Northwood University to Honor Four Outstanding Alumni

Jennifer "Jen" M. Panning
Richard "Rick" C. Summers
Christopher "Chris" L. Gaunce
Christopher "Chris" M. Chandler

Northwood University will honor four individuals with the 2014 Outstanding Alumni Awards on Saturday, April 5, in Griswold  Dining Hall on Northwood’s Midland campus located at 4000 Whiting Drive. The reception will begin at 11 a.m. with the luncheon commencing at 12 p.m. (noon).

The Outstanding Alumni Awards are given by Northwood University to its graduates based on the following criteria. All nominees must believe and support the University mission and core values and be an example to all future alumni of Northwood University.

2014 Outstanding Alumni Award Recipients and Criteria:

Alumni Achievement Award: Nominees must have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their chosen career and support the Northwood Idea—Jennifer “Jen” M. Panning, Pinckney, Michigan (BBA 1992), president, Artisan Tile, Inc.; and Richard “Rick” C. Summers, Williamsburg, Michigan (BBA 1979), corporate sales director, Fox Motors.

Alumni Leadership Award: Nominee must be an active alumni participant and supporter of Northwood University—Christopher “Chris” L. Gaunce, Waterville, Maine (BBA 1992), vice president, Central Maine Motors Auto Group.

Young Alumni Volunteer Award: Nominee’s degree must have impacted their current success in their business and community. Nominee must have demonstrated support to Northwood and the Northwood Idea—Christopher “Chris” M. Chandler, Midland, Michigan (BBA 2002 & MBA 2003), program manager, customer and business events, The Dow Chemical Company.

Northwood President and CEO Keith A. Pretty states, “This is truly an extraordinary group and we are pleased to be able to honor them. Our present day academic, student activity and athletic programs were designed based on the experiences we learned from alumni.”



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 two full-service, residential campuses located in southern Florida and mid-Michigan. 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.