CEO Breeding Ground
Tufts ties for fourth in producing top business executives
Three Tufts graduates are among the chief executives of the nation’s largest corporations, according to a recent survey by U.S. News & World Report.
The survey, published on November 15, analyzed the educational backgrounds of the CEOs of the top 100 companies on this year’s Fortune 500 list, the magazine’s annual ranking, based on gross revenues, of American corporations.
The three Tufts-educated corporate leaders, all of whom earned undergraduate degrees here, are James L. Dimon of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., Jeffrey B. Kindler of Pfizer Inc. and Ellen J. Kullman of DuPont de Nemours and Co.
Dimon, A78, studied psychology and economics. Kindler, A77, A11P, who majored in English and political science, serves on the Tufts Board of Trustees, as does Kullman, E78, A12P, who earned a degree in mechanical engineering. She is also on the Board of Overseers to the School of Engineering.
Harvard graduated 15 sitting CEOs, five with undergraduate degrees and 10 with graduate degrees, including six from its business school. MIT and Dartmouth each have four CEOs. Yale, Northwestern and Notre Dame are among the schools, including Tufts, with three.