July 3, 2013

Freedom is at Our Core

Now and again, our attention is drawn to things we think of as characteristically “American” that communicate so much of who we are and what makes us unique: baseball, hot dogs, apple pie, the moon landing, and the automobile are a handful of what we know as “Americana.” At the heart of each of these symbols is the independence and creativity we celebrate as a nation every July 4.

Among all the holidays we observe in the United States, none is more “American” than Independence Day. Freedom—individual and national—is at the core of who we are and the goals and aspirations that drive our work and lives. As an institution, Northwood University has stood as a beacon of freedom since its own beginnings, drawing special attention to the importance and place of invention, innovation, and entrepreneurship to the cause of freedom.

As we pause this week to celebrate, I invite each of you to consider how the work you are doing today serves the well-being of the very freedoms this nation, and institutions like Northwood, are dedicated to preserving for generations to come.  

Have a happy and festive Independence Day!


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