The end of the year gives us pause to reflect on just some of the many achievements of our students and staff at Northwood University this year. Just a few of these numerous milestones which stood out to me included:
The launch of our latest strategic plan, a collaborative effort across the university focused on keeping our momentum strong and moving our university into the future.
In July, Northwood was named a “Great College to Work For” by the Chronicle of Higher Education.
We opened the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center, and since then have used it as a hub of activity and academics. Within the Plaster Center we celebrated the opening of the Cox Automotive Solutions Lab and the Robert and Janice McNair Center for the Advancement of Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship.
North Village phase II underway and on schedule to be completed this summer.
At our fourth annual Go M.A.D. Day of Service, students, faculty and staff worked nearly 3,000 hours for community partners. We have truly “made a difference” with this event each year, and it continues to grow.
This year we also made significant progress on renovations and updates to Strosacker Library, Founders Garden and other campus fixtures. I am looking forward to the next phases of these projects as they pick up again in the spring.
2019 is already set to be a busy and important year for the university. We will celebrate Northwood’s 60th birthday soon, a sure sign that the Northwood Idea is alive and well. We will also host students from eight countries across the globe on our campus in April for NUCARS, an automotive business simulation that will challenge our students personally and professionally. Our annual Stafford Dinner and Style Show will be here before we know it. You can purchase tickets to Stafford Dinner here.
I want to thank all of our hard-working and dedicated faculty staff for their commitment to the university, to each other, and to our students.
I look forward to seeing everyone in the New Year!