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2601 Gentilly Boulevard
New Orleans Louisiana 70122

Ph. (504)816.4182
alumnirelations@dillard.edu

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Distinguished Alumni

The alumni of “Fair Dillard” represent our mission and values. From our roots as Straight University and New Orleans, these graduates exemplify Dillard’s commitment to service, justice, business leadership, creative expression and community engagement.

GOVERNMENT/LAW

FLOYD E. WILSON JR. 

First Black Councilmember, Prince George County

CARL STEWART ’71

First Black Chief Judge,
5th Circuit Court of Appeals

P.B.S. PINCHBACK, Straight College 1885

First Black Governor of Louisiana

REVIUS O. ORTIQUE JR. ’47

First Black Louisiana Supreme Court Justice

MICHAEL D. JONES ’82

Lead Counsel, Coalition for Equity and Excellence in Maryland Higher Education (HBCU lawsuit)

JAY BANKS ’82

City councilmember, New Orleans

TRACIE TODD ’01

Judge, Alabama 10th Circuit Court

RUTH CARTER ’82

36th District Court, City of Detroit

NAPOLEON BRACY JR. ’00

Alabama House of Representatives

KARELIA STEWART ’01

Judge, Louisiana First District Court

ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT/MEDIA

ALICE DUNBAR NELSON,

Straight College 1892
Poet and Social Justice advocate

BRENDA MARIE OSBEY ’78

Louisiana Poet Laureate 2005-2007

JERICHO BROWN ’98

Pulitzer Prize Winner, Poetry

GARRETT MORRIS ’58

Actor/Comedian

ELLIS MARSALIS JR. ’55

Jazz Composer and Educator

KEITH WOODS ’80

Vice President, Newsroom Training & Diversity, National Public Radio

AYO DAVIS ’98

Senior Vice President, Talent & Casting, ABC Entertainment/Studios

HAROLD BATTISTE ’52

Musician, Composer and Founder of AFO Records

D.J. MCCONDUIT ’09

Emmy Award-Winning Cinematographer

GRAY HALL ’01

Emmy Award-Winning TV Reporter

KRISTI COLEMAN ’11

TV News Reporter, WVUE-TV

BRANDIS FRIEDMAN ’00

TV News Anchor, WTTW-TV

LISA FRAZIER-PAGE ’84

Journalist and New York Times Best Selling Author

TOI THORNTON ’14

TV News Reporter, WALA-TV

PRESTON EDWARDS SR. ’65

Publisher, Black Collegian

SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, MATH AND MEDICINE/HEALTH

DR. NITA LANDRY ’03

OB/GYN and Co-Host, “The Doctors”

TRIVIA FRAZIER WILTZ ’07

CEO & President, Obatala Sciences

SHEILA TLOU ’74

Former Minister of Health, Botswana and Florence Nightingale Medal Recipient

IMMIE EDWARDS ’70

Chemist and First Black Sales Representative, Union Carbide

DR. KAREN L. DRAKE ’79

Perinatologist, OB/GYN and helped deliver the McCaughey septuplets, the world’s first surviving

JOHN RUFFIN ’65

Former Director, National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities

BUSINESS

VINCE HUDSON ’93

Executive Vice President/Chief Brand Officer, Black Entertainment Television

NICOLE TINSON-JOHNSON ’14

Founder/CEO, HBCU 20×20

JOYCE ROCHÉ ’70

Former CEO, Girls Inc.; former Board Member, AT&T and former Director, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group

GLENDA MCNEAL ’82

Senior Vice President, Global Partnerships and First Black Female Executive Committee Member, American Express

MICHAEL GRIFFIN ’94

President/CEO, Daughters of Charity

NICOLE B. THOMAS ’94

First Female President, Baptist Medical Center South

AL LEE ’80

Vice President/Chief Governance Officer, Colgate-Palmolive

CHRIS WALKER ’04

Founder, CDW Services

MARGARETTE PURVIS ’95

President/CEO, Food Bank for New York City

ROLAND PICKENS ’85

CEO, San Francisco Health Network

ATHLETICS

NICOLE B. THOMAS ’94

First Female President, Baptist Medical Center South

ARIEL “MIGHTY” MITCHELL ’12

Former Harlem Globetrotter

BILLY RAY “SUPERTROTTER” HOBLEY ’77

Former Harlem Globetrotter

ALFREDO OTT ’05

Professional Basketball Player

MARLBERT PRADD ’67

Former Professional Basketball Player and Louisiana Basketball Hall of Famer

EDUCATION

DR. WILLIAM W. SUTTON SR. ’53

Former President, Mississippi Valley State University

MILLIE CHARLES ’43

Founding Dean, Southern University at New Orleans School of Social Work

DR. RUTH SIMMONS ’67

President, Prairie View A&M University and First Black Female President of an Ivy League Institution

DR. BEVERLY JACQUES ANDERSON ’65

Professor Emeritus, University of the District of Columbia and Director of Minority Programs, National Academy of Sciences

ROMEO B. GARRETT, Straight College ’32

First Black Professor, Bradley University

COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP

MARK TILLMAN ’88

Former General President, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

CYNTHIA BUTLER-MCINTYRE ’76

Former National President, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

LOUIS A. MARTINET, Straight College 1876

Doctor and Founding Member, Comite des Citoyens

RUDOLPHE L. DESDUNES,

Straight College 1882
Author and Founding Member, Comite des Citoyens

JOHN W.E. BOWEN JR.,

New Orleans University 1878
Clergyman and one of the first Black Ph.D. recipients in the U.S.