Midland’s Northwood University Appoints New President

The board of trustees of Midland’s Northwood University has appointed Kent D. MacDonald the college’s fifth president. He succeeds Keith A. Pretty, who is retiring after 13 years as president. MacDonald will take office on Aug. 1.
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Kent D. MacDonald
Kent D. MacDonald has been appointed president of Northwood University, effective Aug. 1. // Photo courtesy of Northwood University

The board of trustees of Midland’s Northwood University has appointed Kent D. MacDonald the college’s fifth president. He succeeds Keith A. Pretty, who is retiring after 13 years as president. MacDonald will take office on Aug. 1.

MacDonald has served as president and vice chancellor of St. Francis Xavier University in Canada since 2014. While in office, he helped develop a five-year strategic plan and initiated fundraising campaigns. His career began as a teacher in Canada and New Zealand, and he also led private sector and not-for-profit organizations in Ontario.

Before his tenure at St. Francis Xavier, he worked at Algonquin College in Canada for nearly 20 years in roles including dean of the school of business, executive director, vice president, and president.

“President Pretty’s outstanding service and leadership is leaving Northwood well-positioned for future success,” says Al Zehnder, chairman of Northwood University’s board. “Based on president MacDonald’s stellar credentials, entrepreneurial spirit, and prior successes, the board has full confidence that he will ensure the continuation and acceleration of Northwood’s upward trajectory.”

MacDonald competed his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education at St. Francis Xavier. He also earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the Université d’Ottawa in Canada and a doctorate degree in education from the University of Pennsylvania.

“I’m excited to apply all that I’ve learned over more than 20 years leading academic institutions to my new position at Northwood University,” says MacDonald. “Northwood has a storied 60-year history of educating tomorrow’s business leaders and entrepreneurs, and I’m looking forward to helping more people understand the terrific return they receive on an investment in a Northwood University education.”

Northwood University is a private, nonprofit institution that specializes in managerial and entrepreneurial education.

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