The members of the Board of Trustees have many roles supporting the University.

Their roles include:

  • Directing the president who, in turn, manages the University.
  • Providing vital policy leadership and oversight in critical areas.
  • Evaluating the extent to which the Central Administration effectively supports the faculty and students in their pursuits.
  • Overseeing the University's financial performance.
  • Actively participating in academic planning.
  • Donating to and oversight of the advancement function which seeks funds to support the University.
  • Long-range planning.
  • And, helping to define the philosophy of the University.
Dr. Lambert E. Althaver

Dr. Lambert E Althaver

Retired Chairman & CEO
The Walbro Corporation

Cass City, Michigan

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Lambert "Bert" Althaver is the retired chairman and chief executive officer of The Walbro Corporation, a manufacturer and designer of fuel systems for automotive and outdoor power equipment, headquartered in Cass City, Michigan.

Althaver was honored by Northwood University in 1997 with an Outstanding Business Leader award. He has been a member of Northwood’s Board of Trustees since 2000 and was a recipient of an honorary doctor of laws from Northwood in 2003.

Althaver was born in Kansas City, Mo., and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Principia College in Elsah, Illinois. Following two years in the military, he joined Walbro Corporation in the mid-1950s as an accountant and rose rapidly through the ranks. Althaver retired from the corporation as chairman and chief executive officer in 1998.

He currently serves as a member of the Hills and Dales General Hospital board and of Artrain USA. For many years, he held elected positions in local city government. He received the Cass City Chamber of Commerce Citizen on the Year Award and is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International.

Executive Committee (Chair), Finance and Audit Committee (Vice Chair), Nominations Committee (Chair)

Melanie Bergeron

Melanie Bergeron

Chair, Two Men and a Truck

Lansing, MI

Dr. Phillip D. Brady

Dr. Phillip D. Brady

Senior Vice President, Government Affairs
Phillips 66

Washington, D.C.

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Phillip Brady is senior vice president, Government Affairs for Phillips 66. Located in Washington, D.C., he is responsible for the company’s federal, state and international policy and governmental affairs efforts.

Before joining Phillips 66 in August 2012, Brady had served as president of the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) since June 2001. In this position, he directed a staff that carried out the activities of the association in government and industry relations, education and dealership operations, and public affairs. Prior to joining NADA, Brady served five years as the vice president and general counsel for the American Automobile Manufacturers Association.

Earlier in his career, Brady served two presidents in senior White House positions. He also worked at the U.S. Department of Transportation, the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Congress.

Brady graduated with honors from both the University of Notre Dame and Loyola University School of Law. He was also awarded an honorary doctor of laws from Northwood University, and has served on the Board of Trustees since 2006.

Dr. Daniel G. DeVos

Dr. Daniel G. DeVos '80

Chairman, President & CEO
DP Fox Ventures, LLC

Ada, Michigan

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Daniel DeVos is chairman, president and chief executive officer of DP Fox Ventures, LLC, a diversified management company with interests in real estate, transportation, and sports and entertainment.

DeVos also is chair of the Orlando Magic (NBA), and president and chief executive officer of the Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL). In addition, DeVos is chairman and chief executive officer of Georgian International, Ltd., president and chief executive officer of Fox Motor Group and a partner in CWD Real Estate Investments. DeVos is also a member of the board of directors of Alticor, parent company of Amway.

In the community, DeVos is the current board president of Hope Network and the Hope Network Foundation and is a board member of the Family Outreach Center in Grand Rapids. He is a past chairman of the Economic Club of Grand Rapids.

DeVos earned a bachelor’s degree in 1980 and an honorary doctor of laws in 1999 from Northwood University. Over the years Northwood has honored him as an Outstanding Alumni awardee, Outstanding Business Leader, and Automobile Dealer Education awardee. He has served on Northwood’s Board of Trustees since 1997.

Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Executive Committee (Member), Advancement Committee (Member), Nominations Committee (Member).

Dr. Irma B. Elder

Dr. Irma B. Elder

Elder Automotive Group

Troy, Michigan

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Irma Elder is president of Elder Automotive Group. Born in Xicotencatl, Mexico, Elder took over a Ford dealership after the death of her husband in 1983 and built it into one of the largest woman-owned businesses in the country.

