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In the Nation's Interest

Spotlight on Edward B. Rust, Jr.

2013 DISTINGUISHED PERFORMANCE AWARD: Owen B. Butler Education Excellence Award

CURRENT POSITION: Chairman and CEO, State Farm Insurance 

BASIS OF AWARD RECOGNITION:  State Farm is nationally recognized as a leader of public-private partnerships to improve the quality of education in the United States. Rust’s own personal dedication to promoting educational excellence and workforce development has made a difference in advancing the national education reform movement. With his leadership and engagement of his colleagues at State Farm, CED has led ground-breaking studies on K-12 standards and assessments, teacher quality and improving the innovation and performance of post-secondary education institutions. Rust serves on the Boards of America’s Promise Alliance and the James B. Hunt, Jr., Institute for Educational Leadership and is a Trustee for the Committee for Economic Development. He has served on various boards and commissions on education reform. Rust is also a member of the boards of directors of Caterpillar, Inc., Helmerich and Payne, Inc., and McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

FROM ED: I am honored to be recognized by CED for my efforts in helping improve the education of our youth and their preparation for a world of life-long learning. Education is clearly a key driver of both personal and economic growth. It has been our competitive advantage in an increasingly global marketplace. But that advantage is not guaranteed. Business leaders have an important role in influencing education reform and keeping its pace and direction on track.

DID YOU KNOW? Rust has been CEO of State Farm since 1985 and Chairman of the Board since 1987. During that time, his work on committees and task forces has brought him national recognition as a leader of business community efforts to improve the quality of education in the United States.

Congratulations, Ed!