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Legacy of Leading

The University of Idaho Honors Frank A. Shrontz

Legacy of Leading Award Gala | May 30, 2013

The University of Idaho has a history of producing leaders, thinkers and global citizens. The Legacy of Leading Award was developed to honor an individual who exemplifies the University of Idaho’s leadership qualities. The University of Idaho is honored to bestow the award to Frank A. Shrontz at a Gala in his honor on May 30, 2013 in Boise, Idaho.

Shrontz served as the chairman of The Boeing Company from 1988-97 and as chief executive officer from 1986-96. In 1973, he was appointed assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations and logistics, and in 1976 he became assistant secretary of defense.

Shrontz is part of the Seattle Mariners ownership group and is on the team’s board of directors. He has also served on the board of directors for Boise Cascade Corporation, ChevronTexaco, 3M, and Citicorp. He is a regent emeritus of The Smithsonian Institution and active in numerous civic and charitable organizations.

Shrontz grew up in Boise, Idaho and obtained his J.D. from the University of Idaho in 1954. Following a commission and service in the U.S. Army from 1954-56, he attended the Harvard Business School where he received an MBA in 1958.

Shrontz has received various honors from the University of Idaho and other institutions for his leadership and philanthropy.

In 1986, Shrontz was inducted into the University of Idaho’s Alumni Hall of Fame; in 1992, he was awarded an honorary doctorate of law degree; in 1995 he was given the Business Achievement Award and in 1998 he received the Idaho Award of Legal Merit. In 1996, Shrontz was the first recipient of the E. Donnall Thomas Medal from the Northwest Industry Partnership; in 1997, he was honored by the Junior Achievement Puget Sound Business Hall of Fame; in 1997 he was the recipient of the Stanford Arbuckle Award; and in 2004 he was inducted into the U.S. Business Hall of Fame. He was also honored by Seattle University’s School of Business and Economics with an endowed chair in his name, the Frank Shrontz Chair of Professional Ethics.

The Legacy of Leading Award is presented to individuals who have made significant contributions in leadership to their communities, the state of Idaho or society in general.