Northwood University Florida Appoints Susan Dennett as Academic Dean

Susan Dennett
Academic Dean Florida Campus

Northwood University Florida is pleased to announce the appointment of Susan Dennett as academic dean.

Northwood's Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Kristin Stehouwer commented, "We are delighted that Susan is joining our team in this capacity. She is the key academic leader for the campus and will have responsibility for supporting our learner-centered environment through a focus on excellence in teaching and learning, curriculum development and delivery, assessment, and overall program quality." Dennett will work collaboratively with colleagues on the campus as well as across the Northwood system.

Having first joined Northwood University as an adjunct professor of Human Resource Management in August, 2009, Dennett looks forward to applying her extensive experience and strong organizational skills toward her new role.

Northwood Florida President Dr. Tom Duncan remarked, "We value Susan's academic expertise coupled with her extensive professional experience which is the hallmark of the Northwood approach to business education."

Dennett served as the Human Resource and Training Manager for Lionel Trains, Chesterfield, Michigan where she provided leadership through organizational and cultural change. She then served as the Associate Human Resource Manager and Consultant for QVC for ten years while residing in Palm City, Florida. Dennett has consulted to the hospitality industry and also has been a successful entrepreneur who created a successful start-up in the national corporate gift arena.

Dennett earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Oakland University, Rochester Hills, Michigan, a Master of Science degree in Human Resource Development/Adult Education from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida, and is completing a Doctorate in Educational Leadership at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. A resident of Palm City, Florida and former college athlete, Dennett coaches middle and high school boys and girls tennis teams in her spare time.


Northwood University is committed to the most personal attention to prepare students for success in their careers and in their communities; it promotes critical thinking skills, personal effectiveness, and the importance of ethics, individual freedom and responsibility.

Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Northwood University specializes in managerial and entrepreneurial education at three full-service, residential campuses located in southern Florida, mid-Michigan and northern Texas. Adult Degree Programs are available in seven states with many course delivery options including online. The DeVos Graduate School offers accelerated, evening and weekend programming in Michigan, Texas and Florida. The Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise provides system-wide expertise in family enterprise, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and new business development. International education is offered through study abroad and in Program Centers in China (Changchun and Wuxi), Malaysia and Sri Lanka.