Northwood Michigan Kimberley Fischer-Kinne Receives Innovation Award

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Kimberley Fischer-Kinne is this year's Michigan campus Innovation Award recipient.
(l-r):  Northwood President Keith Pretty and recipient Kimberley Fischer-Kinne.

(l-r): Northwood President Keith Pretty and recipient Kimberley Fischer-Kinne.

May 16, 2012

MIDLAND, MI – Northwood President Keith A. Pretty announced the recipient of the 2012 Employee Innovation Award during graduation ceremonies recently. The Innovation Award has been given annually since 2002 during graduation ceremonies on each of the University’s three campuses. President Pretty said, “This award is not empty praise, it comes with a $1,000 stipend for as many as five of our employees, university-wide, who have demonstrated special attention to our University and our students by innovating or creating special programs or processes or initiatives which move us ahead. Any employee, other than a vice president or provost, may be nominated by an officer for it.”

Kimberley Fischer-Kinne is this year’s Michigan campus Innovation Award recipient. Fischer-Kinne, director of career services, is responsible for increasing recruitment by companies owned and operated by Northwood alumni while continuing to add new companies to meet the needs of current students.

She is an individual who had a truly ONE Northwood impact by utilizing technology and providing an innovative way for prospective employers to connect with Northwood students. Many companies want to hire Northwood University students but cannot travel to all the career fair sites to meet with them. It was decided that Northwood would host a Virtual Career Fair where all students could apply to all companies that posted openings for the fair. Despite the hurdles entailed by cost-preventative software and site management that might typically be used, Fischer-Kinne found a way to do it within Northwood resources through the Experience Network. As a result, all three of our residential campuses participated and, through the efforts of individuals such as Fischer-Kinne, Northwood was able to expand the number of job offers its students received.

Fischer-Kinne received an M.B.A. in finance from Central Michigan University and a B.B.A. from Northwood University. She and her husband reside in Midland.


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.