Some of our outstanding alumni

Barney Feinblum helped transform the natural food industry in his roles as CEO of Celestial Seasonings and Horizon Organic Dairy.

Bill Ritter served as Colorado governor from 2007 to 2011.

Byron White was CU’s first All-American football player, a Rhodes scholar, a Bronze Star recipient and a Supreme Court justice.

Chauncey Billups was an NBA All-Star.

Chris Fowler served as ESPN’s primary studio host for college football and anchored College GameDay for 25 years.

Dalton Trumbo won an Oscar for the screenplay of Roman Holiday.

Dave Grusin, a musician and composer, is a multiple Grammy Award winner and an Academy Award winner.

Glenn Miller was one of the most popular leaders of the Big Band era.

Greg Bull, an award-winning Associated Press photojournalist, has traveled all over the world covering events such as the 2012 Olympics in London, the 2011 tsunami in Japan and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.

Hale Irwin is a professional golfer and three-time U.S. Open champion.

Heidi Ganahl is the founder and CEO of Camp Bow Wow, the world’s largest pet care franchise.

Jenny Barringer Simpson is a world-class runner who competed in the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics.

Marsha Ivins is one of 18 CU Boulder alumni astronauts. She made five journeys into space, logging more than 1,000 hours in orbit.

Marlene Tseng Yu, founder and curator of Rain Forest Art Foundation, uses borderline realism and abstraction in her Abstraction in Nature Series.

Matt Stone and Trey Parker met at CU Boulder and went on to create South Park, the popular Emmy Award-winning animated television show. Their Broadway musical, The Book of Mormon, won nine Tony awards, including Best Musical, in 2011.

Rick Reilly is one of the most well-respected sportswriters in the country.

Ruth Cave Flowers became one of the first black women to graduate from CU, in 1924. She taught black studies and literature at CU.

Scott Carpenter was a NASA astronaut and the second American to orbit Earth.

Steve Ells is the founder of Chipotle Mexican Grill, a successful restaurant chain.

Steve SwansonSteve Swanson (pictured at right) returned to Earth September 10, 2014, after 169 days in orbit on the International Space Station, where he served as a flight engineer and then a station commander.

Vine Deloria, Jr., an influential writer and American Indian leader, taught at the university from 1990 until 2000.


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