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Northwood University Announces Mat Dromey as the new Fashion Marketing and Merchandising Professor
Mat Dromey, fashion marketing and merchandising instructor for the Northwood University, TX campus

Mat Dromey, fashion marketing and merchandising instructor for the Northwood University, TX campus

February 1, 2013

CEDAR HILL, Texas – Northwood University, Texas is pleased to announce Mat Dromey as the new faculty instructor of fashion marketing and merchandising. Mr. Dromey has worked at Northwood University’s Texas campus as an adjunct professor since 1995 teaching courses in marketing and management.

He stated, “Northwood has a different view for students. They truly believe that the environment for the student is essential and everything that they do shows just that. That is why I chose to teach at Northwood.”

When asked on his plans for introducing the fashion program to male students, Mr. Dromey stated, “I would think that any student would enjoy the fashion marketing and merchandising program because it is the business part of the industry. This is a springboard for positions such as buying, merchandising, and marketing. It is open to everyone and it is a very exciting and fulfilling career.”

Mr. Dromy started his retail career with Winn Dixie Stores where he worked in various positions and earned a 4 year scholarship to college. He went on to join the Army and Air Force Exchange Services as a College Trainee in 1983 and has held various positions in the field, region and headquarters. These included Senior Buyer, Merchandise Manager, Division Merchandise Manager, Division Merchandise Manager, Retail Business Manager, Program Manager, Vice President Consumables, Vice President Corporate Compliance, Vice President Fashion Apparel and Senior Vice President/Chief Marketing Officer.

On December 28, 2012, Mr. Dromey retired from the Army and Air Force Exchange Services after 30 years of service.

Mr. Dromey earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Management/Marketing from Dallas Baptist University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the University of South Florida.

He has also completed Executive/Senior Leadership Programs at Harvard, Yale, Wharton, Darden School of Business, University of Michigan, Texas A&M University, University of Chicago, SMU, and Rice University.  In addition, he earned his lifetime certification as a Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P. M.) from the Institute for Supply Management.

Dr. Terry J. Silva, academic dean shared, “We are very pleased to have Mat Dromey as the new fashion marketing and merchandising instructor.  He brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience from the retail industry that will add value to our current FMM (fashion marketing and merchandising) program”.         

Mat Dromey is very family oriented. “My family is very important to me. I have been married going on 22 years and we have a wonderful son as well,” stated Mr. Dromey.

The fashion students are excited as a whole for the new change. Kourtni Smith, a sophomore fashion marketing and management major, expressed, “He is like a breath of fresh air and his style of teaching is very relatable.”

His advice for students is “Never underestimate the importance of education. It has become a requirement for the workforce. Always be flexible, business is tough.”


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 and Florida. 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.