Want To Be a CEO? Go To A State University


This is very interesting.

Most CEOs of the biggest corporations didn't attend Ivy League or other highly selective colleges. They went to state universities, big and small, or to less-known private colleges….

…Some 10% of CEOs currently heading the top 500 companies received undergraduate degrees from Ivy League colleges, according to a survey by executive recruiter Spencer Stuart. But more received their undergraduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin than from Harvard, the most represented Ivy school.

So that MBA I did at the University of Kentucky wasn't a waste after all? Actually, I initially planned to go to Rose-Hulman, a top tier engineering school, but I only got a partial scholarship and my dad made the point that if I wanted a job in the state of Kentucky, UK was just as good as Harvard. He's right. All I have to do is talk about the two national basketball titles they won while I was there and alumni act like I'm their best friend. Weird.

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Thanks to JLP for bringing the article to my attention.