Frank Perdue (1920–2005)
Board Chairman, Perdue Farms (posthumous)
Class of 2009
Frank Perdue started his first processing plant in in 1968, making Perdue Farms one of the earliest integrated poultry companies. It gave him the opportunity to do something never been before done: put his name on what had been formerly a commodity product. Perdue Farms became the nation’s No. 3 poultry company, with more than 20,000 associates, operations in 15 states and production of more than 50 million pounds of poultry a week.