Alumni Leaders Prepare for 2013

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The Texas Alumni Leadership Council met for a morning of fellowship and planning as they ready themselves for a new year of service.
Northwood Alumni Association pictured in last row coordinated a crossing over ceremony for the ladies of IEEW this past summer

Northwood Alumni Association pictured in last row coordinated a crossing over ceremony for the ladies of IEEW this past summer

January 17, 2013

CEDAR HILL, Texas– On Saturday, January 12th, 2013 the Texas Alumni Leadership Council met for their annual retreat, where goals for the year were established, alumni events were set on the calendar, and new executive positions were voted on. After a successful planning session, the council is enthusiastic and excited about the year ahead.

After a fun ice breaker to set an enjoyable tone for the morning, the first order of business was to elect the next year’s President and Vice President. The council is pleased to announce Bill Lemme, a 2007 graduate of Northwood University’s Fort Worth program, as president. Bill has worked at Lockheed Martin for over ten years and after serving on the council for several years, Bill is excited about his new role and the team he will be working with. Newly elected Vice President, Virginia Haralson, is a 2008 graduate of the Cedar Hill program and currently works for Ericsson as a Business System Analyst. In addition to these key players are Maribel De Leon, resuming her role as secretary, and Caleb Miller, who served as president up until his recent move out-of-state in December and is now in the president emeritus position. Both serve important roles on the council from a communication and consulting standpoint, respectfully.

This meeting also served as the first official meeting for three of the four new members. The council is pleased to welcome alumni Tracy Dodd, Jeremy Hargrave, Benita Morrison, and Randy Richter to the group. “I am beyond thrilled about our team for this next year,” shared the Director of Alumni and Liaison for the Council, Natasha Elder. “We were able to build up some great momentum last year and I am excited for the council to accomplish even more in 2013.”

The mission of the council is to “…promote a positive image of Northwood University and its students, and to serve as ambassadors, create alliances, and engage alumni and friends in the pursuit of life long education.” In order to carry out its mission, the council will be focused this year on peer-to-peer alumni engagement through a variety of social networking opportunities, developing relationships between alumni and current students, and overall promoting the spirit and philosophy of Northwood University.  The 2013 Calendar of Events was established and will be shared with alumni very soon. Upcoming events include quarterly social networking events, continuing education seminars, sporting events, community service projects, and much more.

For more information, please contact Natasha Elder at or 972-293-5425.


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.