University officials bestowed an honorary doctorate of humanities on General Electric Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey R. Immelt at the commencement ceremonies in May. Immelt, who spoke at the ceremony, was honored for his continued partnership with Clemson as well as his devotion to excellence in business and to improving the lives of citizens around the globe.
The ninth chair of GE, a post he’s held since Sept. 7, 2001, Immelt became an officer of GE in 1989 and joined the GE Capital board in 1997. He was chair of President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Under Immelt’s leadership, GE has been named by Fortune magazine as “America’s Most Admired Company,” and he has repeatedly been named one of the “World’s Best CEOs” by American financial magazine Barron’s.
General Electric has generously and consistently supported education, technology and health care initiatives around the globe. Under Immelt’s leadership, GE has been a key partner with Clemson in the study of innovative technology and workforce development — on campus and in the innovation campuses across the state.