Dr. Fegan and Dr. Carolyn Farb
Mary Jane Fortin, Dr. Fegan and Tiffany Smith
Gina Bhatia, Dr. Fegan, Dr. Carolyn Farb and Marie Myers Bruns
Dr. Fegan presenting Northwood University mission to the guests at the luncheon
April 19, 2013
Houston, TX—Amongst the incredible art collection depicting passion and great meaning of life, Dr. Carolyn Farb gathered a unique group of individuals from Houston, Dallas, and Galveston interested in another passion of hers—education. In the warmth of her Houston home, she shared the story of Northwood University and the Distinguished Women’s Program.
Dr. Farb, who was honored as a Distinguished Woman of Northwood in 1996 and received an Honorary Doctorate from Northwood in 2003, said, “I truly admire the excellence of the Northwood academic program and appreciate what they have done to recognize the nation’s women in business and civic endeavors who are committed to the University’s ideals.”
Northwood’s Distinguished Women’s Program was established to recognize accomplished women in business and philanthropy. Since the inaugural award ceremony in 1970, over 350 women from around the world have been honored. In addition to providing financial support for scholarships these women serve as mentors, guest speakers and role models for students.
Guest of honor was Dr. Kevin Fegan, President, Northwood University Texas, who presented the philosophy and mission of the University. Dr. Farb hosted the luncheon in honor of the two founders of Northwood University, Dr. Arthur Turner and Dr. Gary Stauffer. Their vision established the University in 1959 in Alma, Michigan and opened the Cedar Hill Texas campus just south of Dallas in 1966. The focus of the higher education mission is free enterprise and entrepreneurial studies based on The Northwood Idea. Some 7500 students attend this business focused school with residential campuses in Midland, Michigan, Cedar Hill, Texas, and West Palm Beach, Florida, as well as affiliated universities in Switzerland, China and Malaysia.
According to Dr. Fegan, “Northwood’s unique value proposition focuses on free markets, free enterprise, and individual responsibility. A Northwood education produces graduates with character, ethics and effective leadership in a global free enterprise society--a focus that goes beyond the classroom.”
In addition to Dr. Farb and Dr. Fegan the 21 guests attending the luncheon also included Northwood Distinguished Women honorees, Danielle Ellis from Houston, Dr. Christi Harris from Dallas, and Dr. Gail Ayers from Galveston. Representing Northwood’s Board of Trustees was Dr. Lyt Harris from Houston.
Other Houstonians interested in learning more about Northwood University included: Jo Furr, Mary Jane Fortin, Tiffany Smith, Claudia Contreras, Suzie Kalil, Gina Bhatia, Kathy MacAskie, Marie Myers Bruns, Samantha Kennedy, Misty Kahn, and Jonathan Tinkle.
ABOUT NORTHWOOD UNIVERSITY
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 online. 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 (Changchun and Wuxi), Malaysia and Sri Lanka.