President's Messages

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.

Transfer students have always been an important part of the Northwood University student body. One way we are expanding our reach and impact in this market is by expanding our articulation agreements with partners such as Ivy Tech Community College.

"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.