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Honorary Degrees

Kettering University Honorary Degree Recipients

The historic origins of the presentation of an honorary degree date to the 1470s, when the University of Oxford presented the first recorded honoris causa degree (Latin: "for the sake of the honour"). Kettering University has been presenting honorary degrees since 1986. It is one of the highest recognitions presented at the University.

NameDegreeMonth/YearTitle and Company When Degree Was Conferred
Rodney O'Neal '76Doctor of EngineeringJune 2015Retired CEO, Delphi
David Kenny '84Doctor of ManagementJune 2014The Weather Company
Robert C. Kagle '78Doctor of EngineeringJune 2013General Partner and Co-Founder Benchmark Capital
Senator Carl LevinDoctor of Humane LettersJune 2011United States Senator
Stanford R. OvshinskyDoctor of EngineeringDecember 2010Noted inventor and researcher
Henry Juszkiewicz '76Doctor of ManagementDecember 2009Chairman and CEO of Gibson Guitar
Marissa T. Peterson '83Doctor of ManagementJuly 2009Retired, Executive Vice President of Sun Microsystems
Michael M. WoodDoctor of Humane LettersJune 2009Former U.S. Ambassador to Sweden and Chair, Redwood Investments, LLC
Dr. Russell J. Ebeid '62Doctor of ManagementJuly 2008President, Guardian Glass Group a subsidiary of Guardian Industries Corporation
David W. Hermance '70Doctor of EngineeringJune 2008Executive Engineer for Advanced Technology Vehicles, Toyota Technical Center, USA
Curtis R. CarlsonDoctor of ScienceJune 2008President and Chief Executive Officer, SRI International
Gary L. Cowger '70Doctor of EngineeringDecember 2007Group Vice President of Global Manufacturing and Labor Relations
Congressman, Dale E. KildeeDoctor of Humane LettersDecember 2007Congressman, Democrat, representing 5th District in the State of Michigan
Joseph B. AndersonDoctor of ManagementJune 2007Chairman and CEO of Tag Holding Companies in Troy, MI
L. Brooks PattersonDoctor of Humane LettersDecember 2006Oakland County Executive
Chester A. Huber '77Doctor of EngineeringJune 2006President of On Star Corporation
Steve WozniakDoctor of EngineeringDecember 2005Co-Founder of Apple Computer
Karl-Heinz KammerlohrDoctor of ManagementJune 2005Director General of International Affairs, Baden-Wuerttemberg Ministry of Science, Research, and the Arts, Stuttgart, FRG
Paul J. ChiapparoneDoctor of ManagementJune 2005Retired, Vice Chairman of EDS (Electronic Data Systems)
E. Michael Mutchler '57Doctor of EngineeringDecember 2004Retired GM Vice President and Group Executive-in-Charge of GM's North American Operations & Powertrain Groups and a member of GM's North American Strategy Board
Charles L. Sargent '59Doctor of EngineeringDecember 2004President, Quality Boat Lifts Inc. in Fort Myers, FL Retired, Co-Founder, President and Chairman of the Board, The Thetford Corporation, Ann Arbor, MI
John M. Samuels '66Doctor of EngineeringJune 2004Senior Vice President, Operations, Planning and Support, Norfolk Southern Corporation
Donald B. Chaffin '61Doctor of EngineeringDecember 2003Professor of Industrial and Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Robert A. LutzDoctor of ManagementJune 2003Chairman of General Motors North America and Vice Chairman of Product Development for General Motors Corporation
E. Stanley (Stan) O'Neal '74Doctor of ManagementDecember 2002

