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Bringing the lessons of the American free enterprise society into the college classroom to more than 4,200 students, Northwood University seeks a new president to join the campus community who is entrepreneurial, innovative and will ensure the continuation and acceleration of Northwood's upward trajectory.


President Leadership Profile

Presidential profile (pdf)

Procedure for Candidacy

Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by January 25, 2019. Candidates should provide, as two separate documents, a curriculum vitae and a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the Leadership Statement.

Materials should be sent electronically via e-mail to: Questions may also be directed to the consultants through the office of Shalonda Alleyne at: 630-575-6157.


To contact the search committee, please email University stakeholders may also offer feedback through this brief survey, which will be used to assist us in developing the profile of our next president.


Northwood University President and Chief Executive Officer Keith Pretty announced October 17 that he will retire, effective June 30, 2019.

Northwood’s Board of Trustees has convened a presidential search committee and begun the search, with support from the executive search firm Witt/Kieffer. We look forward to working will all of Northwood University's stakeholders as we work to find our next president.

-Al Zehnder, Chairman, Northwood University Board of Trustees


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Northwood University President Announces Retirement