Northwood University Elects Patricia A. Riley to its Board of Trustees

Patricia A. Riley
Patricia A. Riley was elected to Northwood University’s Board of Trustees on May 17 during its annual meeting.

In 2009, Northwood University honored Riley with the Outstanding Business Leader Award and in 2010 she received an honorary doctorate of laws degree at Northwood Florida’s graduation ceremony. She previously was a member of the Northwood University Florida Board of Governors.

Riley is the founder and CEO of MDR Fitness/Clientele Beauty of Palm Gardens, FL, and Medical Doctors Research. Her companies develop and market skin care and nutrition products to millions of people. She has pioneered many beauty concepts including AM/PM vitamins, the use of antioxidants in skin care and the belief of beauty from the inside out. Riley was the recipient of the Jacqueline Kennedy Award from JFK University for her outstanding contributions in the field of public health.

Riley graduated with honors from the University of Florida with a degree in nutrition and food science. She resides in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.


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 seven states with many course delivery options including online. The DeVos Graduate School offers accelerated, 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 China (Changchun and Wuxi), Malaysia and Sri Lanka.