How do we know The Furman Advantage works? Just see what our alumni do. Here are just a few of the Furman alumni who are making a difference in the world today. (Above photo: Sarah Reese ’71, left, and Lillian Brock Flemming ’71 were awarded Honorary Doctor of Humanities degrees in 2014.)

Meet Furman Alumni Who Have Changed the World

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  • Eleanor Beardsley ’86, National Public Radio Correspondent
  • Lillian Brock-Flemming ’71, Greenville City Council
  • Mary-Mitchell Campbell ’96, music director and conductor on Broadway
  • Brad Cox ’65, creative of Objective-C, the programming language for Apple devices
  • Ravenel B. Curry III ’63, president and co-founder of Eagle Capital Management
  • Beth Daniel ’78, professional golfer, member of the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) and World Golf Hall of Fame
  • Clint Demspey ’03, U.S. Men’s National Soccer team
  • Hans Einstein ’43, authority on the lung disease Valley Fever, Albert Einstein’s cousin
  • Brad Faxon ’83, professional golfer
  • David C. Garrett ’42, former CEO of Delta Air Lines
  • Kim Jackson ’06, Georgia State Senator, one of only three openly LGBTQ black female state senators in the country
  • Stanford Jennings ’84, National Football League (NFL) player
  • Betsy King ’77, Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) golfer
  • Frances Liglerm’72, renowned inventor recognized in the National Inventors Hall of Fame
  • Keith Lockhart ’81, conductor of Boston Pops
  • Mike McConnell ’66, former director of U.S. National Intelligence
  • Karen Parks ’83, opera singer
  • Dottie Pepper ’87, Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) golfer
  • Richard Riley ’54, former U.S. Secretary of Education and South Carolina Governor
  • Bear Rinehart ’03, lead singer of Need to Breathe
  • Sarah Reese ’71, Metropolitan Opera Soprano
  • Mark Sanford ’83, former Governor of South Carolina
  • George Singleton ’80, novelist
  • Alex Stubb ’93, former Prime Minister of Finland
  • Charles Townes ’35, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in physics, inventor of the maser and laser
  • David Trone ’77, founder of Total Wine & More, U.S. Representative from Maryland’s 6th Congressional District
  • Betsy Bishop Weiss ’89, opera singer
  • Sam Wyche ’66, former National Football League (NFL) quarterback and head coach
  • Walker Zimmerman ’14, Major League Soccer (MLS) player