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Dr. Steve VandenAvond, Vice President
Extended Learning and Community Engagement

svanden@nmu.edu

Dr. Steve VandenAvond became NMU’s Vice President for Extended Learning and Community Engagement in April 2015. 

Dr. VandenAvond came to NMU from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay where he had been serving as the Associate Provost and Dean for Outreach and Adult Access. He had been at UWGB since 2010. From 2000-2010 he was a faculty member and administrator at Silver Lake College (Manitowoc, Wis.). He was the director of the psychology program at Michigan Technological University from 1997-2000 where he also co-founded and was the director of the Center for Educational Technology Research and Assessment.

He has a doctorate in developmental psychology from Loyola University (Chicago), a master’s in the same area from Illinois State University. His bachelor’s degree in psychology was earned at Marquette University.

   

Brad Hamel
Global Campus
bhamel@nmu.edu

Brad Hamel is currently leading the effort to establish NMU’s Global Campus environment and a quality online student experience. The establishment of a “Concierge Services” including, recruitment, admissions counseling, enrollment specialist, and continual academic advising makes NMU’s Global Campus an ideal choice. Addressing the needs of the online learner is a priority.

Brad Hamel has been with NMU since 1999. He began his career in the NMU Athletics Department and most recently resided in Alumni Relations as the Director of Alumni Engagement and External Relations Technology.

Brad is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Educational Leadership. He holds a master's in public administration and bachelor’s degree in justice studies, both from NMU. 

   

Mindy Nannestad
Extended Learning and Community Engagement
mnannest@nmu.edu

Mindy Nannestad joined Extended Learning and Community Engagement in April 2016 as the division's administrative assistant. She has worked at NMU since 2002 and was the executive secretary for the Dean of Students Office. She is a graduate of Northern Michigan University with a bachelor's degree in business management.  

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