New Alumni Engagement Director
Bob Nichols ’74 was recently named Director of Alumni Engagement at Kettering University.
“I am thrilled to recently be named the Director Alumni Engagement at Kettering University,” Nichols said. “As a 1974 alumnus and 29-year employee of the University, this new challenge is a perfect fit for my career. I certainly know a lot of alumni! I look forward to reconnecting with alumni that I know and meeting a whole more. Like our outstanding students, Kettering alumni typically stand out amongst their peers. I hope to be able to recognize many of you for your accomplishments and engage or reengage alumni with the University in various ways. I hope to see you on-campus or in your home region soon.”
Contact Nichols at email@example.com or by phone at (810) 762-9828.
The Kettering University Alumni Association honored 10 alumni for professional excellence and civic engagement Sept. 8 during festivities for Alumni Reunion Weekend. Here are this year’s award winners. Read their complete bios.
Diana Tremblay ’82, vice president of North American Manufacturing at General Motors, received the Distinguished Alumna Award recognizing specific and exceptional career achievement, traditionally given to people at the highest level in the corporate structure.
Kathryn Biberstein ’82, senior vice president, general counsel and secretary, and chief compliance officer for Alkermes plc, received the Outstanding Achievement Award recognizing specific, exceptional career achievement.
Roland (Ron) Chavey ’52, senior Production engineer (retired) for Fisher Guide, received the Civic Achievement Award for recognizing significant and unselfish contributions of time and effort that benefit the community.
Valerie J. Lewis Coleman ’87, founder and owner of Pen of the Writer, LLC, received the Entrepreneurial Achievement Award recognizing a specific contribution in organizing, managing and assuming the risk of business or enterprise.
William J. Wildern IV ’92 and ’93, the founder and CEO of Farmington Hills-based HYDRA Professionals, LLC and ReapSo, LLC, received the Entrepreneurial Achievement Award recognizing a specific contribution in organizing, managing and assuming the risk of business or enterprise.
Robert W. Roth ’85, president and CEO of RoMan Manufacturing, Inc., received the Engineering Achievement Award recognizing a specific contribution with a positive and lasting effect in the field in engineering.
Raj Nair ’87, Ford Motor Company’s group vice president, Global Product Development, received the Management Achievement Award recognizing a specific contribution with a positive and lasting effect in the field of Management.
Russell J. Ebeid ’63, formerly president of the Glass Group and chairman of the Board of Guardian Industries Corp., received the Human Relations Awards recognizing a graduate who has rendered significant contributions inspiring unity at Kettering University.
Gerald (Jerry) T. Meier ‘61, retired Manufacturing director for Delphi, received the Alumni Service Award recognizing outstanding volunteer service to Kettering University.
Joe Gallagher ’07 received the Young Alumnus Award recognizing a graduate (of the previous 10 years) who has rendered significant contributions, exhibited outstanding character, or has achieved marked success in such areas as Alumni Service, Civic Achievement, Engineering Achievement, Entrepreneurial Achievement, Human Relations, Management Achievement or Outstanding Achievement.