Dan Schulman

Dan Schulman2018 Commencement Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipient

Doctor of Humane Letters

Rutgers is proud to bestow upon Dan Schulman an honorary doctor of humane letters degree. As president and CEO of PayPal, Schulman is focused on transforming financial services to make life easier for billions of people around the world. With his deep experience in payments and mobile technology, Schulman is leading PayPal to reimagine how people move and manage money, and how merchants and consumers interact and transact. 

Schulman is the recipient of the 2017 Brennan Legacy Award, established to honor the Supreme Court justice and his career-long commitment to social justice and “common human dignity.” The Council for Economic Education named Schulman as its 2017 Visionary for promoting economic and financial literacy to create a better-informed society. He has been recognized as one of the top 10 CEOs in the world by Fortune, named one of the top 100 most creative people by Fast Company, and included on the 2017 Recode 100 list of people making the biggest impact on business and technology. He has also been recognized as one of the top 10 most innovative CEOs in banking.   

Schulman previously served as group president of Enterprise Growth at American Express where he led its global strategy to expand the company’s alternative mobile and online payment services. Prior to joining American Express, he was president of the Prepaid Group at Sprint Nextel Corporation following its acquisition of Virgin Mobile USA, Inc., where he led the company as its founding CEO for eight years. Earlier in his career, Schulman was president and CEO of Priceline Group, Inc., where he led the company through a period of rapid growth and expansion. He also spent 18 years at AT&T, where he held a series of positions, including president of the Consumer Markets Division.

Schulman earned a bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College and a master of business from New York University’s Stern School of Business. Schulman is a board member of Autism Speaks. He also serves on the boards of Flextronics International Ltd. and Symantec Corporation, where he is the non-executive chair of the board. He also serves on the World Economic Forum’s Future of the Global Financial System taskforce. In addition, Schulman is an avid mixed martial arts practitioner.