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Wildcats are global citizens with the knowledge, skills, and desire to engage in a global society. Engaged leaders who design and lead the future of their communities and their world. Fulfilled individuals who engage in productive lives and personally satisfying work — and all of whom embody competitive excellence.

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  • Public Service
    Paul Fannin was an American businessman and politician. A Republican, he served as a U.S. Senator from Arizona from 1965 to 1977. He previously served as the 11th governor of Arizona from 1959 to 1965.
  • Sports/Olympics
    Jennie Finch is an American softball player who pitched for the USA national softball team and the Chicago Bandits. Finch helped lead Team USA to the gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics and a silver medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics. Time magazine described her as the most famous softball player in history. In 2010, Finch retired from softball to focus on her family.
  • Literature
    David Fitzsimmons is a cartoonist, humor columnist and blogger for the Arizona Daily Star. Fitz is syndicated to more than 700 news publications. A Pulitzer finalist in 1988, his award-winning cartoons have drawn both fire and praise.
  • Sports/Olympics
    Nick Foles is an American football quarterback in the NFL. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft. In 2018, Foles was named MVP of Super Bowl LII after the Eagles defeated the New England Patriots.
  • Sports/Olympics
    Terry Francona is the current manager of the Cleveland Indians of Major League Baseball. He was a first baseman and outfielder in the majors from 1981 to 1990. After retiring as a player, he managed several minor league teams in the 1990s before managing the Philadelphia Phillies for four seasons. In 2004, Francona was hired to manage the Boston Red Sox, and that year he led the team to its first World Series championship since 1918.
  • Sports/Olympics
    Brenda Frese is an American women's basketball head coach and former player. Since 2002, she has served as the head coach of the University of Maryland women's basketball team.
  • Sports/Olympics
    As a senior in 2004–05, Frye received the University of Arizona's Sapphire Award, which is given to the outstanding senior male student-athlete. He also earned the 2004–05 Pacific-10 Conference Sportsmanship Award. For a second consecutive year, he earned first-team All-Pac-10 and USBWA All-District 9 team honors, as well as first-team NABC All-NCAA District 15 selection.  Frye was first drafted by the New York Knicks in 2005, and since then has also played for the Portland Trail Blazers, Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic and Cleveland Cavaliers.
  • Sports/Olympics
    Jim Furyk is an American professional golfer, 2010 FedEx Cup champion, and 2010 PGA Tour Player of the Year. He has won one major championship, the 2003 U.S. Open.
  • Media
    Jose Galvez has never stopped photographing Latino life in the U.S., reaching into new areas and new pursuits. He served as senior photo editor for Americanos, a multi-media exhibition led by Edward James Olmos. In 2000, he published his first solo book, Vatos, a collaboration with esteemed poet Luis Alberto Urrea. Then, in Beloved Land, he and oral historian Patricia Martin explored the lives of Mexican pioneer ranchers in the American Southwest.
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  • Sports/Olympics
    Jason Gardner is an American basketball player. He was the 2008-09 MVP and two-time all-star in the German League. Gardner had his No. 22 jersey retired at the UA in 2005. In 2013, he was inducted into the Pac-12 Hall of Honor. He is currently the head coach at current coach of IUPUI.
  • Literature
    Brian Garfield is an American novelist and screenwriter. He is best known for his 1972 novel Death Wish.
  • Business
    Rande Gerber, husband of former supermodel Cindy Crawford, is an entertainment industry businessman and former model. After graduating from the University of Arizona with a marketing degree, he founded nightlife companies "Midnight Oil" and the "Gerber Group". Gerber Group opened its first venue in the Paramount Hotel in New York City, in 1991. In 2013, he partnered with George Clooney to launch the fastest growing Tequila brand in the world, called "Casamigos Tequila".