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Commencement Speaker & Honorary Degree Recipient

James Herbert

James L. Herbert has been CEO of Neogen Corporation since 1982 when he was one of the company’s founders.

Neogen is a publicly held company focused on the development, manufacturing, and marketing of products for food and animal safety. Headquartered in Lansing, Michigan, Neogen markets its products to over 100 countries and has subsidiary operations in Scotland, Brazil, Mexico, China, and India. Revenues for its 2015 fiscal year were approximately $283 million. Fortune magazine has named Neogen one of the 100 fastest growing small public companies in America five times. Forbes magazine has repeatedly named Neogen one of the 200 best small public companies in the United States. Neogen Europe Ltd with 150 employees, headquartered in Ayr, Scotland, is a recipient of the prestigious Queens Award for Export Excellence.

Herbert has been an officer or member of the board of directors of more than 30 corporations during his career and has served as a special advisory for business development to two Michigan governors. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee and completed advanced studies at Emory University and Harvard. He has received honorary PhD degrees from Michigan State University and Queen’s University Belfast in Ireland. He was named as a Global Scot by the Scottish government in 2005 and has been active in economic development activities for Scotland. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the University of Tennessee Foundation.

Herbert was born in Memphis, Tennessee, and grew up on family cotton and cattle farms. He continues a direct interest in agriculture production as the owner of Bar-H Ranches, a commercial beef cattle producer in the Texas hill country near Hamilton, Texas.

He is married to Judith Anderson, and they have two children and three grandchildren.

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