Creighton University’s College of Arts and Sciences presented the Alumni Merit Award to William J. Roe during the Dean’s Convocation on Tuesday, Sept. 13 at the Skutt Student Center Ballroom on the Creighton campus.
Roe was named president and chief executive officer of Coskata, a biology-based renewable energy company in 2007. Prior to that he was the chief operating officer of Nalco Chemical Company in Chicago, Ill., were he had worked for 29 years. He began his career at Nalco as a chemist in research and development and was the inventor and author of 13 patents and numerous technical and articles and papers. He was later put in charge of the Asia/ Pacific operations headquartered in Singapore.
Roe recently joined the advisory board of the Creighton Energy Program, where he contributes his experience in technology and energy-related businesses to the innovative new program at Creighton. He graduated from Creighton University in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry. He then earned a master’s degree in chemistry at the University of Norte Dame in 1978.
Bill and his wife, Kathy Roe, also a Creighton alum (BS 76’ Pharmacy), live in Naperville, Ill., and have two children, Kelly and Dan.
The Creighton Alumni Merit Award is one of the highest honors given by Creighton’s schools and colleges. Recipients must be degreed alumni of Creighton, have provided distinguished service to the University or their communities that clearly exemplifies the University credo, and exhibit personal qualities that indicate high moral principles guided by the Jesuit ideal of being men and women for others.