Elder’s community activities include numerous positions. She is a former board member with groups as diverse as the Chicago Branch of the Federal Reserve and Lear Corporation. She is currently with Oakland Family Services and also serves on the boards of Community Foundation for Southeastern Michigan, Minority Business Roundtable and the executive board of Detroit Economic Club.

Elder has been a Northwood University trustee since 1999. Over the years, Northwood has honored her as an Outstanding Business Leader and with an honorary doctor of laws degree.

Academic Committee (Member), Nominations Committee (Member)

James C. Fabiano

James C. Fabiano II

Fabiano Brothers, Inc.

Freeland, Michigan

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James Fabiano, II is the president of Fabiano Brothers, Inc., a wine and beer distribution company headquartered in Freeland, Michigan. Fabiano Brothers serves 17 counties in Central, Eastern and Northern Michigan.

Fabiano is a native of Mount Pleasant, Michigan and graduate of Sacred Heart Academy and Central Michigan University.

His involvement in the community includes memberships on the boards of Catholic Community Foundation of Mid-Michigan, Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce Executive Board, Saginaw Community Foundation, Junior Achievement of Central Michigan, and Bay Future.

Fabinao has served as a trustee for Northwood University since 2007 and is also a member of Northwood-Michigan’s Board of Governors.

Academic Committee (Member), Communications and Recruitment Committee (Member), Finance and Audit Committee (Member)

Richard J. Garber

Richard J. Garber

President, Garber Management Group

Saginaw, MI

Robert Grubb

Robert Grubb '80

Co-founder and CEO
Alliant National Title Insurance Company, Inc.

Longmont, Colorado

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Robert Grubb serves on the Northwood University Board of Trustees. Grubb also serves as national co-chair of Northwood’s capital campaign along with his wife, Julie, and is a member of Northwood’s Board of Governors.

Grubb earned an associate’s degree in banking and finance, an associate’s degree in automotive marketing and a bachelor’s degree in management from Northwood University in 1980. He studied for his M.B.A degree at Babson College in Wellesley, MA.

Northwood University honored Grubb with its Outstanding Alumni Award in 1993 and an honorary doctor of laws degree in 2008. His long-standing support for Northwood includes the creation of the Samuel R. Marotta Faculty Ethics Award in partnership with the late Dr. Dale Haywood.

Grubb is a co-founder and chief executive officer of Alliant National Title Insurance Company, Inc., headquartered in Longmont, CO. Alliant National is a growing title insurance underwriter currently operating in ten states. It is unique in how it serves independent title agents helping them to expand their businesses, reduce their costs and risks, and increase profits in a non-competitive partnership. Grubb currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Underwriter Section of the American Land Title Association. He has founded a number of other companies over the past 25 years. Grubb is a seasoned executive who has started and grown companies operating internationally and domestically. He has provided his time and energy to help a range of nonprofit organizations.

Grubb and his wife reside near Longmont, Colorado.

Dr John R Hantz

Dr. John R. Hantz '84

Hantz Group, Inc.

Detroit, Michigan

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John Hantz is the chief executive officer of Hantz Group, Incorporated and is a nationally recognized leader in the financial community.

In 1998, Hantz formed Hantz Financial Services and subsequently Hantz Group, Incorporated, a full-service financial holding company based in Southfield, Michigan. Under his leadership, Hantz Group, Incorporated has grown to more than 500 employees and maintains 23 offices serving communities in Michigan and Ohio.

A Detroit resident, Hantz is a supporter of numerous community projects, including being responsible for the renovation and restoration of 11 homes in Detroit’s historic Indian Village neighborhood.

Hantz graduated from Northwood University in 1984 with a bachelor’s degree in economics. Over the years he has been awarded the Outstanding Alumni Award, Outstanding Business Leader award and was conferred an honorary doctor of laws degree in 2004. He has been a member of Northwood’s Board of Trustees since 2001.

Executive Committee (Member), Finance and Audit Committee (Member), Investment Committee (Chair)

Dr. Lyttleton T Harris IV

Dr. Lyttleton T. Harris IV

President Emeritus
Southwest Management & Marketing Company

Houston, Texas

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Lyttleton "Lyt" Harris is president emeritus of Southwest Management & Marketing Company of Houston. He also serves as managing partner of The Harris Investment Partnership and chairman of the Board of Trustees of The John Quincy Adams Foundation.

