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Honorary Alumnus Award



UDM board Trustee Christine K. Cortez is the recipient of the Honorary Alumnus Award in recognition of her significant and outstanding contributions of time and commitment to the University and its mission. She currently serves on the Board’s Executive Committee and chairs it Mission Effectiveness Committee. Since joining the Board in 2003, Cortez has utilized her corporate business experience to assist UDM in achieving its strategic goals and ensuring a financially viable institution. She also has engaged Board Trustees in better understanding the University’s mission and how UDM lives that mission through regular mission updates at each board meeting.
Born and raised in the Detroit area, Cortez received her Bachelor of Business Administration from Western Michigan University in 1976 and an MBA from Wayne State University in 1978. She joined Chrysler Corporation in 1976 and held a variety of positions of increased responsibility. In 2008, she retired as Senior Vice President, Service and Parts, after 31 years with Chrysler. Throughout her career, she was actively involved in creating opportunities for career development and mentoring of future business leaders.
Cortez was recognized for her professional contributions in the Automotive News All Star List in 2003 and 2004, 100 Leading Women list by Automotive News in 2000 and 2005, and with the Distinguished Service Citation from the Automotive Hall of Fame in 2005.
Her community service includes chairing the Women’s Initiative for United Way of Southeastern Michigan from 2005 to 2008 and currently tutoring for Oakland Literacy. She also serves as editor of the Lake Angelus city newsletter, and enjoys golfing and participating in her book club and church choir.
“I most appreciate what the University of Detroit Mercy stands for,” says Cortez. “Obviously exceptional education tops the list, but there is also a dedication to develop students who will live their lives reaching out to those around them with a hand of mercy and commitment to justice. That’s what we need to preserve at UDM.”
Award was presented at the Ignatian Circle Dinner, September 25, 2009.

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