Kettering University appoints new trustee

May 10, 2002

Lawrence A. Denton has joined the Board of Trustees at Kettering University.

Lawrence A. Denton has joined the Board of Trustees at Kettering University. His three-year term began in April.

Denton is president of Dow Automotive, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company and its subsidiaries, located in Auburn Hills, Mich. He has held a range of engineering and managerial positions in manufacturing, quality, sales and marketing, engineering and purchasing during his 24-year career at Ford Motor Co. He served as director of Total Cost Management-Global Purchasing for Ford. He was also a division chief engineer for Ford's Automotive Components Division (ACD), as well as plant manager at the Niagara and Dearborn Glass Plants, and the Utica Plastics and Trim Plant.

In 1996, Denton joined Dow Automotive as global vice president and was named to his current position in 1999. His vast international industry experience fits uniquely with Dow's global solutions approach to the automotive market.

Denton holds a master's degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), an MBA from the University of Michigan and a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University.

A native of Detroit, Denton is a board member of several organizations and companies, including the Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA) in Troy, Mich., Autotemp Co. in Batavia, Ohio, and the Skyline Club in Southfield, Mich. He is also an active member of the Ambassador's Club of Ford Motor Co. His brother, Jim, graduated from Kettering/GMI in 1977.