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1981 Horatio Alger Award Winner

Arthur E. Turner*

Founder
Northwood University

"Usually, it takes a team to produce success."

Arthur Turner was born in 1931 in Hemlock, Michigan. His father was a farmer who also worked as a carpenter to supplement the family's income. Turner did farm chores and worked as a hospital orderly. He worked his way through Alma College and then joined the school staff to work in admissions, fundraising, and alumni affairs. During this time, he earned a master's degree in education from Wayne State University. In 1959, at age 27, he founded Northwood University, a private business management college. The main campus is in Midland, Michigan, and there are two others in Dallas and West Palm Beach. Later, Turner developed the external degree program and expanded its international base to include a program in Paris.

* Deceased