Dr. Duncan Shares Northwood University Vision with Community Leaders

Dr. Tom Duncan
Dr. Duncan presents at the Palm Beach Chamber Breakfast.

Northwood University Florida Campus President Dr. Tom Duncan recently served as a panelist and keynote speaker at two Palm Beach County leadership events designed to support the healthy growth of business and industry in the region, and the role of higher education in fostering that growth.

While serving as a panelist as part of the Palm Beach County Business Development Board’s Education Breakfast, Duncan highlighted to the crowd of 300 how the University’s curriculum and programs fulfill workforce needs.  He also served as a keynote speaker at the Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce breakfast and shared the University’s mission and core values with a crowd of 500 community leaders.  During his remarks, Duncan informed those present about NU Florida’s enrollment growth and international focus, new academic programs, and plans for growth in the year ahead.  

Appointed Northwood University Florida Campus President in July, 2012, Duncan previously served as President of Bethany University in Scotts Valley, California. He also taught in the Graduate Program in Higher Education at Ohio University, Athens, OH.

A Missouri native, Duncan earned his PhD. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Arizona in 2005; an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1979; the B.A. in Government from Evangel University in 1975; and a course of study in preparation for Anglican ordination with the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA).  

Previously, Duncan served as Assistant for Education & Policy Management to Missouri Governor John Ashcroft, and as Director of the Missouri Division of Professional Registration. Given his political science and government experience, Duncan has become recognized as a valued political, economic, and social commentator for CBS, ABC, NBC, and FOX television affiliates in the Palm Beach area.

Prior to his government service, Tom was Assistant Professor of Government and Public Administration at Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri. He later served colleges and universities in California, Arizona, and Ohio in various faculty and administrative capacities.

In addition to his higher education service, Duncan has remained active as an Anglican minister in religious communities in Arizona, Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin, and now Florida.



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.