John H. Tyson is the current Chairman of the Board of Tyson Foods, Inc. He is a past Chief Executive Officer and President of the company. His career has been devoted to Tyson Foods, and he has an extensive understanding of the company and food processing.
The Tyson Center for Faith and Spirituality in the Workplace was named for Mr. Tyson's efforts to create a faith-friendly company. The Tyson Center is housed in the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. The Tyson Center is a sponsor of the International Faith and Spirit at Work Conference and is a leader in offering certificate programs, coaching, and speakers on this important emerging topic.
Mr. Tyson led the efforts to create a chaplaincy program at Tyson Foods. The chaplaincy program is a nondenominational group that allows team members to discuss issues in their lives with a clergyperson. This program is paid for by the company. Mr. Tyson's desire to help others in their time of trouble came from alcohol and drug dependency issues he faced early in his life. He says, "God has helped me, surely He can help someone else." (www.msnbc.com - "Walking the Walk, on the Assembly Line"). Mr. Tyson has also devoted considerable effort to rewriting the Statement of Core Values for Tyson Foods. Examples are: "We strive to be a faith-friendly company" and "We strive to honor God and be respectful of each other, our customers, and other stakeholders."
Mr. Tyson is currently serving on the University of Arkansas System Board of Trustees. He has served on the boards of the American Meat Institute, the National Chicken Council, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, and the Searchlight Leadership Fund among many others. He is a past winner of the International Faith and Spirit at Work award.