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Northwood University

Northwood logo
Established 1959
Type Private
Endowment $56.6 million[1]
President Keith A. Pretty, J.D.
Faculty 49
Students Michigan-1,987
Location United States Midland, Michigan, USA
Campus Urban 90 acres
Colors NU Dark Blue and NU Lighter Blue         
Mascot Michigan-Timberwolf
Athletics Michigan-NCAA Division II
Texas & Florida-NAIA
Affiliations NCACS, Michigan-GLIAC, Florida-FSC, Texas-RRAC

Northwood University (NU) is a private university with multiple locations. The school has four residential campuses: Midland, Michigan (opened in 1961), Cedar Hill, Texas (opened in 1966), West Palm Beach, Florida (opened in 1984) and a joint program with Hotel Institute Montreux in Montreux, Switzerland began in 2001. More than 33,000 persons have graduated from the institution, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2009.[2]



Northwood Institute was founded in 1959 by Dr. Arthur E. Turner and Dr. R. Gary Stauffer. One hundred students enrolled at the new school, which was initially located in a 19th century mansion in Alma, Michigan. Northwood Institute was moved to Midland, Michigan in 1961.[3]

The Jesuits operated a seminary known as West Baden College at the former West Baden Springs Hotel as from 1934 until June, 1964, when declining enrollment forced the closure of the facility. They sold the property to a Michigan couple, who in turn donated it to Northwood Institute, which operated a satellite campus of their business management school under the great dome on the property from 1966 until 1983, when it was closed.[4] During the same time frame during which the Indiana campus was opened, a Northwood facility was also established in Texas, which continues to serve students in the Southwest United States.

Midland's Church Family Administration building


Dr. David E. Fry became president of the school in 1982. The Florida residential campus was added and the academic curricula was expanded. The school was accreditied by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. In 1993, the name was changed from Northwood Institute to Northwood University and The Richard DeVos Graduate School of Management was created. A joint program with the Hotel Institute Montreux was established in 2001 to combine the renowned Swiss hospitality traditions with successful American management practices. The school, located in Montreux, Switzerland was Northwood University's first international venture. University College program centers were expanded for a total of 40 locations in eight states and program centers were begun in Bahrain, Malaysia, People's Republic of China, Sri Lanka, and Switzerland.

New President

Keith A. Pretty was named Northwood's third President and CEO in October, 2006.


Adult Degree Program

The Adult Degree Program offers a BBA in several concentrations such as Management, Management and Marketing,Health Care Management, Management and Accounting, and Management Information Systems.

Northwood University

Northwood grants the Bachelor of Business Administration degree with single, double or triple majors in: Automotive Marketing/Management, Advertising, Computer & Information Sciences, Sport & Fitness Administration/Management, Business Administration and Management, Accounting, Business/Managerial Economics, Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial studies, Banking and Financial support services, Hotel/Motel Administration/Management, International Business/Trade/Commerce, Management Information Systems, Marketing/Marketing Management, Fashion Merchandising, Vehicle and Vehicle Parts & Accessories Marketing Operations.

DeVos Graduate School of Management

The school awards the Master of Business Administration degree and utilizes case study methodology to learn management by practicing management. The MBA program offers five options:

  • Full-time - Midland, Michigan
  • Evening - Lansing, Midland, and Troy, Michigan
  • Switzerland - Montreux, Switzerland
  • Dealership Executive - various sites across the U.S.
  • Automotive Aftermarket Executive - Midland, Michigan


Florida Campus Seahawks

The Florida campus of Northwood University is a member of the NAIA, competing as the Seahawks in the Florida Sun Conference. Varsity sports sponsored by the campus include baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's golf, men's and women's soccer, softball, men's and women's tennis, women's volleyball, and cheerleading.

The 2007 women's soccer team won the Florida Sun Conference championship and advanced to the NAIA National Championship in Olathe, Kansas. The Seahawks lost in the quarterfinals, but made history as the most successful women's soccer team ever at Northwood University.

The men's soccer team reached the quarterfinals at the NAIA National Tournament, and were the most successful sports team at Northwood during the 2006-2007 academic year.

The men's basketball team is coached by Rollie Massimino, who is best known for leading Villanova to the 1985 NCAA National Title. In their first year of competition they reached the national tournament but lost in the first round for the 2006-2007 season. In their second year of competition they reached the elite eight of the national tournament before losing.

The women's basketball team has won 2 consecutive conference championship titles (2006-2007, 2007-2008) under former head coach John Thurston. In the 2007-2008 season the Lady Seahawks made an appearance at nationals held in Sioux city, Iowa. The Lady Seahawks lost in the first round against Bethel College who was the #1 seed.

Hantz Stadium in Midland

Michigan Campus Timberwolves

The Michigan campus of Northwood University competes as the Timberwolves, and is a member of the NCAA, competing at the Division II level and is a member of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Varsity sports on the Michigan campus consist of American football, men's and women's tennis,men's and women's soccer, men's and women's basketball, men's baseball, women's softball, women's volleyball, men's and women's track & field, and men's and women's cross country running. In addition, men’s club programs are offered in ice hockey,baseball and lacrosse.

Men's Ice Hockey

Northwood University Men's Ice Hockey competes in the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) and is a member of the Michigan Collegiate Hockey Conference (MCHC).

  • 2008 - ACHA Division III (10th in the Nation) - Bracket
  • 2008 - MCHC (Regular Season Co-Champs)
  • 2008 - MCHC (League Tournament Runners-up)
  • 2007 - ACHA Division III (3rd in the Nation) - Bracket
  • 2007 - MCHC (Regular Season Champs)
  • 2007 - MCHC (League Tournament Runners-up)
  • 2006 - ACHA Division III (National Runners-up)
  • 2006 - MCHC (League Tournament Runners-up)

Texas Campus Knights

The Texas campus of Northwood University competes as the Knights in the NAIA, and is a member of the Red River Athletic Conference. Varsity sports offerings include baseball, men's and women's cross country running, men's and women's golf, men's and women's soccer, and softball.

Distinguished alumni


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