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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Northwood University and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Northwood University, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Northwood University include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Northwood University alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Northwood University are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Northwood University.

Brian Steele and Candice Miller are a great starting point for your to rank your favorites on this list

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Northwood University?” and “Which celebrities are Northwood University alumni?”
Carole Gist is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Northwood University Alumni
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Carole Gist


Carole Anne-Marie Gist was the first African American woman to win the Miss USA title. Gist first won the title of Miss Michigan USA and went on to win the Miss USA crown on March 2, 1990 in Wichita, Kansas. The 1990 pageant had representatives from Georgia, Alaska, Kentucky, South Carolina and Karin Hartz of New Jersey making up with Gist the Top 6 finalists. Gist, a 5 ft 11 ³⁄₄ in Detroit native, 20 years old at the time, eventually became first runner-up to Mona Grudt of Norway in the Miss Universe pageant of that same year. She was also the first contestant from Michigan to win Miss USA, and broke the five-year streak of winners from Texas. ...more

Age: 48

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America

Candice Miller is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Northwood University Alumni
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Candice S. Miller is the U.S. Representative for Michigan's 10th congressional district, serving since 2003. She is a member of the Republican Party. The district includes all of Michigan's Huron, Lapeer, Sanilac, and St. Clair counties, plus northern Macomb and eastern Tuscola counties. She is one of only a few members in Congress whose highest level of education is a high school diploma. Miller is not seeking re-election in 2016. ...more

Age: 63

Birthplace: St. Clair Shores, Metro Detroit, Macomb County, Michigan, Contiguous United States, + more

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Dick DeVos is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Northwood University Alumni
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Dick DeVos


Dick DeVos is an entrepreneur-businessman from Michigan. The son of Amway co-founder Richard DeVos, he served as CEO of the consumer goods distribution company from 1993–2002. In 2006, DeVos ran for governor of Michigan, but lost to Democratic incumbent Jennifer Granholm. In 2012, Forbes magazine listed him as the 67th richest person in the United States, with a net worth of approximately $5.1 billion. ...more

Age: 62

Birthplace: Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States of America

Brian Steele is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Northwood University Alumni
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Brian Steele is an American actor who is well known for commonly playing monsters and creatures on television and in films. ...more

Age: 61

Birthplace: Milford, Michigan, USA

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