Business Leaders Receive Honorary Degrees


A brewery, a theater, a boutique hotel, an ice cream shop. The many business ventures of David E. Kepler and Kathleen M. Vertin make their hometowns stronger.

Their example inspires Northwood University students, including those graduates who recently looked on as the pair received the University’s highest accolades.

Kepler and Vertin were awarded honorary doctoral degrees as part of Northwood University's December commencement exercises. They joined Northwood’s Gallery of Distinction, reserved for 57 years of honorary doctorate holders, vested with the highest award the University bestows.

Kepler and Vertin are strong supporters of the Northwood Idea, and Kepler delivered the commencement address before receiving his honor. Vertin has bachelor's and master's degrees from Northwood.