|The List Is Endless, but The Quality Remains the Same
The Brothers of Pi Kappa Alpha are some of the most successful people to walk this Earth. Below is a list of just some of our famous Pike brothers. These Pikes came from all walks of life and are true examples of what our brotherhood is all about.
|Bobby Bowden – Head Football Coach, Florida State Coach Bowden has been coaching football at Florida State University since 1976 and has led the Seminoles to a National title twice (1993, 1999), second place twice (1987, 92), third, four times (1988, 89, 97, 99), fourth, five times (1990, 91, 94, 95, 96) and fifth in 2000. No team in college football history can match the run. Bobby Bowden was initiated into Pi Kappa Alpha’s Alpha Pi Chapter at Samford University in 1949. He served as chapter president in 1954 and has supported Pi Kappa Alpha ever since.
Horace Grant – Professional Basketball Player
Horace Grant (Clemson, Eta Alpha ’91) is best known for his work with the Chicago Bulls organization where he won three NBA championships (1990-91, 1991-92, 1992-93). He was also a member of the 2000-01 champion L.A. Lakers team in the home city of the USC PIKE chapter. At the 1991 Pi Kappa Alpha Officers Leadership Academy, Grant addressed an audience and spoke of how the Bull’s formula for success can be used within the Fraternity – “We came together as a team. With a fraternity, we are a team. When everyone has the same focus the sky is the limit,” Grant said.
|Jeremy Piven – Actor
Jeremy Piven, famous for is award-winning acting in roles such as “Ari Gold” from Entourage or “Lester Burnham” in American Beauty, was a Pike at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
Jon Stewart – Anchor of The Daily Show
A New Jersey native and initiate of Pi Kappa Alpha at The College of William & Mary, Jon Stewart is considered one of America’s top social and comedic voices. From his anchor chair of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” he “has breathed new life into a show that hadn’t even seemed to need it,” said The New York Times. Since taking over as the anchorman of “The Daily Show” in January 1999, Stewart’s presence has seen higher ratings and awareness for himself and Comedy Central.
|Rick Dees – Radio Personality
As host of Rick Dees Weekly Top Forty, Dees is heard on over 400 stations across the country and 70 countries worldwide. In addition, he is the immensely popular host of the Rick Dees Morning Show on KIIS/Los Angeles, where he has dominated radio since 1982. Rick Dees is the recipient of The People’s Choice Award and has been awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He is a 1970 initiate of Pi Kappa Alpha at the University of North Carolina (Tau Chapter). His son is also a Pike initiate (Southern California, Gamma Eta ’98).
|Todd Hays – 2002 U. S. Olympian
Pi Kappa Alpha alumnus Todd Hays (Tulsa, Gamma Upsilon ’90) drove a United States four-man bobsled into American Olympic history in 2002 when the team won a silver medal, the country’s highest finish ever and first Olympic medal in the sport in 46 years.
|Hubert Green – Professional Golfer
A 1965 initiate of Delta Lambda Chapter (Florida State), Hubert Green is a well-known professional golfer. He turned professional in 1970 and has since won 19 PGA victories and 4 Champions Tour victories. Green has been active in golf coarse design, working with Fuzzy Zoeller on the TPC at Southwind, venue for the PGA Tour’s FedEx St. Jude Classic and assisted in designing Greystone GC in Birmingham with Bob Cupp – site of the Bruno’s Memorial Classic.
Tim McGraw â Country Music Star
Tim McGraw, the country music star pledged Pi Kappa Alpha at the university of Louisiana. He ignored all the stereotypes that his friends had told him. He was told that he would be “Buying his friends,” but he says all the stereotypes were totally UNTRUE. He says that PIKES were the greatest group of guys and the most respectful out of fraternity guys. He still works today with two of his fraternity brothers as financial advisors, and marketing advisors. When they are on tour one brother will start a PIKE SONG and the others will just hop in. Tim says that being a PIKE is the best thing that ever happened to me.
|Other Famous Pikes in BUSINESS
Bruce A. Aguilera – Vice President and General Counsel, Bellagio Hotel
Michael T. Ainslie – Former Vice President, Sotheby’s Europe
Dr. Gilbert F. Amelio – Inventor and Entrepreneur
John A. Balch – Former President of Royal Appliance Manufacturing
J. Frank Bell, III – Chairman and CEO, Intellinet
Arthur S. Bowes* – Industrialist
W. Todd Bowling – President, Solutions-II, Inc.
Chester M. Brown* – Former Chairman of the Board, Allied Chemical
Lawrence Owen Brown – Entrepreneur, President and CEO, Owen Brown Enterprises
Nolan Bushnell – Founder of Atari and Chuck E. Cheese’s Pizza Time Theater
William M. Byrne – Entrepreneur, Author
R. Don Cash – Chairman, President and CEO, Questar Corp.
S. Truett Cathy – Founder/CEO, Chick-Fil-AW. E. Chope* – Former President, Industrial Nucleonics Corp.
Edward N. Cole* – Former President, General Motors Corp.
