Leading the charge
A RICH HISTORY
Now More Than Ever
“Alpha Tau Omega holds before the young men of the country an ideal and something greater than a mere intellectual ideal. Alpha Tau Omega stands for heart as well as head. It has given men a true ideal of life.”
-Otis Allan Glazebrook
- STEVE SPURRIER, Florida ’66
College Football Hall of Famer and 1966 Heisman Trophy winner. A two-time All-American quarterback, he passed for 4,848 career yards and 36 TDs before a 10 year NFL career with the San Francisco 49ers (1967-75) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1976). Head coach of the USFL Tampa Bay Bandits in 1983-85 (35-19), he has since been head coach at Duke and Florida, posting a 12 year record of 113-31-2 with nine bowl game appearances (prior to 1999).
- KEITH JACKSON, Washington State ’52
American Sports Broadcasters Assn. Hall of Famer who started at stations in Seattle and Los Angeles before joining ABC-TV. The first play-by-play voice on “ABC’s Monday Night Football”, he also covered the World Series, was on “Monday Night Baseball” (1976-83) and has specialized in college football for two decades. He returned to ABC-TV’s college coverage this fall after a one year retirement.
- LEN DAWSON, Purdue ’55
Pro Football Hall of Famer and 1956 All-American quarterback. Played 19 NFL-AFL seasons (1957-75), primarily with the Kansas City Chiefs. He threw for 28,711 career yards with 239 TDs and was 1962 AFL Player of the Year and 1973 NFL Man of the Year. He was an All-AFL first teamer in 1962-66 and All-AFL second teamer in 1964-68. He was an NBC TV commentator (1978-82) and hosted HBO’s “Inside the NFL” show for 10 years.
- JACK KEMP, Occidental ’54
Pro football quarterback for 10 AFL-NFL seasons, primarily with the San Diego Chargers and Buffalo Bills. He threw for 21,218 career yards and 114 TDs; played in seven AFL All-Star Games; and was All-AFL first team in 1960-65 and All-AFL second team in 1961-63-66.
- JIM MORA, Occidental ’55
Pro football head coach since 1983. After serving his alma mater as head coach in 1964-66, he was a Division I college assistant until joining the Seattle Seahawks in 1978 as defensive line coach. He was head coach of the USFL Philadelphia Stars, winning two titles and posting a 48-13-1 mark in 1983-85. After serving as New Orleans Saints head coach from 1986 to 1996, he became Indianapolis Colts head coach in 1998.
- TOMMY JOHN, Indiana State ’64
Major league baseball lefthanded pitcher whose career lasted 26 seasons, despite arm problems. Pitching for the Indians, White Sox, Angels, Dodgers, Yankees and Athletics, he was in 760 games, posting a 288-231 record, 3.34 ERA and 2,245 strikeouts. He had three 20 win seasons, capped by 22-9 for the Yankees in 1980 (to earn AL All-Star Team status) and was in three World Series. Ranked by the 1999 book Total Baseball as one of the 400 greatest players.
- LOU GROZA, Ohio State ’43
Pro Football Hall of Famer (kicker-offensive tackle) and the first player to score more than 1,000 career points and kick 200 career field goals. A Cleveland Browns player for 21 years in AAFC (1946-49) and NFL (1950-59, 1961-67), he was named to the NFL 1950’s All-Decade team, won All-NFL honors six times and played in nine Pro Bowls.
- CRIS COLLINSWORTH, Florida ’85
Eight NFL seasons as wide receiver with Cincinnati Bengals (417 receptions for 6,658 yards, 38 TDs); All-NFL 2nd team, 1981-82-83; TV analyst for HBO, NBC and “Fox NFL Sunday” (1998-99).
- DAVE BUTZ, Purdue ’72
All-American defensive tackle, 1972, 16 NFL seasons with St. Louis Cardinals (1973-74) and Washington Redskins (1975-88). He was All-NFL first team in1983 and All-NFL second team in 1984.
- JOE B. HALL, Kentucky ’48
Head basketball coach at Regis (1960-64), Central Missouri (1965) and Kentucky (1973-85). He won the 1978 NCAA title and had a 373-156 record (70.5%) over 19 seasons.
