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Dr. Johann Turner

January 1, 2019

1974 – Midland, Michigan & Palm Beach, Florida

Johann Turner was born in Cedar Springs, Michigan, the daughter of Wesley P. and Berneda Jordan for whom the Jordan Hall classroom building on the Northwood Michigan campus is named, in tribute to their early interest in the development of the college. In May, 1986, ground was broken for the Johann M. and Arthur E. Turner Education Center on Northwood’s Florida campus. The building was dedicated in their honor in January, 1987. Arthur Turner is Co-founder of Northwood University. Since Northwood’s founding in 1959, Mrs. Turner has been dedicated to fostering the Northwood Idea. She has helped to introduce and establish the Northwood Idea as an innovative, imaginative, pragmatic educational opportunity for young men and women. She has communicated the message of Northwood on both a community and national level through her involvement in the Town & Campus chapter of the National Women’s Board, the Library League activities and her service on the Margaret Chase Smith Library Advisory Board. Northwood recognized Johann Turner on the Michigan campus with an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree at the May 17, 1997 commencement. Dr. and Mrs. Turner are the parents of two sons, Steven and Michael, and a daughter, Kathryn (deceased), all Northwood graduates. The philosophy and practicality of the Northwood Idea, Mrs. Turner feels, “is best realized by the large number of students who are finding success and fulfillment in careers immediately after graduation from Northwood.” (Deceased 2006)