List of Furman University people
The list of Furman University people includes alumni, faculty, and staff of Furman University.
- 1. James Clement Furman was elected the first president of Furman University in 1859. He served for twenty years, until 1879. His grave at the Springwood Cemetery in Greenville states: "For 46 years he labored in the cause of Christian Education".
- 2. Charles Manly served as president from 1859 to 1879. He was a Baptist minister. Manly Hall (built in 1956) is named after him. He is credited for allowing the campus to become more residential, in contrast to previous administrators who did not favor dormitories.
- 3. Andrew Philip Montague was president for five years, from 1897 to 1902. While his two predecessors were involved in Christian life prior to being presidents, Montague was dean at Columbia University.
- 4. Charles Hallette Judson was Acting President over a year, from 1902 to 1903. Prior to this, he was president of the Greenville Woman's College.
- 5. Edwin McNeill Poteat strengthened the university in many ways during his fifteen years presidency, from 1903 to 1918. He encouraged the recruiting of faculty with advanced degrees, including the first PhD to be hired at Furman, Sidney Ernest Bradshaw.
- 6. After the previous president resigned to pursue mission work in China, Sidney Ernest Bradshaw became interim president for one year (1918-1919) while the board of trustees prepared to hire the next president.
- 7. William Joseph McGlothlin, a professor of church history, came from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminar in 1919 to serve as President at Furman, where he remained in this post until 1933. (1919-1933)
- 8. Bennette Eugene Geer, also known as 'Ben Geer', became president in 1933. His friendship with James Buchanan Duke was instrumental to name Furman as a beneficiary of the Duke Endowment. In the terms of the endowment, Furman was referred to as "that little college located in Greenville that Ben Geer is such a fool about". Geer was a graduate of Furman, and as such, the first Furman graduate to assume the presidency. Financial support progressed under Geer's presidency, echoing his own times when he was able to afford education at Furman in part thanks to living in the house of then president Manly. His presidency ended in 1938.
- 9. Robert Norman Daniel was Acting President during the remainder of the year 1938.
- 10. John Laney Plyler oversaw a transformation of Furman during a long lasting presidency of 25 years, from 1939 to 1964. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Furman University, and was trained at the Harvard Law School. Under his presidency, land was bought for the new campus and Furman moved from downtown Greenville to its current location.
- 11. Gordon Williams Blackwell, was the president of Florida State University, who then came as the new President of Furman in 1965. His interest in excellence by national standards contributed to start the transformation of Furman as a higher education institute of national stature, as it is still categorized today (among national liberal arts universities). His term ended after ten years, in 1976.
- 12. John Edwin Johns, was president of Furman from 1976 to 1994. He had a distinguished military career with several military honors (e.g., Flying Cross, Air Medal) and flew 35 combat missions in Europe during World War II aboard a B-17 aircraft. A graduate of Furman, he received a PhD in history from the University of North Carolina. After a long academic career at Stetson University culminating in its presidency, he joined Furman as president and grew the university's endowment tenfold through capital campaigns.
- 13. David Emory Shi, a historian, author and champion of sustainability, served as the university’s president from 1994 to 2010. He highlighted some of his accomplishments as "faculty salaries improved dramatically, the endowment quadrupled, the academic profile of the student body rose, and the campus benefited from more than $210 million in new construction and renovation".
- 14. Rodney A. Smolla, a nationally known lawyer, held the presidency for three years, from 2010 to 2013. After personal reasons, he stepped down from the post and described Furman as "one of the gems of American higher education", for which he is remembered for a continued growth of application for admissions and the endowment.
- 15. Carl F. Kohrt was Interim President for a year, from 2013 to 2014.
- 16. Elizabeth Davis became Furman’s President on July 1, 2014. Davis came to Furman from Baylor University in Texas, where she was Executive Vice President and Provost. The Furman Advantage was launched under her presidency.
- Brad Cox - computer scientist, creator of the Objective-C programming language
- Hans Einstein - the foremost authority on the lung disease Valley Fever
- Thomas T. Goldsmith - Physicist who helped pioneer the invention of Color Television, and Inventor of the first video game.
- Valerie Horsley - biologist
- Albert Ernest Radford - Botanist, mainly known for the Manual of the Vascular Flora of the Carolinas, the definitive flora for North Carolina and South Carolina.
