July 4th calls to mind many names and events, not the least of which is the deaths of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, hours apart, on the 50th anniversary of America’s independence on July 4, 1826—events some credit as helping inspire Congress’s decision in 1870 to formally recognize July 4th as Independence Day. Close friends for the better part of five decades, despite a strain following Jefferson’s election as President of the United States in 1801, the pair reflected often on the people and events central to America’s birth. In a letter to Thomas Jefferson dated August 24, 1815, Adams makes a point to note the American Revolution did not lie in the war itself but, “in the Minds of the People.”
The same is true of Northwood University. Our Mission does not lie in the bricks and mortar which make up our campuses and program centers or in the assets and tools our students, faculty, and staff use—necessary though all of these are. Our Mission lies in our ability to develop the future leaders of a global, free-enterprise society.
As we take time to observe America’s birthday, let’s also take time to consider Adams' timeless insight about the role thoughtful and informed individuals play in bringing about needed change—both in terms of preserving liberties and in developing business leaders essential to our way of life.
Enjoy the long Independence Day weekend!
Keith A. Pretty, J.D. President and CEO Northwood University 4000 Whiting Drive Midland, MI 48640 989.837.4203