Northwood University Winter Graduation Set for December 14

Don Taylor, manufacturing vice president for Sadara Chemical Company, a joint venture developed by Dow and Saudi Aramco.

Northwood University will hold its winter commencement on Saturday, December 14, at 2 p.m. in the Bennett Sports Center on campus located at 4000 Whiting Drive in Midland.

Approximately 230 students are qualified to graduate: the DeVos Graduate School will confer 13 M.B.A. degrees, 105 B.B.A. degrees will be awarded from the traditional program and 112 from the Adult Degree Program.

Don Taylor is this year’s winter commencement speaker. Taylor holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina. In September 2012, he was named to Northwood University’s Board of Trustees.

Taylor joined Dow in 1983 as a production engineer in Plaquemine, Louisiana. He has held a number of roles within the Company including vice president of operations for Dow Benelux (Terneuzen, The Netherlands) and site leader for Michigan Operations and corporate vice president for Global Supply Chain, EH&S Operations and Operations Services. He was named to his most recent position in November 2013.


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.