James W. Griffith to Present Commencement Address

April 28, 2009

James W. Griffith will present the Commencement addressThe featured speaker for this year's Commencement will be James W. Griffith, president and chief executive officer of The Timken Company of Canton, OH and member of the Mount Union Board of Trustees since 2004.

Since being named president in 1999, Griffith has led a transformation of The Timken Company focused on creating ever-increasing levels of value for customers and shareholders.  By harnessing its legendary quality and industry-leading innovation, Timken has pushed beyond its historic leadership in the tapered roller bearing market into a vast global market for technologies to manage the friction generated by moving parts and improve the transmission of power in a wide array of machines.

Griffith joined The Timken Company in 1984 and has held positions as plant manager, vice president of manufacturing in North America and managing director of the company’s business in Australia.  From 1996 to 1999, he led Timken’s automotive business in North America and the company’s bearing business activities in Asia and Latin America.  He was elected president, chief operating officer and director in 1999 and was named chief executive officer in 2002.

Griffith is vice president of the World Bearing Association.  He is a member of the Management Executives’ Society and serves on the boards of directors of the Goodrich Corporation (NYSE: GR) and the Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network (MAGNET). 

Griffith earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and a master of business administration from Stanford University.

Under the leadership of Griffith, The Timken Company has developed a new internship program that benefits Mount Union students. This internship opportunity, at the company’s Asian headquarters in Shanghai, China, is a perfect fit for the College’s Asian Initiative and will open new door of opportunity for Mount Union students. The first student internship was completed last year.

Mount Union will hold its 163rd Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 9 at 11 a.m. on the south lawn of Chapman Hall.

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