Northwood University Florida Welcomes New Faculty Members

Dr. Michael Olsher
James B. Ward

Northwood University is pleased to welcome two new full-time faculty members to its Florida campus.

Dr. Michael Olsher will become Assistant Professor for Entrepreneurship and will serve as the department chair for both Entrepreneurship and International Business.  Dr. Olsher joins Northwood University with over 40 years of senior management experience in the steel industry, including 25 years as founder and chief executive officer of Olsher Steel, an international steel distribution and processing company. Dr. Olsher holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Fordham University and an MBA from New York University.  He has taught for a number of universities around the country including the Columbia University Graduate School of Business.  He joined Northwood University in 2013 as an adjunct professor of Economics and Entrepreneurship.  

James B. Ward will serve as Assistant Professor and department chair for the Hospitality Management program.  Mr. Ward will be awarded his Ph.D. in Hospitality Administration from Texas Tech University in August of this year.  He holds bachelor and master degrees in Restaurant, Hotel and Institutional Management from the same institution.  Mr. Ward has taught for Texas Tech, the American Public University system and Odessa College. He also has over 15 years of service and management experience in the hospitality industry.


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.