Northwood University Launches Public Phase of Capital Campaign

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The community is invited to join Northwood for the campaign kickoff on Tuesday, November 27.

MIDLAND, MI – Northwood University, a private, not-for-profit school based in Midland, Michigan, strongly believes in its mission of entrepreneurship and free enterprise. The University follows its guiding principle of fiscal responsibility when it comes to implementing a comprehensive capital campaign and achieving financial sustainability across its three campuses in Michigan; West Palm Beach, Florida; and Cedar Hill, Texas. The community is invited to join Northwood for the campaign kickoff (Restoring the American Dream—The Campaign for Northwood) on Tuesday, November 27, 2012, at 4:00 p.m. in the Helen Gerace Auditorium located in the Carl A. Gerstacker Academic Center; parking is available in the Bennett Sports Center lot.

The University is launching the public phase of its comprehensive capital campaign—an initiative slated to continue over the next several years. Funds raised for this initiative will support: campus facilities improvement, including new and/or renovated graduate school facilities; ongoing scholarship funding; and endowed academic chairs and professors at the three campuses.

“In this era of unfunded projects and rampant deficits, we believe one must have funding in place before moving forward on any major initiative,” states Northwood University President and CEO Keith A. Pretty. “We practice what we teach our students—the important combination of fiscal responsibility and entrepreneurship.”

The University has reached nearly 65 percent of the $80 million goal during the campaign’s “quiet phase.” This phase included outreach to large donors which is a testament to the school’s recognition and respect in the regions and industries that it serves. Northwood now turns to the greater community to help fund its campaign goals.

“We now are moving beyond the traditional network, foundations and private donors to the wider community. The University is now seeking support from alumni businesses, friends of the university and others,” continues Pretty. “We are optimistic that our benefactors will step forward to help us in our continuing mission to make Northwood University a truly unique place for students to live and learn.”

To further learn about the public phase of Northwood University’s campaign and to arrange interviews with Keith Pretty, president and CEO, or Arnold D’Ambrosio, vice president of advancement, contact John O. Young, vice president of marketing, communications and public relations, at 248.200.8846 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, 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.