MARQUETTE – Northern Michigan University President Judi Bailey has been notified that the Western Michigan University Board of Trustees will consider her appointment as WMU’s seventh president at its next meeting scheduled for May 9.

At the May 1 meeting of the NMU Board of Trustees, chair Mary Campbell and vice chair Karl Weber announced their intention to recommend Mike Roy, vice president for finance and administration, as interim president. If the WMU Board of Trustees  approves Bailey’s appointment, Northern’s board will convene a special session to consider Bailey’s resignation and the interim president recommendation.

“President Judi Bailey has been an outstanding leader for Northern Michigan University,” said Campbell.  “The university has benefited from Dr. Bailey’s excellent leadership. She has moved the university to higher levels of excellence, innovation and national recognition.  We are deeply grateful for her work at Northern.”

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  Bailey joined NMU in 1997. She is the 11th person to hold the universityÂ’s top post. Under her leadership, NMU implemented a notebook computer program and conducted its first comprehensive fundraising campaign, This Decisive Season. The universityÂ’s enrollment increased steadily. It exceeded the 9,000 mark last semester for the first time since 1981, marking a long recovery from the closure of K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base.  

There have also been a number of construction and improvement projects on campus during her tenure. These include the Seaborg Science Complex, a state-of-the art academic facility that was dedicated in the fall of 2001 and represents the largest brick-and-mortar project in NMU history.

In May 2002, Bailey was selected to receive an Executive Leadership Award from CASE – the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. Also, her NMU Parent Partnership program was a CASE bronze-medal winner in 2002.

“I did not seek the Western presidency, but was sought out, and I’m honored to be considered as the next leader of a nationally recognized major research institution,” said Bailey.

Before accepting the position at Northern, Bailey served as vice president for academic affairs and provost at the University of Maine. A native of North Carolina, she holds a bachelorÂ’s degree in English from Coker College and both a masterÂ’s and doctorate in education administration from Virginia Tech.

Roy was named vice president for finance and administration in 1993, after serving in that capacity on an interim basis for two years. He previously held the positions of assistant vice president for finance and controller, and chief accountant. Prior to joining NMU in 1978, Roy was controller at Central Michigan University.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  He received a bachelorÂ’s degree from Eastern Montana University, a masterÂ’s degree in business administration from CMU and doctorate of education in educational leadership from WMU.

“Dr. Roy has been intricately involved in the financial, legislative and strategic planning of Northern, not only this year but over a period of nearly three decades,” said Campbell.  “In the challenging economic and legislative times NMU is facing, the board believes Dr. Roy would be highly qualified to lead NMU through this period of transition.

“President Bailey has been blessed to work with a very strong administrative team, which remains intact and would be capable of navigating Northern through the challenges confronting higher education in Michigan.”

Additional Biographical information on Bailey and Roy can be found at

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Kristi Evans
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