Our University's officers, the Central Administration, are business and educational leaders with national reputations in various endeavors and fields. Together, they share a profound professional and personal commitment to ONE Northwood.
Keith A. Pretty, J.D. President and Chief Executive Officer
The President and Chief Executive Officer is responsible to the trustees of the University for the implementation of their governance directives. He serves as the primary strategist and external relations officer, manages the other officers and affairs of the University, and serves as a major fund raiser.
Keith Pretty joined Northwood University as President and CEO on October 2, 2006. He came to Northwood from Walsh College where he served as President for seven years. Prior to Walsh, he was Vice President for external affairs, general counsel at Western Michigan University and President and CEO of the Western Michigan University Foundation. In the private sector, Pretty held governmental affairs positions with Amoco Corporation and became senior Washington representative.
Former Michigan Governor John Engler appointed Pretty to design a state department of Career Development that matched Michigan's educational resources to its business needs. He earned a bachelor of science degree in education from Western Michigan University and a juris doctor degree from Thomas Cooley Law School in Lansing.
The recipient of many awards and commendations Pretty was presented with the Western Michigan University Alumni Association’s most prestigious honor, the Distinguished Alumni Award, in 2011. In addition, Pretty is engaged in a number of community activities and serves on the board of directors for Detroit Economic Club, Chemical Bank, Midland Tomorrow, Automotive Hall of Fame, Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Michigan (AICUM), the Lake Huron Area Council-Boy Scouts of America, and the Michigan Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Executive Committee.
Kristin Stehouwer, Ph.D. Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer/Chief Academic Officer
Dr. Kristin Stehouwer joined Northwood University in 2009 from Macomb Community College where she served as Executive Director of Research and Planning and Vice Provost for Arts and Sciences. Prior to joining Macomb Community College, she served as Director of the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center and Special Advisor to the President at Northwestern Michigan College. She also worked on special assignment to the U.S. Department of Commerce at the National Institute of Standards and Technology and worked in the area of global manufacturing competitiveness which included a national speaking tour of over 20 cities.
She earned her doctorate from Northwestern University in Political Science and International Relations. Her graduate studies included International Law at the University of Strasbourg as a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar. Her scholarly work has focused on political and economic cooperation. She also earned a B.A. and M.A. from Northwestern University. She has published numerous articles and made many national presentations. She has worked with organizations in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Africa and speaks six languages. She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at a number of colleges and universities.
Dr. Stehouwer has extensive experience in facilitating and deploying strategy in many types of organizations including in the financial services, manufacturing, healthcare, education, and service sectors. Dr. Stehouwer has entrepreneurial experience and business management experience with large and small organizations including family businesses. She has specialized in the areas of strategic management, performance excellence, process improvement, and organization/leadership development. She serves as a senior examiner for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and as an AQIP Systems Appraiser for the Higher Learning Commission.
Stehouwer and her husband, Dr. David Rausch, both Michigan natives, enjoy spending time in northern Michigan.
Arnold D'Ambrosio Vice President of Alumni and Advancement
Arnold D'Ambrosio has been named vice president of university advancement coming from vice president, major and planned gifts, at the Beaumont Foundation.
Mr. D'Ambrosio joined the Beaumont Foundation of The William Beaumont Hospitals in July 2006 as vice president, major and planned gifts, with responsibilities including the cultivation and solicitation of major gift prospects with potential to contribute a minimum of $100,000. He was chief development officer of Geisinger Health System Foundation in Danville, PA from 2003 to July 2006, where he planned and initiated a system-wide, $75 million comprehensive campaign and managed a department of 18 development professionals, securing significant gifts at the $1 million and higher level.
From 1999 to 2003, he was director of development at the Glickman Urological Institute at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation where he had responsibility for all aspects of the development program for the Institute. He established a comprehensive fundraising program for the Institute while initiating a $35 million capital campaign. From 1997 to 1999, he was director of major and planned gifts for the American Heart Association (AHA) in Cincinnati, responsible for creating and managing a major gift and planned giving program. Prior to AHA, he held various positions focusing his work on significant gifts, campaign management and charitable estate planning. Earlier in his career he was a junior high school English and Social Studies teacher in Hamilton City Schools where he developed a specialized educational program and taught delinquent junior high students in an alternative school setting.
