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Nov. 8 , 2005
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Five EMU grads among top women in auto industry

YPSILANTI - Automotive News has named five graduates of Eastern Michigan University as part of the “100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry.” The list appeared in the Sept. 26 issue of the publication.

The list recognizes women who are leaders in the automotive field – those who make chief decisions and have considerable influence at their companies. Not only were top executives from every corner of the industry chosen, but also women in key product-development and manufacturing jobs.

“The College of Business is honored to have five of its alumnae recognized for their outstanding contributions to the automobile industry.  We are pleased to have had a part in their education to reach these positions,” said David Mielke, dean of the college of business at EMU.

The five EMU graduates are:

* Barbara Stokel (‘74) -  Stokel is the regional vice president of eastern operations at General Motors Acceptance Corporation in Atlanta, Ga..  Her first automotive job, which she began in 1974, was a college graduate-in-training position for New Departure Hyatt Bearings Division, a components division of General Motors.

* Beth Lowery (’78) - Lowery is the vice president of environment and energy at General Motors. From 1997-2001, she was vice president of general counsel at GM North America, where she was able to provide counsel to the strategy board and managed many lawyers, all with diverse backgrounds.

*Jan Bertsch (‘86) - Bertsch is Chrysler Group’s vice president of sales and marketing finance. Her first automotive job was in 1979 as a financial analyst at Ford Motor Company. 

* Nancy Rae (‘78) - Rae is the senior vice president of human resources at Chrysler Group. She has been with Chrysler since 1978 and her first job was as a personnel systems analyst at the truck assembly plant in Warren. 

*Jean Mayer (‘82) - Mayer is executive director of Asia-Pacific and Africa Purchasing and Global Systems at Ford Motor Company.  Jean’s first automotive job was in 1977 as a buyer in Ford Motor Company’s electrical and electronics division.

The list includes women who are involved in all aspects of the industry. The monthlong nomination and judging process attracted hundreds of submissions from the United States, Canada and Mexico.  The assistant managing editor and editor of Automotive News’ special issue, Mary Beth Vander Schaff, said, "We had a tremendous field of candidates to consider for our leading women list. Many of the women we selected have operational jobs. They work at auto companies, suppliers and dealerships. The list includes seven CEOs, three COOs, 14 presidents, 52 vice presidents, four assembly plant managers and one race car driver.”

Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.

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Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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