A June 2016 article by US News and World Report reveals, "The CEOs who run the top 100 companies in the nation, according to the 2016 Fortune 500 list, attended a variety of colleges" to build a strong academic foundation. Notably, UNC Charlotte is one of only eight U.S. schools to have multiple alumni serving as CEOs of Fortune 100 companies.
Robert Niblock, CEO of Lowes Companies, Inc., graduated with a B.S. in Accounting from the Belk College of Business in 1984. Joseph Swedish, CEO of Anthem, Inc., graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in 1972. Lowe's holds the number 47 spot on the 2016 Fortune 500 list and Anthem, Inc. holds the number 33 spot.