Mr. D'Ambrosio earned a BA in Philosophy and History from Gannon University in Erie, PA and a BA in English and secondary teaching certificate from Madonna University in Livonia, Mich. He also earned a Fellowship in Institutional Advancement by completing a training program in fundraising in which he created and directed the fundraising program for the Cincinnati Center for Developmental Disorders, an affiliate hospital of Children's Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati.
D'Ambrosio and his wife, Elizabeth, have four children.
Tom L. Duncan, Ph.D. President – Northwood Florida
Dr. Duncan served as president of Bethany College (later Bethany University) in Santa Cruz, California, for five years. Duncan assumed his duties at this private, church-related institution in a time of financial uncertainty and declining enrollments. During his tenure, student enrollment grew from fewer than 495 students to over 720 students and the college began its first master's program and enlarged its innovative programs to reach non-traditional students. Duncan successfully balanced budgets by working closely with the board of trustees, fellow administrators and faculty--resulting in a surplus to the college.
Duncan voluntarily left this position in 1997 to pursue his PhD. in higher education administration at the University of Arizona. One year later his wife, Carol, was diagnosed with terminal cancer. She passed away in 2001 which left him with two young children to raise. The following year he married his current wife, Rita, whose husband had passed away with cancer in 2000, leaving her with a young child. Now with the responsibilities of having a new wife and three young children, Duncan decided it was best for his new family if he remained closer to home while completing his PhD. dissertation, studying for Anglican ordination and working in pastoral ministry for several years in the Saint Louis area. As his older children are moving into adulthood, he felt now was a better time to return to a campus leadership position.
He became a visiting professor at Ohio University in 2007 teaching courses which focused on higher education. Duncan also served on PhD. dissertation committees, advised master's students on their M.Ed papers and conducted independent and collaborative research. While at Ohio University he published two papers for the Center of Higher Education.
From 1985-1992 Duncan worked for the state of Missouri as an assistant to Governor John Ashcroft in education and policy management as well as for the department of economic development as a division director of professional registration. Prior to his government employment, he was an assistant professor of government and public administration at Evangel College (now Evangel University) for several years.
Duncan earned his PhD. in higher education from the University of Arizona in 2005; an M.A. in political science from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1979; his B.A. in government from Evangel College in 1975; and course of study in preparation for Anglican ordination at the Anglican Mission in the Americas in South Carolina. For the past 12 years he has remained active as a chaplain and pastor in several religious communities.
"The reason that I support The Northwood Idea enthusiastically is that these values are my own. The major themes of The Idea are very familiar to me and are part of my own political, economic and personal philosophies," states Dr. Duncan. He continues, "I believe in competition, human effort and the rewards and failures that human effort brings. Also, I believe in eliminating all artificial barriers to human participation in competitive enterprise so that all individuals have an equal opportunity to participate, contribute, succeed and fail."
Kevin G. Fegan, Ed.D. President – Northwood Texas
Kevin Fegan began his Northwood career as head women's volleyball coach in 1986 while teaching business education and coaching in the Midland Public Schools. He joined Northwood as a staff member in 1987 as Assistant Director of Academic Computer Services and an instructor on the Midland campus. In 1988, he became Registrar for the Midland campus and in 1990 was named Director of Registrar and Academic Counseling. In 1994, he left the traditional program and joined the staff of the Adult Degree Program serving as Associate Dean. In 1998, he was named Dean of the Adult Degree Program. In May 2000, he was elected Provost of the Adult Degree Program and an officer of the college by the Board of Trustees. In May of 2003, Dr. Fegan started in his current role as Provost of the Texas campus. Dr. Fegan was named a Northwood University Outstanding Alumni (1996), recognized by the International Who's Who of Professionals and Who's Who Among American Colleges and Universities, and is a member of Delta Mu Delta, Honorary Business Fraternity. Dr. Fegan holds a B.B.A. in marketing and management from Northwood University, an M.A. in educational administration from Central Michigan University and an Ed.D. in curriculum and instruction from Wayne State University.
"The fundamental beliefs and values of The Northwood Idea, accentuated by the curricular philosophy and variety of instructional delivery approaches, provide the opportunity for Northwood to educationally address the needs of a variety of learners who understand and value the importance of education and lifelong learning."