Dr. Stephen R. Covey – Chairman, Covey Leadership Center
Thomas H. Davis* – Founder, Former President and CEO, Piedmont Airlines
Lewis Hay III – CEO, FPL Group, Inc.
James P. Holden – Former President and CEO, Daimler-Chrysler Corporation
Edward S. Hyman, Jr. – Economist
Bill McCartney – Founder and CEO, Promise Keepers
Edward A. Pease – Sr. Vice President, Government Relations, Rolls-Royce North America, Inc.
Ralph Terkowitz – Chief Technology Officer, Washington Post
|Other Famous Pikes in PUBLIC SERVICE Leslie C. Arends* – Former United States Congressman, Illinois
Dick Armey – Former United States Representative, Texas
Herbert H. Bateman* – Former United States Congressman, Virginia
Tom Bevill – Former United States Representative, Alabama
Brooks E. Blitch, III – Chief Judge, Superior Court of Georgia
Charles A. Bowsher – Former Comptroller General of the United States
Dr. Earl W. Brian, Jr. – Former Secretary, State of California Health and Welfare Agency
Bud Cramer – United States Representative, Alabama
C. Wesley Roberts* – Former Chairman, Republican National Convention
|Other Famous Pikes in EDUCATION
Joseph Ajello – Team Chief, Galileo UV Spectrometer Experiment/Jet Propulsion Lab
Dr. Tom Bonner – President, Wayne State University
John A. DiBiaggio – President, Tufts University
Nick Dunagan – Chancellor, University of Tennessee-Martin
E. Gordon Gee – Chancellor, Vanderbilt University
Dr. Walter L. Harrison – President, University of Hartford
Dr. James D. Hoskins* – Former President, University of Tennessee
Kenneth T. Jackson – Chairman of the History Department-Columbia University, Editor-in-Chief of The Encyclopedia of New York City
David L. Jorns – Former President, Eastern Illinois University
William Mankin – Senior Scientist, National Center for Atmospheric Research
Thomas McGraw – Pulitzer Prize Winner
Allen C. Meadors – Chancellor, University of North Carolina-Pembroke
Wayne L. Morse* – Former Dean, University of Oregon
Dr. William R. Nester – Chancellor Emeritus, University of Nebraska-Kearney
Dr. John Lloyd Newcomb* – Former President, University of Virginia
W. Taylor Reveley, Jr.* – Former President, Hampden-Sydney College
Eldridge W. Roark, Jr. – Former National President, Omicron Delta Kappa
Dr. Otis A. Singletary, Jr. – Former President, University of Kentucky
W. Christian Sizemore – Chancellor, William Jewel College
Dr. Samuel H. Smith – Former President, Washington State University
Dr. Andrew A. Sorensen – President, The University of Alabama
Edwin B. Strong, Jr. – President, Culver-Stockton College
William P. Tolley* – Former President and Chancellor, Syracuse University
Gary Trennepohl – President, Oklahoma State University-Tulsa
Robert F. Vagt – President, Davidson College
Glen Weissenberger – Dean of DePaul University School of Law
William H. Willimon – Dean of Chapel at Duke University and professor of theology; author
|Other Famous Pikes in NEWS, ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Rick Dees – Radio PersonalityTed Koppel – ABC’s Nightline Anchor
and Managing EditorJon Stewart – Anchor of The Daily Show
Jimmie Baker* – Emmy Award winning director and producer retired from ABC
Tim McGraw – Country Music Star
Kenneth T. Ober – Game Show Host
|Other Famous Pikes in SPORTS
Bobby Bowden – Head Football Coach, Florida StateHorace Grant – Professional Basketball PlayerHubert Green – Professional Golfer
Todd Hays – 2002 U. S. Olympian
Lance Alworth – Pro Football Hall of Fame
Travis Knight – Pro Basketball Player, Los Angeles Lakers