Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.
Bennett Sports Center, Riepma Arena
*Guest tickets required
Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 2 p.m.
Trinity Christian Church
Cedar Hill, Texas
Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 3 p.m.
Bennett Sports Center, Riepma Arena
* Ceremony guest tickets are required for the undergraduate commencement. Additional friends and family without tickets are invited to watch the ceremony via live-stream in the Hach Center.
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The honorary doctorate is the highest award a university can make to an individual who has contributed to society in a meaningful way. On the following pages are listed those individuals Northwood University will recognize this year. They join a “Gallery of Distinction” of past honorary degree awardees who are listed in the back of this program. It is an honor and a privilege to recognize the men and women whom Northwood has vested with degrees during the past 57 years. Through their accomplishments, ideals, and support, our communities have become better places and our nation has benefited. These leaders have won recognition in business, their professions, fine arts, education, and religion. Their involvement in the thrust of The Northwood Idea will continue forever. In observance of one of Northwood’s finest traditions, all recipients of honorary degrees are presented with personal academic regalia. Every year they are invited back to participate in the commencement processional, enjoy social events, and renew old friendships. Northwood University salutes all the members of the Gallery of Distinction and pledges to them the dedicated continuation of The Northwood Idea into the 21st century.
William M. Wallace – Commencement Speaker, Cedar Hill, Texas
Founder, Success North Dallas
William M. (Bill) Wallace, founder and long-time leader of Success North Dallas, has often said his greatest skill is putting together the right people for the right reasons at the right time.
Emanating from a rolodex that would put the U.S. government to shame, Bill’s generous “connection-making” has benefited countless individuals who have turned to him for trusted referrals, strategic business support, personal coaching, and educational mentorship.
As a member of the Board of Governors of Northwood University and a strategic partner and board member of the University of North Texas Professional Leadership program, Bill continues to help aspiring college students forge successful careers in business and the community.
Bill’s professional career flourished along with his development of now 28-year-old Success North Dallas, first as owner of Wallace Financial Group, a provider of business continuation planning, insurance and financial strategies and later, as Chairman and CEO of The Wallace Companies, a consulting firm specializing in capital development and executive management strategies.
Bill is a charter member and past president of the Addison Rotary Club, a long-time member of CEO Netweavers, a past member of the Million Dollar Roundtable, and the author of the soon-to-be-released book Living Beyond Success. He has also served on the Board of Ronald McDonald House Charities and the Advisory Boards of St. Alcuin Montessori School, Bryan's House, and Ronald McDonald House of Dallas. In recognition for his work in the community, The Art of Living Foundation and the International Association for Human Values honored Bill with the Heroes of Humanity Award in 2009.
Mark Scarpelli – Commencement Speaker, Midland, Michigan
Chairman, National Automobile Dealers Association President, Raymond Chevrolet and Raymond Kia; co-owner of Ray Chevrolet and Ray Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram
Mark N. Scarpelli is the 2017 National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Chairman. He is president of Raymond Chevrolet and Raymond Kia in Antioch, Ill., and co-owner of Ray Chevrolet and Ray Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram in Fox Lake, Ill. In addition to his chairman role, Mark represents Metropolitan Chicago's franchised new-car dealers on NADA’s board of directors.
Mark, a Northwood University alumnus, is dedicated to the many dealer professionals who he recognizes as foundational businesses in their communities. Often the largest employers in their towns, automotive dealerships play a significant role in the economy. He is the past chairman of the Chicago Automobile Trade Association and past vice chair of NADA.
He has been a director for the Better Business Bureau of Northern Illinois since 2003, and is a director at State Bank of the Lakes, a Wintrust Community Bank. Active in his hometown community, Mark is also a member of the Antioch Rotary Club.
General Motors recognized Mark’s dealerships from 2010 to 2015 with Mark of Excellence Awards He received a Make A Difference Award from Antioch Community High School in 2008, and a Recognition award from the Boys and Girls Club of Chicago in 2006. He was also the recipient of the Forefronts Award from Lakeland Media in 2005.
Mark received his associate degree and bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Northwood University.
Sandy Schwartz – Commencement Speaker, Midland, Michigan
President, Cox Automotive
Sandy Schwartz is president of Cox Automotive, a global automotive services and software company whose vision is to transform the way the world buys, sells and owns cars.
Under his leadership, Cox Automotive has assembled and integrated a family of brands that together make car dealers more successful and car buyers more satisfied, including auto industry leaders such as Autotrader, Dealer.com, Dealertrack, incadea, Kelley Blue Book, Manheim, NextGear Capital, vAuto and Xtime.
Sandy’s career at Cox spans three decades, seventeen jobs and countless frequent flier miles, but has been focused on two things he loves: newspapers and cars. He has helmed both Cox Media Group and Cox Automotive, subsidiaries of family-owned Cox Enterprises, and been a key member of the leadership team that has grown the private company to $20 billion revenue and 60,000 employees.
After early days as an ink-stained sports reporter, he found his name on the top of the masthead of the Austin American-Statesman and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, as well as atop Cox’s newspaper and publishing groups. And as a self-described “car guy” whose garage houses an EV and an American muscle classic, he’s right at home with the breadth of Cox Automotive’s reach in the auto industry - from in-lane auctions to online vehicle listings to open platform dealership software.
He has helped to build this unrivaled portfolio by nurturing organic growth at Autotrader and Manheim, seamlessly integrating software start-ups such as vAuto and Xtime, as well as orchestrating the blockbuster acquisition of Dealertrack and Dealer.com in a $4 billion, all-cash deal that was the largest in Cox Enterprises’ 100+ year history. Along the way, he has fostered a family-first ethic and an Open, Honest & Direct culture that routinely ranks Cox Automotive among the best places to work.
Sandy grew up in Ohio helping out with his father’s window installation business and manning second base for various school baseball teams, applying those lessons and his journalism studies at The Ohio State University to his successful business career and extensive community service, including leadership of the A.C. Green Youth Foundation and the American Red Cross of Metropolitan Atlanta.