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The Northwood Idea & Public Policy

"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 Northwood alumni today are living proof of Dungy’s wisdom, including in the world of public policy.

Williams, class of ’05 (BBA, Banking & Finance/Economics/Management), serves as Director for the Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force at ALEC, a non-partisan organization which works with state legislatures, the private sector, and citizens to promote the benefits of “limited government, free markets, and federalism at the state level.” During our meeting he pointed to the leadership and example of other Northwood alumni who are bringing The Northwood Idea into the halls of local and state government.

Northwood alumnus William Freeland, a member of the class of ’10 (BBA, Management/Economics), was recently hired by Williams as Research Analyst for the Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force at ALEC.

Pamela Tucker, class of ’88 (BBA, Marketing/Management), is another example. First elected in 2008, Tucker is serving her third term as the 23rd District Representative in New Hampshire. Together with the Granite State’s Senate, the New Hampshire House of Representatives is the largest state legislative body in America and the fourth-largest legislative body in the English-speaking world.

Jim Stamas, class of ’01 (BBA, Management), is another. Elected in 2009, he represents the 98th State House District in Michigan’s House of Representatives and serves as the Majority Floor Leader. A successful entrepreneur, Stamas also served as township trustee and county commissioner before being elected to the Great Lakes State’s legislature.

Mark Ouimet, class of ’71 (BBA, Management), is yet another model of our alumni who have brought our unique philosophy to bear on public policy. Before serving the 52nd district in Michigan’s House of Representatives from 2010 to 2012, Ouimet served terms on the Ann Arbor City Council as well as the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners, among a number of other civic leadership roles. In addition to entrepreneurial success in the banking industry, Ouimet also served his alma mater from 1998 to 2002.

As these and other examples prove, there are no boundaries to where and how a Northwood education can be put to work for the betterment of all. We thank all our alumni who are implementing The Northwood Idea in the world of public policy today.

Have a great weekend.


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

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