Over the years, Harris has held a number of executive positions in marketing and sales management for such organizations as Scott Paper Company, Hunt Wesson Foods (where he helped launch Orville Redenbacher’s gourmet popping corn), Dallas Federal Savings & Loan Association, and First Magnolia Federal Savings & Loan Association.

Harris received a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Mississippi, a Master of Science from Louisiana State University and an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Northwood University.

Executive Committee (Member), Advancement Committee (Member), Communications and Recruitment Committee (Chair), Finance and Audit Committee (Member), Investment Committee (Member)

Dr. John A Hohman

Dr. John A. Hohman

Monroe Auto Equipment Company

Sand Point, Michigan & Stuart, Florida

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John "Jack" Hohman served as vice president of the Manufacturers Sales Division of Monroe Auto Equipment Company. Since his retirement from Monroe he has directed a retail battery operation with his son, Robert. In 1970, he founded Monroe Cablevision. He was also a partner in Raisin Valley Title Company and has owned a retail travel company specializing in cruises.

Hohman is past chairman of Northwood University’s Board of Trustees and has served on the board since 1976. He received Northwood’s Automotive Aftermarket Education Award in 1975.

He is a graduate of Hillsdale College and also received an honorary doctor of laws degree from Northwood in 1986.

Executive Committee (Member), Advancement Committee (Member), Finance and Audit Committee (Member)

Edward J. McBrien

Edward J. McBrian '81

President, Sales and Distributor Operations

Hinsdale, Illinois

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Edward McBrien is the president, Sales and Distributor Operations for MillerCoors. He is responsible for all MillerCoors sales and distributor operations support, including its sales volume, profit contribution and share growth.

Previously, he was president of sales for the MillerCoors Western Sales Division. McBrien joined Coors in 1994 as the retail account director responsible for chain account business in the Midwest. He was promoted to vice president, key accounts in 2004. He held a number of sales positions at Procter & Gamble for 13 years before joining Coors.

McBrien received his BBA degree from Northwood University, graduating as senior class valedictorian. He was also named Academic Athlete of the Year. In 2001 he was honored with the Outstanding Alumni Award. He is also an emeritus member of Northwood-Michigan’s Board of Governors.

Academic Committee (Member), Advancement Committee (Member), Communications and Recruitment Committee (Member)

Dr. Patricia L. Naegele

Dr. Patricia L. Naegele

Midland, Michigan

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Patricia Naegele has been a supporter and champion of Northwood University since shortly after the opening of our Michigan campus.

She was a charter member of Town & Campus, eventually rising to head of the successor National Women’s Board in 1992, followed by co-chairmanship of the Valley of the Sun chapter in Arizona. She took a place on the Board of Trustees, alongside her late husband Robert, in 1993. To honor her long commitment to the school, Northwood granted her an honorary doctorate degree in 1996. She has also been honored as a Distinguished Woman.

Naegle is also a past member of the governing board of Midland Center for the Arts and was named honorary manager “for life” by the Alden B. Dow Museum of Art and Science.

Advancement Committee (Member), Nominations Committee (Member)

Dr. Terry L. Neese

Dr. Terry L. Neese

President and Co-Founder

Institute for the Economic Empowerment of Women (IEEW)

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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Terry Neese is the president and co-founder of the Institute for the Economic Empowerment of Women (IEEW), an international non-profit, education and training research organization. She is also co-founder and past president of Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), whose mission is to strengthen businesswomen’s sphere of influence in the legislative process of our nation. As co-founder of WIPP, Terry represented the organization’s members on Capitol Hill and to the Administration.

Founder of Terry Neese Personnel Services, and an inductee into the National and Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fames, Neese is also a past national president of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), the largest women’s association of its kind. Neese also made history in 1990 when she became the first woman nominated by a major political party for the seat of Lt. Governor of Oklahoma.

Neese is recognized as a national expert on economic issues that affect women and families. Her articles have been published in the Chicago Sun-Times, Entrepreneurial Women magazine, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Journal Record, the Oklahoman, Washington Examiner, and the Washington Times. She is a recurring guest on Fox News, CNN, CNBC, SBTV, as well as local TV and radio stations.

