The President and Chief Executive Officer is responsible to the trustees of the University for the implementation of their governance directives. He serves as the primary strategist and external relations officer, manages the other officers and affairs of the University, and serves as a major fund raiser.
Keith Pretty joined Northwood University as President and CEO on October 2, 2006. He came to Northwood from Walsh College where he served as President for seven years. Prior to Walsh, he was Vice President for external affairs, general counsel at Western Michigan University and President and CEO of the Western Michigan University Foundation. In the private sector, Pretty held governmental affairs positions with Amoco Corporation and became senior Washington representative.
Former Michigan Governor John Engler appointed Pretty to design a state department of Career Development that matched Michigan’s educational resources to its business needs. He earned a bachelor of science degree in education from Western Michigan University and a juris doctor degree from Thomas Cooley Law School in Lansing.
The recipient of many awards and commendations, Pretty was presented with the Western Michigan University Alumni Association’s most prestigious honor, the Distinguished Alumni Award, in 2011. In addition, Pretty is engaged in a number of community activities and serves on the board of directors for the Detroit Economic Club, Chemical Bank, Midland Tomorrow, Automotive Hall of Fame, Michigan Independent Colleges and Universities (MICU), the Michigan Health Endowment Fund (MHEF), the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance (GLBRA), and the Michigan Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Executive Committee.