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Board of Trustees

The members of the Northwood University Board of Trustees help to define the philosophy of the University and have numerous additional roles, including:

  • Providing vital policy leadership and oversight in critical areas, evaluating the extent to which the Central Administration effectively supports the faculty and students in their pursuits
  • Overseeing financial performance and actively participating in academic planning
  • Donating to and oversight of the advancement function and long-range planning

Chair and Vice Chair

Albert F. Zehnder

CEO - Zehnder's of Frankenmuth

Chairman of the Northwood University Board of Trustees

Jennifer M. Panning

President - Artisan Tile, Inc.

Vice Chair of the Northwood University Board of Trustees


Board Members

Dr. Phillip D. Brady

Senior Advisor, Retired - Governemnt Affairs for Phillips 66

Mr. Jason R. Brickl

Chairman & CEO - Ballweg Automotive Companies

Dr. Daniel G. DeVos

Chairman/CEO - DP Fox Ventures, LLC

Mr. James C. Fabiano II

CEO - Fabiano Brothers Inc.

Dr. Richard J. Garber

President - Garber Management Group

Ms. Mary Ellen George-Hess

Head of North America - Tramada Systems (USA), Inc

Mr. Mauro Gregorio

CEO - Dow Corning

Dr. Robert J. Grubb

CEO - Alliant National

Dr. Rick Guirlinger

President and Manager - Bourke Services, LLC

Mr. Ken Lingenfelter

Owner - Lingenfelter Motor Sports

Mr. Steve Madincea

Managing Partner - Fantastec

Dr. James "Jamie" Massie

President and Co-Owner - Georgian International

Dr. Edward J. McBrien

Chief Operating Officer - Manhattan Beer

Mr. James (Jim) Mestdagh

President - Landquest Properties, Inc.

Dr. William A. Parlberg

President and COO - Zehnder's of Frankenmuth

Mr. Sandy Schwartz

President and CEO - Cox Automotice, Inc.

Mr. Gary Short

Vice President - Go-To Transport, Inc

Mr. Graham Williams

President and CEO - Power Process Piping Inc.

Mr. Rob Wilson

Vice President - Mid Michigan Materials, Inc.


Trustees Emeriti

  • Dr. Lambert E. Althaver
  • Dr. Robert M. Fairchild
  • Dr. John J. Ferron
  • Lynn Ferron
  • Dr. Jerome (Jerry) M. Fullinwider
  • Dr. Louis J. Furlo, Sr.
  • Dr. John R. Hantz
  • Dr. Christi Harris
  • Lyttleton T. Harris IV
  • Dr. Marjorie McIntyre Hohman
  • Dr. Terence F. Moore
  • Dr. Macauley Whiting Jr.
  • Dr. Maureen L. Smith