President's Messages

In September 1996, author Charles Sykes published his now famous list “Some rules kids won't learn in school” –targeted primarily at high school students—in The San Diego Union-Tribune. Later attributed to Bill Gates and Kurt Vonnegut, Sykes’ list is a popular read 18 years later because of its timeless wisdom. As we near the start of another fall semester, we might consider some of the key insights of those rules we are not likely to have learned in school, but certainly need to know if we are going to be successful in life and work.

With the primary election season upon us and the November general elections looming, we are reminded the duties of business and education leaders go well beyond the marketplace and classroom.

While attending a Detroit Economic Club (DEC) event this past week I was reminded how opportunity often presents itself when we least expect it, including in the form of mentors and role models.

Northwood University and the Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women (IEEW) are dedicated to cultivating peace, cooperation, and opportunity for all by developing the best in business leadership and enterprise around the world. This past week, July 14-18, the two partnered for the eighth consecutive year to host the PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® “Business Boot Camp” on our Cedar Hill, Texas campus.

Life is precious. It’s a phrase we periodically hear and a concept we occasionally consider, but in the rush of our typical day, we tend to not give it much thought. And then days like last Thursday come when we are painfully reminded once more that life is indeed very precious, a gift beyond description.

July 4th calls to mind many names and events, not the least of which is the deaths of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, hours apart, on the 50th anniversary of America's independence on July 4, 1826—events some credit as helping inspire Congress's decision in 1870 to formally recognize July 4th as Independence Day.

An active DECA member since 1984, Northwood University entered into a more formal partnership with the organization earlier this year. Efforts like these are significant for a variety of reasons, not least of which is our priority focus on business-minded students at an earlier age.

Northwood University’s mission to develop the future leaders of a global, free enterprise society begins much sooner than we may think. In fact, it starts with Northwood sponsored programs for middle and high school students.

While life after graduation—as highlighted in last week’s message—continues to be promising for Northwood University alumni, we are not slowing down in our attempt to offer a greater return on investment (ROI) to current and prospective students. A prime example is our dual majors program.

Northwood University achieved a 4th place ranking in the "2014 PayScale College ROI Report." The 2014 ranking follows Northwood's 7th place rank in 2013. The PayScale ranking—as reported in The Economist, Forbes, andMoney Magazine among others—is significant for a number of reasons, not least of which is validation that Northwood University offers a truly unique and exceptional value proposition for students seeking a business degree.