Northwood University Names Mick Thomas as Director of Institutional Effectiveness

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Mick Thomas joins Northwood.
Mick Thomas

Mick Thomas

August 10, 2012

MIDLAND, MI – Northwood University has appointed Mick Thomas as director of institutional effectiveness. In this role, Thomas will facilitate Northwood’s continued progress in accreditation and advancing performance excellence across all three of Northwood’s residential campuses, Adult Degree Program, the DeVos Graduate School and international programs.

Dr. Kristin Stehouwer, executive vice president of Northwood University, commented, “We are pleased to welcome Mick Thomas to our team as he brings a wide range of experience and expertise in quality and continuous improvement.”

Thomas received a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Monash University in Australia and continued his education at Ashford University to earn his master’s degree in organizational management, graduating summa cum laude. He has worked in a range of businesses from large multinational companies, such as The Dow Chemical Company, to mid-sized and smaller family-owned companies. Thomas has been an adjunct professor at Northwood since January 2012.

For the past 12 years, Thomas has worked in the fields of learning, performance improvement and related human resource management disciplines and prior to that held a variety of environment, health and safety, plus research and developmental positions. He has earned certifications from the Society of Human Resource Management, the American Society of Training and Development, the International Society of Performance Improvement, and is a Six Sigma Project Leader.

Thomas currently resides in Midland with his wife; they have three children in Midland and two living in Australia. In his spare time he cycles and kayaks with his wife and runs a woodturning business, Down Under Wood Turning.


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.