Tony Hain named vice president for Grad Studies

Apr 27, 2001

An old friend is now a new vice president at Kettering.

An old friend is now a new vice president at Kettering.

Tony Hain, whose relationship with the institution dates back decades, has joined the University's top administrative team in a newly created vice president's position. He is the new vice president for Graduate Studies and Corporate Connections.

Hain first came to campus in 1970 to teach in the Industrial Administration Department until an opportunity to attend Harvard Business School as a visiting scholar took him away in 1980. General Motors tapped him for corporate planning and GM University assignments for the next 20 years.

He returned to Kettering 14 months ago to serve as the dean of Graduate Studies and the Grava Chair in the Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering and Business Department. Since then, enrollment in the graduate school is up 30 percent and a new graduate degree -- master's of science in Manufacturing Operations -- has been developed exclusively for General Motors and Delphi.

But that's only one of the "firsts" since Hain's return.

  • Earlier this month, Kettering signed an agreement with Delphi Poland to create Kettering's first learning center in Europe, where the University will offer master's classes on video tape. "This is a big activity and it's a great thing for both Delphi and Kettering," he said. Courses, which will only be available in English, begin this fall.
  • Kettering has teamed with Reutlingen University in Germany and Pole Universitaire Leonard de Vinci Paris in France to offer a master's in Worldwide Operations and Logistics Management. Twenty high-potential employees from multinational firms will receive selection for the one-year program that starts October '02 and features 13 weeks each in Michigan, Germany and France, and then 13 weeks to complete a thesis.
  • Kettering has been named the coordinator for all graduate technical education programs for Delphi. The administrative responsibility means Kettering will supervise all graduate work offered by the University of Michigan, Rensselaer Polytechnic and Purdue University while also offering Kettering's specialized master's degree in manufacturing operations.
  • Another new endeavor is the collaboration between Kettering, RWD of Columbia, Md., and Leadership Designs Inc. in Troy, Mich. "To meet the full range of needs, we established Kettering Corporation Connection (KCC), which entered into a partnership with the two firms to create Sigma Learning," Hain said. "Sigma Learning has proposed managing all graduate and undergraduate educational needs for Delphi Corp. in North America." Hain said the deal could bring substantial revenues to Kettering. "KCC is attractive economically," he said. "The only limit to our growth is flexibility. Our goal is to accommodate the needs of major corporations." He noted that only Columbia University and Cornell offer similar opportunities. "We're in good company in this endeavor," he explained.

"Kettering is still a leader in distance learning," Hain said. "The old programs targeted the individual. Future programs will be targeted at and marketed to companies to meet their business needs. Kettering is going back to the GMI tradition of meeting the company's needs. It's our version of co-op."

Kettering/GMI has offered graduate education since 1982 and now enrolls around 800 graduate students. Program courses are available through videotape and Internet support on the Flint campus and at 130 remote locations across North America and Europe.

In the 2000-2001 academic year, the Kettering graduate program has approximately 330 students enrolled in Manufacturing Management, 140 in Operations Management, 200 in the GM/Delphi Manufacturing Operations customized program, 100 in Engineering and 50 in specialized studies.

"There are a lot of good things going on," he said. "Kettering is expert at customizing programs to meet the needs of the manufacturing workforce."

Assisting him in this initiative is a staff that includes Dave Strubler, associate professor of Management currently on administrative leave to the Graduate Office. "We're in the process of upgrading delivery of graduate programs," Strubler said. "We have six teams working to improve the function and delivery, working on things like on-line registration.

"We're trying to bring the Graduate Office up-to-date technologically so we can deliver a more convenient product to them and make it easier to access materials."

Kettering's graduate courses are still delivered on video tape, but students can now obtain the syllabus, handouts and other materials on-line 24 hours a day. Strubler hopes that eventually Kettering's students will be able to watch the entire lecture on their computer at whatever time is convenient. "We hope to eliminate the need for videotapes and handouts completely," he explained.

So while techniques like video streaming are not available on campus yet, Strubler does hope for the web enhancement of classes by the end of 2001.

"We're hearing from industry more MBAs. We want our engineers to be engineers.' We're listening to industry here at Kettering. It's giving us a fresh step toward strengthening our own mission."

Graduate Programs At A Glance

Written by Patricia Mroczek,
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April 30, 2001