Alan Mulally, known for his leadership at both Boeing and Ford, will work with Albers School of Business students, faculty and alumni as a senior fellow, the university said.

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Alan Mulally, well-known here as former CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes but perhaps better known elsewhere as the executive who steered Ford Motor Co. past the Great Recession, has joined Seattle University’s Albers School of Business and Economics as a senior fellow, the university said Thursday.

Seattle U said Mulally will work with faculty, students and alumni as a senior fellow in its Center for Leadership Formation, which focuses on executive education. It’s the first formal academic role he’s taken since retiring from Ford in 2014.

Mulally, who left Boeing in 2006 after eight years as Commercial Airplanes CEO, has generally kept a low profile since returning to the area after stepping down at Ford.