Provost Recommendation Goes to Board


The NMU Board of Trustees will review President Les Wong’s recommendation for provost and vice president of Academic Affairs at its next regularly scheduled meeting May 3-4. Wong said he hopes to be able to make the university’s official offer immediately following commencement weekend.

The four candidates are: David Dauwalder, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at the University of New Haven in Connecticut; Lance Grahn, most recently provost and dean of faculty/vice president for academic affairs at the University of Central Arkansas; Patrick Guilfoile, interim associate vice president of academic affairs at Bemidji State University in Minnesota; and Barbara Keinath, vice provost and dean of graduate studies at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minn.

Following the finalists’ campus visits, the president met with the provost search committee to review resume, interview and reference check material, as well as campus feedback on the candidates.

“I want to thank the those on campus who took the time to come to the provost candidates’ presentations and then provided feedback on who might be the best fit for Northern,” said Wong.  “All of the candidates have areas of strength and are great people and highly regarded academic professionals, but our challenge is to find the person who is the best fit for NMU because provost is the institution’s second-in-command position.”

For more information on the candidates, go to



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