President's Messages

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.

As important as our work in the classroom is, Northwood University’s impact in the world today is due in large part to what takes place outside the typical learning environment. In fact, one of the “secrets” to our success is the emphasis we place on the intersection between our University and the communities we serve.

Why the change? As Association President and CEO Kathleen Schmatz explained, “Because it more accurately reflects the industry we represent.” Whether member companies manufacture, supply, distribute, or sell auto parts or provide auto service and repair they “play a key role in the care of people’s automobiles.”

From our founding in 1959 through today, Northwood University has taught and promoted the principles of "conscious capitalism" as outlined by our current Omniquest authors. Since 1981, we've gone a step further by annually recognizing those business leaders who epitomize these same principles with our Outstanding Business Leader (OBL) Awards.

According to John Mackey and Raj Sisodia, the authors of this semester's Omniquest selection, Conscious Capitalism, the difference between an unconscious and conscious business is the difference between work which is "an ordeal to be endured" and "a great source of achievement and authentic fulfillment." As we move forward in the new year, we should look for ways we consciously and creatively serve all Northwood's stakeholders.