Previously unknown to much of the American public, Rex Tillerson rocketed into the spotlight after assuming his role as the 69th United States Secretary of State. The former CEO of ExxonMobil, he’s worked for many years as both a civil engineer and an energy executive. In the past, he’s also helped run the US-Russian oil company, Exxon Neftgaas, and awarded the Order of Friendship by President Putin for his work. In his free time, he volunteers to help the Ford’s Theater Society, Boy Scouts of America, the Congregational churches of America, and the United Negro College Fund. While he did not donate directly to Donald Trump’s campaign, he’s a staunch Republican and heavy supporter of conservative policies.
Rex Wayne Tillerson was born to Patty Sue and Bobby Joe Tillerson on March 23 of 1952. He spent many of his foundational years in Texas. While growing up, he joined and became highly active in the Boy Scouts of America. By the age of 13, he’d earned the honor of Eagle Scout. In an interview, he once said, “”I think the highlight of my youth and adolescent years were my achievements in Scouting.”. It’s been said that, to understand Tillerson, that one has to understand the principles of scouting. His favorite novel to-date is Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged.
Rex’s currently married to Renda St. Clair and the proud father of four children. He’s also the holder of a bachelor’s degree.
- Huntsville High School: Rex Tillerson graduated from Huntsville High School in 1970. Per data and reviews provided by Great Schools, this school leaves a lot to be desired. In 2016, however, Huntsville was approved as one of the nation’s Districts of Innovation. It’s not yet known how this will affect perceptions of the school and its academic rigor.
- University of Texas at Austin: In 1975, Tillerson graduated from the University of Texas’ Austin campus with a bachelor in civil engineering. While there, Tillerson took part in the Tejas Club, the Longhorn band and joined the Alpha Phi Omega fraternity. Upon graduating he joined the ranks of other notable alumni. This branch of the University of Texas is home to nearly 50, 0000 students.