Universal Technical Institute CEO Honored as One of Northwood University’s Distinguished Women
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Nov. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — On Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Ritz Carlton Dallas, Universal Technical Institute, Inc. (NYSE: UTI) CEO Kimberly McWaters was honored as one of Northwood University’s Distinguished Women Award recipients. The Distinguished Women’s program provides a platform for the next generation of women business leaders attending Northwood University through mentorship, leadership and scholarships. The Distinguished Women are examples of leaders with determination, compassion, and ethical excellence for female Northwood students who aspire to be tomorrow’s entrepreneurs, executives and philanthropists.
Starting as a part-time receptionist, she has been with UTI for 27 years and served in numerous leadership roles including VP Sales and Marketing and President between 2000 and 2010. Her leadership in the automotive industry extends beyond UTI, as she also serves on the board of the Penske Automotive Group, an international automotive retailer and member of the Fortune 500 and Russell 1000.
An advocate for community service, McWaters chairs the Board of the Directors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix and sits on the executive committee of the Fresh Start Women’s Foundation. In addition, she is the founder of the UTI Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, with a mission to enable individuals to complete technical training leading to career success.
“Distinguished Women this year, as well as all honorees during the past 42 years, are passionate about their impactful roles in our communities and ensuring students are given the best possible opportunity to advance their higher education and career goals,” said Mary Frazier, director of advancement at Northwood’s Texas Campus.
In 1970 the Northwood University Board of Trustees, under the inspiration of its founders Dr. Arthur E. Turner and Dr. R. Gary Stauffer, established the Distinguished Women’s Award to recognize the enormous contribution women make to communities, businesses, volunteer agencies, and public and private sector services world-wide.
About Universal Technical Institute, Inc. (UTI)
With more than 150,000 graduates in its 46-year history, Universal Technical Institute (UTI) offers undergraduate degree, diploma and certificate programs at 11 campuses across the United States, as well as manufacturer-specific training programs at dedicated training centers. Through a campus-based school system, UTI offers specialized technical education programs under the banner of several well-known brands, including Universal Technical Institute (UTI), Motorcycle Mechanics Institute and Marine Mechanics Institute (MMI) and NASCAR Technical Institute (NTI). Visit www.uti.edu for more information.
About Northwood University
Northwood University is committed to the most personal attention to prepare students for success in their careers and in their communities; it promotes critical thinking skills, personal effectiveness, and the importance of ethics, individual freedom and responsibility. Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Northwood University specializes in managerial and entrepreneurial education at three full-service, residential campuses located in southern Florida, mid-Michigan and northern Texas. Adult Degree Programs are available in eight states with many course delivery options including an online option. The DeVos Graduate School offers day and evening programming in Michigan, Texas, Florida and Switzerland. The Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise in Midland, Michigan, specializes in creative thinking and innovation development. International education is offered through study abroad and in Program Centers in Switzerland, China, Malaysia and Sri Lanka. Northwood University also operates the Margaret Chase Smith Library in Maine.
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