University Leaders, Faculty Share Political Insight

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The importance of swing state votes and constitutional amendments were key areas of interest.
Dr. Duncan shares insight with WPTV viewers.

Dr. Duncan shares insight with WPTV viewers.

November 9, 2012

As the U.S. presidential election came to a close, Northwood University leaders and faculty members stayed busy providing valuable insight regarding the importance of swing state votes, as well as post-election tallying glitches and the significance of proposed constitutional amendments.

"Northwood University Florida takes seriously its responsibilities as a higher education institution to participate in issues of major importance to the South Florida community," said Dr. Tom Duncan who this week provided television commentary to ABC, CBS, and NBC affiliates, in addition to commentary by Dr. Kristin Stehouwer and Professor Timothy Gilbert.

Duncan added, "As those across the nation have noticed, Florida continues to have difficulties in its voting procedures, long lines at polling stations, and controversies about the length of early voting options. Such difficulties provide ample opportunity for expert political commentary before the election date, on election night, and in the days following.. President Duncan noted that, as of the Friday following the election on Tuesday, Florida is yet to declare a winner in the Presidential race. "Had the national race been closer, and the Electoral College tally much tighter, these delays in counting Florida votes and the closeness of the race between President Obama and Governor Romney in the state would have produced another electoral crisis, similar to the 2000 election," said Duncan.

Appointed Northwood Florida President in July 2012, Tom Duncan has become recognized as a valued political commentator for CBS, ABC, NBC and FOX television affiliates in the Palm Beach area. He served as a senior staff member to Missouri Governor John Ashcroft in education and policy management, as well as Director of the Missouri Division of Professional Registration, from 1985-1992. Prior to his government service, he was an assistant professor of government and public administration at Evangel College (now Evangel University) in Springfield, Missouri, from 1980-1984. He later served colleges and universities in California, Arizona, and Ohio in faculty and administrative capacities. Duncan earned his PhD. in higher education from the University of Arizona in 2005; an M.A. in political science from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1979; his B.A. in government from Evangel College in 1975; and a course of study in preparation for Anglican ordination with the Anglican Mission in the Americas in South Carolina. In addition to his higher education service, Duncan has remained active as a chaplain and pastor in religious communities in California, Arizona, Missouri and Wisconsin.

Dr. Kristin Stehouwer serves as Northwood University's Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Academic Officer. She earned her doctorate from Northwestern University in Political Science and International Relations. Her graduate studies included International Law at the University of Strasbourg as a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar. Her scholarly work has focused on political and economic cooperation. She also earned a B.A. and M.A. from Northwestern University. She has published numerous articles and made many national presentations. She has worked with organizations in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Africa and speaks six languages. She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at a number of colleges and universities. Professor Timothy Gilbert brings over thirty years of business management and professional experience to the classroom. He teaches a wide range of classes relating to business management, philosophy of American life and business, marketing, automotive marketing, history, economics, and finance and is the faculty coordinator for the highly successful Auto Show of the Palm Beaches, Presented by Northwood University.

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