May 16, 2012
MIDLAND, MI – Clifford L. Harris, professor of economics at Northwood University, received the Faculty Excellence Award during graduation ceremonies on May 12. The honor was presented to him by Keith A. Pretty, president and CEO of Northwood University.
According to President Pretty, “The Northwood University Award for Faculty Excellence was established over 30 years ago to be given to a faculty member who has made, over the year, an outstanding contribution to the University in his or her profession. It carries a gift stipend of $3,000 and is the highest professional award given by the University. The criteria include breadth and depth of knowledge, a genuine interest and skill at preparing students for career and social responsibilities, excitement of inquiry, commitment to diligence, the courage to innovate, the ability to work harmoniously with other professionals, and character that reflects the highest moral values essential to the Northwood Idea. It is our ‘world class award.’”
President Pretty continued, “I know Clifford Harris has the strongest endorsement of his colleagues and friends. He is known for his leadership, innovation, hard work and love of teaching. He demands the best and usually receives it. Harris comes to us from the economics department and personifies Northwood University’s commitment to our students as we offer them instructors with real-world experience. As a known expert in his field, he has stepped up and represented Northwood in a variety of capacities. His students count on him for wisdom, knowledge and a no-nonsense approach to their future careers.”
Harris is a resident of Saginaw. He earned his M.A. degree in economics from Walsh College and his B.A. degree in political science from Oakland University.
Northwood University is committed to the most personal attention to prepare students for success in their careers and in their communities; it promotes critical thinking skills, personal effectiveness, and the importance of ethics, individual freedom and responsibility.
Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Northwood University specializes in managerial and entrepreneurial education at three full-service, residential campuses located in southern Florida, mid-Michigan and northern Texas. Adult Degree Programs are available in eight states with many course delivery options including an online option. The DeVos Graduate School offers day and evening programming in Michigan, Texas, Florida and Switzerland. The Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise in Midland, Michigan, specializes in creative thinking and innovation development. International education is offered through study abroad and in Program Centers in Switzerland, China, Malaysia and Sri Lanka.