seal2002 Honorary Degree

Michael L. Eskew

Doctor Of Engineering

Michael L. Eskew has provided direction and leadership for United Parcel Service for 30 years, advancing to the position of chairman and chief executive officer for the world’s largest package distribution company and logistics provider.

Michael L. Eskew

A native of Vincennes, Ind., Mr. Eskew earned a bachelor of science degree in industrial engineering at Purdue University in 1972 and completed the advanced management program through the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. He began his UPS career in 1972 in the Indiana District Industrial Engineering Department.

His advancement took him to various staff and operations positions of increasing responsibility, including time with the UPS Germany District.

Mr. Eskew pioneered Next Day Service. From 1982 until 1991, he managed the industrial engineering function for the UPS Air Group, which was critical in the company’s expansion through reliable delivery.

In 1994, Mr. Eskew was named corporate vice president for industrial engineering. Two years later he became group vice president for engineering. He has served as a member of the UPS Board of Directors since 1998.

In 1999, Mr. Eskew was named executive vice president and a year later was given the additional title of vice chairman, which he held until Jan. 1, 2002, when he moved into his current position.

Under Mr. Eskew’s direction, UPS is expanding its emphasis on developing new lines of business that complement the company’s core package operations. Driving this initiative, he oversees efforts to integrate technology into UPS’ physical infrastructure to create business opportunities for customers and help ensure the company’s leadership position in the new age of global commerce.

With headquarters in Atlanta, Ga., UPS currently has approximately 370,000 employees delivering some 14 million packages per day in more than 200 countries around the world.

In addition to his corporate responsibilities, Mr. Eskew is a trustee of the UPS Foundation and the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which is the country’s largest foundation dedicated to disadvantaged youth.

In February 2002, he became a member of the Board of Councilors for the Carter Center. Mr. Eskew also serves on the British-American Business Council, the United States-China Business Council and the Business Roundtable.