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John W. Newstrom

Emeritus Faculty Highlight:
Dr. John W. Newstrom (B.Acc. '64)


If you took a course in managing change; management and organizational behavior; training and development; or interpersonal and group relations, you probably had a class or two - or 12 - with Dr. Newstrom. He taught at UMD for 28 years. Always a proponent and user of experiential instructional methods, he received the Horace T. Morse University of Minnesota Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education, and retired from active teaching in 2004.


Dr. Newstrom and his wife, Diane, now split their time between residences in The Villages, Florida, and Aitkin, Minnesota. They also enjoy spending family time at their rustic cabin near Bigfork, Minnesota.


For Dr. Newstrom, "Every day is incredibly busy and unbelievably satisfying." So far in his retirement, he's:

• Served seven years on the board of directors for Aitkin's Riverwood Healthcare Center and its foundation
• Formed a new barbershop quartet (the Northern Knights) that sings for local events
• Spent time hunting with friends
• Played an occasional practical joke
• Stayed in contact with dozens of former students

"I've also assumed the role of family historian and have computerized our extensive genealogical records dating back several centuries. My health is excellent, allowing me to play pickleball* almost daily, teach classes as a certified instructor, and serve as a coach for beginners. My favorite activity, however, is spending quality time with my 4-year-old granddaughter, Ruth Lillian.

"At the same time," he continued, "I've stayed academically and intellectually active by periodically updating four long-term management books.

"This year I will revise and publish: Organizational Behavior (13th Ed.); The Manager's Bookshelf (9th Ed., with Jon Pierce); Leaders and the Leadership Process (6th Ed., with Jon Pierce); and Supervision: Managing for Results (10th Ed.).

"I am also the co-author of a business fable, The Fun Minute Manager. In conclusion, life is very, very good!"


* Pickleball is played on a badminton court with the net lowered to 34 inches at the center. It is played with a perforated plastic baseball (similar to a whiffle ball) and wood or composite paddles.

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