#2: New York
Current Dow CEO Degrees: 6
Next up, New York takes home the silver — and also stands out because it has the widest variety of schools responsible. While the Empire State was responsible for the schooling of six different execs, they all came from different institutions.
The least surprising schools on the list: Ivy League schools Columbia and Cornell. The former was where current Home Depot (HD) head honcho Frank Blake attended law school, while the latter taught Verizon big gun Lowell McAdam about engineering for undergrad.
Other big names from New York include JNJ’s Alex Gorsky, who attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and spent six years in the Army before heading to Wharton; Disney’s (DIS) Robert Iger, who got a bachelor’s from Ithaca; and UnitedHealth Group’s (UNH) Stephen Hemsley, who graduated from Fordham University.
The sixth name is a bit slippery, but it seemed worthy of at least noting: Don Thompson also received an honorary degree from Excelsior College in Albany.
Another good thing to note for future CEOs looking to go to college: Out of the six states on this list, New York’s average graduating debt load is the second-lowest, and slightly below the national average.