August 5, 2011

Performance in management, therefore, means in large measure doing a good job of preparing today’s business for the future.

– Peter F. Drucker, Managing in Turbulent Times

Bay Harbor 2011 and the Future of Northwood University

This weekend marks an important annual event for Northwood University: the Bay Harbor conference. Northwood trustees, administration, staff, faculty, students, alumni, supporters and friends – system-wide – are gathering in northern Michigan to review and celebrate the achievements of the past academic year and, more importantly, to outline and manage the University’s continued success and health.

At the center of this event is our $120 million dollar Capital Campaign, an endeavor that will enable us to modernize our campuses, multiply our teaching capabilities, and expand the reach and influence of The Northwood Idea upon American culture and more. With an enhanced endowment, new and upgraded facilities, and increased support for scholarships and operational needs we will ensure our place as the University that is educating the future leaders of a global, free enterprise society.

In addition to campaign related business, participants will engage and hear from Northwood faculty, staff and students in a variety of business and social settings. Becky Siegel for example, one of just 10 students nationwide to earn Competitive Speech All-American status this past year, will speak about Northwood’s transformative influence on both her life and future aspirations as part of our Friday evening program; Dr. Timothy Nash and Dr. Richard Ebeling will host a symposium on the state of the economy and some of the key issues impacting today’s entrepreneurial climate; and Northwood Trustees and officers, system-wide, will gather to analyze, evaluate and refine existing and future plans related to the University’s operations.

Given the enduring state of our economy, including an increasingly competitive higher education market, the Bay Harbor conference will no doubt prove vital in the 2011-2012 academic year and beyond. With that in mind, I ask not only that you wish us well but that you stand ready to partner with us following these proceedings. It is only by working together, as ONE University, that we will manage Northwood to meet today’s demands and challenges and simultaneously prepare it for the future.

I look forward to sharing more news with you on this front in the weeks and months ahead.

Have a great weekend.

Keith A. Pretty, J.D.
President and CEO
Northwood University
4000 Whiting Drive
Midland, MI 48640
989.837.4203 (phone)
989.832.9590 (fax)