KU News Release

Oct. 29, 2010
Contact: Jill Jess, University Relations, (785) 864-8858

Forbes’ ‘most powerful women’ list includes three KU graduates

LAWRENCE — Three University of Kansas alumnae are among the 25 most powerful women in the world, according to Forbes magazine. Only KU, Princeton, Harvard and Yale have three graduates each in the top 25.

Cynthia Carroll, chief executive officer of Anglo American, was ranked 14th, followed by Sheila Bair, chair of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., in 15th place. Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. secretary of health and human services and former governor of Kansas, ranked 23rd.

Carroll is credited with restructuring Anglo American, one of the world’s largest mining companies, and re-establishing it as a global leader in business despite the downturn in the commodities market. Carroll distinguishes herself from other executives through her focus on corporate social responsibility initiatives, like offering HIV/AIDS testing and counseling to families of miners and disposing of mining water more judiciously. Carroll earned a master’s degree in geology at KU in 1982.

As a result of the financial-reform bill signed into law this summer, Bair oversees the nation’s banks and has the power to take apart any financial institution that doesn’t have enough capital to continue operating. She examines ways to evaluate banks’ creditworthiness without relying on the three major credit agencies. Bair has also authored books about money for children. She earned a bachelor’s in philosophy in 1975 and a law degree in 1978 from KU.

Kathleen Sebelius

Sebelius is charged with implementing the health care reform law passed in March. She is responsible for roughly 1,300 provisions in the law and will determine what “essential” health care means. Her budget for 2011 is $911 billion. She also helped launch a national fitness challenge with First Lady Michelle Obama in September. Sebelius received a master’s in public administration in 1980 at KU.

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