President's Messages

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.

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.