Our Alumni Make History

About 65 percent of the University’s 220,000 alumni live in North Texas and contribute to our annual economic impact of $16.1 billion in the region.

Kalpana "K.C." Chawla '84 - Astronaut

Born in India, she was the first woman from that nation to travel in space. She was among the crew members who died in the 2003 Columbia space shuttle accident. UTA's first Residential Learning Center is named in her honor.

Greg Abbott, Attended 1979 - Governor

Governor, State of Texas (2015–Present)

Hunter Pence, Attended 2002–04 - Baseball Player

Professional Baseball Player for the Texas Rangers.

Kathleen Cooper '70, '71 - Business Thought Leader

The former U.S. under secretary for economic affairs from 2001-2005, she is a director of the Williams Companies, a Fortune 200 energy firm, and a founding director of Texas Security Bank in Dallas.

Kelcy Warren '78 - CEO

CEO, Chairman of the Board of Energy Transfer Equity L.P. Appointed to the UT System Board of Regents by Gov. Greg Abbott. Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient, 2007.

Lauren Lane '84 - Actress and Teacher

She starred as C.C. Babcock on the television series The Nanny and has worked in leading regional theaters throughout the country. She is a full-time lecturer at Texas State University.

Lou Diamond Phillips '85 - Actor

Best known for his portrayal of rock-n-roll legend Ritchie Valens in La Bamba, he was nominated for a Tony Award for his role as the King of Siam in the Broadway revival of The King and I.

Martha Burk '68, '74 - Women's Issues Expert

The first woman to earn a Ph.D. at UTA, she is a political psychologist and director of the Corporate Accountability Project for the National Council of Women's Organizations.

Retired Brig. Gen. Robert L. Stewart '71 - Soldier and Astronaut

He spent 289 hours in space on the Challenger and Atlantis missions, and became deputy commanding general of the U.S. Army Strategic Defense Command.

Tommy Franks '71 - General

Former Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Central Command

Other notable alumni-

B.C. Yen

’81 MS, College of Engineering President, Taipei Rapid Transit Corporation

Teresa White

’88 BBA, College of Business President, AFLAC U.S. Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient, 2017

Mike Rhyner

’81 BA, Communications RATV Host, The Ticket – Sports Radio 1310 AM Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient, 2017

Deanna Johnston

’92 BBA, Finance CIO, Shiseido Americas Corporation

Fred Perpall

’98 Master of Architecture CEO, Beck Group Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient, 2014

Sam Mahrouq

’91 BA, Journalism, President, Mahrouq Enterprises International Inc.

Jingdong Hua

’93 MBA, Finance Vice President and Treasurer, World Bank

Lori Bradley

’97 MA, English Senior VP of Global Talent Management and Organizational Effectiveness, United Airlines

Raj Malik

’93 BS, Computer Science, CEO, BIOWORLD Merchandising Inc.

Serena Simmons Connelly

’95 MS, Social Work Executive Vice President, Harold Simmons Foundation Inc. Co-Founder and Board Member, Human Rights Initiative of North Texas Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient, 2014

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The best way to describe UTA and what it does for our students is to tell the stories of our graduates. Their experiences after graduation paint a vivid picture of how our alumni help shape the world.