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Honoring Northwood’s Values

This week Northwood University hosted an impressive lineup of speakers, mentors, advocates and alumni. We cherish this opportunity to annually honor the values of freedom, respect, integrity, spirituality, honesty, achievement, empathy and responsibility. On Monday, Don Watkins, co-author of this semester’s Omniquest selection Equal is Unfair: America’s Misguided Fight Against Income Inequality, shared his thoughts on inequality in America with a focus on the values of achievement and honesty. Tuesday, the screening of the movie “Land Grab” brought about an important discussion of responsibility and integrity. Northwood alumnus John Hantz saw an opportunity in his hometown of Detroit, saying: “What’s someone going to do about this? Then it dawned on me - that somebody might be you.”

Star Parker candidly spoke on Wednesday about freedom, respect and responsibility in our daily lives and in our communities. She is an inspiring leader who is dedicated to addressing issues of culture, race and poverty from a free market point of view.

Last night, we wrapped up our week of events on Founder’s Day with the Outstanding Alumni Achievement Awards and keynote speaker Michigan’s Lt. Gov. Brian Calley. We take great pride in the alumni who have taken our values into the working world and continue to exemplify what makes Northwood great. Brian Calley’s talk on spirituality and empathy was a wonderful wrap-up to our week of events.

Through presentations, lunches, informal gatherings and one-on-one mentoring, each of these industry leaders have been at Northwood this week honoring our core values. I hope they have helped our students to reflect on their own personal experiences and to think more deeply about how Northwood’s values set them apart as future leaders. Long live the Northwood Idea!

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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