- TERRY DONAHUE, San Jose State ’63
UCLA head football coach from 1976 to 1995, posting a 151-74-8 record and 13 bowl games. After three seasons as a TV analyst, he is currently San Francisco 49ers Director of Player Personnel.
- TOMMY HERR, Delaware ’74
Major league switch-hitting second baseman for 13 seasons with the Cardinals, Twins, Phillies, Mets and Giants. Batted .271 in 1,514 career games and posted 1,450 career hits. Named to the 1985 National League All-Star team and hit .302 with 110 runs batted in.
- TONY HULMAN, Rose-Hulman ’46
Auto Racing Hall of Fame executive who purchased the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1945 and helped make the Indy 500 the greatest spectacle in auto racing. He also guided the sport through a transition to USAC supervision and served as racing’s “good will ambassador” on trips to Canada, Mexico and overseas.
- JACK YOUNGBLOOD, Florida ’71
College Football Hall of Famer (as a defensive end). He was MVP in the Senior Bowl before starting a 15 year career with the Los Angeles Rams (1971-1984). Elected to the NFL 1970’s All-Decade Team, he was twice named NFC Defensive Player of the Year and went to seven Pro Bowls. After retiring, he joined the Rams front office in 1986 and also served as a radio color analyst.
- “BUD” COLLINS, Baldwin-Wallace ’48
International Tennis Hall of Famer who has been a player, coach, sportswriter, sportscaster and author. Wrote for the Boston Herald and Boston Globe in 1950’s and 1960’s, then began his TV career in 1963. Has covered tennis for CBS (1968-73), PBS (1974-77) and NBC (since 1978). Coached at Brandeis (1958-63) and won U.S. indoor mixed doubles title as a player in 1961. Author of Bud Collins’ Modern Encyclopedia of Tennis.
- JOHN McKAY, Oregon ’48
College Football Hall of Famer (as a coach). Served as head coach at Southern California from 1960 to 1975, posting a 127-40-8 record, winning four national championships and going to nine bowl games. He became the first head coach of the NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1976 to 1984, then served as team President in 1985 before retiring.
- CURT GOWDY, Wyoming ’39
Baseball Hall of Famer (as a broadcaster), Sports Broadcasters Hall of Fame. A collegiate basketball star, he worked as a regional sportscaster prior to two years on the Yankees radio team. After 15 years as the voice of the Boston Red Sox, he worked for NBC, CBS and ABC covering major sporting events over three decades, including seven Super Bowls and 14 World Series. He also hosted “The American Sportsman” for 19 years.
- EVERETT DEAN, Indiana ’18
Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer, American Baseball Coaches Hall of Famer; All-American center as a collegian; head basketball coach at Carleton, Indiana and Stanford (374-217 record over 28 seasons); won 1942 NCAA title while at Stanford; also head baseball coach at Indiana and Stanford.
- FRANK KUSH, Michigan State ’51
College Football Hall of Famer (as coach) and All-American guard (1952). Became head coach at Arizona State in 1958 and was 176-54-1 over 22 seasons. Earned AFCA Coach of the Year honors in 1975. Later served as head coach of the CFL Hamilton Tiger-Cats (1981); Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts (1982-84); and USFL Arizona Outlaws (1985).
- WILBUR “PETE” HENRY, Washington & Jefferson ’16
Pro Football Hall of Fame charter member, College Football Hall of Famer; All-American tackle in 1917,1919; won four letters in four sports as a collegian. He played eight NFL seasons as a two-way tackle, punter and kicker and was named to the NFL 1920’s All-Decade Team. Returned to W&J as assistant coach in 1929, became head coach in 1942 and was athletic director until his death in 1952.
- LEE CORSO, Florida State ’54
Former coach, sports broadcaster, and ESPN Analyst. He has been featured on ESPN’s College GameDay program since its inception in 1987. Corso served as the head football coach for the University of Louisville from 1969 – 1972, Indiana University Bloomington from 1973 – 1982, and at Northern Illinois University in 1984. Corso is also known for his famous mascot headgear prediction.
