President's Messages

"Vision," observed former professional football player and retired NFL coach Tony Dungy, "has no boundaries and knows no limits." While in Washington, D.C., this week, I had the chance to meet with Northwood University alumnus Jonathan Williams of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) who reminded me how many NU alumni today are living proof of Dungy's wisdom, including in the world of public policy.

With the extended holiday weekend upon us, now is a good time to reflect on all we have accomplished this year and, even more, on the promising opportunities ahead.

True to our unique philosophy, entrepreneurship remains a central and growing part of who we are and the programs we offer at Northwood University.

Since our founding in 1959, we at Northwood University have taught and modeled both the art of business and the business of the arts to current and future enterprise leaders. One example of how this tradition continues to flourish today is on display through the contributions of jazz legend and entrepreneur Bob James, the Inaugural Creative Entrepreneur-in-Residence for Northwood's Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity & Enterprise.

The arrival of spring signifies many things at Northwood University including our annual Style Show on our Michigan campus. “Runway to Rhythm,” the 13th Style Show, takes place next week on Friday, April 4 at 8:00 p.m. This year’s Show celebrates music’s impact—from Kanye West to Taylor Swift—on fashion, particularly on “moods, milestones and moments in time.”

Sunday March 23 marks the 55th anniversary of Northwood University's founding. Established in 1959 and based on the values of individual liberty, private enterprise, and business leadership, the mission of the then-Northwood Institute was the same mission that drives Northwood University today: the development of the future leaders of a global, free-enterprise society.

This week (March 10-14) is spring break at Northwood University and, while our students and faculty system wide enjoy a much deserved hiatus, two of our students are using their time off to make a positive difference in the lives of others.

Inventions such as Alexander Graham Bell's telephone remind us of those things which both change and endure, including the power of creative and enterprising people at work in a creative and enterprising society.

Throughout Northwood University's 55-year history, our students and colleagues have achieved a number of important milestones. But as we all know, many of them did not come without a lot of hard work and sacrifice. Today is no different. By working together to ensure the best possible outcome for our students, we can and will succeed.

As the 2014 Winter Olympics come to an end this Sunday, February 23, we are left with a profound example of what makes Northwood University unique. Like the Olympics, Northwood University’s mission is to build a better world around a unique philosophy which inspires and directs what we do in light of who we are.