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Source: Thomas Wright, 785-532-5672,
News release prepared by: Katie Mayes, 785-532-6415,

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


MANHATTAN -- Thomas Wright, Kansas State University's Jon Wefald Leadership Chair in Business Administration, has been named a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

This makes Wright the first K-State faculty member to have been named a Fellow of both the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology and the Association for Psychological Science. He received the latter honor in 2007.

"We are so pleased that Dr. Thomas Wright has been elected to Fellow status by the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology," said Yar Ebadi, dean of K-State's College of Business Administration. "This is a prestigious honor of which he is most deserving, and it is an outstanding recognition of the significant contributions he has made to his discipline."

Society Fellows are distinguished industrial and organizational psychologists who have made unusual and outstanding contributions to the field.

Wright is a professor of management and an internationally acclaimed expert on organizational behavior. He also is director of the College of Business Administration's Center for Character-based Leadership.

Wright is best known for his research on psychological well-being and its impact on job satisfaction relative to both job performance and turnover. He also has published widely on business ethics and research methodology. His work has been published in many of the leading business and social science journals, and has been widely cited by print, radio and television outlets including Time magazine, the Los Angeles Times and the Wall Street Journal. He has served as associate editor for two leading management journals, the Journal of Management and the Journal of Organizational Behavior. He is the recipient of several awards for his teaching and he has consulted extensively with various firms.