Neese has also been appointed to numerous councils and positions with nominations by prominent leaders, such as Presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, including: U.S.-Afghanistan Women’s Council, National Advisory Council, National Advisory Council on Indian Education, Les Femmes Chefs d’Entreprises Mondiales (FCEM) Regional Commissioner for the Americas, National Women’s Business Council, Director of the United States Mint and Advisory Council for the United States Committee for United Nations Development Fund for Women.

Northwood University recognized Neese as an Outstanding Business Leader in 2006 and awarded her an honorary doctor of laws degree in 2008.

Academic Committee (Member), Advancement Committee (Member)

Dr. William A. Parlberg

Dr. William A. Parlberg '79 & '00

President and COO
Zehnder's of Frankenmuth

Frankenmuth, Michigan

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As president and chief operating officer, William Parlberg oversees all day-to-day operations and is responsible for the financial performance for Zehnder’s Restaurant, Zehnder’s Retail Division, The Fortress Golf Course and Zehnder’s Splash Village and Waterpark. Parlberg joined the company in 1975 as a dishwasher and has held several senior management positions prior to his promotion to president in 2001.

He is a 1979 graduate of Northwood University, earning a bachelor’s degree in business management and associate’s degree in hotel and restaurant management. He was named salutatorian of his graduating class. In 2000, he graduated from the Richard DeVos Graduate School of Management from Northwood University with his MBA.

Parlberg is very active in community activities and has served as one of the youngest presidents of the Frankenmuth Rotary Club. He has held numerous positions with Rotary International. He served as president of St. John’s Lutheran Church and chaired its new building finance committee in 1998. Other current activities include positions on the boards of the Frankenmuth Chamber of Commerce, and Michigan Chamber of Commerce.

Communications and Recruitment Committee (Vice Chair)

Dr. Patricia A. Riley

Dr. Patricia A. Riley

Founder and CEO
Clientele Beauty, LLC and MDR, LLC

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

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Dr. Patricia Riley, is the Founder and CEO of MDR, LLC and Clientele Beauty, LLC headquartered in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

For 38 years, Pat and her companies have been researching and marketing advanced nutrition and beauty formulations. She holds numerous patents for her discoveries and received the Jacqueline Kennedy Award from JFK University for her accomplishments.

Appearing on QVC hundreds of times, Pat received the Rising Star award and served on the QVC Vendor Advisory Board. Years earlier she served on the Board of Stiefel Laboratories.

Pat received Northwood's Outstanding Business Leader Award in 2009. She was presented an honorary Doctorate of Laws degree from Northwood in 2010, and gave the commencement address to graduating students. Life's Lessons.

Pat serves as a member of the Northwood University Florida Board of Governors and in 2013 was invited to join the Northwood University Board of Trustees. She also serves on the Academic Committee and the Communications and Recruitment Committee.

Pat resides in Florida, Pennsylvania and California where she is involved with numerous charities like Unicorn Children's Charity, the Barbara Sinatra Children's Center, the Boys and Girls Club of Broward County, the American Institute of Polish Culture, and the Alzheimer's Family Foundation.

Dr. O. Temple Sloan

Dr. O. Temple Sloan III

President and CEO
General Parts International, Inc.

Raleigh, North Carolina

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O. Temple Sloan III is the president and chief executive officer of General Parts International, Inc. (GPI), in Raleigh, North Carolina, the largest privately owned auto parts supplier in the U.S. GPI owns and operates more than 3,100 CARQUEST Auto Parts stores and over 80 WORLDPAC branches in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. For almost 30 years Sloan has provided GPI with his leadership and innovation which has resulted in the company’s growth.

He is a former board member of CAI and WakeMed Foundation. He currently serves on the board of directors for General Parts International, Inc.; Trail Creek Investments, Inc.; Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA); Car Care Council; YMCA of the Triangle; Wells Fargo Regional Bank board; and the National Association of Basketball Coaches Foundation.

Sloan is also a member of the National Association of Chief Executive Officers, the board of trustees of Ravenscroft School, former chairman of the 2011 American Heart Association Triangle Heart Walk, and a deacon of First Presbyterian Church.

