Eli Lilly CEO pushes graduates to use college education for success


Eli Lilly and Company Chairman and President John Lechleiter addresses the graduates of Franklin College's class of 2014 during the graduation ceremony inside the Spurlock Center on the campus of Franklin College. Mike Wolanin / Daily Journal

The head of Eli Lilly never expected to be leading the company when he took his first job in a lab, but he believed in his talents and adapted to changes to work his way to the top.

If the 2014 graduates of Franklin College dream big, look for the upside in tricky situations and maintain their personal standards, they too can achieve similar success, Eli Lilly president, chief executive officer and chairman of the board John C. Lechleiter said.

“What we are celebrating is not an end, but for you, a beginning,” Lechleiter said.


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