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Doug Rothwell


Doug Rothwell has worked as an executive in the public, private and non-profit sectors. For the past decade, he’s led Business Leaders for Michigan – the state’s business roundtable.  He’s served four Governors, including as Delaware’s Chief of Staff, President of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and chair of Governor Rick Snyder’s transition team.  In the business world, he managed General Motors’ 400 million square foot global real estate portfolio and was the CAO at Bank of America’s credit card subsidiary.

Doug chairs the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, chairs the American Center for Mobility (an autonomous and connected vehicle test site), is chair-elect of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Board of Visitors, and serves on the Board of Advisors for UNC athletics, and the management board of the Renaissance Venture Capital Fund.

Doug graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Masters of Public Administration degree, the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Arts degree and the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School’s Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government.

He’s a former Presidential Management Fellow and has received the most prestigious honors awarded by the National Governors Association, the Michigan Economic Developers Association and the University of Delaware for his public service.

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MI Universities Begin 2016–17 Academic Year Backed by Strong Performance Data

Sep 7, 2016

According to a statewide data release issued today by BLM, the state’s public universities have continued their track record of achievement with higher graduation and retention rates, improved stude...

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World Mobility Leadership Forum to be Held in Detroit

Aug 31, 2016

With a goal of beginning a worldwide conversation about how mobility solutions can address pressing societal challenges, the World Mobility Leadership Forum will be held in Detroit on Sept. 28 and 29,...

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Detroit Free Press Op-Ed: Michigan Shouldn’t Dump M-STEP Test

Aug 30, 2016

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