Chancellor Emeritus John White receives the “Book of the Year” award.

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Chancellor Emeritus John White

John White, Chancellor Emeritus of the University of Arkansas, has just received the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) Joint Publishers Book of the Year Award for his new book Why It Matters: Reflections on Practical Leadership from Greenleaf Book, according to Corporate Press.

This is White’s fourth Book of the Year award from IISE, having won the Joint Publishers Book of the Year Award in 1974, 1986 and 2015.

Ed Pohl, Head of the Department of Industrial Engineering, said: “I am very pleased that the IISE has published the book by Dr. White for Book of the Year. This book offers a great collection of practical leadership principles collected from leaders in industry, government and academia. It offers excellent insights and is a must-read for all aspiring leaders.”

The book, available in October, draws on White’s wealth of experience, spanning a six-decade career as a corporate leader, chancellor, dean, educator, engineer and consultant, to produce an in-depth and thought-provoking treatise on leadership create.

“DR. John White does it again…another book of the year!” said Kim Needy, dean of the College of Engineering. “Why It Matters is perhaps his finest work yet, a must-read for aspiring leaders, veteran leaders and everyone in between.”

Why It Matters: Reflections on Practical Leadership has received numerous awards from, including:

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White is recognized and receives the award at the Annual IISE Conference & Expo 2023 in New Orleans, Louisiana, May 20-23.

The book is available from the following retailers: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads and Walmart.

About the University of Arkansas: As Arkansas’ flagship institution, the U of A offers internationally competitive education in more than 200 academic programs. Founded in 1871, the U of A contributes more than $2.2 billion to the Arkansas economy by imparting new knowledge and skills, entrepreneurship and workplace development, discovery through research and creative pursuits, while providing training in professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation ranks the U of A among the few US colleges and universities with the highest research activity. US News & World Report ranks the U of A among the best public universities in the country. See how the U of A works to create a better world at Arkansas Research News.

About the Department of Industrial Engineering: The Department of Industrial Engineering was established in 1950 under the leadership of Department Head John L. Imhoff, who believed strongly in the global impact of industrial engineering. Today, the department has an average of over 200 undergraduate (sophomore to advanced) students and over 40 doctoral and masters students. In addition, the department has three online master’s programs: the Master of Science in Operations Management, the Master of Science in Engineering Management and the Master of Science in Operations Analytics. These three programs alone enroll over 2,000 students each academic year. A broad spectrum of practical research in the areas of reliability, maintainability and quality engineering is carried out in the department; transport, logistics and distribution; Health systems engineering; manufacturing and automation; engineering management and big data; and data analysis at each of the department’s five research centers. To find out more about the Department of Industrial Engineering, please visit our website.

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