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Alumnus Chad Holliday to Receive Honorary Degree

I’m pleased to announce that we will be awarding an honorary degree to alumnus Charles O. "Chad" Holliday, chairman of the board of Bank of America, former CEO of DuPont, and a leader in business sustainability.

The degree will be the fourth UT has awarded. The UT Board of Trustees approved the proposal at its meeting today. Chad will receive an honorary doctorate in engineering at the December 15 commencement ceremony, where he will be the featured speaker.

Chad graduated from UT in 1970 with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and has been a longtime supporter of his college and the university.

He worked at DuPont, the largest chemical company in the United States, for thirty-eight years and served as its CEO for ten. He led the company in sustainable growth and gave thoughtful guidance to political, community, and educational endeavors at local, national, and international levels.

In 2004, Chad was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, and he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2010. He currently serves as chairman of the National Academy of Engineering.

Chad co-chairs the United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Group on Sustainable Energy for All, a group that includes distinguished global leaders in business, finance, government, and civil society. He also chairs the American Energy Innovation Council, whose mission is to re-establish America’s energy technology leadership in developing clean energy technologies.

He serves on the board of directors for many companies and organizations, including Deere & Co., Royal Dutch Shell, CH2M Hill, the Climate Works Foundation, the World Wildlife Fund, the National Geographic Education Foundation, and the United Nations Global Compact.

He is past chair of Catalyst, a leading nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding opportunities for women in business.

Chad served as co-chair of the College of Engineering’s campaign committee for the Campaign for Tennessee and on the board of directors for the UT Development Council.

A native of Nashville, Chad and his wife, Ann Blair Holliday, have two sons, Chad and Scot.

We are proud to honor Chad in this way, and look forward to the opportunity for him to share his thoughts with our graduates and their friends and families next month.