#5 (tie): California
Current Dow CEO Degrees: 3
California is the most populous state and the third-largest state by area, so it’s no wonder that at least a few Dow CEOs ended up going to school there. Heck, the Golden Coast has more than 100 universities and colleges.
John Watson earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from the University of California at Davis in 1978. Less than three decades later, he was named CEO of Chevron (CVX). Meanwhile, Lowell McAdam earned his undergrad at Cornell, but then headed out west to get a master’s degree from the University of San Diego. Now, he is CEO of Verizon Communications (VZ).
Last but not least, Brian Krzanich got a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from San Jose State University in 1982 and now heads up Intel (INTC).
As a note, California has another thing going for it: Only half of college graduates in the state come away with debt, while the average load is $18,879. Both those figures are well below the national average.