Be firm in what you want

Oct 29, 2004

Don Butler '86 credits Kettering's "Doc Green" from Science & Math with starting to shape his philosophy toward succeeding.

Don Butler '86 had never gotten a score lower than a 90 on a test when he hit GMI in the early 1980s. The first calculus quiz he took for "Doc Green" (Professor David Green from Science and Math) changed all that.

Butler got a 65 on the quiz and an attitude adjustment for his life and career. "The academic training you'll get here at Kettering is second to none," Butler told students during a campus visit Oct. 25. "You'll be so much further ahead than your contempories when you graduate."

Today, Butler is the vice president of OnStar planning and business development. He shared information on Onstar and encouraged students to have a firm hold on their college expectations when he spoke at a Student Alumni Council event on campus.

After Butler graduated in 1986 with a degree in Electrical Engineering, he became a design engineer for the Corvette Electrical Systems Group. He earned an MBA at Harvard University, has held various positions at GM and is now the vice president responsible for business relationships critical to sustaining OnStar.

"Have a firm idea of what you want to get out of Kettering," he advised, "and out of your job experience," he added.

Written by Pat Mroczek
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