Northwood University, Texas Bestows Innovation Award

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Jack Allday Receives Innovation Award
(L-R) Jack Allday receiving the Innovation Award at commencement from Pres. Pretty

(L-R) Jack Allday receiving the Innovation Award at commencement from Pres. Pretty

May 23, 2013

Cedar Hill, Texas – Jack Allday, Athletic Director, received the Innovation Award during graduation ceremonies on May 9 in the Ellis Davis Field House at the Jesse Owens Memorial Complex. The honor was presented to him by Keith A. Pretty, president and CEO of Northwood University.

The officers of Northwood University instituted an Innovation Award which can be given to up to five employees, university-wide, who have demonstrated special attention to Northwood University and the students by innovating or creating special programs or processes or initiatives which move the university ahead.

President Pretty stated, “As Athletic Director Jack has led the transition from our current Red River Athletic Conference to the Sooner Athletic Conference which is the premier NAIA conference in the country.  He also started the Men’s and Women’s Basketball programs this past fall as well as adding JV teams in Baseball, Men and Women’s Soccer and Men and Women’s Basketball.  He has overseen the growth of our athletic department from about 140 athletes two years ago to over 280 athletes this past fall.  He has also been a valuable part of our Enrollment Management team and has been innovative in assisting on moving athletes more effectively through that process.”

Allday is a resident of Dallas. He earned his MLIA from Southern Methodist University and his BBA in Advertising from the same 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.