Notable Alumni

Both the Phi Phi Chapter and the Sigma Chi Fraternity boast an incredible alumni network.

Leaders

Drew Brees, Purdue 2001

Philanthropists

Jon Huntsman, Pennsylvania 1959

Icons

Brad Pitt, Missouri 1982

When I became a Sigma Chi it was great, because they were the people I enjoyed being with and I was very proud of the association. It was kind of an instant confidence builder for me.

David Letterman, Ball State 1969

Notable Phi Phi Chapter Alumni

Jon Huntsman Sr. ’59

Jon Huntsman Sr. was the founder and executive chairman of Huntsman Corporation, a multinational manufacturer and marketer of chemical products. More importantly, however, he was a prolific philanthropist and benefactor of his community. Not only did he create the Huntsman Cancer Institute, but he was a great supporter of innumerable causes. At Penn, he is well known for being the namesake of Huntsman Hall and the Huntsman Program. While an undergraduate, he served as our chapter’s Consul (President) and was president of his senior class.

“Everyone who knows Jon Huntsman is aware that he is a man of impeccable character and decency. In sum, he is the best!”

George H. W. Bush, 41st President of the United States

Mark DeRosa ’97

Mark DeRosa is a former professional baseball player, having won the 2010 World Series with the San Francisco Giants. He is currently a personality on MLB Network. While at Penn, he played both varsity baseball and varsity football, where he started as quarterback.

Alvin Shoemaker ’60

Alvin Shoemaker was the Chairman of the Board of First Boston from 1983 to 1989, when it was acquired by Credit Suisse. He has served on the boards of directors for Frontier Bank, Western Community Bank Shares, Huntsman Chemical Co., and Wynn Resorts. Al also served as Chairman of Penn’s Board of Trustees for 8 years, during which he raised over $1.4 billion for the university. At Penn, he served as our chapter’s Consul (President) and was on the varsity crew team (a picture of him rowing still adorns the walls of Smokey Joe’s!). His wife, Sally, was at one time the Sweetheart of Sigma Chi. He is the namesake of Shoemaker Green next to Franklin Field.

“Sigma Chi had a very positive effect on me. I made some of the best friends of my life, and not including all of the social aspects of it, I learned some good values, and I learned about leadership. It carried me for the rest of my life.”

Alvin Shoemaker, Pennsylvania 1960

Lawrence Lessig ’83

Lawrence Lessig is the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and a preeminent legal scholar and political activist. He is known for having founded the Creative Commons and for having advocated for campaign finance and electoral reform. He ran for president in 2016.

“[Lawrence Lessig] is the most distinguished law professor of his generation.”

Richard Posner, former United States Circuit Judge and the most cited legal scholar of the 20th century

Notable Sigma Chi Alumni

Athletics

  • Drew Brees, Purdue 2001 – Quarterback, New Orleans Saints
  • Merlin Olsen, Utah State 1962 – Pro Football Hall of Fame
  • Mike Ditka, Pittsburgh 1961 – Pro Football Hall of Fame
  • Bob Griese, Purdue 1967 – Pro Football Hall of Fame
  • Jay Wright, Bucknell 1983 – Men’s basketball coach, Villanova University
  • Sean Payton, Eastern Illinois 1987 – Head Coach, New Orleans Saints
  • Urban Meyer, Cincinnati 1986 – Former Head Coach, Ohio State Buckeyes
  • Bobby Valentine, Southern California 1972 – Former Manager, Boston Red Sox
  • Bryan Colangelo, Cornell 1987 – President and General Manager, Toronto Raptors
  • Luke Donald, Northwestern 2001 – PGA Tour golfer
Urban Meyer Cincinnati 1986 coaching the Ohio State Buckeyes football team

Government

  • Michael Enzi, George Washington 1966 – U.S. Senator (1996-Present)
  • Lamar Alexander, Tennessee 1962 – U.S. Senator (2002-Present)
  • Saxby Chambliss, Georgia 1966 – U.S. Senator (2003-2015)
  • Bob Corker, Tennessee 1974 – U.S. Senator (2007-2019)
  • J. William Fulbright, Arkansas 1924 – U.S. Senator (1945-1974), creator of the Fulbright Program
  • Andy Beshear, Vanderbilt 2022 – Governor of Kentucky
  • Jon Huntsman Jr., Utah 1987 – Governor of Utah (2005-2009), Ambassador to China (2009-2011), Ambassador to Russia (2017-2019)
Jon Huntsman Jr. Utah 1987 actually graduated from UPenn, despite being initiated at Utah

Military

  • Lt. Gen. Keller E. Rockey, Gettysburg 1909 – Commander of the Fifth Marine Division in the Battle of Iwo Jima
  • Captain Maurice Britt, Arkansas 1941 – Medal of Honor recipient
  • Technical Sergeant Forrest Vosler, Syracuse 1948 – Medal of Honor recipient
  • Captain John Young, Georgia Tech 1952 – Commander of the Apollo 16 mission to the Moon
John Young Georgia Tech 1952 on the Moon

Entertainment

  • Ty Burrell, Oregon 1987 – Film and television actor, Modern Family
  • Brad Pitt, Missouri 1982 – Film actor
  • Jim Caviezel, Washington 1980 – Film and television actor, The Passion of the Christ
  • Tony Hale, Samford 1992 – Television actor, Veep and Arrested Development
  • Woody Harrelson, Hanover 1983 – Academy Award-nominated and Emmy-nominated actor
  • David Letterman, Ball State 1969 – Host, The Late Show with David Letterman
  • Tom Selleck, Southern California 1967 – Television actor, Magnum, P.I.
  • John Wayne, Southern California 1929 – Film actor
Ty Burrell Oregon 1987

News

  • Andy Rooney, Colgate 1942 – Host, 60 Minutes
  • Bret Baier, DePauw 1992 – Anchor, Special Report with Bret Baier
  • Greg Gutfield, California, Berkeley 1987 – Host, Red Eye with Greg Gutfield

Business

  • Ted Rogers, Toronto 1956 – former President and CEO, Rogers Communications, 5th richest Canadian at the time of his death
  • Andy Dunn, Northwestern 2000 – CEO, Bonobos
  • Philip Anschutz, Kansas 1961 – 41st richest American
  • James Haslam, Jr., Tennessee 1952 – founder and owner, Pilot Travel Centers
  • J. Willard Marriott, Jr., Utah 1954 – former President, Marriott International

Scholarship

  • William DeVries, Utah 1966 – doctor who performed the first successful artificial heart implant surgery
  • M. Russell Ballard, Utah 1947 – Quorum of the 12 Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints