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Lang Funeral Services Thursday

Funeral services for Paul Lang, who passed away Jan. 9, will be held tomorrow (Thursday). Visitation is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. at St. Peter Cathedral and a mass of Christian burial will follow at 2 p.m. A reception is planned after the service in the Great Lakes Rooms of the University Center (revised location).

Lang had been employed by NMU since 1997, most recently as provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. 
"Northern has lost a loyal and dedicated Wildcat with the passing of Provost Paul Lang,” said NMU President Fritz Erickson. “On behalf of the entire university, our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Mona, and daughter, McKenzie, as well as with his other family members, friends and colleagues.

"I am relatively new to NMU, but I've known Paul in his provost and dean roles for a long time, and know that he had the respect of his fellow provosts from around the state and region.  I found Paul to be a strong thinker, someone who could break down problematic situations or build up ideas with potential in practical ways that enabled forward progress.  Most importantly, Paul was a caring person, someone who wanted others to succeed. He didn't care much about the spotlight for himself, but he very much wanted Northern students, faculty and staff to have their opportunity to shine. He did a lot of great work during his Northern tenure and he will be missed."

Lang was initially hired by NMU as a tenured professor and head of the criminal justice department. In addition to those responsibilities, he was appointed associate dean of the College of Professional Studies in 2002. He later served as interim head and director of the School of Technology and Applied Sciences before his promotion to dean of the college. Lang was appointed interim provost and vice president in 2011. Interim was removed from his title one year later.

To see Lang's online obituary, visit here