AASCU Graduates: The Difference We Make

Joe Gorder

Joe Gorder

Graduation Year: 1979
Degree Earned: B.S. Business Administration
Institution: University of Missouri–St. Louis

Joe Gorder was named CEO of Valero Energy Corporation in May 2014, making UMSL one of just two universities in the country (the other is Cornell) with two undergraduate alumni CEOs in the top 20 in the Fortune 500 ranking. The work ethic and business acumen he developed as a UMSL student have served him well over the years. "“I learned business fundamentals – accounting being the most important,” Gorder says. "Having worked during my undergraduate studies at UMSL, I learned to balance many activities. This is a critical skill for managing a large, diverse business.”