Distinguished Alumni

2014 - Julie Bushman

Bushman Portrait

Julie Bushman, Senior Vice President for Business Transformation and Information Technology at 3M and a 1983 graduate of UW-River Falls, has been named the 2014 UW-River Falls Distinguished Alumna. 

Upon graduating from UW-River Falls with a Bachelor's of Science, Business Administration and Communicative Disorders, Julie joined 3M as a materials control analyst. Over the past thirty years she has risen through the ranks to become one of 3M's top executives. As Senior Vice President for Business Transformation and Information Technology, Julie leads the development and implementation of the company's ERP infrastructure, global business process and service delivery models, and Corporate Information Technology.

Prior to her current role, Julie was Executive Vice President of 3M's Safety, Security, and Protection Services (SS&PS) Business, an approximately $4 billion leading global provider of personal protective equipment, solutions that identify, authenticate, and locate people and assets, cleaning and protection products for commercial establishments, and infrastructure protection products. Bushman has also served 3M as Vice President/General Manager of the Occupational Health and Environmental Safety Division and Staff Vice President of Information Technology. Julie was one of the original directors comprising the leadership team that successfully deployed Six Sigma at 3M.

Julie led the 3M United Way Community Giving Campaign Chair for two years and was a member of the 3M Foundation Board. She currently serves as a Director for Johnson Controls, Inc.

Julie was the fall 2012 Executive in Residence in the College of Business and Economics at UW-River Falls. She spoke to UWRF students about significant organizational change resulting from a business transformation via challenging assumptions, taking risks, busting myths, changing minds and creating a new vision.