MARQUETTE – Karl Weber of Marquette was selected chair of the Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees for 2005. The announcement was made at today’s (Oct. 8) meeting.

Since being appointed to NMU’s Board of Trustees in 2001, Weber has served on the academic affairs and finance committees.  He is currently the board’s vice chair and a member of the executive committee.

“To be named chair of the NMU Board of Trustees is a great honor for me and I look forward to working closely with President Wong and Northern faculty, staff and students,” said Weber.  “So many positive things are taking place at NMU. Under Dr. Wong’s extraordinary vision, I have no doubt that Northern can excel to an even higher level of achievement. I am excited at the prospect of playing a role in making that happen.”

Weber is a partner at Plunkett & Cooney, a full-service law firm with offices in Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania. He is the managing partner of the firm's Northern Michigan office where he concentrates his practice in civil and commercial litigation, business and environmental law.

A Negaunee native, Weber graduated from the University of Michigan, where he majored in English and political science. He also received his juris doctorate from the University of Michigan Law School and is admitted to practice law in the state and federal courts for Michigan and Minnesota.

Weber is a member of such professional organizations as the American Bar Association, the Michigan and Minnesota Bar Associations, the Marquette County Bar Association and the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel. He is the director of the Marquette County Financial Corporation and the First National Bank of Negaunee.  He is also active in a wide variety of charitable and civic organizations, including the Marquette Community Foundation, Marquette Rotary Club and the Marquette Chamber of Commerce.

He is a member of the St. Peter's Cathedral and resides in Marquette with his wife Peggy and three children.

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