- STEVE GLEASON, Washington State ’96
Seven NFL seasons as Safety for the New Orleans Saints. Gleason is especially well known for his blocked punt in 2006 that became a symbol of recovery for New Orleans in the team’s first home game after the devastating hurricane Katrina. He will become the very first NFL player, and eighth individual athlete, to receive a Congressional Gold Medal for his advocacy for individuals with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
- THOMAS “TENNESSEE” WILLIAMS, Missouri ’30
Playwright and novelist who had many of his best-known works produced on stage, television and film. His first Broadway play (later a film) was “The Glass Menagerie” in 1945, followed by Pulitzer Prize winners “A Streetcar Named Desire” (1948) and “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” (1955). Other well-known films based on his novels included “The Rose Tattoo”, “This Property is Condemned”, “Baby Doll”, “Suddenly Last Summer”, “The Fugitive Kind”, “Summer and Smoke”, “The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone”, “Period of Adjustment” and “Sweet Bird of Youth”.
- KEITH JACKSON, Washington State ’52
Sports broadcaster who won sports Emmys in both 1995 and 1997 in the Outstanding Sports Personality—Host/Play-by-Play category. He was inducted into the American Sportscasters Association Hall of Fame in 1994. Best known for his ABC-TV college football broadcasts, he also did numerous events for “ABC’s Wide World of Sports” and “Monday Night Baseball” (1976-83). After a brief retirement, he is back on ABC’s college football coverage this fall.
- GARRY MARSHALL, Northwestern ’53
Producer, director, writer and actor over five decades. Starting as an episode writer for Lucille Ball, Danny Thomas and Dick Van Dyke, he then created, produced and directed successful ABC-TV shows “The Odd Couple”, “The Brian Keith Show”, “Happy Days”, “Lavern and Shirley” and “Mork and Mindy”. His shows were nominated for 16 Emmys and nine Golden Globe Awards. In the last two decades, he was director and executive producer of “Runaway Bride”, “The Other Sister”, “Dear God”, “Pretty Woman”, “Beaches”, “Nothing in Common”, “Frankie and Johnny” and “The Flamingo Kid”, among others. His acting roles include “Murphy Brown” plus films “A League of Their Own” and “Soap Dish”. Among his awards are the 1990 American Comedy Awards Lifetime Achievement Award and the 1992 Publicists Guild Motion Picture Showmanship Award.
- GREG KINNEAR, Arizona ’83
Oscar and Golden Globe-nominated actor for 1998’s “As Good as It Gets” and winner of a 1999 Blockbuster Entertainment Award as Favorite Supporting Actor for the same film. His other recent roles include “Mystery Men”, “Nurse Betty”, “You’ve Got Mail”, “Dear God”, “A Smile Like Yours” and “Sabrina”. He served as a TV host for “Movieline”, “Talk Soup” and NBC-TV’s “Later” before starting his film career.
- FORREST SAWYER, Florida ’68
TV newscaster/host who earned Emmys in 1992-93-94 while with ABC-TV’s “Day One” and “Nightline”. After starting in radio, he moved into television with the Atlanta CBS affiliate (1980-85) then took over as anchorman on “The CBS Morning News” from 1985 to 1987. He joined ABC-TV in 1988 as anchorman on “World News This Morning” and also hosted “World News Sunday” before leaving the network this spring.
- ART LINKLETTER, San Diego State ’51
Television personality whose “Art Linkletter’s House Party” ran on CBS-TV for near 20 years (1952-69). He also hosted “People Are Funny” on NBC-TV (1954-61), “Haggis Baggis” (1958-59), “The Art Linkletter Show” (1963) and “Art Linkletter’s Hollywood Talent Scouts” (1966-66). His book Kids Say the Darndest Things was a popular best seller.
- FRANK MARSHALL, UCLA ’65
Film producer/director who has worked on many of Hollywood’s biggest films since 1973.His most recent films as producer are “The Sixth Sense” and “Snow Falling on Cedars”. Starting as location manager or associate producer on such films as “The Last Picture Show”, “Paper Moon” and “What’s Up Doc?”, he next worked on “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” and received producing credits on the “Indiana Jones” trilogy, the “Back to the Future” trilogy, “The Color Purple” (Best Picture nominee), “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?”, “Empire of the Sun” and “Poltergeist”. He made his directorial debut in 1990 with “Arachnophobia” and formed the Kennedy/Marshall Company (with his wife Kathleen Kennedy) in 1991. Other recent projects as a director include part 6 of “From the Earth to the Moon”, “Alive” and “Congo”.
