New DeVos MBA Center Opens in East Lansing

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Northwood University and the Gillespie Group will open the doors to a new NU DeVos MBA Center in East Lansing on May 14.

MIDLAND, MI – Northwood University (NU) and the Gillespie Group will open the doors to a new NU DeVos MBA Center in East Lansing, Michigan, on May 14, 2012. The launch is the culmination of a joint endeavor on the part of the two organizations and their respective commitments to innovation in education and design aimed at economic, business and community success.

According to Dr. Lisa Fairbairn, dean of Northwood’s Richard DeVos Graduate School, the center will serve the growing educational needs of leaders throughout the state, including Michigan’s nearby capitol city of Lansing.

“As a global business University, we need to provide current and future students with a high quality education that includes an elevated level of flexibility and the best learning environment possible,” she stated. “As leaders in design innovation, the Gillespie Group provided a facility that will allow us to continue our mission of educating the future leaders of a global, free-enterprise society in mid-Michigan, including those in public service in our state capitol,” she continued.

For the Gillespie Group, the partnership with Northwood University mark’s the Lansing firm’s continued commitment to outstanding corporate citizenship by designing buildings and spaces that meet both the aesthetic and functional needs of Michigan businesses and communities.

“Until this partnership was struck, the facility was used only during the typical eight-to-five business day,” stated Pat Gillespie, president and CEO of the Gillespie Group. “Now it will house important and necessary work in business education and do so in the evening, a time that best serves those who work that same eight-to-five time frame.”

For both institutions, the new DeVos MBA Center also signifies a continued commitment to the people, businesses and communities of mid-Michigan, including Lansing and East Lansing. Initially founded as Gillespie Development, the Gillespie Group has been at work in Lansing, Michigan, since 1994 and has been widely recognized as a leader in design excellence.

Northwood University has been actively engaged in Lansing since 1976 when it launched its innovative 3+1 degree offering as part of its Adult Degree Program. But as Lisa Fairbairn points out, Northwood’s Lansing roots go back as far as 1957, two years before the school first opened its doors in 1959.

“The Lansing and mid-Michigan communities have been a part of our history from day one. Following their decision to open Northwood, our founders Arthur Turner and Gary Stauffer turned to trusted mentors in then Michigan State University President John Hannah and long-time Lansing auto dealer Karl Story for insight and counsel,” pointed out Fairbairn. “The Lansing area represents our largest off-campus location due in large part to our long-standing relationship with Lansing Community College. We are thrilled at the prospect of building on this and expanding it into East Lansing. This is a perfect fit all around.”

Pat Gillespie agreed. “We are ecstatic about our partnership with Northwood University and to have them in this facility. We continually seek cool and creative organizations to partner with in an effort to improve the quality of life in our hometown,” remarked Gillespie. “We share a vision for building thriving and sustainable communities and higher education, especially business education which is key to making that happen,” he continued.

Questions about Northwood’s new DeVos MBA Program Center in East Lansing may be directed to Dr. Lisa Fairbairn at 989.837.4143 or


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.