Dr. Grover Proctor is with
Shan Yudan who graduated in 2005 with a Northwood double major BBA
in management/computer information management. Shan now works for
Jiangsu Boxi Household Appliances Co.,
A new Chinese college has named a
Northwood University dean as its co-founder, recognizing the work he has
done to launch the college, achieve high academic standards, and establish
its Western academic credentials.
Dr. Grover B. Proctor,
Jr., Northwood Associate Dean of Academic Administration, began Northwood's
partnership with Jilin University-Lambton College (JLU-Lambton) in 1999.
Dr. Proctor and three administrators from other schools in the partnership
will be honored at ceremonies in China this spring. The other partner
schools are Lambton College of Sarnia, Ontario; College of the North
Atlantic and Memorial University, both of St. John's, Newfoundland. Dr.
Robert W. Serum, Vice President of Academics and International Programs,
praised Dr. Proctor for "almost single-handedly creating our relationships in
the Peoples Republic of China (PRC)."
JLU-Lambton's president, Li
Shujia, praised Dr. Proctor's leadership. "With your wisdom and
contribution, Jilin University-Lambton College has become a model of
Sino-Foreign cooperative education, achieving a high standing in society
and an even greater standing with the Ministry of Education of China," he
Dr. Proctor received Northwood's annual Innovation Award in
2005 for his work in developing the university's educational partnerships
in China. At that time, Northwood President Dr. David E. Fry praised
Dr. Proctor's "innovative, collaborative, and mission-driven approach to
furthering the global context of the university's philosophy." He earned
an Ed.D. from Wayne State University, an M.A. from Central Michigan
University, and a B.A. from the University of North Carolina.
Teaching the Market Economy
Chinese students take business classes, taught by instructors, culminating
in a Northwood bachelor's degree in business. The first graduating class,
in 2004, had 64 students. This summer, almost 300 students are expected to
graduate from Northwood's successful China programs.
who is delighted at being named a co-founder, recalls the early
negotiations. "When the first Chinese delegation visited Northwood in
1999, we clearly expressed our commitment to the market economy," said Dr.
Proctor. "They emphasized that Northwood's philosophy was one of the
things that attracted them to the school. We've been teaching free markets
and free enterprise in China ever since."
Chinese students must
meet the same academic performance and curriculum requirements as those on
Northwood's three U.S. campuses. In addition to students who stay in China
for all four years of their education, some go to one of the Canadian
schools for their junior year and attend Northwood their senior year to
finish their coursework.
Many universities now
work internationally but Northwood was among the first to develop
accredited programs, building on 35 years of global experience. The school
now has two programs in China and two others in Montreux, Switzerland, and
Colombo, Sri Lanka. Full-time faculty have periodic opportunities to teach
students in the overseas programs.