President Gregory E. Christy
Northwestern's ninth president, Greg Christy has a collaborative, team-oriented leadership style, warm relational skills, a strong Christian faith and the ability to work with others to form vision and build support for the mission of NWC. Under his leadership, Northwestern has developed new strategic and campus master plans and adopted new mission, vision and Christian identity statements while adding a number of academic programs and launching online learning endeavors. Several campus improvements have been made during his tenure, including construction of the $14 million Jack and Mary DeWitt Learning Commons; renovations in the Rowenhorst Student Center, cafeteria and Ramaker Center; and construction of North Suites Hall.
Christy is chair of the Great Plains Athletic Conference's Council of Presidents. He also serves on the board of Iowa Campus Compact, an association of college and university presidents who are committed to educating students for active citizenship and building strong communities.
Before coming to Northwestern in 2008, Christy served 12 years as a senior executive at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, S.D. While DWU’s vice president for institutional advancement, he led a nine-member staff in the successful completion of a $40 million capital campaign, which included building the George and Eleanor McGovern Library and Center for Leadership and Public Service.
Christy previously worked on the staffs of South Dakota State University and Iowa State University. A native of Ottumwa, Iowa, he earned a bachelor’s degree in management from Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa. He received a master’s degree in physical education and sports management from Western Illinois University.
A lifelong fan of the St. Louis Cardinals, Christy is a 7-handicap golfer, an avid runner, a tenor who enjoys singing on church worship teams, and a self-described newspaper junkie who loves reading the Des Moines Register. He and his wife, Michelle, to whom he has been married for 23 years, are members of Trinity Reformed Church in Orange City. They have three children: Ryan, 19; Madalyn, 16; and Kyle, 12.