News for NMU Employees


Ford Group V.P. Named Commencement Speaker

The keynote speaker at NMU’s May 4 commencement will be Felicia Fields, a Ford group vice president who leads the global human resources and corporate services functions for Ford Motor Company. She also will receive an honorary Doctor of Business degree.


Fields, a proud third-generation Ford employee, was appointed to her current position in 2008. She provides expertise in performance management, compensation and benefits, leadership and professional development, recruiting and  organization development.  She is also responsible for corporate security, travel and the company’s Dealer Policy Board. She reports to Alan Mulally, Ford president and CEO.


Since joining Ford in 1986, Fields has held HR leadership positions in manufacturing, research, information technology, finance, product development and corporate development. Her previous positions included vice president for human resources and executive director of human resources, automotive operations and corporate staffs.


Fields has received the following recognition for her professional success: 2010 Black Enterprise Most Powerful Women in Business, American Society of Employers (ASE) 2009 HR Executive of the Year, Michigan Chronicle’s 2009 Women of Excellence Award, and 2010 Automotive News “Leading Women in the North American Automotive Industry.”


Fields received a bachelor’s degree in psychology with high distinction from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in administration from Central Michigan University. She has various certifications in leadership development, personal effectiveness and diversity.


Northern’s commencement will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the Superior Dome.