May 3, 2012
Northwood University Florida faculty and staff recently hosted a surprise party to show their appreciation, admiration and respect for Dr. Kristin Stehouwer and her role in serving as Interim Florida Provost.
Stehouwer, who serves as Northwood's Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer took on the additional role in July 2011, and has made a great impact on Northwood of Florida with her ability to unite, animate, inspire and empower those around her.
"While considering the ideal candidate to serve in this role, I had no doubt that Dr. Stehouwer was the best choice," said Northwood University President Keith Pretty. "Her leadership abilities serve Northwood University well in a number of capacities, and the opportunity for her to serve this temporary responsibility provides her the advantage of experiencing the position of campus provost first-hand," he said.
Known for her ability to free up the creative genius in employees by offering them undivided attention toward the achievement of future growth in their areas, Stehouwer reminded the Northwood Florida family of its exciting potential.
"It is difficult to express our deep appreciation to Dr. Stehouwer for the tireless effort and time she so graciously gave to our campus and to each one of us this past year. She truly is an amazing professional who is the best example of a true servant leader," said Patricia Sheehan, Executive Assistant to the Provost. She has quietly taught us many valuable lessons about leadership, dedication and professionalism. It has truly been my privilege to work as her Florida executive assistant this past short year," she said.
As a token of their appreciation, the group presented Dr. Stehouwer with a Hermes scarf and a gift certificate to the St. John Clothing Company.
Dr. Stehouwer earned her doctorate from Northwestern University in Political Science and International Relations. Her graduate studies included International Law at the University of Strasbourg as a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar. Her scholarly work has focused on political and economic cooperation. She also earned a B.A. and M.A. from Northwestern University. She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at a number of colleges and universities.
Photo: Patricia Sheehan presents Kristin Stehouwer with Hermes scarf.