Notable Alumni

Notable Augustana alumni include:

  • Jarret Brachman, former CIA analyst and terrorism expert
  • Nancy Erickson '84, former Secretary of the United States Senate
  • Former National Football League stars Corbin Lacina, Bryan Schwartz, Les Josephson, Karl Mecklenburg, and Kevin Kaesviharn
  • Former Canadian Football League stars Heath Rylance and Troy Westwood
  • Starsky and Hutch actor David Soul
  • Mary Hart (Harum), former television host of Entertainment Tonight
  • David Lillehaug, Associate Justice, Minnesota Supreme Court
  • Dr. Eugene Hoyme '72, Chief Academic Officer, Sanford Health
  • Michael Reszler, VP for Innovation & Digital Content and Strategy, American Public Media
  • Dale Hoiberg, SVP and Editor, Encyclopedia Britannica
  • Myron Floren, accordionist
  • John Hamre, CEO of Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • Laurel Prieb, vice president of Western Operations for Major League Baseball
  • Brett Szabo, former center for the Boston Celtics
  • Fred Ward, actor (appeared in the film Tremors, and others)
  • Phil Niedringhaus, special agent of FBI
  • Rear Admiral (Ret) Lyle Bien, Fighter Pilot and Top Gun Instructor, US Navy
  • Andrew Kightlinger, filmmaker, writer and director
  • Lois Martin, '85, CFO, EVP at Ceridian
  • Karl Gehrke, radio host of Dakota Midday at South Dakota Public Radio
  • Jeffrey Hayzlett, primetime TV and radio host
  • Dr. Robert M. Berdahl, interim president of the University of Oregon and former Chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley
  • Linda Avey, co-founder, 23andme
  • Ted Kessinger, college football coach inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame
  • Dave Austad, president/owner of Austad's Golf
  • Lindsay Ammann, opera singer, Metropolitan Opera
  • Rev. Dr. Robin J. Steinke, first woman president of Luther Seminary