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Edward Donley

Former Chairman (1978-1986)

Edward Donley joined Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. in 1943. He became president in 1966 and chairman in 1978. Donley retired from Air Products in December 1986 and from the Executive Committee of Air Products’ Board in January 1992.

Donley was born on November 26, 1921. He graduated from Lawrence Technological University in 1943 with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

Donley is former chairman of the board of directors of American Standard Inc. He is a former member of the boards of Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, Koppers Company, Mellon Bank Corporation and Pennsylvania Power & Light Company. In 1986-87, he was chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He is a former member of the board of directors of the National Endowment for Democracy.

Active in education, Donley is a member of the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB). He also serves on the boards of the Middle States Commission on Elementary Schools, Pennsylvania State Board of Education and Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children. He is the chairman of the board of the Education Policy and Leadership Center. He is also former chairman and current member of the board of StandardsWork™. He is a member of the U.S. Chamber’s Center for Workforce Preparation and Quality Education (where he served as chairman from 1989 to 1993). He is chairman emeritus of the board of members of Lawrence Technological University and an emeritus trustee of Carnegie Mellon University and a member of their Chemical Engineering Advisory Board.

In his local area, Donley is on the board of Lehigh Valley Business-Education Partnership, where he served as chairman from 1989 to 1992. He serves on the board of directors of the Lehigh Valley Partnership and the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation. He also served as chairman of the Development Committee of Community Services for Children/Head Start. Donley was chairman of the Business-Higher Education Forum of the American Council on Education from 1986 to 1988 and a member of the board of trustees of American College Testing (ACT) from 1991 to 1997. He has also served as a member of the boards of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC).

Donley has received numerous honorary degrees and awards, including the Society of Chemical Industry’s Chemical Industry Medal in 1980 for his contributions to the industry.


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