LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 1, 2019) — The University of Kentucky is tied for third among colleges and universities for the number of graduates who are CEOs of Fortune 100 companies, according to a recent report in U.S. News and World Report.
UK currently has two graduates — Sam Hazen, CEO of HCA Healthcare, one of the leading health providers in the country; and Rodney McMullen, CEO of Kroger, the country’s second largest general retailer — who are leading executives of Fortune 100 companies.
Hazen earned a degree in finance from UK in 1982. McMullen earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from UK in 1981 and 1982 respectively.
Texas A&M leads the ranking with four CEOs on the list. UK is the only other Southeastern Conference university among the Top 15 listed by U.S. News and is tied with institutions such as Duke, Dartmouth, Harvard and Purdue.
“This list is one measure of many that underscores the value of an education from the University of Kentucky,” said Provost David Blackwell. “At UK, our students receive an educational experience that challenges them to think about what is possible, while preparing them with world-ready skills to compete and succeed in a complex, interdependent economy.”
The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion two years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. The Chronicle of Higher Education judged us a “Great College to Work for,” and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers." We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for three straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.