April 12, 2013

A Paragon of Freedom and Kindness

“Three things in human life are important,” observed the 19th century American-born novelist Henry James. “The first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.”

For those who were fortunate to know and study under Dr. Dale Haywood, it comes as no surprise that James’s prescription for living a happy and fulfilling life was one of Dr. Haywood’s favorite quotations. Dr. Haywood’s daughter kindly shared the quote last week on April 5 in celebration of her father’s birthday and we wanted to take this opportunity to share it with you.

As you may know, our Advancement Department is working with a growing number of Northwood University alumni and donors to recognize the life and contributions of Dr. Dale Haywood. Because of Dr. Haywood—especially his passion for truth, dedication to freedom, and the kind and gentle spirit that permeated all he did—the world is a much better place today. As Professor Jeff Phillips notes in his letter supporting the campaign to honor Dr. Haywood, the legacy of his teaching and wisdom continues to bear fruit in our alumni, students, employees, and the surrounding communities he served both in Cedar Hill, Texas and Midland, Michigan. Whether it was his reversible belt, his Twelve Cell Matrix, or his infectious smile, Dr. Haywood transformed the lives of those he encountered, so we want to be able to recognizing him accordingly.

Our plan is to erect a bronze statue of a soaring eagle in honor of Dr. Haywood on our Michigan campus, where he spent the overwhelming majority of his career at Northwood. Symbolizing the American spirit and liberty he worked to preserve, the statue will overlook the space between the Jordan and Strosacker Halls.  It will provide a permanent reminder of Dr. Haywood’s message that free, enterprising, and creative people possess the ability to accomplish both the imaginable and the unimaginable.

Individual gifts will be recognized on the marble base of the sculpture and gifts of $100 or more will also receive a personalized brick in Recognition Park on our Michigan campus. And a loyal and generous alumnus has already committed $5,000 to the project as matching funds, meaning the first gifts to arrive will be matched dollar-for-dollar.

For more information about contributing to this legacy to Dr. Haywood, please contact Justin Marshall in our Advancement Department directly at marshall@northwood.edu.

Northwood Prevails at NCCA Tourney

Chances are Dr. James Naismith did not envision anything as large and popular as the NCAA Basketball Tournament when he created the game of basketball in 1891. But the popularity, scope, and impact of basketball today are testament to the very ideas and principles Dr. Dale Haywood taught. The NCAA men’s and women’s tournaments in particular are ways where we see the capacity of free markets to meet the needs and demands of consumers throughout America and the world. Entertainment, advertising, marketing and branding, product and service sales, and business development are just some of the many demands these popular events provide in bringing both consumers and suppliers together.

True to our reputation as a proven leader in experiential education, 24 students from our ESPM program learned more about the industry by working at this year’s NCAA Men’s Tournament April 3-8. Thanks in large part to our alumnus Mark Zimmerman (’88) who serves as General Manager for the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia, these students gained firsthand knowledge and experience which not only sets them apart from their peers but also positions them to lead organizations upon graduation.

Dr. Haywood would be proud!

Have a great weekend.


Keith A. Pretty, J.D.
President and CEO
Northwood University
4000 Whiting Drive
Midland, MI 48640