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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
    Samuel Pearson Goddard Jr. (1919-2006) was an American politician and the 12th governor of Arizona, serving from January 1965 till January 1967. He also remained active in politics following his term in office, serving on the Democratic National Committee and as chairman of the Arizona Democratic State Committee.
  • Public Service
    Barry M. Goldwater (1908-1998) was a businessman and five-term United States Senator from Arizona (1953–65, 1969–87) and the Republican Party's nominee for president in the 1964 election.
  • Sports/Olympics
    Arron Gordon played only one year of college basketball (2013-14) for the University of Arizona before being selected by the Orlando Magic as the fourth overall pick in the NBA draft.  During his short time, he was named to the All Pac-12 first team, as well as earing Pac-12 freshman player of the year and Pac-12 team honors.
  • Film/TV
    George Gray attended high school in Tucson and graduated from the University of Arizona. After working as a sketch and stand-up comedian, Gray's first television hosting gig was for "FXM Friday Nights." He also co-hosted the long-running series "Movies For Guys Who Like Movies."
    After previously appearing with a group of rotating auditioning announcers, Gray officially became the fourth regular announcer on "The Price Is Right" in April 2011.
  • Literature
    Andrew Greeley (1928-2013) was an Irish-American Roman Catholic priest, sociologist, journalist and popular novelist. Father Greeley was a professor of sociology at the University of Arizona and the University of Chicago, and a research associate with the National Opinion Research Center (NORC). For many years, he wrote a weekly column for the Chicago Sun-Times and contributed regularly to The New York Times, the National Catholic Reporter, America, and Commonweal.
  • Literature
    Best Life founder and creator Bob Greene is a best selling author, exercise physiologist, and certified personal trainer specializing in fitness, metabolism, and weight loss. 
  • Sports/Olympics
    Rob Gronkowski is an American football tight end in the NFL. He played college football for the University of Arizona, and was selected by the New England Patriots in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft. In 2011, Gronkowski, in his second season in the NFL, set the single-season record for touchdowns by a tight end, with 17 receiving touchdowns, and 18 overall. In doing so, he became the first tight end in NFL history to lead the league in receiving touchdowns. In his first three seasons, he has 38 receiving touchdowns in 43 games; no other tight end has had more than 25.
  • Sports/Olympics
    Natalie Gulbis is an American professional golfer of Latvian descent who plays on the U.S.-based LPGA Tour.
  • Media
    Savannah Guthrie is an American journalist and attorney. Guthrie joined NBC in September 2007 as a legal analyst and correspondent, regularly reporting on trials throughout the country. After serving as a White House correspondent between 2008 and 2011 and as co-anchor of the MSNBC program The Daily Rundown in 2010 and 2011, Guthrie was announced as the co-host of The Today Show.
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  • Literature
    Amanda Haas is a cookbook author, professional recipe tester and developer, and the Culinary Director of Williams-Sonoma, Inc. 
  • Sports/Olympics
    Chip Hale is an American former Major League Baseball second baseman and third baseman and current coach for the Oakland Athletics.
  • Public Service
    Aleena Hernandez is the principal and founder of Red Star Innovations, LLC and an adjunct lecturer at the University of Arizona, College of Public Health, and Division of Health Promotion Sciences. Red Star Innovations specializes in national public health consulting services, specifically in the area of performance, capacity and infrastructure development with tribes, tribal and non-profit organizations, associations and federal, state and local governments.