Northwood University Renovates Main Street Entrance, Community is Supportive

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The current plan is for the entrance to be completed in spring 2013.

MIDLAND, MI – Northwood University’s Cook Road/Main Street entrance has been under construction for the past few weeks. The current plan is for the entrance to be completed in spring 2013. The Midland Area Community Foundation (MACF), which strengthens our community by providing leadership, fostering collaboration on local needs and issues, and encouraging a legacy of giving through grants, scholarships and events, authorized a $25,000 grant to be used in support of this project.

The modifications of Northwood’s south gateway will aid in the visibility of the campus which will have a great impact on future students and the community. The new entrance will integrate with the current signage of many Main Street buildings including the Herbert D. Doan Midland County History Center and the Midland County Courthouse. While the renovations will promote Northwood University, they will also benefit the community with enhanced access to the Herbert D. Doan Midland County History Center, Herbert H. Dow Historical Museum and Bradley House.

The community has been supportive of the gateway enhancement and several sponsors have come forward to show their support and endorsement including the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation and Midland Center for the Arts.

Keith A. Pretty, president and CEO of Northwood University, states, “This new entranceway is focused on a desire for Northwood University to further integrate our relationship with the Midland community and make our campus more easily accessible for our visitors.”


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 provides system-wide expertise in family enterprise, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and new business development. International education is offered through study abroad and in Program Centers in Switzerland, China, Malaysia and Sri Lanka.