Northwood University Adds Three to Faculty

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Northwood University recently announced the addition of three faculty to various departments.
Dennis R. Witherspoon

Dennis R. Witherspoon

Elgie Bright

Elgie Bright

Alexander D. Tokarev

Alexander D. Tokarev

May 25, 2012

MIDLAND, MI – Northwood University recently announced the addition of three faculty to various departments. These faculty members are: Dennis R. Witherspoon, associate professor of finance; Elgie Bright, assistant professor and chair of automotive marketing; and Alexander Tokarev, assistant professor of economics.

According to Academic Dean Dr. Lance Lewis, “We are delighted to welcome Professor Witherspoon back and to have two new faculty members, who bring a wealth of educational and practical experience to their positions, join Northwood University. Our students will benefit from their collective expertise and experience.”

Dennis R. Witherspoon, associate professor of finance

Dennis Witherspoon earned his B.B.A. from Saginaw Valley State University and an M.B.A. from Central Michigan University. He has almost 30 years of experience in management, lending, operations, finance, sales, marketing, strategic planning and community involvement. Witherspoon previously served as a full-time faculty member in finance at Northwood University for seven years. He is returning to Northwood from a position as vice president of member sales and service at United Federal Credit Union. He and his family reside in Midland.

Elgie Bright, assistant professor and chair of automotive marketing

Elgie Bright earned a B.A. from Adrian College and his M.B.A. from Northwood University. He has over 20 years of experience in the automotive retail, original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and aftermarket industry. Bright has significant experience in cost control and maximizing profitability in automotive retail outlets. He has held the position of field district sales manager for General Motors for the last 12 years. Bright brings to Northwood core competencies in various areas of the automotive industry. He is a member of Flushing Rotary, president of Flushing Church Trustee Board and vice chair of Leadership Genesee Community Foundation. Bright currently resides in Flushing.

Alexander D. Tokarev, assistant professor of economics

Alexander Tokarev earned an M.S. in industrial management from UCTM at Sofia, Bulgaria, and a Ph.D. in economics from Southern Illinois University. He has taught a variety of different courses at several colleges and universities. Tokarev’s research interests are in institutions, incentives, entrepreneurship, history and economic development. His teaching experience comes from Southern Illinois University, Northwestern College in Iowa, King’s College in New York and College of St. Benedict’s/St. John’s University in Minnesota. Tokarev is a member of the International Honor Society in Economics (ODE), American Economic Association, Association of Christian Economists and International Society for New Institutional Economics. Tokarev comes to Northwood from Carbondale, IL.


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.