Joseph" Cao
First Vietnamese American elected to Congress
Richelle CareyRichelle Carey
Al Jazeera English news anchor
Brad CarsonBrad Carson
U.S. Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness
Deb McGee CarsonDeb McGee Carson
Actress: "Evan Almighty"
Carl and Thelma CaseyCarl and Thelma Casey
Gifted first computer to Baylor (IBM 1620 Data Processing System), 1989 Founders Medal recipient
George and Martha ChandlerGeorge and Martha Chandler
2015 Baylor Legacy Award recipients for extraordinary service and philanthropy to Baylor
Jimmy ChiangJimmy Chiang
Vienna Boys Choir Kapellmeister
John and Marie ChilesJohn and Marie Chiles
2011 Founders Medal recipients for extraordinary service and philanthropy to Baylor
Jerry ClementsJerry Clements
Named one of the "50 Most Influential Women in Law" in America by the National Law Journal
Jody ConradtJody Conradt
Hall of Fame women's basketball coach at the University of Texas, 1986 national champion, first women's basketball collegiate coach to reach 700 wins
Mills CoxMills Cox
1977 Founders Medal recipient; 1923 Baylor Law graduate
Ed and Denise CrenshawEd and Denise Crenshaw
Chairman of the Board of Publix Super Markets, Inc.; 2012 Baylor Legacy Award recipients
David CrowderDavid Crowder
Award-winning Christian recording artist
Harold and Ann CunninghamHarold and Ann Cunningham
Architect of "Baylor 2012", 2013 Founders Medal recipients for extraordinary service and philanthropy to Baylor
Price DanielPrice Daniel
Governor of Texas 1957-1963 and U.S. Senator from 1953-1957
Dr. Elizabeth DavisDr. Elizabeth Davis
President of Furman University
Will Davis Sr.Will Davis Sr.
Co-founder Austin Community College, 2014 Pro Texana Medal of Service recipient
Carroll DawsonCarroll Dawson
Retired NBA assistant coach and general manager
Kate McLane DimmittKate McLane Dimmitt
2014 Baylor Legacy Award recipient for extraordinary service and philanthropy to Baylor
Phil DriscollPhil Driscoll
Grammy-winning trumpet player
Jeff DunhamJeff Dunham
Award-winning ventriloquist and comedian
Jerry ElliottJerry Elliott
President and COO of Leap Wireless
Jennifer ElrodJennifer Elrod
Judge, United States Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
Randy FlaglerRandy Flagler
Actor: "Chicago Fire"
Paul and Alejandra FosterPaul and Alejandra Foster
President and CEO of Western Refining; 2012 Baylor Legacy Award recipients
Robert FulghumRobert Fulghum
Best-selling author of "All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten"
Chip and Joanna GainesChip and Joanna Gaines
Stars of HGTV's "Fixer Upper"; 2015 Alumni of the Year recipients
Chet GarnerChet Garner
Creator, producer, and host of PBS's Emmy-winning show "The Daytripper"
Ted and Sue Holt GettermanTed and Sue Holt Getterman
2010 Baylor Legacy Award recipient, 2005 Founders Medal recipients for extraordinary service and philanthropy to Baylor
Dr. Lisa GiocomoDr. Lisa Giocomo
Stanford University researcher
Bill GlassBill Glass
Former NFL Pro Bowl defensive lineman, 2013 Pro Ecclesia Medal of Service recipient
Glennis McCrary GoodrichGlennis McCrary Goodrich
1990 Founders Medal recipient for extraordinary service and philanthropy to Baylor
Demetri GoodsonDemetri Goodson
NFL Cornerback
Trey GowdyTrey Gowdy
United States House of Representatives (South Carolina)
J. Cary GrayJ. Cary Gray
2010 Alumnus of the Year, instrumental in advancing the presence and reputation of Baylor
Milton GregoryMilton Gregory
1978 Founders Medal recipient for extraordinary service and philanthropy to Baylor
Robert Griffin IIIRobert Griffin III
2011 Heisman Trophy Winner, 2012 NFL Rookie of the Year, 2012 Pro Bowl quarterback, NFL quarterback
Brittney GrinerBrittney Griner
National champion, two-time AP national player of the year, two-time Wade Trophy recipient, 1st pick overall in 2013 WNBA Draft
Giancarlo GuerreroGiancarlo Guerrero
Music Director of the Nashville Symphony; Principal Guest Conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra Miami
Philip GunnPhilip Gunn
