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University’s 2nd ever president

November 18, 2010
Northwood U’s Fry to retire

David Fry, president of Northwood University in Midland, Mich., said March 17 that he will retire after 24 years as the head of the university known for educating auto dealers. 

Fry, 62, is only the second president in the university’s history. He is widely known in the auto industry as a tireless advocate of education, business and personal freedom.


He told university faculty that he hopes a replacement will be on board by Sept. 1, the start of the next academic year. A search committee was formed in January.


Northwood policy requires its 10 top officers to retire when they turn 65. Fry noted that five of the officers will reach that age within the next five years.


"For 24 years I have had the best job in the world," Fry told the faculty. "Now I believe that it is best for me to step aside first, to encourage the search for a new president who will assemble her or his own top leadership team for the long-term success of Northwood."


Fry will become president emeritus.


Northwood has campuses in Midland, Mich.; West Palm Beach, Fla.; and Cedar Hill, Texas. The university has about 12,000 students, a spokeswoman said. When Fry became president, enrollment was 2,800.