William Christenberry

B.F.A., 1958 & M.F.A., 1959 William Christenberry received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The University of Alabama, where he studied sculpture, painting and drawing. He has been described as one of the most prolific artists of the 20th century. Christenberry began his career as an abstract painter in New York City and evolved to […]

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Richard M. Myers

Biochemistry, ’76 Known for his passion for changing the world through genomics, Richard Myers served as professor and chair in the department of genetics at Stanford University from 1993-2008, where his work contributed to more than 10 percent of the data for the Human Genome Project. Myers was born in Selma, Alabama and moved to […]

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Nan Boden

Mathematics, ’86 Nan Boden is Senior Director of Google. She joined Google in 2013 via acquisition in the division that designs, develops and deploys Google’s data centers, where she handled various strategy matters as well as mergers and acquisitions. Boden was formerly CEO of Myricom, a pioneer in high-performance computer networking and a successful Caltech […]

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Sonequa Martin-Green

Theatre, ’07 A native of Russellville, Alabama, Martin-Green graduated from The University of Alabama in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in theatre. Sonequa Martin-Green is best known for her role as Sasha Williams in the television hit “The Walking Dead.” In 2016, she was awarded a role as a lead actress in “Star Trek: The […]

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Mel Allen

Unknown Major, ’32 Born Melvin Allen Israel, he was a student manager for the Crimson Tide’s football and baseball programs before receiving a chance to do play-by-play for UA football games. He earned undergraduate and law degrees from UA before winning an audition to announce in New York for CBS Radio in 1936. Allen broadcast […]

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Michael Emerson

Theatre, ’95 A film and television actor, Emerson is best known for his roles as Harold Finch on the CBS series Person of Interest and William Hinks on The Practice. He also played Benjamin Linus on the serial drama television series Lost, and has worked extensively in theatre and narration. Emerson has won two Primetime […]

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Winston Groom

English, ’65 Winston Groom graduated from The University of Alabama in 1965 and served in the Army from 1965 to 1969, including a tour of duty in the Vietnam War. Once he returned to the United States, he worked as a reporter for the Washington Star before turning his attention to a career writing novels. […]

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Harper Lee

Honorary Doctorate, ’91 Nellie Harper Lee, better known by her pen name Harper Lee, was an American novelist widely known for To Kill a Mockingbird, published in 1960. Immediately successful, it won the 1961 Pulitzer Prize and has become a classic of modern American literature. Though Lee had only published this single book, in 2007 […]

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Betsy Plank

History, ’44 Betsy Plank was known as a public relations pioneer, a champion of PR education and the First Lady of public relations. A 1944 graduate of the University of Alabama, Plank attained national and international stature during a distinguished career in corporate and agency public relations. She achieved multiple firsts for women, winning many […]

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Joe Scarborough

History, ’85 Joe Scarborough is an American cable news and talk radio host, lawyer, author and former politician. He is the co-host of Morning Joe on MSNBC, and previously hosted Scarborough Country on the same channel. Scarborough served in the United States House of Representatives from 1995 to 2001 as a Representative from the 1st […]

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