For more than 20 years, Edward B. Rust, Jr. '72 has been chairman and CEO of State Farm Insurance Companies, which ranks among the top Fortune 500 companies and is the nation's largest auto insurer.
Your hometown? Bloomington, Illinois
Why Wesleyan? Solid reputation; good liberal arts program with business/accounting major; great campus; size of school.
Favorite professor or class? Professor Campbell Evans (who retired in 1987 as the Adlai H. Rust Professor of Insurance. Evans died in 2002 at age 82.)
After Wesleyan? I earned my master's in business administration and juris doctorate at Southern Methodist University
Favorite book? Tom Friedman's The World Is Flat
Favorite quote? "If you plan for a year, plant rice. If you plan for 10 years, plant trees. If you plan for 100 years, educate your children." (Chinese proverb)

Edward Rust

Edward B. Rust, Jr. is a member of the IWU Board of Trustees and the son of Edward B. and Harriett (Fuller) Rust, in whose honor the Harriett Fuller Rust House residence hall was named.

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