Whitman will have a joint teaching appointment in the School of Business Administration and the Institute of Public Policy Studies.
A nationally recognized economist and scholar, she joined GM in 1979 as vice president and chief economist. She has held her present post since 1985.
Whitman is currently on the boards of directors of the Procter and Gamble Co. and Chemical Banking Corp. She has served on the Presidents Council of Economic Advisers, the U.S. Price Commission, the Presidents Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations, and the Advisory Council of the Office of Technology Assessment.
Her academic background includes an economics professorship at the University of Pittsburgh, and current memberships on the Advisory Council for the Center for Economic Policy Studies at Princeton University and the Planning Committee on International Issues at Harvard University.