Speaker of the Mississippi House of Representatives; 2012 Pro Texana Medal of Service recipient
Derek HaasDerek Haas
Co-author of the movies "Wanted," "3:10 to Yuma" and "2 Fast, 2 Furious", producer of television's "Chicago P.D.", "Chicago Fire", and "Chicago Med", 2014 Alumnus of the Year
Bryce HagerBryce Hager
NFL Linebacker
Earl C. HankamerEarl C. Hankamer
1970 Founders Medal recipient for extraordinary service and philanthropy to Baylor
Clyde HartClyde Hart
3-Time USA Track & Field Nike Coach of the Year; 2014 Distinguished Achievement Award recipient
Jim and Nell HawkinsJim and Nell Hawkins
Chairman of the Board of J-Hawk Ltd; 2011 Baylor Legacy Award recipients
John Lee HancockJohn Lee Hancock
Director of "Saving Mr. Banks" and director/writer of "The Blind Side"; 2014 Medal of Service recipient for Contributions to the Professions: Media & Arts
Thomas HarrisThomas Harris
Best-selling author of "Silence of the Lambs"
Larry HeardLarry Heard
CEO of Transwestern
Carey HendricksonCarey Hendrickson
CFO of Belo Corp.
Kevin HenryKevin Henry
Founder of Pangea Bottles
Jack HightowerJack Hightower
Long-standing public servant, former U.S. Congressman and Texas Supreme Court Justice
Tom HortonTom Horton
Former Chairman of American Airlines Group, Inc. and American Airlines
Melvin HuntMelvin Hunt
NBA assistant coach
Mark HurdMark Hurd
CEO of Oracle Corp.; 2012 Baylor Legacy Award recipient
Jeff IrelandJeff Ireland
NFL scout
Brett JamesBrett James
Award-winning singer, songwriter, and record producer
Leon JaworskiLeon Jaworski
Special prosecutor during the Watergate scandal and one of the first partners of the major international law firm Fulbright & Jaworski
J. Harry and Anna Elizabeth Sturgis JeanesJ. Harry and Anna Elizabeth Sturgis Jeanes
Bronze Star recipient, 1999 Founders Medal recipients
Michael JenkinsMichael Jenkins
Tony Award-winning producer, President of Dallas Summer Musicals, and President and Founder of Leisure and Recreation Concepts
Jeff JohnsonJeff Johnson
President and COO of Tyndale House
Michael JohnsonMichael Johnson
Olympic gold medalist
Vinnie JohnsonVinnie Johnson
Two-time NBA Champion, 2013 Business Leadership Medal of Service recipient
Anita Collier JonesAnita Collier Jones
2012 Legacy Award recipient as a contributor to Baylor's important mission as a Christian university
Johnny and Wilma JonesJohnny and Wilma Jones
2001 Founders Medal recipients for extraordinary service and philanthropy to Baylor
John Riley KaneJohn Riley Kane
Awarded the Medal of Honor on Aug. 9, 1943 for gallantry in action over Ploesti
Gary KellerGary Keller
Co-founder and chairman of Keller Williams Realty International; 2011 Medal of Service in Business Leadership recipient
Katie KilpatrickKatie Kilpatrick
Missionary: Haiti, 2010 Young Alumna of the Year
Angela KinseyAngela Kinsey
Emmy Award winning actress: "The Office"
Dorothy Barfield KronzerDorothy Barfield Kronzer
1998 Founders Medal recipient for extraordinary service and philanthropy to Baylor
David and Shirley LakeDavid and Shirley Lake
2015 Baylor Legacy Award recipients for extraordinary service and philanthropy to Baylor
Craig LewisCraig Lewis
Former national president of the American Board of Trial Advocates
Michael LindsayMichael Lindsay
Pulitzer-nominated author, President of Gordon College; 2011 Young Alumnus of the Year
Dennis LindseyDennis Lindsey
NBA General Manager
Jim and Jamie LokerJim and Jamie Loker
Missionaries: Guatemala and Mexico, 2014 Pro Ecclesia Medal of Service recipients
Will and Mary LongWill and Mary Long
2004 Founders Medal recipients for extraordinary service and philanthropy to Baylor
Andrew Jackson Jack Lummus JrAndrew Jackson Jack Lummus Jr
Posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism at Iwo Jima
Troy MaysTroy Mays
2006 Founders Medal recipient for extraordinary service and philanthropy to Baylor
Abner McCallAbner McCall
Former President of Baylor University; Founders Medal recipient
Mary McCallMary McCall
Former First Lady of Baylor University; 2008 Founders Medal recipient
Drayton McLane Jr.Drayton McLane Jr.
