Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  MARQUETTE  – Northern Michigan University alumni, friends and parents, and Upper Peninsula community members are invited to give their input on NMUÂ’s presidential search via a seven-question online survey. Â  The survey is also being made available to Northern students, faculty and staff.

The survey can be accessed at www.nmu.edu/searchsurvey.

The preliminary results of the survey will be reviewed by the Presidential Search Advisory Committee (PSAC) at its next meeting on Sept. 15.

“In this early stage of the search, it is helpful to have input from all groups of people who are involved with the university,” said Sam Benedict, member of the NMU Board of Trustees and chair of the PSAC.  “Different groups have various perspectives on what the priority characteristics of the next NMU president should be, but this survey may help to reveal those characteristics that are most important to all NMU constituents.”

Benedict added that students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members had a chance in August to meet with Northern’s A.T. Kearney representative to discuss the presidential search.  A.T. Kearney is the executive search firm hired by the NMU Board of Trustees to assist with Northern’s presidential search.

“Early August, however, is not an ideal time to get campus-wide input since many students and faculty members are not in the area then and were unable to attend the sessions we held,” said Benedict.  “That was a convenient starting point for the information collection process since the Board was meeting with our A.T. Kearney consultant.”

Benedict reported at the Board’s August meeting that the tentative timeline for the search is to have a new president in place by July 1, 2004. 

Judi Bailey left Northern in June to assume the presidential duties at Western Michigan University. Â  Mike Roy is serving as interim president.

Prepared By
Cindy Paavola
Director of Communications