President's Messages

In our fall Omniquest selection On the Edge, Alison Levine reminds us we live and work in a world filled with VUCA environments—Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity. “Sound military practice,” writes Levine, “is based on the idea that a VUCA environment will sometimes require improvisation well outside the rules.” In other words, lead or get out of the way.

Our new marketing campaign invites observers to “Own Your Future.” It’s a message packed with meaning on multiple levels, not the least of which is the importance of ownership in the realization of our full potential.

As we look forward to the extended break this Labor Day weekend, we need to take a moment to remember the reason for this special day.

As we kick off a new year at Northwood University, we should take great pride in celebrating all we accomplished this past year and in knowing we are squarely on track to “Connect for Success” in the year ahead.

While the use of social media in business and higher education is by no means new, it remains a marketing tool on the rise. In fact, social media is quickly becoming an integral part of our everyday lives.

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.