Northwood University President Approved for Second Term

Feb. 14, 2024
Upon the Northwood University Board of Trustees approving a six-year contract with MacDonald on Feb. 2, chairperson Dr. Jennifer Panning expressed optimism for what the next six years will bring.

Northwood University President Kent MacDonald will be continuing his role for another six years, according to a recent press release.

MacDonald first became president in the summer of 2019. Since then, Northwood has received renewed accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission, increased its enrollment, expanded its number of scholarship offerings, and invested in expanding living and learning facilities for students and staff.

Upon the Northwood University Board of Trustees approving a six-year contract with MacDonald on Feb. 2, chairperson Dr. Jennifer Panning expressed optimism for what the next six years will bring. William S. Stavropoulos, former CEO and chairman of The Dow Chemical Company, added that he was incredibly pleased with Northwood’s decision to reinstate MacDonald.

For his second term, MacDonald highlighted two goals he has set: to raise the total value of Northwood’s scholarship offerings and to increase the number of endowed professorships.

“These are the future free enterprise leaders who will drive global social and economic progress!” stated Dr. Panning. “Our students—as well as our staff, faculty and trustees—hold Kent and his wife, Mary-Ellen, in the highest regard, and we are all excited about the next six years together!”

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