Timothy G. Nash, Ed.D. David E. Fry Endowed Professor & Vice President of Strategic and Corporate Alliances
Timothy Nash joined Northwood in 1980 and received a B.B.A. from the university, an M.A. in Economics from Central Michigan University, and an Ed.D. in curriculum and instruction with his cognate in business administration from Wayne State University. He is an associate professor of Economics and Business for the undergraduate program and is an associate professor of Economics and Public Policy at the DeVos Graduate School. His travels and research have taken him to over 20 countries from China and Hong Kong to Poland and Norway where he also participated in academic colloquiums. Dr. Nash is an adjunct scholar with the Mackinac Center for Public Policy in Midland and the former State Director of Economic Education for the clergy for the State of Michigan. Dr. Nash has co-authored three books and conducted research and consulting for a number of Fortune 500 companies, GM UAW PEL, and the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA). He serves on the boards of the Free Enterprise Institute (FEI) in Houston, Texas, the Midland Academy of Advanced & Creative Studies, Junior Achievement of Central Michigan, Inc., and the Midland Area Chamber of Commerce.
"In fulfilling the obligation of an incubator for enterprise and character, Northwood University prepares its graduates at all levels to compete in a complex and dynamic global economy. The philosophy, values, and management core contained in all Northwood degree programs serve our graduates well throughout their ever-changing careers."
Brian Sandusky, Ph.D. Vice President of Enrollment Management
Dr. Sandusky served as vice president of Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kansas, for four years. Sandusky assumed his duties at this private, multi-campus nonprofit institution in 2008 during a difficult and challenging time. He led a significant change to the institutional enrollment model resulting in considerable new student growth that contributed to the most improved financial turnaround in the institution’s history. Revenues increased from $27 million in 2008 to $44 million in 2011; net tuition revenues improved 40% during this span. Most importantly, the student experience and outcomes improved noticeably as demonstrated in the front-end yield ratios, academic measures, student surveys and retention rates at both the freshman residential campus and in the adult centers throughout the United States and online. Sandusky has also led a new strategic unit titled Enterprise Division that serves nonprofit organizations and corporations in unique ways by partnering and listening to their needs. Services include executive consulting programs and developing customized learning initiatives to enhance clients’ organizational effectiveness and bottom line. He also served as associate professor with faculty status in the School of Business.
From 2005-2008, Sandusky served as vice president at Bellevue University in Nebraska where he led strategic initiatives and the Human Capital lab along with enrollment management. He was also an adjunct faculty member in the College of Professional Studies at the private, nonprofit, multi-campus institution. From 2003-2005, he was an executive consultant and co-principal of Enrollment Management Consultants in Denver. Prior to that, he was regional manager and senior national enrollment training manager for Alta Colleges based in Denver, Colorado.
Sandusky earned his doctor of philosophy in business administration from Northcentral University, his master of arts in organizational management from the University of Phoenix and his bachelor of business administration in marketing from Davenport University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is married to Jennifer and has two children, Addison and Jakob. Sandusky enjoys reading, teaching, golfing, bicycling and spending time with family and friends. He is a Grand Rapids, Michigan, native.
“Dr. Sandusky is passionate about traditional age students and adult learners and their needs in this challenging higher education environment. He enjoys working with corporate executives on developing customized learning programs to impact their bottom line organizational performance and is very excited to join the Northwood University staff and faculty in support of our mission,” states Dr. Pretty. “I believe his experiences in enrollment management and background in corporate development, along with his strong beliefs and alignment with the Northwood Idea, are a perfect match. I am looking forward to his help to strategically shape and grow the residential campuses and adult degree program in our quest of developing the future leaders of a global, free-enterprise society.”
Karl Stephan Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer
Karl Stephan is responsible for all financial functions, legal compliance, and other business operations for the University. Departments reporting to him include: accounting, budgeting, taxation and compliance, information technology, risk management and investments, financial aid, business office, human resources, payroll, and auxiliary services. He also serves as Secretary of the Board of Trustees.
Karl earned his undergraduate degree at Yale University and MBA in finance from the University of Chicago.
Stephan joined Northwood University in June, 2007 as its International Controller and was promoted to Assistant Vice President of Finance in September, 2008. He assumed his current responsibilities as the University’s Chief Financial Officer following the retirement of Don Hunkins from this position in July, 2009.
Karl serves on a number of community and professional organizations, including the Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters in the Great Lakes Bay Region and the AICUM Workers Compensation Board.
Karl came to Northwood after a long career in senior management for the Kmart Corporation and Sears Holdings Corporation. Prior to joining Sears, Roebuck and Co., Karl began his professional career at the public accounting firm of Arthur Andersen & Co.