Olivet Nazarene University recently honored Dr. David Elwood of Columbus, Ind., with the Harold W. Reed Leadership Award for a lifetime of ethical leadership and for his success through his family business, Elwood Staffing.
“David represents all the qualities we celebrate as an Olivet community,” said Dr. John C. Bowling, University president, as he presented the award. “His life reminds us that success is not just about the bottom line, but about relationships and achieving a higher purpose.”
David received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Olivet in 1955, his master’s degree from Southern Illinois University, and his doctorate from Purdue University. Following a successful career in clinical psychology, he teamed with son, Mark, to found Elwood Staffing, a leading provider of talent-based solutions. His sons, Michael and John, later joined the business. David continues to serve as the chairman of the board for the company, and enjoys the shared leadership with his sons.
Operating more than 220 service locations throughout the U.S. and parts of Canada, Elwood Staffing employs nearly 1,000 employees, serves more than 6,000 clients and puts more than 27,000 temporary associates to work daily. With a broad service portfolio and a seasoned staff, Elwood Staffing supports companies through the entire employment life cycle — from attraction to outplacement.
“This award honors the lasting legacy of both David Elwood and Dr. Harold W. Reed,” said Dr. Bowling. The award and the Reed Institute for Advanced Study of Leadership were established by Dr. Reed, who was president of the University from 1949 to 1975.
David’s wife of 57 years, Ella, who attended Olivet, has had a successful career as a real estate agent with Century 21. Together, they are proud grandparents to six grandchildren.