Lang Begins Final Year as Provost
Paul Lang (Academic Affairs) will step down from his provost and vice president position at the end of the 2014-15 academic year, according to an email distributed to NMU employees earlier this week. Lang has served as provost for three years. He joined NMU in 1997 as a professor of criminal justice and head of the department. He later served as head of the School of Technology and Applied Sciences and then dean of the College of Professional Studies.
“Having been a provost myself, I know the challenges and triumphs of the position, and I want to thank Paul for his leadership as Northern's chief academic officer,” wrote NMU President Fritz Erickson in the email announcing Lang’s decision. “Paul has been a professional colleague for a number of years and I am grateful that he will continue as provost and vice president of Academic Affairs during my first year.”
Erickson said NMU will launch a national search for a new provost this fall. He said he looks forward to engaging the full campus community in the recruitment and selection process with the goal of choosing Lang’s successor in a timely fashion.