- CURT GOWDY, Wyoming ’39
Sports broadcaster for over five decades with NBC, ABC and CBS. He did play-by-play at seven Super Bowls and 14 World Series and earned two Emmys as host of “The American Sportsman”. A Peabody Award winner in 1970 for television entertainment, he was elected to the National Sportscasters/Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame in 1981 and the broadcasters wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1984.
- “BUD” COLLINS, Baldwin-Wallace ’48
Tennis commentator for over 30 years on CBS (1968), PBS (1975-77) and NBC (since 1978). He has also been a sports columnist for two Boston newspapers and has authored four books, including Bud Colins’ Modern Encyclopedia of Tennis.
- T.S. COOK, Denison ’69
Oscar and Golden Globe-nominated screenwriter for his 1979 screenplay “The China Syndrome”. He also received a 1996 Emmy nomination (Outstanding Writing in Mini Series or Special) for HBO’s “Tuskegee Airmen”. Served as production supervisor/screenwriter for the “Airwolf” TV series in 1984-85 and also wrote scripts for “Baretta”, “The Paper Chase”, 1995 mini-series “Texas Justice” and “Scared Straight—Another Story”.
- ROD PERTH, San Jose State ’65
President of USA Network Entertainment and Executive Vice President, Programming for several years, overseeing overall programming strategy, development and production. While at CBS earlier in his career, he was a key figure in bringing David Letterman and Tom Snyder to the network’s late night lineup.
- GRANT SHOW, UCLA ’84
TV actor best known as Jake Hanson on “Melrose Place” from 1992 to 1997 and in guest roles on “Beverly Hills 90210”. He began his career on “Ryan’s Hope” for three years and has starred in a number of made-for-TV movies including the “Texas” mini-series, “Ice”, “The Price of Heaven”, “Mother Knows Best”, “Pretty Poison” and “Between Love and Honor”.
- PAUL GILMARTIN, Indiana ’82
Co-host of TBS Superstation’s “Dinner & A Movie.” Comedian who also served as a writer for the “Emmy Awards” and “Dennis Miller Show.” Has appeared on A&E’s “Caroline’s Comedy Hour,” “MTV’s Half-Hour Comedy Hour,” Showtime’s “Comedy Club Network,” “HBO Comedy Showcase” and Comedy Central’s “Short Attention Span Theatre” and “Comics Only.”
- ROB ESTES, Southern California ’83
TV actor who is a regular on “Suddenly Susan” this fall after previously starring in “Melrose Place” (1996-99) and “Silk Stalkings” (1991-95).
- BILL CREASY, St. Lawrence ’49
Television producer who handled the first two Super Bowl telecasts, six racing Triple Crown telecasts, NHL hockey and skiing events. Directed sports telecasts for both ABC and NBC before becoming senior producer for CBS (1963-69). He was Vice President of Programming for ESPN when the network debuted and has continued as an ESPN consultant.
- DANA ELCAR, Michigan ’49
Film and TV character actor best known for his role on “MacGyver” (1985-91). He was also a regular on “Baretta” (1975-78) and “Baa Baa Black Sheep” (1976-78) while appearing in such films as “The Sting”, “The Boston Strangler”, “All of Me” and “2010”.
- GENE FOWLER, Colorado ’11
Screenwriter who did films “Billy the Kid”, “Big Jack”, “Call of the Wild” and White Fang”. His book Beau James became a 1957 film and he wrote biographies of Jimmy Durante and John Barrymore.
- ROMAN BOHNEN, Minnesota ’20
Actor who first gained fame on Broadway in 1937’s “Golden Boy”. After going to Hollywood, he appeared in 39 films including “The Song of Bernadette”, “The Best Years of Our Lives”, “Of Mice and Men”, “Joan of Arc” and “Two Years Before the Mast”.
