Professor Applies Hands-On Experiences Toward Program Leadership

Professor Petrovsky is interviewed by ABC reporter Terri Parker for an environmental story.

Once deployed on a seismic research vessel, Florida professor Kevin Petrovsky has conducted geologic surveys on the ocean floor.

Northwood University Florida professor Kevin Petrovsky knows a lot about environmental conservation, oceanography, natural resource exploration and extraction, coastal management and human impacts on the environment.  And it’s his unique capability to blend his hands-on experience and education toward teaching environmental sustainability and its necessity for long term business success that creates compelling class discussions.

“It is important for people to understand their role and place in the global environment.  Everything we do has an impact on the environment, and the environment has an impact on everything we do or want to do,” said Petrovsky who spent several months on a seismic research vessel conducting geologic surveys for oil deposits on the ocean floor for a Houston based oil exploration company. 

Designed to develop leaders who understand the relationship between the global ecology and economic progress, Northwood’s Sustainability Management program is of interest to those who appreciate the symbiotic relationship between science and technology and want to advance sustainable business practices. The program prepares students to develop, implement, and assess businesses solutions that balance the bottom line with the needs of the environment and communities, facilitate internal and external changes in sustainability practices, and more.

Petrovsky holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Oceanographic Technology from Florida Institute of Technology and a Master of Science degree in Coastal Zone Management from Nova Southeastern University. He has also worked as a coastal engineer, surveyor and a maritime instructor. 


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.