Kansas University alumnus Alan Mulally is Aviation Week's 2006 Person of the Year, the magazine announced in its Jan. 1 edition.
Mulally, a Lawrence High School graduate, received a bachelor's degree in 1968 and a master's degree in 1969. Both degrees are from KU's aerospace engineering department.
The magazine lauded Mulally for ability to lead, relentless planning and willingness to share responsibility and credit with those around him.
"Mulally made Boeing's vision a global enterprise and, in the process, has set standards for industrial relations in the aviation industry that are widely admired," the article said.
Mulally became chief executive at Ford Motor Co. last year after 37 years at Boeing Co.