- MERLE JONES, Nebraska ’25
CBS executive for many years and President of the network in 1957-58. He also was Vice President in charge of CBS-owned TV stations and President of the owned stations division from 1958 to 1968.
- CHARLES WOODWARD, Pennsylvania ’42
Broadway producer whose “Sweeny Todd” won the 1979 Tony Award as best musical. Other major shows included his New York debut “Johnny No-Trump” (1967) followed by “The Boys in the Band”, “The Front Page”, “The Grass Harp”, “P.S. Your Cat is Dead!” and “Home Front” (1985), among others.
- GUY FIERI, Nevada-Las Vegas ’88
TV Personality, host of Minute to Win It, and Winner of the second season of The Next Food Network Star. Fieri now has multiple shows on the Food Network, including Guy’s Big Bite; Diners, Drive-ins and Dives; and Guy’s Grocery Games. In 2010 he was made the “face of the network.”
BERT KREISCHER, Florida State ’92
Comedian, reality tv host, and actor. Bert is best known for his stand up routines on Comedy Central and Showtime; his television series Flip Trip and Bert the Conqueror; and his appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and Conan.
- JACK F. KEMP, Occidental ’54
Representative from 1971-89, Presidential nominee, Vice-Presidential nominee in 1996, special assistant to the chairman, Republican National Committee in 1969, and Secretary for Housing and Urban Development under President George Bush.
- BIRCH EVAN BAYH, Purdue ’46
Senator from 1963-81. Wrote and sponsored the 25th and 26th Amendments. Chairman of the Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution. Was the only lawmaker since the Founding Fathers to write two Constitutional Amendments. Chairman, Select Committee on Intelligence (Ninety-fifth and Ninety-sixth Congresses). Indiana House of Representatives from 1954-62, serving as minority leader in 1957 and 1961 and as speaker in 1959.
- MICHAEL J. MANSFIELD, Montana ’38
Representative from 1943-53, and Senator from 1953-77. Senate Assistant Majority Leader and Democratic Whip from 1957-61. Senate Majority Leader from 1961-77 is the longest tenure in history. Chairman, Special Committee on Campaign Expenditures (Eighty-first Congress). Chairman, Committee on Rules and Administration (Eighty-seventh Congress), Select Committee on Secret and Confidential Documents (Ninety-second Congress), and Special Committee on Secret and Confidential Documents (Ninety-third Congress). Ambassador to Japan 1977-88, longest for the post. Among his best achievements was lowering the voting age from 21 to 18.
- ALAN K. SIMPSON, Wyoming ’50
Senator from 1979-97. Appointed Assistant Majority Leader in 1985. Republican whip from 1985-95. Chairman, Committee on Veterans’ Affairs (One Hundred Fourth Congress). Assistant attorney general of Wyoming from 1958-59. United States Commissioner from 1959-69.
- LAWTON CHILES, Florida ’49
Governor of Florida from 1990-98. Senator from 1971-89. Member of the Florida State senate from 1966-1970. Florida Law Revision Committee from 1968-70. Florida House of Representatives from 1958-66. Chairman of the Special Committee on Aging (Ninety-Sixth Congress), Committee on the Budget (One Hundredth Congress).
- VICE ADMIRAL JAMES BOND STOCKDALE, Monmouth ’89
26 combat decorations, Congressional Medal of Honor, Chairman of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships, Vice-Presidential nominee in 1992.
- MILWARD LEE SIMPSON, Wyoming ’18
Senator from 1962-67. Wyoming Governor from 1955-59. Member of the National Association of Governing Boards of State Universities and Allied Institutions in 1950 and served as president in 1952 and 1953.
- LEE H. HAMILTON, DePauw ’49
Representative from 1965-99. Chairman, Select Committee on Intelligence (Ninety-ninth Congress), Select Committee to Investigate Covert Arms Transactions with Iran (One Hundredth Congress), Joint Economic Committee (One Hundred First Congress); Committee on Foreign Affairs (One Hundred Third Congress).
- JAMES GAINS WATT, Wyoming ’57
Legislative Assistant and Council to Senator Milward L. Simpson from 1962-66. Principal Spokesman for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. First Deputy Assistant Secretary with the Department of the Interior from 1969-75. Vice-Chairman of Federal Power Commission from 1975-77 under President Gerald Ford, Secretary of Interior under President Ronald Reagan from 1981-83.