Chairman of McLane Group, former CEO of the Houston Astros Baseball Club and Regent Emeritus; 2012 Founders Medal recipient
Jeff McMahonJeff McMahon
Musician, keyboardist
Brett and Emily MillsBrett and Emily Mills
Founders of "Jesus Said Love" ministry
Fred MillerFred Miller
Former NFL offensive tackle, 2007 NFL Super Bowl XLI participant
Matt and Dot MillerMatt and Dot Miller
2015 Baylor Legacy Award recipients for extraordinary service and philanthropy to Baylor
David MurphyDavid Murphy
MLB outfielder
Pat Morris NeffPat Morris Neff
Governor of Texas 1921-1925 and later president of Baylor University
Victor T. and Lillian Bowles NewmanVictor T. and Lillian Bowles Newman
1997 Founders Medal recipients for extraordinary service and philanthropy to Baylor
Frank NewportFrank Newport
Editor-in-chief of The Gallup Poll
Katie NorrisKatie Norris
Founder of Fotolanthropy; 2014 Young Alumna of the Year
Priscilla OwenPriscilla Owen
Judge, United States Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
Bob and Joyce PackardBob and Joyce Packard
Renowned professor of physics, 2014 Baylor Legacy Mentor Award recipient
Rand PaulRand Paul
United States Senator for Kentucky
Ken PaxtonKen Paxton
Attorney General of Texas
Michele PerryMichele Perry
Missionary: South Sudan, 2013 Young Alumna of the Year
Ray PerrymanRay Perryman
Founder and CEO of The Perryman Group; nominated for 2005 Nobel Prize in Economics; 2012 Medal of Service for Business and Commerce recipient
Bryce PettyBryce Petty
NFL Quarterback
Tom PhillipsTom Phillips
Chief Justice of Texas Supreme Court (1988-2004); 2013 Pro Texana Medal of Service recipient
Bill PinsonBill Pinson
2010 Pro Ecclesia Medal of Service recipient, advocate for Baylor
Boone PowellBoone Powell
Former, long-standing CEO of Baylor HealthCare System; 2012 Medal of Service for Contributions to the Professions recipient
Tom and Pat PowersTom and Pat Powers
2014 Baylor Legacy Award recipients for extraordinary service and philanthropy to Baylor
W. Dewey PresleyW. Dewey Presley
Founders Medal recipient for extraordinary service and philanthropy to Baylor
Danny PrinceDanny Prince
President of Paramount Healthcare; 2012 Medal of Service for Business Leadership recipient
Robert PryorRobert Pryor
2014 Medal of Service recipient for Contributions to the Professions: Healthcare
John D. RaineyJohn D. Rainey
Chief Financial Officer at PayPal
Billy and Dawn RayBilly and Dawn Ray
Missionaries: Iraq, 2015 Pro Ecclesia Medal of Service recipient
Herbert ReynoldsHerbert Reynolds
Former President and Chancellor of Baylor University; 2000 Founders Medal recipient
Ann RichardsAnn Richards
Governor of Texas 1991-1995
Nancy RichardsNancy Richards
Founder and Chairman of First Preston HT
Harold RileyHarold Riley
CEO and Chairman of Citizens, Inc.; 2010 Baylor Legacy Award recipient
Clifton RobinsonClifton Robinson
CEO and Chairman of Robinson Media Co., LLC; 2010 Baylor Legacy Award recipient
Sul RossSul Ross
Governor of Texas 1887-1891
David RubensteinDavid Rubenstein
Retired Army Major General; 2013 Medal of Service recipient for Contributions to the Professions: Healthcare
Inez RussellInez Russell
Executive Director and Founder of "Friends for Life"
Olna SamsOlna Sams
1988 Founders Medal recipient
Dame Marjorie ScardinoDame Marjorie Scardino
First woman on Twitter's Board of Directors, and current board chairwoman of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
