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Stephen J. Hicks

Stephen J. Hicks

Chair, Board of Control
2007 - 2014
Marquette, MI

Stephen Hicks is president and CEO of J. M. Longyear LLC, a natural resources company with interests in the upper Midwest and Canada. He is also vice chairman of Minnesota Steel Industries. Hicks brings more than twenty years of experience in businesses focused on natural resources to the Board. An alumnus of Michigan Tech, Hicks graduated in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Accounting and is a graduate of the University of Michigan Business School Executive Program. He has served on Michigan Tech’s School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science Advisory Committee and Building Expansion Committee. He has also served as chair of the Michigan Forest Products Council.

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Julie A. Fream

Julie A. Fream

Vice Chair, Board of Control
2011 - 2018
Birmingham, Michigan

Julie Fream graduated from Michigan Tech with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and earned an MBA from the Harvard Business School in 1987. She began her career at Visteon in 1998 and previously worked for General Motors, Ford Motor Company and TRW. From 2008 to 2011 she was vice president of Visteon’s North American customer group, global strategy, and communications. Recently, Fream was appointed president and chief executive officer of the Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA), representing new vehicle product suppliers across North America. In 2002, Fream appeared on Crain’s Detroit Business’s “40 under 40” list for her sales leadership at Visteon. In 2005, she earned the Anti-Defamation League’s Woman of Achievement Award for fostering an inclusive and diverse work environment at Visteon. Fream is a member of the University’s Distinguished Academy of Chemical Engineering. She received Michigan Tech’s Outstanding Young Alumni and Outstanding Service Awards and was the featured speaker at Midyear Commencement in 2003.

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Lenora Ashford

Lenora Ashford

Member, Board of Control
2007 - 2014
Detroit, MI

Lenora Ashford holds a Bachelor of Science from Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, and a Master of Education from Wayne State University. She is the former principal of Lewis Cass Technical High School in Detroit. Honored as an Outstanding Educator by the Detroit Public Schools seven times, she also has been honored with several other education awards and has taught high school biology, physical science, and earth science in the Detroit Public Schools. She helped develop the curriculum for the Detroit Science Center Super Summer Science Camp and the high school curriculum for the Detroit Area Pre-college Engineering Program (DAPCEP), an engineering preparatory program with close ties to Michigan Tech.



Thomas L. Baldini

Thomas L. Baldini

Member, Board of Control
2009 - 2016
Marquette, MI

Thomas Baldini was the former district director for US Representative Bart Stupak from 2003 to 2010. He also served as education advisor and special assistant to former Michigan Governor James Blanchard. He has worked as assistant to the superintendent for personnel and finances of the Marquette Area Public Schools and has taught high school and university political science classes in Marquette.In 1994, he was appointed chair of the US section of the International Joint Commission for Canada and the US, by President Bill Clinton. He also served as US commissioner for the International Boundary Commission for the US and Canada, another presidential appointment.Baldini is a founding member and vice president of the Economic Club of Marquette County, a founding member of the Marquette Community Foundation and a member of the Marquette Area Public School Foundation. He has won the Mount Arvon Award for Conservation Leadership, the Distinguished Alumni Award from Northern Michigan University and a Distinguished Public Service Award from the American Association of University Professors



Robert Jacquart

Robert Jacquart

Member, Board of Control
2013 - 2020
Ironwood, MI

Robert Jacquart is chief executive officer of Jacquart Fabric Products in Ironwood, a textile designing and manufacturing company his father began in 1958. Under Jacquart's leadership, the company has grown from a small storefront business to a thriving 80,000- square-foot complex with $15 million in annual sales, including the popular Stormy Kromer line of hats and other clothing. He was chair of Gogebic Community College’s Board of Trustees and a member of the Michigan Garment Industry Council.



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Linda Kennedy

Linda Kennedy

Member, Board of Control
2013 - 2020
Troy, MI

Linda Kennedy ’91 is a shareholder in the Detroit office of Butzel Long PC, one of Michigan's oldest law firms. Previously, she served as in-house counsel for Dow Chemical Company and as a technical writer for IBM’s software solutions division. Kennedy holds a bachelor’s degree in scientific and technical communication from Michigan Tech, as well as a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a law degree from the University of Minnesota.



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Paul Ollila

Paul Ollila

Member, Board of Control
2009 - 2017
Painesdale, MI

Paul Ollila is the former superintendent of the Copper Country Intermediate School District. Previously, he was the CCISD’s director of special education, responsible for personnel, collective bargaining, federal projects, curriculum development and compliance. He was named assistant superintendent in 1979 and served as superintendent from 1993 to 2004. Since then he has served as the elementary principal for the Ontonagon Area School District, and as acting superintendent of the Adams Township School District. Ollila is a member of the Portage Health Foundation Board, the Keweenaw Community Foundation Board, the Finlandia Community Advisory Committee, the Range Lions Club and the Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance. In addition, he serves on the board of the Michigan Tech Employees Federal Credit Union as secretary/treasurer. Ollila has earned a bachelor's degree in social work/sociology and economics and psychology, a master's in special education/educational administration, and an EdS in educational administration, all from Northern Michigan University.

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Terry J. Woychowski

Terry J. Woychowski

Member, Board of Control
2011 - 2018
Commerce Township, Michigan

Terry Woychowski graduated from Michigan Tech with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, attended Duke University’s Global Executive Development Program, and received an Honorary Doctorate of Business Management from Indiana Wesleyan University. From 1997-2009 he served as GM's chief engineer for full-size pickups and SUVs, and from 2009-2012 he served as vice president for global quality and vehicle launches. He has received GM’s highest honor, the Chairman’s Award, four times and is president of the Engineering Society of Detroit (ESD), where he has helped develop courses through Michigan Tech to retrain engineers. Recently, Woychowski joined American Axle Manufacturing as senior vice president for engineering and quality. AAM provides driveline and drivetrain systems to automotive companies globally. He is a member of Michigan Tech’s Academy of Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics, the College of Engineering Industrial Advisory Board, and sponsors two Senior Design teams.



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