MARQUETTE - Northern Michigan University's Presidential Search Advisory Committee has submitted to the Board of Control the names of five candidates to be considered as NMU's next president.

The names were contained in a letter of transmittal to Board of Control Chairman Robert 0. Berube from PSAC Chairman Ellwood A. Mattson, who is also a board member.

The candidates, in alphabetical and unranked order, are: Judith 1. Bailey, vice president for academic affairs and provost at the University of Maine; C. Keith Groty, assistant vice president for human resources at Michigan State University; Charles W. Sorensen, chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Stout; Deborah Flemma Stanley, interim president at State University of New York at Oswego; and Sheila M. Stearns, chancellor of Western Montana College of The University of Montana.

Bailey has served in various capacities in her nine years at the University of Maine. She began as director of Cooperative Extension, then became vice president for research and public service before assuming her current position as vice president for academic affairs and provost. Prior to joining the University of Maine, Bailey spent eight years as deputy director of Cooperative Extension at the University of the District of Columbia, and four years as human relations coordinator and assistant professor for Maryland Cooperative Extension Service. She holds a doctorate in administration and supervision from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Groty began as a tenured member of the faculty at Michigan State University in 1968 - a rank he still holds. He also was acting director of the School of Labor and Industrial Relations for one year prior to his appointment as assistant vice president for human resources in 1972. He is responsible for such employment issues as classification and compensation, labor relations and insurance benefit programs. Groty has experience as an arbitrator for Michigan police and firefighter contract disputes, and as a medical malpractice arbitrator for the State of Michigan.

Sorensen is in his ninth year as chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Stout. He came to Menomonie by way of Winona State University in Minnesota, where he was vice

president for academic affairs. His professional career includes 16 years at Grand Valley State University. Sorensen served on the Grand Valley faculty as an instructor and associate professor before his appointment as assistant dean - and later, academic dean - of the College of Arts and Sciences. Sorensen received a doctorate in American history from Michigan State University.

Stanley was named interim president at the State University of New York at Oswego in June 1995, shortly after her permanent appointment as provost and vice president for academic affairs at the same university. Her previous responsibilities at SUNY-Oswego include associate professor and executive assistant to the president.

Before pursuing a career in higher education, Stanley was an associate attorney in an Oswego law office. She received her law degree from Syracuse University College of Law.

Stearns is serving her fourth year as chancellor of Western Montana College. She previously spent a decade at The University of Montana, Missoula, where she made the transition from director of alumni relations to vice president for university relations. While there, she participated in a spring federal relations residency in the offices of Senator Max Baucus and Senator Conrad Burns. Stearns began her association with The University of Montana as a student. She was a graduate teaching assistant en route to earning a doctorate in education. Stearns also has high school and junior high teaching experience.

The Presidential Search Advisory Committee was formed by resolution of the Board of Control last October. Working with an outside consulting firm, the PSAC developed a list of desired presidential qualifications, which were advertised in regional and national media.

Of the eventual pool of 125 names, 66 became active candidates. The list was narrowed to 15 individuals, who were then interviewed by the PSAC at neutral sites.

Under new legislation approved in December by the Michigan Legislature, the Board of Control:

9 May not take a vote on a final selection for president until at least 30 days after the five have been publicly identified by the PSAC. The 30th day would fall on Wednesday, April 23;

- May invite some or all of the finalists to campus for public meetings and interviews with campus constituencies during the 30-day period;

0 Will make its final selection at an open meeting, reserving the right to both consider candidate credentials and to interview candidates in closed session prior to such an open meeting.

Consistent with existing law, the board reserves the right - at any time in the process to add candidates.

The new president will succeed William E. Vandament, who is scheduled to retire at the end of August.

Prepared By
Kristi Evans
News Director