William S. SessionsWilliam S. Sessions
Former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (1987-1993)
Del ShofnerDel Shofner
Former NFL Pro Bowl wide receiver
Kelly ShoppachKelly Shoppach
Former MLB catcher
Douglas SillimanDouglas Silliman
United States Ambassador to Kuwait
Bob SimpsonBob Simpson
Co-chairman of the Texas Rangers and co-Founder of XTO energy; 2013 Baylor Legacy Award recipient
Mike SingletaryMike Singletary
NFL Hall of Fame Linebacker
Dr. Cornelia Marschall SmithDr. Cornelia Marschall Smith
Former chair of the Department of Biology; 1996 Founders Medal recipient
Jason SmithJason Smith
2009 1st Round NFL Draft Pick
Justin S SnowJustin S Snow
Former NFL deep snapper, 2007 NFL Super Bowl XLI participant
Ralph and Jean StormRalph and Jean Storm
2007 Founders Medal recipients for extraordinary service and philanthropy to Baylor
Steven StuckySteven Stucky
Recipient of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Music
Godfrey SullivanGodfrey Sullivan
CEO of Splunk, Inc.; 2013 Alumnus of the Year
Phil TaylorPhil Taylor
2011 1st Round NFL Draft Pick
Gordon TealGordon Teal
Developer of the first silicon transistor
Dr. Harry Dr. Harry "Fred" Tibbals III
Researcher and inventor, 2015 Medal of Service recipient for Contributions to the Professions: Research
Shawn TollesonShawn Tolleson
MLB Pitcher
Allison TolmanAllison Tolman
Award-winning actress: "Fargo"
Bill TownsendBill Townsend
Founder of the Web search engine Lycos, Inc.
Don TrullDon Trull
Finalist for the Heisman Trophy, member of College Football Hall of Fame
Jim and Julie TurnerJim and Julie Turner
Chair of Baylor Scott & White Holdings; former CEO of Dr Pepper/Seven Up Bottling Group; 2013 Baylor Legacy Award recipients
Ekpe UdohEkpe Udoh
Former NBA power forward
Walter and Sheila UmphreyWalter and Sheila Umphrey
Senior managing partner at Provost and Umphrey Law Firm in Beaumont; 2014 Baylor Legacy Award recipient
Logan VerrettLogan Verrett
MLB Pitcher
Jimmy WalkerJimmy Walker
2016 PGA Champion
J.D. WaltonJ.D. Walton
NFL center
Jeremy WarinerJeremy Wariner
Olympic gold medalist
Danny WatkinsDanny Watkins
2011 1st Round NFL Draft Pick
Kirk WatsonKirk Watson
Texas state senator, 2010 Pro Texana Medal of Service recipient
Jonathan WeeksJonathan Weeks
NFL deep snapper
David WesleyDavid Wesley
2007 NBA Finals participant
Mark WhiteMark White
Governor of Texas 1983-1987; 2011 Pro Texana Medal of Service recipient
W.R. WhiteW.R. White
Former President of Baylor University; 1972 Founders Medal recipient
Dallas WillardDallas Willard
American philosopher
Don WillettDon Willett
Texas Supreme Court Justice
John Eddie WilliamsJohn Eddie Williams
Managing partner of Williams Kherkher Hart Boundas Law Firm L.L.P. of Houston; 2012 Alumnus of the Year
Terrance WilliamsTerrance Williams
2013 3rd Round NFL Draft Pick, NFL receiver
Darold WilliamsonDarold Williamson
Olympic gold medalist
Hal C WingoHal C Wingo
Former senior editor of Life magazine and a founder of People magazine
Trey WingoTrey Wingo
Host of ESPN's NFL Live
Charles and Mary Alice WiseCharles and Mary Alice Wise
2010 Founders Medal recipients for extraordinary service and philanthropy to Baylor
Winston E. WolfeWinston E. Wolfe
2015 Baylor Legacy Award recipient for extraordinary service and philanthropy to Baylor
Kendall WrightKendall Wright
2012 1st Round NFL Draft Pick, NFL wide receiver
Sophia YoungSophia Young
Former All-Star WNBA forward