Three nominated as Kettering's "Women of Achievement"

Mar 21, 2003

Three Kettering University employees will be honored at the YWCA of Greater Flint "Women of Achievement" awards ceremony March 25, at Whiting Auditorium in Flint.

Three Kettering University employees will be honored at the YWCA of Greater Flint "Women of Achievement" awards ceremony March 25, at Whiting Auditorium in Flint. Beverly Jones, Laura L. Sullivan and Edith Withey were nominated for the award, which recognizes outstanding professional achievement and community service.

Jones, assistant professor of Management, has been a faculty member in the Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering and Business Department for three years; prior to that, she had 32 years of varied managerial experience at General Motors. She has been instrumental in bringing the Global Sullivan Principles Project for building ethical leadership to Kettering. She earned her Ph.D. in Management from Union Institute. Her community involvement includes the Foundation Board at Genesys Regional Medical Center, Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, and Christ the King Catholic Parish. Jones lives in her hometown of Flint, with her husband and two daughters.

Sullivan, associate professor of Mechanical Engineering, has been at Kettering for 10 years, both as faculty and administrator.Sullivan has expertise in polymer engineering and biomaterials, and currently teaches courses in Statics, Biomaterials, and Mechanical Engineering Design. Sullivan served as an associate dean of Student Affairs for three years prior to returning to teaching. She was instrumental in renovating the Polymer Processing laboratory by securing more than $250K in grant funding.She is currently involved in researching the factors that contribute most to women leaving the engineering profession. She completed her doctoral work at the University of Texas at Arlington. Sullivan lives in Grand Blanc with her husband and her two sons.

Withey, an associate dean of Student Affairs, began her employment at Kettering University 13 years ago. After establishing a successful multi-level program to retain students to become successful graduates, she was promoted to assistant dean of students. Currently, she serves as chief judicial officer, director and curator of the Clara Elizabeth Davidson Women's Resource Center and dean of pre-college programs for girls. Prior to Kettering, Withey was associate director of YWCA of Flint. She holds both a bachelor's and master's degree from the University of Michigan. Her community involvement includes the Board of Trustees for the United Way, Executive Board of the United Negro College Fund, Advisory Board for Bridges to the Future (after school programs), church leader at Kingdom of Heaven Ministries and Master Gardener volunteer. She lives in Burton with her husband. They have two children, a daughter and a son, and four grandchildren.

Written by Dawn Hibbard
810-762-9865
dhibbard@kettering.edu