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Entrepreneur chosen for 2018 honorary degree

Craig Bouchard head shot

Craig Bouchard

Craig Bouchard ’75, M.S. ’77, received an honorary degree at Founders Day in February. He is Chairman of the Board and CEO of Braidy Industries Inc., which is building the first greenfield aluminum mill in the U.S. in 35 years. It’s a $1.4 billion project employing 600 people in Ashland, Kentucky.

Bouchard authored The Caterpillar Way. Lessons in Leadership, Growth and Shareholder Value. Released in October 2013, it was #1 on the Barnes & Noble Best Seller List, and #8 on The New York Times Best Seller list in the business category. James Koch ’64 was co-author.

Calling ISU “one of the greatest places in the world,” Bouchard expressed gratitude for the opportunity to attend the University. “Here I learned to compete, to write, and to solve problems.”
A member of the College of Arts and Sciences’ Hall of Fame, Bouchard and his wife, Melissa, have six children.

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