Harvard Tops List of Schools That Turn out Most Board Members

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Harvard University has turned out the most board members at some of the nation’s largest public companies by revenue, according to a ranking today by governance data provider Equilar Inc.

More than 200 of the nearly 2,400 directors that disclose details on their education earned at least one degree from Harvard. The University of Pennsylvania came in second, with more than 100 directors, followed by Stanford University, with close to 70 directors.

The data, which Equilar collected for the first time, showed the directors attended 741 schools. Almost half of the schools count more than one director as alumni and a little less than 10 percent of them boast more than 10 alumni sitting on boards, the study showed.