Northwood University Professor Saves Long Time Neighbor

Professor Michael Lansing

Professor Michael Lansing, this year’s winner of the Samuel Marotta Faculty Ethics Award, is a hero. He saw the smoke and flames bellowing from his neighbor’s home and called 911 and rushed into the house to save the woman and her dog on Lambeth Lane in Fort Worth.

On June 6 at 3:30 a.m. Thursday morning, Lansing’s neighbor of 25 years was in her bedroom asleep when her smoke alarm went off. She thought it was malfunctioning and called Professor Lansing to help turn it off--not realizing her home was on fire.

The home, which is located 102 feet away from his, was struck by lightning which caused a fire to ignite in the garage.  The woman was not hurt, but her house was a total loss.

“Bottom line is she is OK,” said Professor Michael Lansing.

Dr. Kevin Fegan, President, Northwood University Texas said, “Michael Lansing’s heroism is certainly not a surprise.  He is the epitome of a servant leader and an individual who will literally risk his life to assist another.  He is a leader on our campus and an outstanding member of the community. His spirit and compassion for others is evident in not only his teachings but how he chooses to live his life as well.  He truly is creating the next leaders of tomorrow.”

Professor Lansing is also the department chair for Hospitality Management, a cancer survivor and a Northwood University hero.


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.