- Charles Townes - Nobel Prize in Physics winner, inventor of the maser, laid theoretical groundwork for invention of laser
- John B. Watson - American Psychologist, founder of Behaviorism
Arts and theatreEdit
- John Bloomfield - Pianist
- Jay Bocook - Composer and Arranger - Work Featured at 1984 Olympic Games
- Ben Browder - Three-time Saturn Awards winner for Best Actor on Television on Farscape
- Jim David - comedian on Comedy Central Presents, actor, writer
- Amy Grant - guitarist and Christian musician
- Keith Lockhart - Current conductor of the Boston Pops
- Jesse Rice - multi-platinum Nashville songwriter of Florida Georgia Line #1 hit single Cruise
- Bear Rinehart, Lead vocalist of Needtobreathe, a six time GMA Dove Award-winning modern rock band
- Elizabeth Bishop - mezzo-soprano with the Metropolitan Opera New York, New York
- Donald Reid Womack - Composer and Professor, University of Hawaii
Academics, writers, journalist, literature, and publishersEdit
- Eleanor Beardsley - Journalist, NPR Correspondent from France
- Maurice Bloomfield - Austrian-born U.S. philologist and Sanskrit scholar
- Tomiko Brown-Nagin - Legal historian and professor at Harvard Law School and Harvard University
- Orville Vernon Burton - Renowned Southern Historian and author of Age of Lincoln
- Betsy Byars - children's author, winner of the Newbery Medal, a National Book Award, an Edgar Award and the Regina Medal
- Marshall Frady – Journalist, Biographer
- Lois Gladys Leppard - Author of the Mandie children novels.
- Raven I. McDavid, Jr., linguist, dialectologist
- Cecil Staton - Politician, member of the Georgia Senate and Chancellor of East Carolina University
- George Singleton – Novelist
- Robert Whitlow - Author and film-maker
- Jessica Taylor - Journalist, NPR Political Reporter
- David C. Garrett, Jr. - Former CEO of Delta Air Lines
- Sanjay Kumar - Former CEO of Computer Associates, sentenced to 12 years in prison for his role in a massive accounting fraud
- Herman Lay - Founder of the Lay's Corporation, later creating the largest-selling snack food company in the US, the Frito-Lay corporation
- David Trone - Founder of Total Wine & More.
- Herman Hipp - Former CEO and President Liberty Corporation
- Robert E. Hill Jr. - Former CEO of Acosta Sales & Marketing
- Carl Kohrt - Former Interim President of Furman University and Chief Technology Officer of Kodak
- Tyler Droll - Co-Founder of Yik Yak[circular reference]
- Brooks Buffington - Co-Founder of Yik Yak[circular reference]
Politics and LawEdit
- Andrew L. Abrams - Dean of Charleston School of Law
- Robert T. Ashmore - United States Representative from South Carolina
- Maurice G. Burnside - United States Representative from West Virginia
- Judy Clarke - Attorney who defended convicted terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui, "Unabomber" Ted Kaczynski, Susan Smith, 1996 Summer Olympics bomber Eric Robert Rudolph, and Jared Lee Loughner
- Neal Collins - member of the South Carolina House of Representatives
- Richard Cullen - Former Attorney General of Virginia and high-profile lawyer
- Tom Davis - South Carolina State Senator and Chief of Staff to Governor Mark Sanford.
- William Dimitrouleas (1973) - United States District Judge
- Joseph H. Earle - member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1878 to 1882, a member of the South Carolina Senate from 1882 to 1886, South Carolina attorney general from 1886 to 1890 and a United States Senator from South Carolina in 1897
- Willa L. Fulmer - United States Representative from South Carolina
- Michael E. Guest - United States Ambassador to Romania
- Wilton E. Hall - newspaper publisher and United States Senator from South Carolina from 1944 to 1945
- Clement Haynsworth - Former United States judge and an unsuccessful nominee for the United States Supreme Court
- Max Heller - mayor of Greenville, South Carolina, from 1971 to 1979; held honorary Doctor of Laws degree and Bell Tower Award from Furman, the Furman student services program is named the Max and Trude Heller Service Corps.
- Baron Hill - United States Representative from Indiana
- John Michael McConnell - Served as Director of the National Security Agency and Director of National Intelligence
- Libby Mitchell - Maine politician
- John F. Mulholland, Jr. - Lieutenant General of United States Army
- Roger C. Peace - United States Senator from South Carolina
- William H. Perry - United States Representative from South Carolina
- Richard Riley - Former Governor of South Carolina and U.S. Secretary of Education under the Clinton administration
- Thomas A. Roe, conservative philanthropist, founder of the South Carolina Policy Council.
- Madeline Rogero - First female mayor of Knoxville, Tennessee
- Mark Sanford - Former Governor of South Carolina
- John Calhoun Sheppard - The 82nd Governor of South Carolina
- Alexander Stubb - Prime Minister of Finland and leader of the Coalition Party
- Nick Theodore - Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina from 1987 to 1995
- David Tolbert - President of the International Center for Transitional Justice
- Johnnie Mac Walters- Commissioner of Internal Revenue from 1971 to 1973
- Kevin R. Wendel - United States Army major general
- Druanne White - Trial lawyer in South Carolina
- Rob Woodall - United States Representative from Georgia
- Ligon Duncan- Senior Minister- First Presbyterian Church of Jackson, MS (PCA), Moderator of the PCA General Assembly (2004), the youngest ever elected, and president of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals.
- Kirkman Finlay - First bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina.
- Duke Kimbrough McCall - Executive Member of the Southern Baptist Convention and President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
- Earl Paulk - founder of Chapel Hill Harvester Church
- Issachar Jacox Roberts - Baptist missionary in China
- Robby Bostain (born 1984) - American-Israeli basketball player.
