August 10, 2012

Continuity and Change

The recent changes to the Officer Team at Northwood University are examples of our ongoing commitment to serve our students. Following the appointment of Dr. Brian Sandusky as Vice President of Enrollment Management, we felt it might be effective to give a fresh overview of our officer team and their duties.

As announced June 1, Dr. Kristin Stehouwer, Executive Vice President (EVP)/Chief Academic Officer (CAO)/Chief Operating Officer (COO), is responsible for the operational officers and serves a secondary role to the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in supervising the service officer team.

The remainder of our officers fall into two categories: operational and service. Our area Presidents—Dr. William Bateman, President, Michigan campus; Dr. Tom Duncan, President, Northwood Florida; and Dr. Kevin Fegan, President, Northwood Texas—are responsible for campus operations, fundraising, and alumni relations, while Presidents Duncan and Fegan have additional matrixed responsibilities with our Adult Degree Program, outreach and cultivation events, and DeVos Graduate School operations in their areas.

Our service officers—Vice President of Alumni & Advancement, Arnold D’Ambrosio; Vice President of Corporate & Strategic Alliances, Dr. Timothy Nash; Vice President of Enrollment Management, Dr. Brian Sandusky; Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer, Karl Stephan; and Vice President of Marketing, Communications & Public Relations, John Young—hold service responsibilities across our entire University. The roles for everyone in this group remain as their respective titles suggest.

Having served in a dual role since 2007, Mr. Young will steer his focus and energy to marketing, communications, and public relations system-wide, including efforts such as our Capital Campaign and internal communications.

As our newly appointed expert on student recruitment, Dr. Sandusky will work with our area Presidents as well as our Admissions, Marketing, Adult Degree and International Programs, and DeVos Graduate School teams to drive student enrollment and retention.  He will also work closely with Dr. Nash to expand our corporate and continuing education programs.

As is to be expected, these changes will involve further development that our leadership team will communicate moving forward. If you have any questions about how they may affect you, please feel free to talk with your supervisor.

Finally, we’d like to draw your attention to the renewal of student life on our residential campuses. While we enjoyed hosting our many guest camps and programs this summer, our returning student-athletes and the students in our bridging program bring fresh outlooks and dreams that point to our core mission: to educate the future leaders of a global, free enterprise society. Please give them, and all our new and returning students who will follow over the coming weeks, a warm Northwood University welcome.

Have a great weekend!


Keith A. Pretty, J.D.
President and CEO
Northwood University
4000 Whiting Drive
Midland, MI 48640