- ROBERT LATHAM OWEN, Washington & Lee 1874
The first Senator from Oklahoma from 1907-25. Of Cherokee descent, served as an Indian agent before the Indian Territory achieved statehood. Chairman, Committee on Indian Depredations (Sixty-second Congress), Committee on the Mississippi River and Its Tributaries (Sixty-second Congress), Committee on Pacific Railroads (Sixty-second Congress), Committee on Banking and Currency (Sixty-third through Sixty-fifth Congresses), Committee on the Five Civilized Tribes (Sixty-sixth Congress. Organized and served as chairman of the National Popular Government League from 1913 until his death in Washington, DC, on July 19, 1947.
- SPESSARD L. HOLLAND, Emory ’09
Senator from 1963-77. Governor of Florida from 1941-45. Distinguished Service Cross (World War I). Sponsor of the twenty-fourth amendment to the Constitution outlawing the poll tax in federal elections.
- LEE ATWATER, Newberry ’70
Manager of George Bush’s 1988 presidential campaign and former chairman of the Republican National Committee from 1988-91.
- JOHN WESLEY SNYDER, Vanderbilt ’15
Secretary of Treasury under President Harry S. Truman from 1946-53, served on the NATO Council and National Security Council advising U.S. delegations to the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, and helping to administer the Marshall Plan.
- WILLIAM HENKEL, St. Lawrence ’60
Assistant to the President from 1986-87, and, prior to that, as Deputy Assistant to the President, Special Assistant to the President and Director of Presidential Advance under President Ronald Reagan beginning in 1982.
- DWIGHT P. GRISWOLD, Nebraska ’13
Senator from 1952-54. Governor of Nebraska from 1940-46. Director, Division of Internal Affairs and Communications, Military Government of Germany 1947. Chief, American Mission for Aid to Greece from 1947-48.
- RICHARD BRYAN, Nevada-Reno ’56
Senator from 1989 to present. Governor of Nevada from 1983-89. Attorney General of Nevada 1978-83. Member of the Nevada Senate from 1972-78. State Legislator and state’s first and youngest, public defender at age 29.
- JAMES OLIVER EASTLAND, Vanderbilt ’26
Senator in 1941 and from 1942-79. Served a record 22 years as Judiciary Committee Chairman, becoming the youngest ever assuming that post when named in 1959. Senate President Pro Tempore from 1972-79.
- ROY M. HUFFINGTON, Southern Methodist ’35
Ambassador to Austria from 1990-93). Winner of the Ambassador of the Year in 1992 from the Diplomatic Club of Vienna. Winner of the “Grosse Goldene Ehrenzeichen” (Grand Decoration of Honor in Gold) for services in the Republic of Austria.
- CLARENCE D. LONG, Washington & Jefferson ’30
Representative from 1963-85. Associate task force director of the first Hoover Commission in 1948. Senior staff member of the Council of Economic Advisers to the President in 1953-54 and 1956-57. Acting chairman of the Democratic State Central Committee of Maryland in 1961-62. Author of numerous books and articles on unemployment, wages, labor force, and economic fluctuations.
- LINDSAY C. WARREN, North Carolina ’07
Representative from 1925-40. chairman, Committee on Accounts (Seventy-second through Seventy-sixth Congresses); appointed Comptroller General of the United States for a fifteen-year term, serving from November 1, 1940, until his retirement on May 1, 1954.
- JOHN CHRISTOPHER STEVENS, UC-Berkeley ’79
An American career diplomat and lawyer who served as the U.S. Ambassador to Libya from May 22, 2012 to September 11, 2012.
- JACK F. KEMP, Occidental ’54
- JAMES P. HOFFA, Michigan State ’60
General President of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters since 1999. Practiced law in Michigan from 1968-1993 representing Teamster Joint Councils, Local Unions, and members. Served as Executive Assistant to Michigan Teamsters Joint Council #43 in September 1993.
