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|Robert W. Turner '72|
Bob graduated from Hiram in 1972 with a degree in economics. Both he and his wife, Christy, also an economics graduate from the class of 1975, have been active members of the alumni community. Bob has served on the Alumni Executive Board and currently is a member of the Board of Trustees. They have both been very involved in their reunion planning.
Bob has been very successful in his career. He was named Senior Vice President of Union Pacific Corporation in August, 2000. In that position, he has company-wide responsibility for internal and external communications, corporate advertising, brand management, public affairs, media relations, government affairs, and corporate philanthropy. He also serves as president of the Union Pacific Foundation and is head of the Union Pacific Railroad Museum.
Union Pacific Corporation is one of America's leading transportation companies. Its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad, is the largest railroad in North America, ranking in the top 200 companies on the Fortune 500, and has 50,000 employees and sales in excess of $16 billion. UP trains carry coal, chemicals, industrial products and other freight across 23 states in the western two-thirds of the United States.
Prior to joining Union Pacific, Bob was Vice President of Public Affairs of Champion International Corporation (a paper and wood products company), where he was responsible for corporate communications, public affairs, and government relations from 1979-2000. From 1977 through 1979, he was the Executive Director of the Economic Resources Council of Maine.
Bob has a long history of involvement and leadership in civic and professional organizations including as a Board member of the U.S. Bank Advisory Board.