The President's Parent Partnership

Dear NMU Parents:

I hope your summer is off to a great start. It took longer than usual for the warmer weather to arrive in Marquette. We can attribute that to the lingering effects of a winter that was especially harsh and frigid, even by Upper Peninsula standards. You may have seen evidence of this through some of the NMU Facebook photos. They provided a unique visual contradiction of students sunbathing and playing volleyball on the beach in late May, while ice chunks floated behind them on Lake Superior. Scenes of people swimming amid the ice even garnered national media coverage. Fortunately we are back to relative normal and U.P. residents are making up for lost time enjoying warm-weather activities and the area’s beautiful scenery.

This will be an abbreviated version of the newsletter. It also marks the last one you will receive from me as NMU president. My two-year appointment is nearing its end. I will spend the coming year assisting with special projects, consulting with NMU’s new president, Fritz Erickson, and taking sabbatical leave in preparation for my return to the faculty.

Board Sets TuitionThe main piece of information I wanted to share with you is that the NMU Board of Trustees today approved a 2014-15 tuition and fees schedule. The annual cost for full-time resident undergraduates will be $9,385, an increase of $291—or 3.2 percent—from last year’s rate of $9,094. The annual tuition for full-time non-resident undergraduates will be $14,556. NMU will maintain its longtime rank as having the second-lowest tuition and fees among Michigan’s public universities. Please be assured we do not enter into these decisions lightly. The tuition proposal was based on enrollment projections for the coming academic year, increased utility charges, contractual obligations and other inflationary costs. It also positions NMU for strategic investment to maintain and grow key academic programs to ensure the highest-quality educational experience for your student. The full tuition and fees schedule will be available at

It has been a pleasure to serve as the president of my alma mater. I am proud of what we have accomplished in that short time. Perhaps the most compelling, visible example is the new academic building set to open this fall. It is an impressive facility with active learning classrooms and cutting-edge technology. The new John X. Jamrich Hall—named for a former president who, at age 94, remains actively engaged with Northern—will greatly enhance teaching and learning on campus.

My experience these past two years has given me an even greater respect for Dr. Jamrich and the others who held this position before me. It has been incredibly rewarding, demanding and enlightening all at once. I appreciate your support, and I’m confident that Northern will be in capable hands with its new leader. Please join me in welcoming Fritz to the NMU family.

Best wishes to you and your NMU student.

David Haynes, NMU President