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Michael P. Gannon Named 2012 Distinguished Alumnus

LANSING 4/18/12 – The Lansing Community College (LCC) Alumni Association has selected Michael P. Gannon as the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award for 2012.

Gannon is Senior Vice President, Chief Strategic and Human Resources Officer for Nexteer Automotive Corporation in Saginaw, Michigan, where he helped guide the nationally recognized turnaround of the $2.2 billion dollar steering and driveline automotive enterprise from a position of significant loss to profitability. 

Nexteer Automotive President & CEO Robert J. Remenar says, "Without Mike’s unselfish devotion and dedication, it is unlikely that Nexteer would exist today. He is a champion of the business, the community and people at large."

Gannon received his associate’s degree from Lansing Community College in 1973, graduating Summa Cum Laude. He received his bachelor’s degree from Kettering University and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Michigan.

He began his career with General Motors Oldsmobile Division in Lansing and later became vice president of personnel for GM Europe where he was responsible for over 50,000 employees. Prior to joining Nexteer, he served as divisional vice president of human resources for Delphi Steering.

Gannon sits on the Executive Committee as Vice Chairman of the Saginaw Future (SF) Board of Directors. Established in 1992, SF is a public-private alliance of local businesses, the County of Saginaw, City of Saginaw, 16 local municipalities and the Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce. SF's strategic partners also include education, labor and government. Since its beginning, SF has remained dedicated to fostering quality job creation through expanding local industry and attracting new business to the community.

Saginaw FuturePresident JoAnn Crary says, "Mike played a key role in transforming the Nexteer global headquarters operation from a high cost location destined for closure to a competitive site that is winning new business. This exceptional work has saved over 2,500 U.S. manufacturing jobs and added hundreds of jobs, ensuring economic stability for families in our region."

Michael is the son of LCC’s Founding President Philip Gannon and Lois Gannon, and one of three Gannon children to attend LCC.

The Distinguished Alumni Award was established to honor outstanding alumnus who have achieved a high level of professional accomplishment and have made significant personal contributions through their involvement in community service.

The award will be presented during a special reception on Friday, May 18, 2012 at 2:30 p.m., Paula D. Cunningham Administration Building Board Room at Lansing Community College. That same day Gannon will speak at LCC’s Commencement at 7 p.m., Jack Breslin Student Events Center at Michigan State University.

Gannon joins a worthy group of recent Distinguished Alumni recipients including Mary Roszel, Co-Founder of BIGGBY COFFEE; State Sen. Rick Jones; former state Sen. Dianne Byrum; Kyle Caldwell, President & CEO of Michigan Nonprofit Association; and, Ingham County Sheriff Gene Wriggelsworth.

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