In September 2015, Northwood University established the McNair Center for the Advancement of Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship on its Midland, MI campus. The McNair Center promises to become a leading university think tank focused on the advocacy and expansion of free market economics, and the creation and cultivation of entrepreneurs. The McNair Center was made possible by a generous gift from Robert and Janice McNair who are living examples of how entrepreneurship and the free enterprise system generates jobs, changes lives and literally charts a new course for individuals, families and entire communities. The McNair Center is dedicated to carrying out McNair's vision for awakening a new generation of entrepreneurs while defending the moral and ethical underpinnings of the American competitive free enterprise system.
Robert C. "Bob" McNair is an iconic American entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is perhaps best known as the founder, chairman and CEO of the Houston Texans NFL team; also serving as chairman of The McNair Group, headquartered in Houston, Texas, where he oversees an investment portfolio that includes interests in two cogeneration plants in the eastern United States. Among the McNair Group holdings are Palmetto Partners, Ltd. and RCM Financial Services, L.P, private investment entities that manage the McNairs' private and public equity investments. McNair also chairs The Robert and Janice McNair Foundation, the Robert and Janice McNair Educational Foundation in Forest City, N.C., and the Houston Texans Foundation in Houston, Texas.
"We are proud of our long and valued relationship with Northwood University, and we are excited to invest in a university that has a passion for entrepreneurism, free enterprise and the future success of its' student body. We are confident the McNair Center at Northwood will mold a new generation of young people who will find their entrepreneurial spirit, achieve the American dream and prove once again, that America's best days are yet to come," said Robert McNair.