President and CEO and Director, Merrill Lynch & Company Inc. in New York City

Edward J. NeithercutDoctor of Humane LettersDecember 2002Retired, Local Flint Attorney - Neithercut Law Firm
MaliVai WashingtonDoctor of ManagementJune 2002Professional Athlete and ESPN Sports Analyst and Founder, MaliVali Washington Kids Foundation
Ivan A. Deveson '59Doctor of ManagementJune 2002Former Lord Mayor, Melbourne, Australia and Former National President, Australian Institute of Management
Omer E. Miller '39Doctor of Humane LettersApril 2002Retired Owner, Entrepreneur, Inventor, and Philanthropist, Porta-Soft Company and Co-Owner, Heather Glens and Possum Trot Golf Courses
Dean KamenDoctor of EngineeringDecember 2001President of DEKA and Founder of FIRST (For Inspiration & Recognition of Science and Technology)
Charles L. SchafferDoctor of ManagementJune 2001Retired Chief Operating Officer of UPS in Atlanta, GA
Reverend Avery AldridgeDoctor of Humane LettersDecember 2000Paster and Founder of the Foss Avenue Baptist Church, Flint, MI
Albert J. KoegelDoctor of ManagementDecember 2000CEO of Kogel Meats Inc. in Flint, MI
Stephen N. McEwen '54Doctor of EngineeringJune 2000Retired, President and CEO, Henry Filters Inc. in Bowling Green, OH
David BingDoctor of ManagementJune 2000CEO, The Bing Group in Detroit, MI
Donald J. Almquist '55Doctor of EngineeringDecember 1999Retired Chairman, President, CEO of GM Delco Electronics Corporation
Jo Ann ShawDoctor of ManagementDecember 1999President and CEO of The Coffee Beanery, LTD. in Flint, MI
Alexander C. Mair '43Doctor of EngineeringJune 1999Retired, General Motors Vice President and Group Executive of the Technical Staffs
Charles R. WeeksDoctor of ManagementJune 1999Retired, CEO of Citizens Bank in Flint, MI
Curtis E. MollDoctor of ManagementDecember 1998Chairman and CEO, MTD Products Inc. in Cleveland, Ohio
John H. McConnellDoctor of ManagementDecember 1998Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Worthington Industries
Klaus von TrothaDoctor of Humane LettersJune 1998Minister of Science, Arts, Research Baden-Wurttemberg, Stuttgart, FRG
John F. Smith, Jr.Doctor of ManagementJune 1998Chairman of the Board, President and CEO, General Motors Corporation
Frank StronachDoctor of ManagementDecember 1997Chairman, Magna International Inc. in Canada
Albert James Sobey '45Doctor of EngineeringDecember 1997President, Albert Sobey & Associates
Benjamin Carson, M.D.Doctor of Humane LettersJune 1997Neurosurgeon (M.D.) at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD
Carol BartzDoctor of ManagementJune 1997Chairman of the Board, President, CEO of Autodesk, Inc.
William S. WhiteDoctor of Humane LettersDecember 1996Chairman, President, CEO The C.S. Mott Foundation, Flint, MI
Frederick G. Wacker, Jr. '42Doctor of EngineeringJune 1996Chairman of the Board,  Liquid Controls Corporation, Lake Bluff, IL
Martin D. Walker '54Doctor of ManagementJune 1996Chairman and CEO, M.A. Hanna Company in Cleveland, Ohio
Donald E. Johnson, Jr.Doctor of Humane LettersJune 1996Retired, Chairman, Citizens Bank in Flint, MI
David C. CollierDoctor of ManagementDecember 1995Charter Member and Incorporator, GMI Board of Trustees 
Retired, General Motors Vice President and Group Executive
Warren J. McEleney '44Doctor of ManagementJune 1995President, McEleney Motors Inc.
Edward N. HarrisDoctor of Humane LettersJune 1995Retired, Former President, Gulf + Western Manufacturing Co.
Arthur L. Tuuri, M.D.Doctor of Humane LettersDecember 1994Retired, Pediatrition (M.D.), Mott Childrens Health Center (Polio Research)
Mylon Eugene MerchantDoctor of EngineeringDecember 1994Retired, Research Scientist, Milacron Co., Cincinnati, Ohio
Mrs. Zelpha McKinnonDoctor of Humane LettersDecember 1994Philanthropist, Flint, MI
Mrs. Virginia W. KetteringDoctor of Humane LettersSeptember 1994Philanthropist,  Dayton, Ohio
Robert E. Reiss '60Doctor of EngineeringJune 1994Chairman and CEO, InterVentional Technologies, Inc.
Scott G. McNealyDoctor of EngineeringJune 1994President, Chairman, CEO, Sun Microsystems Inc.
Donald R. BeallDoctor of EngineeringJune 1994Chairman of the Board and CEO, Rockwell International Corporation
Kent C. NelsonDoctor of ManagementJune 1993Chairman and CEO, United Parcel Service
E. Douglas HougenDoctor of EngineeringJune 1993President, Hougen Manufacturing Company
Lester M. Alberthal, Jr.Doctor of ManagementJune 1993Chairman of the Board, President, and CEO, Electronic Data Systems Corporation
Clifton R. Wharton, Jr.Doctor of ManagementJune 1992Chairman and CEO, TIAA-CREF in New York City
Mrs. C. S. (Ruth) MottDoctor of Humane LettersJune 1992Philanthropist, Flint, MI
Joseph T. GormanDoctor of ManagementJune 1992Chairman and CEO, TRW, Inc.
Milford Barron '37Doctor of EngineeringJune 1991President, Precision Instruments in Grand Blanc, MI
Frances HesselbeinDoctor of ManagementJune 1990President and CEO of Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management and Retired CEO of the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A.
Richard L. TerrellDoctor of ManagementJune 1989Vice Chairman, General Motors Corporation and Retired, Board of Directors
Jaime EscalanteDoctor of HumanitiesJune 1989Mathematics Teacher, Garfield High School, East Los Angeles, CA
Elliott M. (Pete) Estes '38Doctor of Engineering 
(Awarded Posthumously)
June 1988Retired President, General Motors Corporation
Hermann SchollDoctor of EngineeringJune 1988President, Robert Bosch Corporation
F. James McDonald '44Doctor of EngineeringJune 1988Retired President, General Motors Corporation
Martha R. SegerDoctor of ManagementJune 1988Member, Board of Governors, Federal Reserve System
Donald F. EphlinDoctor of HumanitiesJune 1988International Vice President, United Auto Workers
Paul F. OrefficeDoctor of ManagementJune 1987Chairman, President and CEO,  Dow Chemical Company
Hans A. MatthiasDoctor of EngineeringJune 1987Retired Vice President, Ford Motor Company
Roger B. SmithDoctor of ManagementJune 1986Chairman, General Motors Corporation