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3 KU graduates make Forbes’ list of most powerful women in the world

From left, Kansas University graduates Kathleen Sebelius, Cynthia Carroll and Sheila Bair were named to Forbes' list of the most powerful women in the world.

From left, Kansas University graduates Kathleen Sebelius, Cynthia Carroll and Sheila Bair were named to Forbes' list of the most powerful women in the world.

October 29, 2010


Three Kansas University alumnae have been named to Forbes magazine’s list of the 25 most powerful women in the world.

Cynthia Carroll, chief executive officer of the mining company Anglo American, ranked 14th; Sheila Bair, chairwoman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., ranked 15th; and Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services and former Kansas governor, ranked 23rd.

KU joined Princeton, Harvard and Yale as the only universities to each have three graduates among the top 25.

Carroll earned a master’s degree in geology at KU in 1982. Bair earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy in 1975 and a law degree in 1978 from KU, and Sebelius received a KU master’s degree in public administration in 1980.


Cait McKnelly 7 years ago

Back in my misspent youth KU was called variously "Harvard on the Kaw" and "Athens on the Plains". I think it's gone down hill since, due to multimillion dollar salaries to Bill Self and Turner Gill, but in the time period these women matriculated here KU had a huge reputation nationally academically. Too bad we traded it for bread and circuses.

Tim Quest 7 years ago

Obviously your education didn't cover finance, because the salaries of the coaches have absolutely nothing to do with the rest of the university. Maybe it's time for you to go back to school.

Cait McKnelly 7 years ago

I'm very aware their salaries have nothing to do with the university and are not paid for by tuition or public funds. However, it is an embarrassment that this university has state of the art athletic facilities while the rest of the university infrastructure, including buildings dating back to before the Civil War, crumble into dust. It is an embarrassment that the university runs, not a school physical education and sports program, but a sports franchise that is an extension of and farm team for, professional sports franchises while money for lab and research facilities as well as research grants is nonexistent. At one time a KU education would guarantee at least a well off if not wealthy life. It's too bad the alumni have chosen to invest, not in the university, but in it's bread and circuses.

HaRDNoK9 7 years ago

I could not agree with you more. Every single point you jsut made are spot on. Great post!

Dan Thalmann 7 years ago

How many prospective students chose to attend KU because these three women were listed on the top 25 list and how many chose to attend KU because their basketball team rocks? It's fun to be an idealist, though. I grant you that.

Brian Hall 7 years ago

While I agree the school focuses way too much on athletics (as does every single other school in the country), KU was founded after the Civil War (Civil War ended in April or June 1865 while KU opened September 1865) so there are, nor never been, any KU buildings dating to before the Civil War.

Steve Jacob 7 years ago

Just guessing Cynthia Carroll makes a hell of a lot more then the other two. You can make a lot with a government job, but you can't make millions.

situveux1 7 years ago

Sebelius is only 23rd? Now that's shocking.

notajayhawk 7 years ago

I found it amusing, actually, especially as she's the one responsible for the implementation of the 'historic' health care reform we keep hearing about.

TopJayhawk 7 years ago

I think it is time for Cait to keep her drivel in Canada. Pre Civil War Buildings? Okay, credibility gone. Time to move on.

TopJayhawk 7 years ago

And Miss Sebilous did nothing to help KU while she was Gov. Just like she is doing nothing to help the country now.

TopJayhawk 7 years ago

Why is it that all of these well educated KU folks don't donate money to help academically.
Cait, how much have you kicked in since you been gone? Not a dime? Then shut up.

notajayhawk 7 years ago

I was curious, so started looking. There do appear to be some buildings in excess of 100 years old, and there are walls in the Hall Center "from KU’s oldest surviving structure, the 1887 Powerhouse". But the first building opened in 1866, apparently.

I found this passage about that particular building of some amusement:

"Old North remained vacant until 1881, when the Kansas legislature turned it into a school for the “feeble-minded.” The building then housed the KU law school from 1889 to 1893"

I'm not even gonna' say it.

rtwngr 7 years ago

Well, zippity doo dah for Kathleen Sebelius! I hope she never comes back to Kansas.

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