MARQUETTE - Northern Michigan University President Judi Bailey is one of eight campus leaders in the nation selected to receive an Executive Leadership Award from CASE the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.

CASE presents the award annually to the head of a member institution in each of eight districts. Bailey is the winner in District V, which covers Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. She will be recognized in July at the CASE International Assembly in Chicago.

Bailey was notified of the impending honor through a surprise announcement at today's I meeting of the NNTU Board of Trustees. Chair Dan DeVos had submitted a nomination letter to the award selection committee on behalf of the board.

"The NNM community has been energized by her vision, work ethic and leadership," wrote DeVos. "She has challenged students, faculty and staff, and those of us who serve on the governing board to be bold in bringing Northern to the forefront as a leader of 21st century higher education. Her enthusiasm, belief in NMU's potential and sheer determination has caused many to rethink their perception of Northern as a small, regional school."

According to CASE guidelines, nominees for the Executive Leadership Award must demonstrate the ability to actively support advancement, create a vision and inspire others, establish a positive image for his or her institution while leading it to higher levels of success, increase the institutions stature in the community, and encourage innovation and risk-taking among employees.

Bailey has more than 20 years' experience in higher education. She became the 11th president of NMU in July 1997. She has guided the university through the implementation of its notebook computer program, its first-ever comprehensive fundraising campaign, and major campus construction and renovation projects.

Her community involvement includes membership in Rotary-International and co-vice chair of the Lake Superior Community Partnership. Bailey also serves on the board of directors for the Marquette General Health System and on the advisory board of the Pine Mountain Music Association.

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Kristi Evans
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