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2018 Commencement Speaker: Chad Holliday

Charles O. (Chad) Holliday Jr. was elected chairman of Royal Dutch Shell in May 2015. He previously served as chairman of the board of Bank of America and as chairman and CEO of DuPont, the company he retired from after 36 years of service.

Chad started at DuPont as an engineer in manufacturing and served in multiple roles at seven different locations, including president of DuPont Asia Pacific where he was based in Tokyo. He was named CEO in 1998 and served in that role for 11 years.

Chad currently serves on the boards of Deere & Company and Hospital Corporation of America (HCA). He is a licensed professional engineer and a member of the US National Academy of Engineering and the UK Royal Society of Engineering.

He has previously served as chairman of the US Council on Competitiveness, United Nations Sustainable Energy for All, World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Catalyst, US Business Council, and the US National Academy of Engineering.

Holliday graduated from the University of Tennessee with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering. He received honorary doctorates from Polytechnic University, New York; Washington College, Chestertown, Maryland; and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee.


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