Northwood Honors Dow Historian with Naegele Distinguished Community Service Award

(l-r): Dr. William Bateman, president of Northwood’s Michigan campus, and E.N. “Ned” Brandt, recipient of the Robert E. and Patricia L. Naegele Distinguished Community Service Award.

During Northwood University’s annual Opening Convocation on Tuesday, September 3, the University honored E.N. “Ned” Brandt, Northwood supporter, with the Robert E. and Patricia L. Naegele Distinguished Community Service Award. The honor was presented to him by Dr. William Bateman, Northwood University Michigan campus president.

“We annually present the Robert E. and Patricia L. Naegele Distinguished Community Service Award to a person, group or organization whose actions have enhanced the mission of Northwood University while improving the campus and, most importantly, the quality of life for our students,” stated Bateman.

Since his retirement in 1986 following 33 years with The Dow Chemical Company, Brandt volunteers his time capturing and preserving the company’s history while also serving as a member of the Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation’s Board of Trustees among other civic and community service efforts. His numerous honors include: the Brandt Professorship at Michigan State University, director of the Michigan Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, secretary for the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation and the Pardee Foundation, vice president of the Midland Foundation, vice president and secretary in the Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation, and the Midland County Historical Society.

Northwood University also bestowed the title of “Professor Emeritus” on Dr. Gene Beckham who retired this past year following 24 years of dedicated service to the University. A graduate of the University of Alabama (B.S. and M.S. in biology) and Louisiana State University (Ph.D. in zoology), Beckham joined the Northwood’s math and science department in 1989 and was named the department chair the following year.

In addition to Brandt and Beckham, the University also recognized three current faculty members who were promoted from assistant to associate professor: Clifford Harris, associate professor of economics; David Sanford, associate professor of management information systems; and Weikang “Ken” Wang, associate professor of management and marketing.


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.