The man credited with stabilizing Ford Motor Co.’s financial position at the start of the 21st century will be one of two men inducted this summer into the Kansas Business Hall of Fame at Emporia State University. Alan Mulally, president of Ford Motor Co. will be recognized at the KBHF induction ceremony Thursday, June 29, at Butler Community College in El Dorado. The late Joseph G. McCoy, who developed the Kansas town of Abilene as a principal shipping point for Texas cattle coming up the Chisholm Trail in the years after the Civil War, will also be inducted. Gov. Sam Brownback will attend the ceremony to recognize Mulally and McCoy.
This marks the latest in a long list of accolades and honors for Mulally in his long and distinguished career.
In 1994, Mulally received the School of Engineering's Distinguished Engineering Service Award. In 2002, he was presented the University of Kansas' highest honor, the Distinguished Service Citation. Business Week magazine named Mulally one of the top business leaders of 2005 and at the end of 2006, Aviation Week named him its Person of the Year. Both honors were inspired by Mulally's leadership and turnaround of Boeing Commercial Airplanes in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks in 2001. Prior to moving to his role at Ford in 2006, he served as executive vice president of The Boeing Company and president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes
A Lawrence native, Mulally graduated in 1968 and 1969 with bachelor's and master's degrees from KU's Aerospace Engineering Department. He also earned a master's in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a 1982 Alfred P. Sloan Fellow. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He serves on several advisory boards, including the KU School of Engineering Advisory Board.
He joins 1963 mechanical engineering graduate and former Chrysler CEO Bob Eaton as Jayhawk Engineers inducted into the Kansas Business Hall of Fame.
This is the 23rd year for the Kansas Business Hall of Fame induction ceremony. The Kansas Business Hall of Fame is located at Emporia State University. Business leaders selected for the KBHF are widely known for their contributions to Kansas, and are recognized as role models. The KBHF recognizes historical contributors and present-day leaders who have made private enterprise work in Kansas and throughout the country.