#5 (tie): Indiana
Current Dow CEO Degrees: 3
When I think Indiana, Hoosiers basketball comes to mind before business. But the small Midwestern state is actually home to several of the nation’s top universities — not just decades ago when today’s head honchos were going to school, but now.
A prime example: Notre Dame, which is ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s top 20 this year. In fact, Brian Moynihan, the current CEO of Bank of America (BAC), is an alumnus of the university’s law school, which he attended after getting a history degree from Brown.
Head south a little, and you find the alma mater of current McDonald’s (MCD) CEO Don Thompson. Thompson graduated from Purdue University with a B.S. in electrical engineering — a far cry from managing the world’s largest restaurant chain, but still a solid educational base.
And going back to the Hoosiers, we can’t overlook Cisco (CSCO) CEO John Chambers. Chambers got his undergrad at West Virginia University but followed that up with an MBA in finance and management from Indiana University.