- BILLY JOE “RED” MCCOMBS, Texas ’49
Owner of the Minnesota Vikings National Football League professional football team. Owner of the San Antonio Spurs National Basketball Association professional basketball team. General Manager, Partner, and Sole Owner of Red McCombs Ford. Inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame with its Distinguished Service Citation. Founder, Board of Directors Member, and 5% Owner of Clear Channel Communications.
- LEWIS E. PLATT, Cornell ’60
CEO of Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates. Former President, CEO (1992-98) and Chairman (1993-1999) of Hewlett-Packard Company. Advisory Committee on Trade Policy Negotiations and Chairman of the World Trade Organization Task Force. Member of The Business Council and The Business Roundtable. American Electronics Association Medal of Achievement. Member of the Board of Directors of Boeing Corporation.
- J. ERIK JONSSON, Rensselaer ’24
Founder, Former Chairman, and President of Texas Instruments Incorporated. Member of the Fortune magazine Hall of Fame for Business Leadership. Former Mayor of Dallas, Texas.
- WILLIAM H. DAVIDSON, Wisconsin ’24
Co-founder and Former President of Harley-Davidson Motor Company.
- JOHN A. YOUNG, Oregon State ’50
Vice Chairman of the Board of Novell since April 1997. Young was acting Chairman of the Novell Board of Directors from August 1996 until April 1997. Young retired in 1992 from his position as CEO of Hewlett-Packard Company, an international computation and measurement company, a position he held for fifteen years. He has had a long association with competitiveness issues, having chaired President Reagan’s Commission on Industrial Competitiveness and founded the Council on Competitiveness in 1986. Young is also a director of Affymetrix, Chevron Corporation, International Integration, Inc., Lucent Technology, Smith Kline Beecham plc, and Wells Fargo & Co., and is a member of The Business Council.
- F. JAMES MCDONALD, GMI-EMI ’83
Former President, CEO, and COO of General Motors Corporation.
- DONALD R. KEOUGH, Georgia ’86
Chairman of the Board of Directors Member of Excalibur Technologies and a Director of the Company since June 1996. Chairman of Allen & Company Incorporated, a New York investment banking firm. Past President and COO of The Coca-Cola Co. Keough serves on the boards of H.J. Heinz Company, The Washington Post Company, The Home Depot and McDonald’s Corporation. He is immediate Past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University of Notre Dame. His tenure with the Coca-Cola Co. dates back to 1950. He held the office of President of Coca-Cola USA and was later given the responsibility for the Company’s business in North and South America. Keough was elected to President, COO and Director of The Coca-Cola Co. in 1981. From 1986 to 1993, he served as Chairman of the Board.
- ROD PERTH, San Jose State ’65
Director of the Marvel Enterprises since October 1998. Perth has been President of Jim Henson Television Group Worldwide at the Jim Henson Television Group Worldwide at the Jim Henson Company since May 1999. From October 1994 until July 1998, Perth was the President of USA Networks Entertainment at USA Networks. At USA Networks, Perth was responsible for the development and production of programming including programming for the Sci-Fi Channel. Prior to joining USA Networks, Perth served as Senior Vice President of late night and non-network programming at CBS Entertainment, where he was instrumental in the resurgence of the CBS Late Night franchise and was a key member on the team that brought the “Late Show with David Letterman” to CBS. Perth joined the CBS Entertainment division in 1989 as Vice President of Late Night Programs. Perth is also a Director of Big-Hub, an e-commerce Internet business.
- BILL TORREY, St. Lawrence ’57
Hockey Hall of Famer who was President/general manager of the New York Islanders when they won four straight Stanley Cups (1980-83). After a stint as vice president of the Oakland Seals, he became the expansion Islanders’ first employee. In 1989, he became chairman of the board, serving until the start of the 1992-93 season. He then became President of the expansion Florida Panthers in April of 1993.
- JERRY D. SEMLER, Purdue ’55
Chairman, President, and CEO of American United Life Insurance Company. Director Emeritus for the Million Dollar Roundtable Foundation. Director of the American College of Sports Medicine.
