GMI HONORS MRS. C.S. MOTT AND TOP INDUSTRY, BUSINESS LEADERS
J.T. GORMAN AND C.R. WHARTON JR.
FLINT, Mich., June 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The commencement season at GMI Engineering & Management Institute, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary as an independent college, honors one of Flint's most distinguished citizens and the chairmen of two leading industrial and business firms for outstanding career achievements and altruistic endeavors.
Mrs. C.S. Mott, dowager widow of automotive pioneer-industrialist- philanthropist Charles Stewart Mott, was the recipient of an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree bestowed by GMI President James E.A. John in a quiet ceremony June 3.
Scheduled to receive honorary Doctor of Management degrees at June 19 graduation exercises are Clifton R. Wharton Jr., Ph.D., former Michigan State University president who heads Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America and the College Retirement Equities Fund (TIAA-CREF), New York, and Joseph T. Gorman, chairman-CEO of TRW, Inc., Cleveland.
The nonagenarian Mrs. Mott has long been involved in a wide variety of community activities and is trustee emeritus of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, one of the country's largest philanthropic funds which she served for 33 years. She is also chairperson of the Ruth Mott fund, which makes a national impact in a diversity of fields including the arts, environment, preventive health practices and the prevention of nuclear war.
Described as "Flint's Good Neighbor," she was cited for her "quiet leadership, dedication to the cause of humanity, and constant caring for the world community, especially for the Flint community, your home for 58 years."
Dr. Wharton, an economist and black pioneer in the fields of philanthropy, higher education and business, was elected top officer in 1987 of TIAA-CREF, the largest private pension fund and the third- largest insurance company in the United States with assets of some $100 billion.
He was cited for devoted and outstanding work with developing nations, providing leadership and expertise in his chosen fields, for being an extraordinary role model for the youth of America and for showing what personal dedication and commitment can accomplish.
Gorman joined TRW as a corporate attorney and rose steadily through executive ranks to become chairman and CEO of the international firm with more than 70,000 employees at some 300 facilities in 21 countries. TRW provides advanced technology, products and services for the automotive, space and defense, and information markets with sales in 1991 reported in excess of $7.9 billion.
GMI honored him "for his exceptional achievements as an effective and successful business leader and for selfless and generous service to the community through charitable works, providing leadership in the fields of education and the arts, and for proving anew that America is indeed the land of opportunity."
Commencement exercises for 460 graduates, including recipients of 350 B.S. and 110 M.S. degrees, will begin at 3 p.m. at IMA Sports Arena. The ceremonies will be led by GMI president, Dr. John, and Dr. John D. Lorenz, provost and dean of faculty.
Dr. John will join Alfred H. Grava, GMI board of trustees chairman, in welcoming remarks. GMI chaplain William A. Kennedy will deliver the invocation and benediction. GMI, with a total student enrollment of 3,100 including 2,400 undergraduates, is the nation's only accredited college of engineering and management operating on a five-year fully cooperative plan of education.
Founded in 1919, the college was part of General Motors Corporation until 1982, when it became an independent institution and ceased to be known as General Motors Institute.
Bachelor of science degrees are offered in mechanical, industrial, electrical, and manufacturing systems engineering, management and applied mathematics. Master's degrees are offered in manufacturing management and engineering. Undergraduate students alternate 12-week periods of classroom and laboratory academic studies with paid work experience at more than 560 business and industrial organizations at about 750 locations throughout the United States and Canada.
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