Jim Heath isn’t just a graduate of Kalamazoo College. He’s an industry leader who has spent years giving back to the community and his alma mater. Heath is president of Stryker Instruments in Kalamazoo. That’s a division of Stryker Corp., a Fortune 500 corporation that makes innovative tools that make surgery more efficient and less painful. The $9 billion corporation employs 22,000 workers.
His path began at Kalamazoo College. A 1978 graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in History, Heath played football and earned letters all four years. He spent seven years furthering his education, teaching at high school in Detroit and serving on football coaching staffs at Ohio State and New Mexico State, before returning to Kalamazoo in 1985.
For three years, Heath was an assistant professor and head coach of football and baseball teams at his alma mater. In 1988, he joined Stryker. Heath rose through the ranks. New job titles – and responsibilities – arose over his 26-year career, rising from manager of training to Stryker Instruments president.
Married to Marsha for 31 years, he has two college-aged children, Carrie and Rob. He continues to give back, serving on the Kalamazoo College Board of Trustees.
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