Notable Alumni

With the critical thinking and clear communication skills that Truman graduates have, they are unstoppable. Truman empowers our graduates with the ability to turn their intellectual pursuits into action by starting businesses, pursuing their passion for the performing arts, and contributing to countless fields. Here’s a sampling of some of the different ways Truman alumni are making a meaningful difference in the world.

  • Cody Sumter (’10)
    Product Manager at Facebook for VR Apps and 360 Photography (co-founder of Behavio, a mobile sensing company acquired by Google)
  • Mary Rhodes Russell (’80)
    Justice for Missouri Supreme Court
  • Corey Owens (’06)
    Head of Global Policy for Uber
  • Corinne Brinkerhoff (’02)
    Television Writer/Producer/Screenwriter (American Gothic, Elementary, Jane the Virgin, The Good Wife)
  • Chuck Woods (’86)
    Leader in the Aerospace Industry
  • Harsha De Silva (’89)
    Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs for Sri Lanka
  • Oseyi Ikuenobe (’05)
    Senior Product Manager, Pre-Purchase Promise at @WalmartLabs
  • Charlie Miller (’95)
    Principal Autonomous Vehicle Security Architect at Cruise Automation
  • Jenna Fischer (’95)
    Actor (The Office, Blades of Glory, Walk Hard)
  • Trudy Cooper (’76)
    Co-Founder of Outback Steakhouse
  • Greg Gerhardt (’79)
    Parkinson’s Disease Researcher
  • Akela Cooper (’03)
    Producer/Screenwriter (Grimm, The 100)
  • Larry Moore (’67)
    Kansas City Television News Anchor Emeritus
  • Scott Piper (’93)
    Opera Singer
  • Michael Schwend (’83)
    President/CEO of Preferred Family Healthcare
  • Lara (Runnels) Olsen (’91)
    Producer/Screenwriter (Beauty and the Beast, Mixology, Roughnecks: The Starship Troopers Chronicles)
  • Jason Beckfield (’98)
    Professor of Sociology at Harvard University
  • Maurice Medland (’61, ’77)
  • Ray Armstead (’84)
    Olympic Gold Medalist
  • Mike McClaskey (’85)
    Retired CIO & CHRO, Dish Network
  • Michael D. Pierschbacher (’74)
    CEO/President and Director of American Life Science Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Dominic Armstrong (’02)
    Opera Singer
  • Michael Gallatin (’75)
    Venture Partner and Senior Advisor for Frazier Healthcare Partners
  • Dawn (Wellington) Tartaglione (’90)
  • Anthony Cooperwood (’93)
  • Sandra Benitez (’63, ’75)
  • Darwin Harris (’95)
  • Greg Brown (’84)
    President/CEO of Learfield Communications

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