Northwood University

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Northwood University
Northwood logo
Established1959; 62 years ago (1959)
Endowment$90.0 million (2020) As of June 30, 2020 [1]
PresidentKent MacDonald[2]
Undergraduates(Traditional and Adult Degree Program - All MI Locations) = 3,631[3] Michigan Residential Undergraduate-1,586
Location, ,
United States
CampusUrban 90 acres
ColorsNU Dark Blue and NU Lighter Blue   
AthleticsNCAA Division II
AffiliationsNCACS, Michigan-GLIAC
Mascot"Woody" Timberwolf

Northwood University (NU) is a private university in Midland, Michigan. Opened in 1959, more than 33,000 people have graduated from the institution.[4]


Northwood University opened as Northwood Institute in 1959 by Arthur E. Turner and 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 moved to Midland, Michigan, in 1961.[5]

The Jesuits operated a seminary known as West Baden College at the former West Baden Springs Hotel, in Orange County, Indiana, 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.[6] 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

In 1982, David E. Fry became president of the school. The Florida residential campus was added and the academic curricula was expanded. The school was accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.[7]

In 1993, the name was changed from Northwood Institute to Northwood University and The DeVos Graduate School of Management was created. A joint program with the Hotel Institute Montreux was established in 2001 to combine Swiss hospitality traditions with 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, People's Republic of China, Sri Lanka, and Switzerland.

In October 2007, Keith A. Pretty was named Northwood's third President and CEO. Kent MacDonald became president in 2019.[2]

In 2014, Northwood announced that it would close its residential operations at its Texas location, while continuing to expand its adult degree program and graduate program there.[8] A year later in 2015, the university sold its Florida location to Keiser University.[9]

Graduate programs[edit]


Hantz Stadium in Midland

The teams of the Northwood University's Michigan campus are known as the Timberwolves. The campus is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II level; primarily competing in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, ice hockey, soccer, tennis and track & field; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field and volleyball.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2020 Endowment Market Value and Change in Endowment Market Value from FY19 to FY20 (Report). National Association of College and University Business Officers and TIAA. February 19, 2021. Retrieved February 20, 2021.
  2. ^ a b Beacom, Ron; News, for the Daily (24 August 2019). "Meet Northwood University's new president". Midland Daily News.
  3. ^[permanent dead link] = August 12, 2015
  4. ^ Northwood University: About Us-History
  5. ^ Peterson's Four-Year Coilleges by Thomson Peterson, page 2101-2104, Northwood University
  6. ^ French Lick Resort website: History-West Baden Springs Hotel
  7. ^ Higher Learning Commission
  8. ^ Wirtz, Ralph (5 March 2014). "Northwood closing residential operations in Texas". Midland Daily News. Retrieved 29 March 2014.
  9. ^ Keiser University to take over Northwood University's West Palm Beach campus
  10. ^ "About the Master of Business Administration". Archived from the original on August 22, 2015. Retrieved August 12, 2015.
  11. ^ "Northwood University Master of Science Programs". Northwood. Retrieved October 10, 2018.
  12. ^ "About the Master of Science in Organizational Leadership". Archived from the original on September 5, 2015. Retrieved August 12, 2015.
  13. ^ "Driver Robb Brent Career Statistics -". Racing Reference. Retrieved August 27, 2018.
  14. ^ "ARCA Racing Series Driver - Robb Brent 36 - Driver Information". Robbbrent Retrieved August 27, 2018.
  15. ^ "Mound Visit with Rob Childress". Retrieved 2016-05-15.
  16. ^ "Outstanding Business Leaders Archives". Northwood University. Retrieved 18 February 2015.
  17. ^ "Full Biography". Congresswoman Candice Miller. Archived from the original on 2016-05-07. Retrieved 2016-05-15.
  18. ^ "Jerry Pettway Stats |". Retrieved 2018-08-27.
  19. ^ "Chris Wilson". Retrieved 2018-08-27.

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Coordinates: 43°37′50″N 84°16′43″W / 43.63056°N 84.27861°W / 43.63056; -84.27861