Northwood University, Texas Bestows the Samuel Marotta Faculty Ethics Award

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Michael Lansing Receives the Samuel Marotta Faculty Ethics Award
(L-R) President and CEO, Keith Pretty; Associate Prof. Michael Lansing and Dr. Kevin Fegan, President, Northwood University Texas

(L-R) President and CEO, Keith Pretty; Associate Prof. Michael Lansing and Dr. Kevin Fegan, President, Northwood University Texas

The Lansing Family

The Lansing Family

May 23, 2013

CEDAR HILL, Texas –Associate Professor Michael Lansing, Hospitality Management Division Chair, received the Samuel Marotta Faculty Ethics Award during Honors Convocation, which is held the night before graduation. The honor was presented to him by Keith A. Pretty, President and CEO of Northwood University and Dr. Kevin Fegan, President, Northwood University Texas.

The purpose of the award is to recognize faculty members who, during their time at Northwood, most challenged their students’ thinking about the kind of moral issues they may face in their careers. 

Mr. Bob Grubb, a Northwood alumnus, created and funded this award in honor of his stepfather, Sam Marotta.  It is presented on all three Northwood campuses and at the DeVos Graduate School of Management annually. 

The senior class members select the recipient of the Samuel Marotta Faculty Ethics Award, and are encouraged to consider these characteristics:

In the Classroom:

  • A natural enthusiasm towards inquiry of moral & ethical issues that stimulates students to explore and apply their own values to classroom discussions and campus community life.
  • Ability of expression about moral and ethical issues that facilitates the students’ ability to comprehend and digest these issues and their impact.
  • An ongoing effort to bring into class specific leadership examples where moral or ethical issues have altered business decisions, exploring the consequences and results to the people and the organizations involved.

In and out of the Classroom:

  • Personal character that is an example embodying the essence of the Northwood Idea and the University’s Code of Ethics.           
  • A perspective that places personal accomplishment in the larger context of community, societal and spiritual values.

The award includes a plaque which contains a poem and the sculpture entitled, “The Contract,” and a cash award of $2,000. 

Lansing is a resident of Fort Worth. He earned his B.A. degree in Government and his MBA from Lamar 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.