Roderick D. Gillum, vice president of corporate responsibility and diversity for General Motors Corporation, and Rebecca McGowan, regent of the University of Michigan, will be the featured speakers at commencement ceremonies at UM-Dearborn
December 5, 2008
DEARBORN / Dec. 5, 2008---Roderick D. Gillum, vice president of corporate responsibility and diversity for General Motors Corporation, and Rebecca McGowan, regent of the University of Michigan, will be the featured speakers at commencement ceremonies at the University of Michigan-Dearborn on Sunday, Dec. 21.
Gillum will speak at the morning ceremony, which begins at 10:30 a.m., for graduates of the campusís School of Management and College of Engineering and Computer Science. McGowan will speak at the afternoon ceremony, which begins at 2:30 p.m., for graduates of the School of Education and College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters. Both ceremonies will be held in the Fieldhouse on the UM-Dearborn campus.
Gillum has been vice president of corporate responsibility and diversity for GM since August 1997, responsible for global corporate social responsibility initiatives which include community relations, philanthropy, business ethics and diversity management. He also is chairman of the General Motors Foundation and chairman of Motor Enterprises Incorporated, a subsidiary of General Motors, specializing in providing capital for GM minority suppliers.
Gillum joined General Motors in 1979 and has held several executive positions. He also served in two separate capacities at Saturn Corporation, a GM subsidiary. From 1985 to 1986, he served as manager of strategic planning, and from 1988 to 1993 as Saturn vice president, general counsel and secretary.
Born in Detroit, Gillum earned a bachelorís degree from Michigan State University in 1972 and a law degree from Northeastern University in 1975. Gillum received a masterís of science in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in June 1985. Prior to joining GM in 1979, he was an attorney with the National Labor Relations Board. He also served as administrative assistant to Michigan Sen. Arthur Cartwright.
McGowan was elected to the Board of Regents in November 1992 and was re-elected in 2000. She has served as chair of the board and as chair of the boardís finance, investments and audit committee.
McGowan grew up in Washington, D.C. where her father was a federal judge. After graduation from Lake Forest College, she became a member of Sen. Adlai Stevensonís legislative staff in Washington. She later moved to the staff of Sen. Frank Church when he was chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Activities and a presidential candidate.
In 1976, she joined the staff of Sen. Walter Mondale, then the Democratic candidate for vice president, and became a member of his White House staff. When Mondale ran for president in 1984, McGowan was named a deputy national campaign director.
She moved to Ann Arbor in 1985 and became director of government relations for an organization dedicated to integrating developing technologies into the manufacturing workplace. She did not run for re-election and will complete her tenure as Regent at the end of this year.