- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

FLINT, Mich. (AP) - The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation has selected the great-grandson of its founder to be its fourth president.

The Flint-based foundation established in 1926 by automotive pioneer C.S. Mott on Tuesday announced the appointment of Ridgway White. He succeeds his father, William White, who remains chairman and chief executive.

The younger White joined the philanthropic organization a decade ago as a program assistant on the Flint area grant-making team. He rose to program officer in 2009 and vice president for special projects in 2011. His focus has been on helping to guide redevelopment efforts in downtown Flint, including the expansion of Michigan State University’s medical school and Flint Farmers’ Market.

Ridgway White also serves on several boards, including the Flint Cultural Center Corp., National Center for Family Philanthropy and Ayablu, a licensee of Burt’s Bees doing business as Burt’s Bees Baby.

William White, Mott’s president since 1976, says “it’s the right time and the right approach for the evolution of the organization.”

The Mott Foundation says it made 400 grants totaling about $101 million in 2013. Its year-end assets were about $2.5 billion.

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