Northwood University Appoints Bateman and Lindsey to Interim Leadership Posts

Northwood University announces new interim leadership posts for Dr. Bill Bateman and Dean Larry Lindsey. Dr. Bateman is moving from his current role as president, Michigan Campus, to interim associate dean of Northwood’s DeVos Graduate School while Lindsey will serve a dual role as the interim president of the Michigan Campus and continue as the dean of students for the Michigan Campus. These appointments are effective November 1st.

In his new capacity, Dr. Bateman will provide support for the expansion of graduate programs and delivery models. In so doing, Bateman returns to the place where he began his Northwood career serving as associate professor and manager of Blended Platform Programs from 2007 to 2010.

“I am very pleased Dr. Bateman is sharing his management experience with the DeVos Graduate School in continuing its success,” stated Northwood University President & CEO Dr. Keith Pretty. “As epitomized by its 20th anniversary, the DeVos Graduate School is a key growth area for Northwood.”

In turn, Mr. Lindsey will serve as interim president, Northwood Michigan Campus, while also maintaining his responsibilities as dean of students. In this twin capacity, Mr. Lindsey will work with Northwood faculty and staff to advance traditional enrollment and manage Michigan Campus operations while cultivating a campus community that is safe, fun and welcoming to both new students and parents alike as well as partnering businesses and organizations from Midland and the surrounding Great Lakes Bay region.

“Mr. Lindsey’s extensive experience and knowledge of the University make him a solid fit for this post. His effective leadership will play a key role at Northwood’s Michigan campus,” explained Pretty.

Dr. Bateman received his Doctorate of Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Prior to joining Northwood in 2007, he spent nearly 25 years in commercial banking with Comerica Bank and SunTrust Bank holding several positions along the way before finishing his banking career as vice president of commercial lending.

A lifelong employee at Northwood, Mr. Lindsey is also an alumnus earning his Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from the University. Since 1971, he has served in several roles including head coach of men’s track and field and women’s basketball, interim athletic director and, since 1988, dean of students. In 2012, he was enshrined in Northwood University’s Athletic Hall of Fame.


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.