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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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  • Sports/Olympics
    Glenn Parker is a former offensive lineman in the NFL who played for the Buffalo Bills, the Kansas City Chiefs and the New York Giants. After his retirement, he became a television NFL analyst. He played at the University of Arizona and was drafted in the third round of the NFL Draft in 1990.
  • Sports/Olympics
    Josh Pastner is the head coach of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. He previously coached the University of Memphis Tigers. Pastner was a player on the 1997 Arizona Wildcats men's basketball national championship team and an assistant coach at the UA under Lute Olson and at Memphis under John Calipari. He was named the 2013 Sporting News Conference USA Coach of the Year, and the 2017 Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Basketball Coach of the Year.
  • Media
    Katie Pavlich is a commentator, author, blogger and podcaster. She joined Fox News Channel in 2013 and currently serves as a rotating panelist on "Outnumbered" and as a network contributor, providing political analysis and commentary across FNC's daytime and primetime programming.
  • Film/TV
    Valerie Perrine is an American actress and model and was photographed as a model for a pictorial layout in the May 1972 issue of Playboy magazine, later appearing on the cover in August 1981.
  • Sciences
    Don Pettit is an American chemical engineer and a NASA astronaut. He is a veteran of two long-duration stays aboard the International Space Station, one space shuttle mission, and a six-week expedition to find meteorites in Antarctica.
  • Sports/Olympics
    Todd Pletcher is a thoroughbred horse trainer. He won the Eclipse Award seven times as Trainer of the Year, four of these in consecutive years. His horses Super Saver and Always Dreaming won the Kentucky Derby. 
  • Sports/Olympics
    Sheldon George "Don" Pooley Jr.  is an American golfer who won tournaments on both the PGA Tour and the Champions Tour.
    He attended the University of Arizona and was a member of the golf team. He turned pro in 1973.
    Pooley is probably best remembered in his PGA Tour career for his dramatic million-dollar hole-in-one at the 1987 Bay Hill Classic.
  • Sports/Olympics
    Brooks Reed is an American football linebacker in the NFL. He played college football for the University of Arizona. Reed was rated as one of the top outside linebacker prospects for the 2011 NFL Draft.
  • Business
    Jeffrey Rein is a former chairman and chief executive officer of Walgreens.
  • Film/TV
    Caroline Rhea is a Canadian stand-up comedian and actress who was the original host of the reality television show The Biggest Loser on NBC.
  • Media
    Geraldo Rivera is an American attorney, journalist, author, reporter, and talk show host. Rivera appears regularly on Fox News Channel. He is also well known from his history as a reporter and TV personality, and as the host of the talk show Geraldo from 1987 to 1998.
  • Music
    Linda Ronstadt-is an American popular music singer. She has earned 11 Grammy Awards, two Academy of Country Music awards, an Emmy Award, an ALMA Award, and numerous US and internationally certified gold, platinum, and multiplatinum albums. She has also earned nominations for a Tony Award and a Golden Globe Award.