Sloan graduated from the University of Wyoming with a degree in political science and received an honorary doctor of laws degree from Northwood in 2012. He was also the recipient of the Automotive Aftermarket Management Education Award and has served on Northwood’s Board of Trustees since 2009.

Finance and Audit Committee (Member)

Dr. Maureen L. Smith

Dr. Maureen L. Smith


Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

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Born and educated in New York, Maureen Smith attended St. John’s University Law School and then joined her family’s business. Moving to Florida in the early 1950’s, she and her father established the first beeper system in Miami. Later she bought and operated Airbeep, Inc. in Wisconsin and her father’s Cleveland Telephone Answering Service. In 1982, they partnered with The Washington Post to found Cellular One.

An active volunteer leader, she has been a major force in the development of Northwood University’s Florida campus, serving on its Board of Governors and as a long-time chair of the Ft. Lauderdale chapter of Northwood National Women’s Board & Friends. In 1991, Smith received an honorary doctorate degree from Northwood and the Distinguished Women’s award in 1996.

She is a member of St. Anthony’s Foundation, the Federated Women’s Club, Coral Ridge Women’s Club, a Lady of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem and an honorary alumnus of Pinecrest School, Ft. Lauderdale, which cited her for significant leadership in the development of their educational programs.

Smith has served as a Northwood trustee since 1991.

Advancement Committee (Member)

Kathleen M. Vertin

Kathleen M. Vertin '88 & '95

Harsens Island, Michigan

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Kathleen Vertin has two degrees from Northwood University earning her undergraduate in management earned in 1988 and her executive MBA degree from DeVos in 1995.

At a very young age, she was named vice president of sales and marketing for the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau. That was followed by ten years as chief financial officer of Visioneering, Inc. where she managed finance and operations until the company was sold.

Vertin has been an active part of Northwood for many years. She has been involved as president of DeVos Alumni Association, adjunct professor, evening MBA program advisory member, and with Friends of Northwood. She was awarded an Outstanding Alumni award and has served as a trustee since 2007.

Executive Committee (Member), Finance and Audit Committee (Member)

Noelle M. Walsh

Noelle M. Walsh

Corporate Vice President Supply Chain,
The Dow Chemical Company

Midland, MI

LTC(R) Allen B. West

LTC(R) Allen B. West

Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Dr. Albert F. Zehnder

Dr. Albert F. Zehnder

Chairman and CEO
Zehnder's of Frankenmuth

Frankenmuth, Michigan

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As chairman and chief executive officer, Albert Zehnder directs all strategic planning for Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth which includes their world famous flagship restaurant Zehnder’s, their 18 hole championship golf course, The Fortress and Zehnder’s Splash Village Hotel and Waterpark.

Zehnder earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Valparaiso University in 1976. He is a member of the National Restaurant Association, the Michigan Restaurant Association, the Michigan and National Golf Course Owners Association and the World Waterpark Association. He served as a delegate to the 1987-88 Michigan Governor’s Conference on Small Business and has been a board member of the Frankenmuth Chamber of Commerce serving as president, 1986-87. He currently is a board member of the Frankenmuth Convention and Visitors Bureau and is president of the Frankenmuth school board.

Northwood University has honored Zehnder as an Outstanding Business Leader and awarded him an honorary doctorate degree in 2007. In addition to serving as a trustee since 2005, Zehnder also serves on the Northwood-Michigan Board of Governors.

Vice Chair, Compensation Committee (Member), Nominations Committee (Member)

Trustees Emeriti

Dr. Robert M. Fairchild, President, Fairchild Management Company
Dr. John J. Ferron
Lynn Ferron
Dr. Jerome M. (Jerry) Fullinwider, Vice Chairman, Hillwood International Energy
Dr. Louis J. Furlo, Sr., Chairman of the Board, Morley Companies, Inc.
Dr. Christi Harris, President and CEO, The Christi Harris Companies, Inc.
Dr. Marjorie McIntyre Hohman
Dr. Leo C. Jerome, President, Story Automotive Group
Dr. Cleve L. Killingsworth, Jr.
Dr. Terence F. Moore
Dr. Robert Rossiter '82
Dr. Macauley Whiting, Jr.