ND is awarding Doug an honorary doctorate at Commencement. Great choice!...
Notre Dame is awarding Doug an honorary doctorate at Commencement. Great choice!
W. Douglas Ford (doctor of engineering) — A Notre Dame alumnus, parent, Fellow and Trustee, Ford is a retired oil industry executive and generous philanthropist. A Danvers, Mass., native, he studied chemical engineering and earned his undergraduate degree from Notre Dame in 1966 and master’s and doctoral degrees from Northwestern University. He ascended the management ranks during his 30-year career at Amoco to become executive vice president before it merged with British Petroleum in 1998. The next year, BP named him chief executive of refining and marketing, accountable for refining, marketing and transportation. He is also a member of the board of directors of USG Corp., Air Products and Chemicals Corp. and Suncor Corp. Before his election to Notre Dame’s Board of Trustees, he served on the Advisory Council for Graduate Studies and Research. His benefaction created the University’s Ford Family Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity to address the challenges of those living in extreme poverty, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa.