Dr. Stehouwer Shares Insight Relating to Boston Marathon Tragedy

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As possibilities of international terrorism are investigated, South Florida's CBS affiliate turned to Northwood political scientist Dr. Kristin Stehouwer for insight.

As the world learned of the tragic Boston Marathon bombing and the possibility of international terrorism was investigated, South Florida's CBS affiliate turned to Northwood political scientist Dr. Kristin Stehouwer for insight.

While stressing the importance of keeping an open mind while a thorough investigation is accomplished, Dr. Stehouwer, a political scientist who serves as Northwood's Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer, shared several key points with viewers. "An attack like this takes on a symbolic nature. While no individual or group has yet claimed responsibility, they have consumed the world stage by targeting such a prestigious sporting event on a holiday so important to the city of Boston. There's a global overtone to this as well as we see the images again and again of the blasts with the multitude of international flags in the background," said Stehouwer of the Patriot's Day event which has left at least 3 dead and close to 100 injured.

President Obama vowed justice for the victims of the Boston bombing. "We will find out who did this, we will find out why they did this. Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups, will feel the full weight of justice," he said.

Patriot's Day is a state holiday in Massachusetts and Maine marking the anniversary of the opening battles of the American Revolutionary War. The American uprising against British authority in Lexington, Massachusetts, was on April 19, 1775, but Patriots Day is celebrated on the third Monday in April, falling this year on April 15. For many New Englanders, it is a day of pride that comes with historical re-enactments, the Boston Marathon, baseball and a day off for schools and government employees.

Dr. Stehouwer joined Northwood in 2009 as executive vice president and chief academic officer coming from vice provost at Macomb Community College. She earned her doctorate from Northwestern University in political science and international relations. She earned a B.A. and M.A. from Northwestern University and has published numerous articles and made many national presentations. Dr. Stehouwer has extensive experience in facilitating and deploying strategy in many types of organizations including in the financial services, manufacturing, healthcare, education, and service sectors.