Dr. Harris, Dr. Ayers and J. Korab (Dr. Christi Harris is a 1998 Distinguished Women honoree, received a Northwood University Honorary Doctorate in 2000, is currently a member of our NU Texas Board of Governors, and is Trustee Emeritus of the Northwood University Board of Trustees; Dr. Gail Ayers is a 2012 Distinguished Woman honoree, and is President and CEO of Commercial Real Estate Women’s National Association; Janet Korab is an artist and photographer in Dallas.
Lyt Harris, Dr. Fegan, J. Korab (Dr. Lyt Harris is a member of Northwood University Board of Trustees, Dr. Kevin Fegan is President, Northwood University Texas and Janet Korab is an artist and photographer in Dallas.)
April 19, 2013
Dallas, TX—Amongst the incredible art collection depicting passion and great meaning of life, Dr. Carolyn Farb gathered a unique group of individuals from Dallas, Houston 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. Dallas guests included Dr. Christi Harris, a Northwood Distinguished Woman and Honorary Doctorate honoree and Jeanette Korab.
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 Northwood Distinguished Women in the Dallas area include: Elizabeth Action; Elaine Agather; Ruth Altshuler; The Honorable Donna Arp Weitzman; Lee Bailey; Colleen Barrett; Val Bashour; Betty Brooke Blake; Wanda Brice; Carole Ann Brown; Sandy Brown; Ruth Buzzi; Dr. Sandra Chapman; Leslie Ann Crozier; Dr. Yvonne Crum; Barbara Daseke; Robyn Flatt; Ambassador Kathryn Hall; Julie Hersh; Yvonne Watkins Hogan; Beverly Hagood Holmes; Caroline Rose Hunt; The Honorable Kay Bailey Hutchison; Martha Hyder; Janet Kafka; Charlene Lake; Dee Lincoln; Carolyn Lupton; Lynn McBee; Stacie McDavid; Patricia Meadows; Tincy Miller; Kit Moncrief; D’Andra Simmons; Sistie Stollenwerck; Jan Dedrie Strimple; Dr. Joan Swalwell; Susan Bagby Tilley; Joan Titus; Dr. Nina Vaca; Kristen Venable; Gail Warrior; Kimberly Schlegel Whitman; Ruthanne Wise; Dee Wyly; Sandra Yancey and Vivian Young.
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 an online option. The DeVos Graduate School offers day and evening 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. Northwood University also operates the Margaret Chase Smith Library in Maine.