News for NMU Employees

Campus Changes Implemented

There have been a number of recent changes on campus, including reorganization, departmental/school name changes and physical office moves (see related story on the latter).

A reorganization revolving around a new vice president for enrollment management and student services—the hiring process is underway—will shift the reporting structure. The following student services offices will report directly to the person appointed to fill the post: Admissions, Financial Aid, International Programs, Academic and Career Advisement Center, Dean of Students, Counseling and Consultation Services, Housing and Residence Life and the Center for Student Enrichment.

In the Academic Affairs division, Political Science remains in the College of Arts and Sciences. The master’s program in public administration (MPA) now falls under the renamed School of Education, Leadership and Public Service. Sociology and Anthropology falls under the College of Arts and Sciences. Social Work remains in the College of Professional Studies. Two former departments have been re-designated as the School of Clinical Sciences and the School of Health and Human Performance. Linda Riipi (Clinical Sciences, left) and Mary Jane Tremethick (HPER, right) were promoted to associate deans.

“These changes were implemented in order to recognize the diverse nature of the programs in their respective areas and the overall complexity associated with managing those programs, given the standards associated with accreditation and external demand,” said Paul Lang (Academic Affairs). “They also allow our division to better address the ever-changing issues associated with health care on the Upper Peninsula and in our larger region.”

Academic Affairs also made new appointments in the wake of retirements among senior administrators. They are (left to right): Leslie Warren​, dean of Academic Information Services; Chen Wang, assistant provost of institutional research, planning and assessment; Kim Barron, director of institutional accreditation and assessment; and Dave Rayome, interim dean of the College of Business. A national search for that position is underway.

There are two changes in the president’s division: Communications and Marketing has been separated into two different offices; and the internal general counsel position has been eliminated, as the university contracts externally for legal services as it did in the past.