June 21, 2013

New Master’s Program at the DeVos Graduate School of Management

In keeping with Northwood University’s Strategic Plan - especially Strategic Themes I & III "Enhance the Learning Environment" and "Cultivate Student & Programmatic Growth" - Northwood’s DeVos Graduate School of Management will roll out an exciting and promising new degree program this fall - the Master of Science in Organizational Leadership (MSOL).

Designed for experienced professionals, Northwood's MSOL program drives personal and professional advancement by focusing on the leadership traits and learning behaviors that heighten individual and organizational change. As outlined in the program description, a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership from Northwood prepares the student to:

  • Use leadership as a process to encourage positive change within an organization
  • Make ethical leadership choices
  • Master techniques of collaborative team communication
  • Implement creative and cooperative problem-solving strategies
  • Use various intellectual and technical tools to foster competitive advantage
  • Measure and analyze data to make informed decisions

Courses include:

  • Measurement Concepts & Analysis
  • Organizational Transformation & Effectiveness
  • Technology & Innovation
  • Organizational Cultures & Systems
  • Capstone in Organizational Leadership

In keeping with our tradition, the classes will be taught by faculty who are leaders in their fields and in the classroom. And with a ten-course curriculum delivered entirely online, the program is ideal for today’s multi-tasking professional.

Summer Omniquest Reading: Ladies for Liberty by John Blundell

The feminine aura is nothing new to Northwood University. In fact, our history is in many ways the tale of ground-breaking women whose vision and leadership helped to found and grow Northwood from our very beginning through today, while leading the way for many more women and men to follow in their footsteps. This makes the second and expanded edition of John Blundell’s Ladies for Liberty a perfect selection for our summer Omniquest reading program.

Consistent with the principles of The Northwood Idea, Blundell’s subjects cover a broad range of time, experience, and influence. Among his 25 compelling stories, we encounter established champions of liberty in Abigail Adams, Sojourner Truth, and Rosa Parks as well as lesser known but equally important figures such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Madam C.J. Walker, and Vivien Kellems. And along the way, we learn more about personalities whose names and work are not unknown even if their place in the freedom movement is - the novelist Taylor Caldwell and the author Laura Ingalls Wilder of "Little House on the Prairie" fame, for example.

John Blundell is a longtime friend of Northwood University and serves as Distinguished Senior Fellow of the Institute of Economic Affairs in London, UK where he was Director General from 1993 to 2009. A past guest speaker at Northwood, Mr. Blundell has agreed to lecture on all three of our residential campuses this fall. In the meantime, we encourage everyone to take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about America’s female forbearers of freedom by reading Ladies for Liberty.

Have a great weekend!


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