Skip to main content
Important FAFSA Update

Please click here to learn more about how we can support you.

F. James McDonald

January 1, 2019

Retired President General Motors Corporation (Deceased) – Detroit, Michigan

F. James McDonald was named President and Chief Operating Officer of General Motors in 1981. Prior to becoming President, he had been an Executive Vice President and member of the General Motors Board of Directors since 1974. He is a native of Saginaw, Michigan and a 1944 graduate of General Motors Institute. He began his career, following serving in the Navy, at the Saginaw Malleable Iron Plant. Mr. McDonald is a member of the Board of Directors of the H. J. Heinz Company; the Georgia-Pacific Corporation and K-mart Corporation. He also serves on the Board of the Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Association and The Economic Club of Detroit. He is an Honorary Trustee of the Engineering and Science Hall of Fame and past chairman of the National Minority Supplier Development Council. He was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from Northwood Institute in 1981. “Give American youth the right environment and education, their deeds will far exceed those of any previous generations.”