MARQUETTE Ã‚– Mike Roy, interim president of Northern Michigan University, has announced that he will not seek a permanent appointment to the position. Roy told NMU faculty and staff attending a university forum Wednesday afternoon that he has no intention of adding his name to the pool of prospective candidates.
Ã‚“My primary reasons for not seeking the presidential position are related to time,Ã‚” he said. Ã‚“On a personal level, being president requires one to devote their days and nights to the university and your family tends to take second place. On a professional level, Northern is facing a major financial challenge because of falling state revenues and the likelihood of additional reductions in our state appropriation. I believe my attention needs to be focused on addressing this challenge rather than pursing the position of president.Ã‚”
When Judi Bailey resigned in May to accept the top post at Western Michigan University, the NMU Board of Trustees voted to name Roy as interim president. Chair Mary Campbell said he was a logical choice, given the legislative and fiscal challenges confronting higher education in Michigan.
Roy will continue to serve on an interim basis until a new president is selected. The process began in late June when the NMU board contracted with A.T. Kearney, an executive search firm based in Alexandria, Va.
The board also named trustee Sam Benedict as chair of the Presidential Search Advisory Committee, which is composed of university, community and alumni representatives. The PSAC has convened three times and is scheduled to conduct the first review of applications at its next meeting in November.
Prior to his interim appointment, Roy served as vice president for finance and administration. His previous titles at Northern included assistant vice president for finance and controller, and chief accountant. Before joining NMU in 1978, he was controller at Central Michigan University.