President's Messages

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.

The largest event of its kind—hosted by one of the oldest, biggest, and most respected chambers of commerce in the U.S.—this year’s conference is the best yet bringing together business, education, and public policy leaders from across Michigan and the nation. Included in that group is a friend of Northwood University, Dale Petroskey who has just been selected as the President of the Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce and who is here benchmarking this event with plans for a similar conference for the Dallas, Texas region.

As those in business know well, genuine success in business and in life requires re-directing our attention to others. As the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, May 26 reminds us, there is no better example of “focus on others” than the fallen members of our military.

Entrepreneurship is a core value at Northwood University. From our founders, who were true “education entrepreneurs,” through our most recent commencements, we provide proof that entrepreneurship is the key reason many of our students chose Northwood.

Commencement is significant not only in terms of the achievement it marks, both for our graduates and for us as a University, but even more in terms of what it means. While the task of business is to meet the market demand for high quality products and services, our job as a higher education institution is personal transformation; it's about preparing minds and hearts to lead across markets and industries in the private, public, and non-profit sectors.