John Hall


John Hall (Football, 1951-54) 

John Hall describes himself as an overachiever on and off the football field. The Knoxville, Tennessee native was an under-sized defensive lineman who became Vanderbilt’s first academic All-America in 1954, then enjoyed an enormously successful career that culminated as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ashland, Inc., and president of the Vanderbilt Board of Trust.

  • 1954 football team co-captain and first academic All-America in school history
  • 1955 graduates Magna Cum Laude with degree in Chemical Engineering
  • Joined Ashland Oil in 1957
  • Elected to a vice president in 1966
  • Became president of Ashland Chemical Company in 1971
  • Elected Executive Vice President of corporation in 1974
  • Elected Vice Chairman of the Board and Chief Operations Officer in 1979
  • Elected Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer in 1981
  • Member of Vanderbilt’s Board of Trust
  • President of Vanderbilt Board of Trust 1995
  • Only Vanderbilt student-athlete elected to CoSIDA’s Academic Hall of Fame