- WILLIAM MITCHELL, Lamar ’57
Vice Chairman of the Board of Texas Instruments Incorporated until his retirement in December 1996. Mitchell joined TI in 1961, was elected a Corporate Vice President and President of Defense Systems and President of the Defense Systems and Electronics Group in 1984. Executive Vice President and President of the Systems and Equipment Sector in 1991 and Vice Chairman in 1993. He is a director of Curtiss-Wright Corporation and a trustee of Mitre Corporation. Mitchell has served as director of PRIMEX Technologies since January 1997.
- ROY M. HUFFINGTON, Southern Methodist ’35
Chairman and CEO of Roy M. Huffington, Inc. and Former Ambassador to Austria (1990-93). Secured a production-sharing contract for oil and gas with the government of Indonesia. Won Ambassador of the Year in 1992 from the Diplomatic Club of Vienna. Member of the Texas Business Hall of Fame.
- W. PAT WEBER, Lamar ’57
Served in various capacities with Texas Instruments Incorporated from 1962 until his retirement in April 1998. From December 1986 until December 1993, he served as the President of Texas Instruments worldwide semiconductor operations; and from December 1993 until his retirement in April 1998, he served as Vice Chairman for TI. He held several executive positions in TI’s semiconductor, international, defense, digital systems, consumer, materials and controls businesses. He is a director of Kmart Corporation and Micron Technology, Inc. He has served as a director of Unigraphics Solutions since June 1998.
- MATTHEW J. HART, Vanderbilt ’71
Chairman of the Board, American Homes 4 Rent.On the Board of Directors of Air Lease Corporation, American Airlines, and The Conrad N Hilton Foundation.Former President and COO of Hilton Hotels.Former Senior Vice President and Treasurer of The Walt Disney Company.Former Executive Vice President and CFO of Host Marriott Corporation.
- EARL T. LEONARD, Georgia ’56
Senior Vice-President of the Coca-Cola Company since 1983. Member of the Board of Directors of Special Olympics International. Former Press Secretary to U.S. Senator Richard B. Russell and was a founder of the Senate Press Secretaries Association.
- JOSEPH D. SMAHA, Georgia ’58
Principal in 40 Wendy’s restaurants, two Flakey Jake’s, and President and principal of Smaha Family Restaurants, Inc., a franchisee of 13 Papa John’s Pizza restaurants located throughout Georgia. He is also a principal in the Forman Group, Inc., the Purchasing Association of Private Clubs, Inc., (which currently has 350 country clubs as members nationwide), and four Buckhead’s Mountain Grills. Former Vice President of Long John Silver’s Seafood Shoppes and former Senior Vice President for development, President and COO of Chi-Chi’s Mexican Restaurants.
- JOSEPH J. MELONE, Pennsylvania ’51
Chairman Emeritus, The Equitable Companies, Inc. Former President and CEO of both The Equitable Companies Incorporated and its principal insurance subsidiary, The Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States. Melone served as President of The Prudential Insurance Company of America. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Foster Wheeler Corporation, a publicly held engineering and construction company, and has served as a Director of BISYS since August 1999. Melone also sits on the Board of Overseers of the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
- JOSEPH R. GLADDEN, Emory ’61
General Counsel of The Coca-Cola Company. Was appointed a Director of CCA following the retirement of Dean Wills, Florida ’65, after the Annual General Meeting of CCA held on April 16, 1999. Gladden, 56, a lawyer, served as Chairman of Coca-Cola Beverages (Canada) until 1997 and is currently Vice-Chairman of Coca-Cola Enterprises, the largest anchor bottler of Coca-Cola products in the world.
- RICHARD A. VOELL, Illinois ’54
Former President and CEO of The Rockefeller Group. Chairman of the Business Council of the United Nations.
- JAMES E. THOMPSON, San Jose State ’59
Founder, chairman, and chief executive of The Crown Worldwide Group. With a net worth of $1.06 billion as of January 2013, Thompson ranks at No. 44 in Hong Kong’s 50 Richest list and is No. 1,008 in the world. He was awarded the Gold Bauhinia Star, which is presented to eminent persons in Hong Kong who have given distinguished service to the community or who have rendered public or voluntary service of a very high degree of merit. After his chapter (Epsilon Chi) returned to campus in 2010, Thompson generously donated money to buy back the original chapter house at San Jose State.