Leonard Rodman 2012
Len C. Rodman
BS '71, Civil Engineering
Len Rodman is the chairman, president and chief executive officer of Black & Veatch, a global engineering, consulting and construction company that specializes in critical, human infrastructure development in the areas of energy, telecommunications and water. During his leadership, Black & Veatch evolved from a general partnership of 160 partners to an employee-owned corporation that is included in the Forbes list of largest private companies.
With annual revenues of nearly $3 billion and a workforce of more than 9,000 professionals, Black & Veatch has more than 100 offices worldwide and has completed projects in more than 100 countries on six continents. Under Rodman’s leadership, Black & Veatch has expanded its global reach and is ranked number one in both power and telecommunications, and among the top ten in water infrastructure design by Engineering News-Record magazine.
Rodman joined Black & Veatch in 1971 and progressed through various engineering and project management roles within the company. In addition to his Iowa State degree, he holds a master’s degree in environmental engineering from the University of Missouri.
Along with his wife, Julie (home economics education ’71), Rodman is an active supporter of charitable, civic and educational initiatives around the world. He has served as a member of the board of trustees of the University of Missouri-Kansas City; the board of advisors of the University of Kansas – Edwards Campus; and on the Dean of Engineering Advisory Board for the University of Kansas. He has also been on the board of INROADS, an organization that helps to transition underserved high school students through college and into productive business careers. Rodman also has served on the board of the United Way of Greater Kansas City. Black & Veatch further supports global charitable and educational efforts through its Building a World of Difference Foundation, which has assisted some 130 organizations in improving communities and lives around the world.
At Iowa State, Rodman has served on the College of Engineering’s Industry Advisory Council, and he is currently the vice chair of the Iowa State University Foundation Board of Directors.
In addition to these roles, Rodman currently serves on the board of Allete, Inc. in Duluth, Minn., a publicly held company that provides regulated energy services in Minnesota and Wisconsin; and on the Industry Advisory Panel for the Government of Singapore, providing recommendations on investment strategies for the water industry.
The Rodmans live in Olathe, Kan. They are members of the Order of the Knoll Campanile Society and W.M. Beardshear Society and are life members of the ISU Alumni Association.