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Change & Permanence

Change & Permanence

March 7 is the anniversary of Alexander Graham Bell’s patent on his then-new invention, the telephone (coincidentally Monday, March 3 marked his birth). Since that promising day in 1876, communication as the world has known it has continued to change. Nearly two years after the invention of the telephone, for example, the first telephone book in the world was published in New Haven, Connecticut on February 21, 1878. Over time, even the manner in which we described the different types of communication changed as the term “telecommunication” came to life in France in the 1930s.

Key moments in history such as these remind us of the nature of life itself and therefore of economies, technology, and industry. Today, we not only have smartphones capable of much more than any of their predecessors, but we also see the growth of phone, tablet, and web-based communication among many other changes.

Inventions such as Alexander Graham Bell’s telephone also remind us of those things which endure, including the power of creative and enterprising people at work in a creative and enterprising society. Even more, they are a sign of the lasting value of Northwood University’s purpose. While student demographics and the quality of business higher education in general, like telecommunications, are changing before our very eyes, our mission—to develop the future leaders of a global free-enterprise society—remains strong.  Our commitment to the students of Northwood University continues to grow, and our alumni around the globe speak to the permanence and value of their Northwood training.

As the Greek philosopher Heraclitus said, “There is nothing permanent except change.” And with growth comes change. We at Northwood University are fortunate we have the courage to accept change and growth as they come our way.

Have a great weekend. Daylight Saving Time begins at 2:00 a.m. ET on Sunday March 9 so remember to set your clocks forward one hour.


Keith A. Pretty, J.D. President and CEO Northwood University 4000 Whiting Drive Midland, MI 48640 989.837.4203

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