DeVos 20 Year Celebrations

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  DeVos’s - 20 Major Milestones in 20 Years

On October 19, 2013 NU family and friends gathered system wide to commemorate the DeVos Graduate School’s 20th anniversary—including its top accomplishments.

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  • Classes began in Michigan with 63 students starting their MBA studies in Midland, Lansing, and Troy.

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  • Received a significant grant from the Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation allowing the establishment of the Richard DeVos Graduate School of Management. As Dr. DeVos explained, the purpose of the gift was “to perpetuate the education of business leaders with an understanding of democratic and compassionate capitalism.”

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  • Business Week listed the Northwood MBA program as one of the “Top 20 Executive Programs in the Country.”

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  • The Automotive Hall of Fame building was remodeled to house the Richard DeVos Graduate School of Management.

[symple_box color="blue" text_align="left" width="100%" float="none"] 1998 [/symple_box]

  • DeVos programming expanded to include a full-time MBA program.

[symple_box color="blue" text_align="left" width="100%" float="none"] 2001 [/symple_box]

  • Launched first corporate-centered MBA program with the Hantz Group.

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  • Launched a partnership with Dow Chemical providing the DeVos MBA for their future leaders.

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Took the full-time MBA program across the Atlantic to beautiful Montreux, Switzerland.

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  • The Richard & Helen DeVos Foundation provided yet another generous gift to build state-of-the art facilities to house future MBA programming on our residential campuses and to remodel and upgrade our flagship Michigan facility.
  • Developed and launched a Dealership Executive MBA program.

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  • Began offering the MBA program on the Cedar Hill, Texas campus.
  •  Developed and launched the Automotive Aftermarket MBA.

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  • Began offering the MBA program on the West Palm Beach, Florida campus.
  • Expanded our Michigan presence to include Grand Rapids as an MBA location.

[symple_box color="blue" text_align="left" width="100%" float="none"]2013 [/symple_box]

  • Built new learning spaces in the Lansing and Troy, Michigan locations.
  • Added the Weekend MBA option at all locations.
  • The Graduate School gained expanded authority from our accrediting body to offer additional, business-related master’s degrees.
  • Developed and launched online Master of Science in Organizational Leadership.
  • Developed and launched the Executive MBA for GM dealers and field employees.
  • We are thrilled to have over 2,000 alumni.