Across America this week, tens of thousands of Americans celebrated the life and legacy left by the late George H.W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States. Flags at half-staff, we reflected upon the incredible life of service and his leadership at a most pivotal time in history.
In 1990, President Bush talked about the value of a Northwood education in a video created for our annual Outstanding Business Leader Awards. He said: “Northwood graduates contribute more than their management skills, they benefit the communities in which they live.” It was a sentiment that we know he shared. From his military service in World War II, to his presidency and counsel of American leadership for decades, George H.W. Bush benefited countless communities. You can hear more from him by watching the full video here.
Dedication to leadership with integrity, and commitment to American free enterprise were also tenets held dear to another titan of business we lost in late November, Robert—Bob—McNair. More than just a close friend of mine, Bob was dedicated to the ideals Northwood holds dear, and provided the gift that established the Robert and Janice McNair Center for the Advancement of Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship on our campus in 2015.
Like President Bush, Bob was passionate about creating jobs and cultivating the types of business and community leadership that make the world a better place. The two were good friends. Bob once said that his father instilled a strong work ethic in him, teaching him two very important principles: “your word is your bond” and “you can never go wrong doing what is right.” That mindset defined Bob as a person.
Reflecting upon these losses are reminders of the importance of a solid foundation and education based on principles and character. At Northwood University, we hope that every day we are developing young men and women to stand on the shoulders of these giants, who have laid the groundwork of outstanding leadership and service.
Have a great weekend,