President Search Committee named

Apr 30, 2004

Nine members have been appointed to search for Kettering's sixth president.

A talented and diverse group of alumni, faculty, staff and members of the Board of Trustees will serve as the President Search Committee at Kettering University in Flint as the University prepares to select its sixth president. The President Search Committee is working under the auspices of the University's Board of Trustees.

Chairing the group is Mike Eagle, vice chair of the Board of Trustees and a 1970 graduate of Kettering/GMI.

"Many people believe that one of the most important responsibilities for trustees is the succession of the leadership of a University," Eagle said. "As we approach this task, we seek to be inclusive and open. We seek input from the various University constituents and will share information on our progress."

Search committee members are:

  • Chair Mike Eagle '70, vice chair of the Board of Trustees, retired vice president of manufacturing at Eli Lilly & Co.,
  • Beth Ardisana, a member of the Board of Trustees, CEO of ASG Renaissance,
  • Brenda Ball, a member of the Board of Trustees,
  • Paul Chiapparone, a member of the Board of Trustees, retired vice chair of EDS,
  • Tom Plaskett '66, a member of the Board of Trustees, managing director of Fox Run Capital Associates,
  • Jackie El-Sayed '86, moderator-elect of Faculty Senate,
  • Jim McDonald, moderator of Faculty Senate,
  • Susan Bolt, chief financial officer and treasurer of Board of Trustees, and
  • Don Guthrie '65, special assistant to the president.

Eagle said the President Search Committee has established an aggressive timeline to enable a smooth transition prior to Dr. John's retirement. Committee work includes compiling qualifications, hiring a search firm, identifying and interviewing candidates, and naming a new president. Constituents participating in the process will include students, faculty, staff, alumni and major co-op sponsors, among others. "Our nine-member committee has a makeup very similar to the group that selected Dr. John in 1991," he noted.

Kettering President James E.A. John announced in March that he planned to retire in June 2005. During his tenure, the campus has seen dramatic changes, including expanded and modernized physical facilities, significant improvements in the University's financial situation, strengthened school leadership, key initiatives to attract and retain a talented and diverse student body, and expanded partnerships with corporate and educational partners both in the United States and abroad. President John will continue to lead Kettering until a new president is appointed.

Eagle said when the committee has completed its responsibility it will submit a recommendation to the Board of Trustees for approval. "Our primary goal is to find a candidate who can build on Dr. John's successes and take Kettering University to the next level," he added.