Global Leadership, Idaho Style: University of Idaho Honors Former Boeing CEO

Tuesday, May 28 2013

BOISE, Idaho – The boardroom of the world’s largest aerospace company is a long way from Boise, Idaho. But for Frank Shrontz, former CEO and Chairman of the Board of the Boeing Company, and a University of Idaho alumnus, such success isn’t surprising. He learned his work ethic as a young boy, helping at the family business, Morler’s Cyclery, at the corner of Tenth and State street’s in Boise.

“I credit my father for an awful lot. He was at the store first thing in the morning and worked until 6:30 at night, even on Saturdays. And he always did it with a smile,” said Frank Shrontz, now retired.

Shrontz will receive the University of Idaho’s third Legacy of Leading Award on Thursday, May 30, during an event in Boise. The award honors individuals who have made significant contributions in leadership to their communities or society in general.

“Frank Shrontz is a shining example of Vandal Leadership. As a graduate of the University of Idaho, we’re recognizing him for achievements in business and philanthropy that have benefited people across the state for decades,” said University of Idaho President Duane Nellis.

In 1986, Shrontz was inducted into the University of Idaho’s Alumni Hall of Fame; in 1992, he was awarded an honorary doctor of law degree; in 1995 he was given a UI 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.

Shrontz earned a Juris Doctor from the UI College of Law in 1954. He served as chairman of The Boeing Company from 1988-96. In 1973, he was appointed assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations and logistics, and in 1976 he became assistant secretary of defense.

Schrontz led Boeing through the effects of the worst airline slump in history, conceived and presided over a sweeping cultural change for the company and guided the creation of the world’s first “paperless airplane,” Boeing’s 777, which relied on computer-assisted design.

The Legacy of Leading Event will be at the Riverside Hotel, 2900 Chinden Blvd. on Thursday, May 30, with a reception beginning at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets are $125 per person; net proceeds will support student scholarships. More information is available online at or call (208) 885-8967.
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