B. Joseph (Joe) White is James F. Towey Professor of Business and Leadership, president emeritus of the University of Illinois and dean emeritus of the University of Michigan. He teaches U.S. corporate governance to graduate business and law students at Illinois. He is the author of Boards that Excel: Candid Insights and Practical Advice for Directors (Berrett-Koehler, 2014), as well as The Nature of Leadership: Reptiles, Mammals and the Challenge of Becoming a Great Leader (AMACOM, 2007).
In his books, Joe blends leadership and governance research with practical experience and shows how to turn knowledge into action. He urges corporate and nonprofit directors and individual leaders to set high aspirations, and provides practical advice on how to achieve them. He shares the wisdom of experienced leaders and directors through candid and insightful interviews.
Joe has extensive experience on corporate and nonprofit boards. During his service as a trustee and chair of the corporate governance committee of Equity Residential, Inc., EQR has grown from an enterprise value of $800 million to over $30 billion, delivered annualized total shareholder return of nearly 13% and become an S&P 500 company.
During his time as a director of Gordon Food Service, GFS has become one of America's 40 largest private companies. He helped create governance arrangements intended to enable GFS operate in perpetuity as an independent family business.
Joe has been an influential force in business education and talent development. As dean at Michigan, he integrated action learning into MBA studies, creating the first new curriculum model since introduction of the case method. Joe touched off movements in the business school world that elevated corporate citizenship and increased the ranks of women and minority executives.
Joe is a graduate of Georgetown University, Harvard Business School and the University of Michigan. He and his wife, Mary, have two children and five grandchildren.