MIDLAND, Mich. — Northwood University recently announced a role change for Jim John, who was formerly chair of the aftermarket management program at Northwood University. He has now been named director of automotive program development and recruiting for the university.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement As director of automotive program development and recruiting, John will be working with the admissions staff on all three Northwood campuses to promote the automotive/heavy duty truck programs with high schools and community colleges. He will help to promote Northwood’s automotive/heavy duty truck programs with the various programmed distribution groups and auto parts retailers via contacts with their corporate headquarters and during annual meetings with their members. In addition, John will work with Northwood’s advancement department to raise funds for scholarships and other programs that will benefit the university. Teaching at Northwood University for the past 18 years, John has made several contributions to the university. He received the Mort Schwartz Excellence in Education Award in 2009 and was awarded Northwood University’s Faculty Excellence Award in 2002. He has also been awarded the Master Automotive Aftermarket Professional designation (MAAP). John has been associated with the automotive aftermarket for more than 40 years and has worked for such companies as the Champion Spark Plug Co., NAPA and Triad Systems Corp. (Activant). He is a graduate of the Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA) Automotive Aftermarket Professional Program and has served on the Scholarship Committee of SEMA and the AAIA Education Committee.Advertisement The position of chair of the aftermarket management program will now be held by Larry Silvey. “Larry Silvey has an excellent technological background. With all the changes technologically in the aftermarket, Larry will be a good fit for teaching at Northwood,” said John.