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Holman Returns to NMU Board

Gov. Rick Snyder has appointed NMU alumnus Scott Holman of Freeland to the NMU Board of Trustees. Holman replaces Steve Gulis, who resigned. He will serve the remainder of an eight-year term expiring Dec. 31, 2018, and his appointment is subject to the advice and consent of the state Senate.

“I’m pleased to be back on the board and looking forward to serving in that capacity again,” Holman said. “It’s an important time in the university’s history in that we’re selecting a new president. One of the most important roles the board takes on is the selection of a president.  It’s a decision that lasts for years and can change how the university progresses. I’m excited to have a chance to be a part of that process.”

This marks a return to the NMU board and the fourth president Holman has served with in that capacity. He was appointed to an earlier term from 1997-2005 and was elected board chair in 1999. The Ishpeming native graduated with a degree in business from NMU in 1969.

"On behalf of Northern Michigan University, I want to thank Mr. Steve Gulis for his service on the board since January 2011,” said NMU President David Haynes. “He brought a wealth of knowledge to the board's discussions, especially regarding financial matters, and we appreciate his continued support of his alma mater.  At the same time, we welcome back former board chair Scott Holman.  Mr. Holman is also a proud Northern alumnus who has stayed actively engaged with Northern Michigan University in a wide variety of ways, so I know he is going to continue to be a strong advocate for moving NMU forward as a member of the board.”

Some of the ways Holman has remained engaged with NMU are through his gift to support the Holman Case Study Room in 222 Jamrich for the College of Business and through his ownership of the Granite Island Light Station, located about 10 miles offshore on Lake Superior. NMU has used the island to relay its WiMAX signal to Big Bay, delivering high-speed Internet to remote Powell Township School. President Barack Obama saw a demonstration of this capability when he visited campus in February 2011.

Holman also donated funds to purchase sophisticated weather equipment previously installed on the island by a University of Nebraska researcher and transferred ownership to NMU’s Earth, Environmental and Geographical Sciences department. Granite Island is one of five weather stations that are part of a bi-national network called the Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments Center. NMU professors and students are able to monitor and assess air temperature, relative humidity, barometric pressure, evaporation, carbon dioxide, wind speed and direction, precipitation, solar radiation and water temperature.

In a previous CAMPUS story on the weather equipment donation, Holman said, “Twenty-three family members have graduated from NMU, going back to 1926. Between that and my service on the alumni board and as a trustee, I feel a sense of proprietorship in a way. That’s what makes me want to stay involved with Northern and help when I see an opportunity.”

The NMU board is holding a retreat on campus this week. Its next regularly scheduled meeting is May 1-2.