Northwood University

Northwood University

Northwood logo
Type Private
Established 1959
Endowment $72.7 million[1]
President Keith A. Pretty, J.D.
Location Midland, Michigan, USA
Campus Urban 90 acres
Colors NU Dark Blue and NU Lighter Blue         
Athletics Timberwolves-NCAA Division II
Mascot "Woody" Timberwolf
Affiliations NCACS, Michigan-GLIAC

Northwood University (NU) is a private university in the United States located in Midland, Michigan (opened in 1961). A location in West Palm Beach, Florida (opened in 1984) was sold in July 2015 as part of a restructuring.[2] In 2014, Northwood University ceased operations and closed down the Cedar Hill, Texas campus (opened in 1966).[3] Also, the university has four international joint programs, including one with Hotel Institute Montreux in Montreux, Switzerland, which began in 2001. 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 and is a member of North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.[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, Malaysia, People's Republic of China, Sri Lanka, and Switzerland.

In October 2007, Keith A. Pretty was named Northwood's third President and CEO.

In 2014, Northwood announced that it would close its residential operations at the Texas location, while continuing to expand its adult degree program and graduate program there.[8] One year later, the university sold its Florida location to Keiser University.[9] Northwood also announced a focus on expansion and growth of the Midland, Michigan Campus and Operations.[10]

Graduate programs

Master of Business Administration

The DeVos Graduate School provides a Master of Business Administration degree and utilizes case study methodology to learn management by practicing management.[11]

Master of Science

The DeVos Graduate School also provides a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership[12]


Official athletics logo.
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


  1. As of FY2013. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2013 Market Value of Endowment Assets and Change* in Endowment Market Value from FY 2012 to FY 2013" (PDF). 2013 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Retrieved August 12, 2015.
  2. Northwood University sells Florida campus as part of restructuring
  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. Northwood University's Major, Strategic System Restructuring Focuses on Expansion and Growth of Michigan Campus & Operations
  11. "About the Master of Business Administration". Retrieved August 12, 2015.
  12. "About the Master of Science in Organizational Leadership". Retrieved August 12, 2015.
  13. "Full Biography". Congresswoman Candice Miller. Retrieved 2016-05-15.
  14. [" " Mound Visit with Rob Childress"] Check |url= value (help). Retrieved 2016-05-15.
  15. "Outstanding Business Leaders Archives". Northwood University. Retrieved 18 February 2015.
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