100 Distinguished Alumni

In 2017, The Tennessee Alumnus magazine celebrates it’s 100th continuous year of publication by selecting 100 illustrious graduates to feature in three commemorative issues.

Spring 2017 (May)



Frank Bowyer
Frank Bowyer
DENTAL PIONEER AND PHILANTHROPIST
UT Health Science Center, ’39



Lin Dunn
Lin Dunn
BASKETBALL COACH
UT Martin, ’69

Phil Garner
Phil Garner
FORMER MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PLAYER
UT Knoxville, ’73

Willie Gault
Willie Gault
FORMER PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL PLAYER
UT Knoxville, ’82

Todd Helton
Todd Helton
FORMER MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PLAYER
UT Knoxville, ’95


Julius Johnson
Julius Johnson
36TH TENNESSEE COMMISSIONER OF AGRICULTURE
UT Knoxville, ’70

Ed Jones
Ed Jones
U.S. CONGRESSMAN
UT Martin, ’32; UT Knoxville, ’34

Bill Landry
Bill Landry
ACTOR, AUTHOR AND STORYTELLER
UT Chattanooga, ’72

Min Kao
Min Kao
ENTREPRENEUR
UT Knoxville, ’74, ’77

Joel Katz
Joel Katz
ENTERTAINMENT LAWYER
UT Knoxville, ’69

Amy Miles
Amy Miles
BUSINESS LEADER
UT Knoxville, ’89



Ron Nutt
Ron Nutt
INVENTOR AND PHILANTHROPIST
UT Knoxville, ’61, ’62, ’69



Dave Ramsey
Dave Ramsey
FINANCIAL ADVISOR AND MEDIA PERSONALITY
UT Knoxville, ’82


Ron Rice
Ron Rice
ENTREPRENEUR
UT Knoxville, ’64





Kim White
Kim White
BUSINESS LEADER
UT Chattanooga, ’82



Lindsay Young
Lindsay Young
LAWYER AND PHILANTHROPIST
UT Knoxville, ’32, ’35

Winter 2017 (January)


Paul Blaylock in front of his orange vintage Corvette
Paul Blaylock
NEUROSURGEON
UT Martin ’68, Health Science Center ’72







Tom Griscom
Tom Griscom
COMMUNICATION STRATEGIST
UT Chattanooga, ’71







Allan Houston with his daughter on the court of Thompson Boling Arena
Allan Houston
PHILANTHROPIST AND FORMER NBA BASKETBALL PLAYER
UT Knoxville, ’93



Joe Johnson
Joe Johnson
UT PRESIDENT EMERITUS
UT Knoxville, ’60, ’68

Van Jones
Van Jones
HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST
UT Martin, ’90

Lowry Kline
Lowry Kline
ATTORNEY AND PHILANTHROPIST
UT Knoxville, ’62, ’65


Justice Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee
TENNESSEE SUPREME COURT JUSTICE
UT Knoxville, ’75, ’78

Johnny Majors
Johnny Majors
FORMER UT KNOXVILLE HEAD FOOTBALL COACH
UT Knoxville, ’57





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Pat Summitt
FORMER UT LADY VOLS BASKETBALL COACH
UT Martin ’74, UT Knoxville ’75


Phil Wenk
Phil Wenk
DENTIST AND BUSINESS LEADER
UT Knoxville, ’73
UT Health Science Center, ’77


John Wilder
John S. Wilder
TENNESSEE’S 48TH LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR
UT Martin, ’41

The distinguished alumni profiles will resume in the Spring 2017 and Fall 2017 issues later this year.

Selecting the Centennial Alumni

When your total alumni population is around 370,000, how do you narrow that down to 100 to celebrate along with this magazine’s 100th anniversary? You go to the alumni, of course.

In July 2016, we asked members of the nationwide UT Alumni Association—which includes graduates of all UT campuses—for nominations of alumni whose accomplishments and/or service and support to their alma maters made them worthy of inclusion among the 100 most significant UT alumni ever.

We asked that nominees for professional or volunteer achievement be UT graduates from across the UT system who distinguished themselves and their alma maters through contributions to their communities or professions in one of the following categories:

  • Volunteer service
  • Military service
  • Government or elected office
  • Public or community service
  • Philanthropy
  • Entrepreneurship or business
  • Education
  • Invention or discovery
  • Arts or entertainment
  • UT brand ambassador

Nominations were solicited from our readers via email, social media and on the Alumnus website. We sought nominations from the chief alumni affairs officers, chief communications officers, publications editors and chief development officers for each UT campus and for UT System administration.

When the nomination deadline came in August, 500 UT graduates from the distant to the recent past had been nominated. For the challenge of reducing that pool of 500 nominees to the group of 100 Centennial Alumni, the job went to a special panel of individuals with an exceptional sense of the university’s history.

So, who comprised this panel of knowledgeable alumni that whittled 500 nominees down to the final 100 memorable, accomplished or admired of UT graduates from all campuses and all career paths? They are:

  • Dr. Joe Johnson – President emeritus, UT System
  • Ann Holt Skadberg – UTAA volunteer and daughter of Andy Holt
  • Lofton Stuart – Former executive director of the UTAA
  • Charley Deal – UT Martin
  • Chandra Harris-McCray – UT Foundation
  • Jayne Holder – UT Chattanooga
  • Tim Lanier – UT Health Science Center
  • Tom Looney – UTIA
  • Haylee Marshall – UT Knoxville
  • Rickey McCurry – UT Foundation
  • Susan Robertson – IPS
  • Kerry Witcher – UTAA

Thanks to their exhaustive review, we are pleased to bring you the stories of these Centennial Alumni in three near-equal installments in each of our 2017 issues.