- Beth Couture - Head coach of the Butler Bulldogs women's basketball team
- Darrell Floyd - Two-time NCAA Consensus All-American basketball player
- Frank Selvy - Former NBA All-Star; holds current NCAA Division I record for the most points scored (100) in a single basketball game
- Derek Waugh - Head men's basketball coach at Stetson University
- Brian Bratton - NFL player, rookie free agent for the Atlanta Falcons in 2005, formerly a receiver for Baltimore Ravens assigned to the Cologne Centurions of NFL Europe.
- Luther Broughton - Former NFL tight end
- Dakota Dozier - NFL offensive guard for the New York Jets, drafted by the Jets in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
- Jerome Felton - Former NFL All-Pro Fullback, 5th round draft pick by the Detroit Lions in 2008 NFL Draft
- Louis Ivory - College football running back, won the 2000 Walter Payton Award
- Stanford Jennings - Former NFL player for the Cincinnati Bengals, scored a touchdown in Super Bowl XXIII; current New Balance sales executive
- Ingle Martin - NFL player, QB for Kansas City Chiefs
- Kavis Reed - former CFL player, head coach of Edmonton Eskimos
- Orlando Ruff - NFL player for Cleveland Browns
- David Whitehurst - Former quarterback for the Green Bay Packers
- Sam Wyche - Former NFL quarterback and head coach; led Cincinnati Bengals to Super Bowl XXIII
- Beth Daniel - LPGA Tour, World Golf Hall of Fame, 32 career victories
- Brad Faxon - eight-time winner on the PGA Tour, played on two Ryder Cup teams
- Bruce Fleisher - won the U.S. Amateur in 1968, professional golfer on the PGA Tour and the Champions Tour
- Betsy King - LPGA Tour, World Golf Hall of Fame, 34 career victories
- Dottie Pepper - Former LPGA Tour champion; current NBC and Golf Channel commentator
- Sherri Turner - Professional golfer, won the 1988 LPGA Championship
- Ricardo Clark - Professional soccer player for Houston Dynamo, 2003 MLS Rookie of the Year runner-up, member of the United States men's national soccer team
- Clint Dempsey - Professional soccer player for American team Seattle Sounders of the MLS, 2004 MLS Rookie of the Year and member of the United States men's national soccer team, only US player to score a goal in the 2006 World Cup, scored first American goal in 2010 World Cup in South Africa in 1-1 match versus England, first American player to record a hat-trick in the Premier League
- Alec Kann - Professional soccer player for the MLS Atlanta United FC
- Jonathan Leathers - Professional soccer player for the MLS Vancouver Whitecaps
- John Barry Nusum - Professional soccer player for the Virginia Beach Mariners and Philadelphia Kixx
- Shea Salinas- Professional soccer player for the MLS San Jose Earthquakes
- Pete Santora - Professional soccer player for the Albuquerque Geckos and Jacksonville Cyclones
- Sergei Raad - Professional soccer player for the MLS Kansas City Wizards
- Walker Zimmerman - Professional soccer player for the MLS FC Dallas, member of the United States men's national soccer team
- Xavier Woods (Austin Watson) - Professional wrestler for World Wrestling Entertainment
- Angel Martino - Olympic gold medalist in swimming
- Tom Mastny - MLB pitcher, former player for Cleveland Indians, currently pitching for AAA New Orleans Zephyrs of the Miami Marlins farm system
- David Segal - Track athlete, bronze medalist in 1960 Summer Olympics
- Rev James Clement Furman, Memorial. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/9321867/james-clement-furman
- Courtney L. Tollison, Furman University. Arcadia Publishing, 2004. pp.25
- Carl Wilkinson, The Life and Work of William Joseph McGlothlin, Ph.D. diss., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1980.
- Courtney L. Tollison, Furman University. Arcadia Publishing, 2004. pp.27
- Obituary of John Jones. The Greenville News on Sept. 28, 2007. https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/greenvilleonline/obituary.aspx?n=john-johns&pid=140578512
- "Furman University's Presidents". Library.furman.edu. 2013-02-09. Retrieved 2015-07-18.
- David E. Shi: Bio. http://davideshi.com/Bio.html
- Ron Barnett, Smolla surprises Furman by resignation. The State, May 08, 2013. http://www.thestate.com/news/local/education/article14429777.html
- "President Elizabeth Davis | Office of the President | University Leadership | About Furman | Furman University". Furman.edu. Retrieved 2015-07-18.
- "The Cliffs Cottage". Retrieved 2010-01-05.
- Bishop, Elizabeth. "Bio of Elizabeth Bishop -- The Metropolitan Opera". Our Artists. Metropolitan Opera. Retrieved 13 September 2011.
- Yik Yak
- Yik Yak
- "Max Heller Biography". Furman University. Retrieved May 20, 2014.
- Rhodes, Lisa R. (April 1, 2011). "Division commander settles into new job". www.army.mil/. Washington, DC.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)