Hays T. Watkins Jr.

Title: Chair Emeritus
Company: CSX Corporation
Location: Naples, Florida, United States

Hays T. Watkins Jr., Chair Emeritus at CSX Corporation, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in transportation.

A celebrated figure in the transportation industry, Mr. Watkins has amassed more than 40 years of professional excellence in his areas of expertise. The chair of the board at CSX Corporation from 1982 until his retirement in 1991, he is renowned for influencing the merger of Chessie System, Inc., and Seaboard Coast Line Industries, Inc., to create CSX Corporation in 1980. Prior to this appointment, he was chief executive officer, president and co-chief executive officer of CSX Corporation, chief executive officer of Chessie System, Inc., chair of the board and chief executive officer of Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, and chair of the board, chief executive officer, president, vice president of the administrative group, vice president of finance, treasurer, general auditor, senior budget analyst, staff assistant to the comptroller, internal auditor, and staff analyst of Chesapeake and Ohio Railway.

To prepare for his career, Mr. Watkins pursued a formal education at Western Kentucky University, earning a Bachelor of Science in accounting in 1947. He followed this accomplishment with a Master of Business Administration from Northwestern University in 1948. Throughout his career, he has accrued several honorary doctorates from such institutions as Baldwin Wallace College, Alderson Broaddus College, College of William and Mary, and Virginia Union University.

In recognition of his exceptional contributions to transportation, Mr. Watkins has been honored several times, including with the Good Government Award from Richmond First Club, Community Service Award from the Metropolitan Richmond Chamber of Commerce, the Connie Award from the Containerization and Intermodal Institute, and the Distinguished Service Award from the VA Chamber of Commerce. In addition, he has been presented with the Maryland Maritime Medallion from the state of Maryland, the Right-Hand Man Award from The Cooperstown Conference, the School of Business Administration Medallion from the College of William and Mary, and Man-of-the-Year Award from Modern Railroads Magazine. Notably, he was named Outstanding Industrialist of the Year by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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