|JILL WITZENBURG - MSU Varsity "S" Club Honorary Member - 2010|
A long-time supporter and fan of Michigan State athletics, Witzenburg took an early retirement from General Motors after a 41-year career. She started as a clerk at Pontiac Motor Division in 1963 and retired in 2004 as the Director of Internal Communications for GM Product Development, after spending over 30 years in the Public Relations/Communications area.
Witzenburg was appointed to the board of directors of the Downtown Coaches Club, the official booster Club of Spartan football, in 2006, assumed the publicity chair duties for the Club that year and became editor of the Club’s newsletter in 2008. A year later, Witzenburg was named the Club’s president, a one-year term.
A life-time member of the Michigan State Alumni Association, Witzenburg has been actively involved in various Michigan State projects including Becky and Coach Dantonio’s Women’s Day Football Clinics, with proceeds going to the Arthur Ray Fund in 2009 and Sparrow’s Children’s Miracle Network in 2010.
An avid runner and outdoors person who likes challenges, Witzenburg completed 12 marathons from 1993 to 1998, including four Boston Marathons. In 2003, she climbed 19,340 feet to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, one of the Seven Summits of the World and the highest mountain on the African Continent. She did it again in 2004 when she was among an MSU alumni tour group of 11, including former head football coach, John L. Smith.
Witzenburg and her husband Gary reside in East Lansing.