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CEDAR HILL – Dr. Tara Peters is passionate about helping Northwood University students find rewarding careers.

Peters - lead faculty for Northwood’s Texas DeVos Graduate School of Management - is a native Dallasite, though she grew up in Grand Prairie.

Peters received a BBA in economics and finance on full scholarship from Texas Wesleyan University, an MBA from Dallas Baptist University and her Ph.D. from Union Institute & University in Cincinnati, where she studied educational leadership and systems.

In 2004, Peters came to Northwood and today is division chair of the Management and Marketing Programs, a professor in the DeVos Graduate School of Management and chair of the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP), which infuses the principles and benefits of improvement into the culture of the university.

"One of the greatest things for me as a professor is I feel like I make a difference every day," said Peters.

"Nothing happens without teachers. This isn’t just work for me. It’s a great place to be."

In her role as lead faculty in the graduate program, Peters teaches leadership courses, in addition to supporting other faculty members and the Admissions department.

Earlier this year, Peters spoke at the national headquarters for the Army and Air Force Exchange, or AAFES, during their Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration titled "Remember! Celebrate! Act! A Day On, Not A Day Off."

The topic for her presentation was "What Do We Do Know? The History of Black Economic Empowerment and Diversity in the New Millennium."

The discussion centered around the historical and contemporary economic success of African-Americans in a variety of fields; her presentation highlighted the contributions of several prominent African-Americans. 

"My presentation examined the fluid landscape of the American workforce because of changing demo-graphics,"said Peters.

"It also reviewed statistical survey data addressing the views of the American worker on the success of diversity and inclusion programs in organizations; one of the key findings of the research is the need to develop diversity-related performance measures and create accountability around these metrics."

Dr. Kevin Fegan, provost of Northwood’s Texas campus, said Dr. Peters has been integral to the success of Northwood’s MBA program.

She – as well as Northwood’s students, faculty and staff – are helping create highly effective executives and managers through a unique process of personal and professional transformation.

"Now, Northwood – including Dr. Peters – provides this dynamic MBA learning experience that works with the demands of today’s competitive marketplace," said Fegan.

The DeVos MBA brings together an integrated curriculum of Marketing, Organizational Behavior, Finance, Operations and Strategy. 

The program has met the criteria for accreditation approval by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

DeVos Graduate School is fairly new to Dallas, yet well-established at North-wood’s Michigan and Switzerland campuses with a combined 20 years of course offerings.

Applications are being accepted.

You can inquire by phone: 1-800-927-9663; by e-mail mbatx@northwo od.edu; or through the Web site: www.northwood.edu.

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