Spring 2012 Commencement Speaker
Michael J. Ward
J. Ward was named chairman and chief executive officer of CSX Corporation, one
of the nation’s premier transportation and logistics companies, in January 2003.
Over his 35-year career, Mr. Ward has headed CSX Transportation’s operations,
coal sales and marketing, and finance departments.
Under Mr. Ward’s leadership, the company continues to achieve record safety
performance while providing outstanding service to customers and posting record
The company’s commitment to safety and preparing its network for long-term
freight demand is demonstrated by its planned 2012 capital investment of $2.25
billion and its announced intentions to invest an average of 18% of its revenues
back into its business through 2015.
A native of Baltimore, Md., Mr. Ward’s commitment to personal philanthropy
and corporate citizenship was recognized last year with City Year’s prestigious
Lifetime of Idealism Award. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of
Maryland in 1972, and received a master’s degree in business administration from
the Harvard Business School in 1976. Mr. Ward is chairman of the Association of
American Railroads, and serves on the boards of Ashland Inc., City Year, United
Way of Northeast Florida, and Hubbard House. His other business affiliations
include The Florida Council of 100 and The Business Roundtable.
CSX Corporation, based in Jacksonville, Fla., owns one of the nation’s
leading transportation companies, providing rail, intermodal, and rail-to-truck
transload services that connect 70 ocean, river, and lake ports, as well as more
than 240 short line and regional railroads. Its principal operating company, CSX
Transportation, Inc., which has approximately 30,000 employees, operates the
largest railroad in the eastern United States with a 21,000-mile rail network
linking commercial markets in 23 states, the District of Columbia, and two
Canadian provinces. More information about CSX Corporation and its subsidiaries
is available at www.csx.com. Follow CSX on
Twitter and Facebook.