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On Pilgrims and Freedom

The pilgrims who journeyed to the new world had great cause for joy when they landed at Plymouth Rock. They celebrated the first thanksgiving in 1621 with hearts full of gratitude. Could they have imagined their decision to leave their homeland would be the beginnings of the greatest democracy on earth? Northwood University was established on the very same values the pilgrims established in the new world. Political and economic freedom was a cornerstone of the original colonies and is the foundation of everything Northwood stands for today.

This holiday weekend, I’m personally thankful for the many people at Northwood who have lent their expertise, energy and passion to our great institution. I also give thanks for the plentiful blessings surrounding us. For family and friends. For our faculty and staff. For generous supporters and remarkable alumni. For the students who breathe life into our programs. And for our free enterprise system, first envisioned so many years ago by the original settlers, and alive and thriving today at Northwood University and throughout our great country.

As you spend time with those you love this week, I wish you an abundance of things for which to be thankful.

Happy Thanksgiving.


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

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