Northwood Names Stehouwer as Chief Operating Officer, Bateman as President of Michigan Campus

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Northwood announces title changes.
Dr. Kristin Stehouwer

Dr. Kristin Stehouwer

Dr. William Bateman

Dr. William Bateman

August 10, 2012

MIDLAND, MI – Northwood University President and CEO Dr. Keith A. Pretty announces that Dr. Kristin Stehouwer has been named chief operating officer, in addition to maintaining her role as executive vice president and chief academic officer, and Dr. William Bateman president of the Michigan campus.

“In addition to her role as executive vice president and chief academic officer,” states Dr. Pretty, “Dr. Stehouwer assumes direct supervision of the operational officers in Florida, Michigan and Texas and will play a secondary role to the CEO in the supervision of the service officer team.”

She joined Northwood in 2009 as executive vice president and chief academic officer coming from vice provost at Macomb Community College. Dr. Stehouwer 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.

Pretty states, “The operational officers include what has been traditionally known as the provosts of Florida, Michigan and Texas. The title of provost is commonly used to designate the academic leader of a college or university. Because our provosts are responsible for enrollment, alumni and advancement, and operations, it is important for them to have a title that better reflects their local responsibilities and, in turn, communicates that to other community leaders as part of their outreach.”

Dr. Bateman was named provost of the Michigan campus in 2010. He has been an associate professor and manager of blended platform programs for the DeVos Graduate School since 2007 and has taught finance and strategy and is the lead faculty for integration courses in the MBA program. Earning his doctorate of business administration from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Dr. Bateman graduated from the Center for Leadership Studies in California with a certificate as part of his doctoral studies. He graduated from Walsh College with his MSM degree and earned his BBA from Western Michigan 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, evening and weekend 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.


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